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Campus Housing

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not currently live on campus but I have lots of friends that do and have seen their dorms. They are really nice and I plan on living here next semester

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've heard that some of them look like jail cells, but I'm a commuter and don't plan on living on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Each room has its own wifi box and thermostat, along with AC controls for air flow from the vents. There are two rooms connected by the bathroom in between in the Potomac dorm, and while some may complain that certain amenities are broken, generally it is a decent experience. There are kitchens and trash rooms on each floor, along with family style restrooms in the common areas. If needed, cooking is possible, and pots can be rented throughout the year. The laundry rooms are in the basement, and the dorms are located close to the dining hall and only a 10 minute walk from campus. Socially, the RAs provide multiple opportunities throughout the year to socialize within the dorm, and often host meetings to go over rules and safety.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It would help if they had newer facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is decent, but it is on the other side of campus. Oh, and did I mention the school is on a hilltop? Be ready to lose a few pounds hiking to all your classes... :)

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Residential life at UMBC is excellent. There are various options for housing, as well as ways to socialize and participate in the residential community. The dorms are clean, large, and safe—students need to either swipe or show their residential identification cards to enter the building. There are private bathrooms in every dorm, and students can opt to either share or have their own room. Guests have to be accompanied or swiped in by a student who lives in the building or must leave a form of identification with the front desk. Upperclassmen and transfer students have the choice to live in campus apartments. Students who live in the dorms are required to purchase a meal plan, unlike students who live in the University-owned apartments. Apartments, for the most part, have four bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen equipped with an oven. Living in the apartments offers more freedom than the dorms, which is the main reason most social gatherings/parties tend to take place in the apartments.

In both the dormitories and the apartments, there is a team of students, residential directors, and residential assistants who organize events, like cookouts or game nights, for students living in that building. These events allow students to grow more acquainted with those who live near them and become more integrated into their residential community. Although these events happen regularly and are well promoted, most students don’t take advantage of them, often due to conflicts with class schedules, involvement in other organizations, and other programming on campus. Apartments and dorms are both conveniently located, but many of the apartments are up a hill, which makes getting back from classes a bit tiring. The longest it may take a student to get to class from their respective dorm or apartment is around 10 or 12 minutes.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
3,855
Average Housing Costs
$6,250
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Gender-neutral apartments for upperclassmen
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
Undergrads Living On Campus
37%
Freshmen Living On Campus
72%
Number of Dormitories
6
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Chesapeake Hall
  • Erickson Hall
  • Patapsco Hall
  • Susquehanna Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Erickson Hall
  • Walker Apartments
  • West Hill Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Harbor Hall
  • Potomac Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Harbor Hall
  • Potomac Hall
  • Susquehanna Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
Also Available
Walker Avenue Apartments are considered off campus, but they are managed by a public/private partnership between UMBC and Capstone Management. These apartments are more expensive than dorms and on-campus apartments, but they have their perks. Students can choose to either live in a two- or four-bedroom apartment. All apartments are equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and full-sized beds.
Available for Rent
Students who live in the dorms can rent microwaves and mini-fridges. For students who live in the apartments, there is a fridge and an oven at no additional cost.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Chesapeake Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 309
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Underclassmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Ground-floor game room equipped with cable TV, kitchen, ping-pong, and pool tables.
Erickson Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 447
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Underclassmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites with two doubles
Special Features: Each suite has a common areas where students can place a mini-fridge, microwave, and TV. It is a nice space for studying and hanging out with peers. Erickson is also home to the Shriver Center Living community designed to encourage students to become active in service and civic engagement within the campus community.
Harbor Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 511
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Underclassmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites with singles, doubles
Special Features: There is a small cafe and vending machines near the front desk. Harbor also is home to several Living Learning Communities such as the Community of Aspiring Teachers and the Humanities Floor.
Patapsco Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 340
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Underclassmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Patapsco's community room is often the site for meetings, aerobics, and martial arts classes.
Potomac Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 350
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Underclassmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Large community room on ground floor, open seating area with a large-screen TV on the second floor, smaller seating area and small meeting room on third floor. Potomac is open for the entire academic year (others close during breaks).
Susquehanna Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 309
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Underclassmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: home to the Honors College Living Community, which helps to create strong ties between the honors college students. There is a lounge area and a large community kitchen used by student groups for meetings.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Hillside Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 82 units (8 buildings)
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Each unit has four bedrooms; a kitchen with a four-burner stove, refrigerator, and microwave; living area; and a bathroom. There is a meeting room with a lounge and a laundry room in the Elk Building.
Terrace Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 77 units (8 buildings)
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Each unit has four single bedrooms, kitchen with oven and refrigerator, living area, and a bathroom. The laundry room is located on the ground floor of Chincoteague Building.
West Hill Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 71 units (6 buildings)
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Each unit has four single bedrooms; a kitchen with an oven, refrigerator, and stove; living area; and a bathroom. The office building is located near Walker Avenue and houses the laundry room.

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