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Housing and Dining

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Every student interested in on-campus housing must apply through the Department of Resident Life. To apply, you will need to create your Directory ID and password. Once you have your ID, you can request housing by completing the online housing agreement form. Please review the specific instructions below. 

New freshmen entering the university in the fall semester, and who submit the housing and dining online agreement by May 1, are guaranteed residence hall housing. To request residence hall housing, complete the housing and dining online agreement form. You may submit your housing agreement form with or separate from your enrollment confirmation, but you can only submit the form once. After that, you must request any changes to your housing agreement form by emailing the Department of Resident Life. Please include your full name and University ID (UID) in all correspondence.

Students are assigned to rooms in the order in which requests are received. Preferences for roommates, areas of campus and specific buildings will be taken into account but are not guaranteed. For best consideration, submit your preferences to the Department of Resident Life as soon as possible and no later than June 30. Room assignments, roommates’ names and contact information will be available online before the move-in period each semester. Residence hall housing is renewable for those who entered the residence halls as first-time freshmen.

New freshmen are given priority for spaces that open in our residence halls mid-year. Most new freshmen have residence hall housing by the first day of classes. To request residence hall housing for the spring semester, complete the housing and dining online agreement form.

Students participating in the Freshmen Connection program in the fall semester are guaranteed on-campus housing if they confirm their spring enrollment to the university and complete the housing and dining online agreement form by May 1. Participants will be required to enroll in the Freshmen Connection program prior to the start of the fall semester.

On-campus housing is available to new transfer students on a space-available basis. Interested students should complete the housing and dining online agreement form as soon as possible. All housing requests are initially placed on a waitlist. When space becomes available, students can be moved off the waitlist and assigned a room and roommate.

The university’s Off-Campus Housing Services provides personalized information and resources about housing and off-campus living. Resources available online include a searchable database listing available rental properties in the area and an online database where students can search for roommates with similar housing needs and interests.

All students living in traditional campus housing are required to purchase a Resident Seven-Day Dining Plan. Each of these plans offers anytime dining, meaning students have unlimited access to dining halls during normal operating hours. Learn more about your plan options on the Dining Services website.

Dining Services offers many options for eating on-campus including an array of culinary stations, restaurants, cafes and quick food locations, franchises, convenience shops and more. Vegan and vegetarian selections are available every day in the dining rooms and other locations. Maryland Hillel also offers a kosher meal plan.


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