WELCOME TO HOUSING SELECTION!
As a current resident student, you have the opportunity to exercise a variety of assignment options. You'll receive a brochure from your RA. Questions? Contact Residential Life directly, call 410-455-8832 or stop by our Office in Erickson Hall 184.
Attend the information session - Click here for dates
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You may also send us a question using RT ticket.
- Log in to your Housing Selection Account (Deadline for priority housing for fall, if eligible, is March 31, 2013)
WHAT'S NEW IN 2013?
Potomac Hall West will be off-line during the fall semester for renovation. Students assigned to Potomac Hall South will be required to move prior to the 2014 Spring Semester. Potomac Hall will NOT be a 9-month community for 2013-2014. Erickson Hall will be a 4-class community due to the Potomac renovation for one year only during 2013-2014 (that means freshmen will be able to live in Erickson Hall in addition to upperclass students). Some squatting in Erickson will be limited. Patapsco Hall East and South wings will be 9-month, continuous occupancy for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Consistent with Maryland law, smoking is not permitted in any institution building, including academic buildings, residence halls, administrative buildings, other enclosed facilities, or vehicles. Effective July 1, 2013, smoking is prohibited on all institution grounds and property, including walkways, parking lots, and recreational and athletic areas.
All current residents can select a space on-campus for 2013-2014. You must be in good financial standing (you must not have a balance of $500 or over), have lived in campus housing for less than 4 years and apply on-line and sign a housing license by March 31st.
5th Year Students (and beyond)
Residential students who are seeking on-campus housing for a 5+ year will have housing in Walker apartments. If you do not want a Walker space please indicate that you are only interested in a Residential Life community on your housing application to be added to the wait list. Your best chance of obtaining on-campus housing is to live at Walker.
All students must sign an on-line license by March 31st to have priority for a space for the 2013-2014 academic year.
This commits you to housing and a meal plan (if applicable) for the entire academic year. If you miss the March 31st deadline you will be added to the wait list and will no longer have priority for a space for the 2013-2014 academic year.
- Step 1: Complete your housing application and confirm your credits as of winter session 2013 from the RL website.
- Step 2: Select whether you want a Residential Life or Walker Avenue community space (only available if you have at least 39 credits as of winter session 2013) from the RL website.
- If choosing Walker Avenue Apartments, complete the on-line Walker module. You'll receive a housing offer from Walker and can then complete your on-line Walker license by March 31st.
- If choosing to live in a Residential Life community, sign the on-line Residential Life license by March 31st. Plan to participate in on-line or in-person room selection options described in the brochure.
YOUR HOUSING OPTIONS & IMPORTANT DATES
Remember you must complete TWO steps to secure housing for the 2013-2014 academic year:
- You must SUBMIT AN APPLICATION on-line for housing
- You must SUBMIT A LICENSE on-line to agree to the terms of your housing license either with Walker or with Residential Life housing.
Your Housing Deposit
As a current residential student you have a $200 housing deposit on file. This does NOT need to be paid again unless you are moving from Walker Avenue apartments to a Residential Life space. You will be sent instructions if this is applicable to you.
Squat—Keep the Same Room— if you love your room; keep it!
- To keep your same residence hall double room use the Squat module on-line by April 22nd. You must have two people to squat your room. If your double room is not available to squat you may attend the Relocated Students Day from 9-11 a.m. April 25th.
- To request your same apartment at Walker you may only have priority to keep the same space if you fill the entire apartment with current Walker residents. Priority deadline is March 11th.
- Singles in residence halls are not available for squatting.
- Apartments in Hillside, Terrace & West Hill are not available for squatting.
One-Stop Option—Residence Hall Doubles only
Students looking for a low-stress housing option that allows Residential Life to assign you to any residence hall double room based on your application preferences may select the One-Stop option. One-Stop deadline is April 26th. Assignments will be posted in July.
Walker Avenue Apartments (WAA)—different process from Residential Life housing
Once you submit your housing application indicating that you want to live in WAA you’ll then need to complete the Walker Avenue module. This module will allow you to create a group of 1, 2, 3 or 4. You can have priority to keep the same apartment if you can fill the apartment with current WAA residents. Priority deadline is March 11th.
Priority deadline for current WAA residents interested in changing rooms is March 15th. Final deadline to apply for WAA for all residential students (including current WAA residents) is March 31st.
For more information, go to www.walkeravenueapts.com.
Single room assignments in residence halls are awarded by credit count. Apply for a single on-line using the Singles module. You may not squat a single room. A singles waiting list will be maintained for students who are not assigned a single room. You will then need to proceed to another Housing Selection option. Deadline to apply for a single is April 5th.
Residential Life Apartments—Hillside, Terrace and West Hill
Once you submit your housing application and license indicating that you want to live in a Residential Life community you'll then need to select the Apartment module. This module will allow you to create a group of 1, 2 or 4. Apartments are awarded by credit average for the group. Groups of 4 will get to choose first for a specific apartment community. Deadline to apply for an apartment on-line is April 17th. If you make the credit cut-off you'll be invited to attend the in-person apartment selection day to choose specific communities on April 23rd.
Gender-Neutral Housing (GN)
Gender-Neutral housing is an option where you may apply to share an apartment regardless of gender. The GN housing option is available in limited apartments in both Walker and Residential Life Apartments. To apply for GN housing, students must fill out a brief application within the WAA or RL Apartment module.
Apartment Selection Day (Hillside, Terrace and West Hill) - Tuesday, April 23rd 1-4PM
Harbor Hall Multipurpose Room
Students will be invited to attend if they meet the apartment credit cut-off from the on-line apartment selection process.
Relocated Students Selection Day—Thursday, April 25th 9-11AM
Harbor Hall Multipurpose Room
Some doubles will not be available to squat. If you can't squat and want another double room in your same community you may attend this session to choose another room in your same community.
Room Selection Day: Same Community, Different Room—Thursday, April 25th 1-3PM
Harbor Hall Multipurpose Room
If you want a new double, triple or quad room in your current community – attend the in-person room selection day called "Same Community, Different Room". Remember to refer to the Residential Life website for full details about Quiet Lifestyle, 9-month housing, costs, etc. before you attend Room Selection Days.
Room Selection Day: All Remaining Spaces Day—Friday, April 26th
Harbor Hall Multipurpose Room
If you are seeking a new double, triple or quad room, you and your roommates should attend All Remaining Spaces day as a group. You may average your credits and come during the designated time slot to choose your space:
9:30-10:00 a.m. Credits 91 and up
10:00-10:30 a.m. Credits 61 and up
10:30-11:30 p.m. Credits 46 and up
1:00-2:30 p.m. Credits 31 and up
2:30-3:30 p.m. Credits 16 and up
3:30-4:30 p.m. Credits 0 and up
Proxies—If You can’t attend Room Selection Days
If you can't attend a Room Selection Day select a proxy to act on your behalf by selecting Proxy on your account. Your proxy must bring the form to Room Selection Day to act on your behalf.
Triple and Quad Rooms
Groups of 3 students will have priority for a triple room and groups of 4 students will have priority for quad rooms. You may choose triples or quads either at any Room Selection Day.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Commuter, Transfer or Incoming Freshmen
- On-line—select roommates using the roommate search feature in the Squat, Walker or Apartment modules.
- In-person—attend the Room Selection day of your choice with your roommate(s). Students will be invited to attend the April 23rd Apartment Selection Day if they meet the credit cut-off.
Due to the different housing placement cycles current residents are not able to select commuters, incoming freshmen or transfer students as roommates during the Spring Housing Selection process.
Living/Learning Community Floors (LLC)
Use the LLC option on the housing application by March 11th if you are interested in returning to an LLC Floor. If you choose not to return to the floor you will need to select another option—you may not participate in "Relocated Students" process. Students applying for a 5th+ year of housing are not eligible to return to an LLC.
Housing for Students with Special Needs
If you are currently in a space with a disability accommodation you will need to submit your on-line application and license by March 31st. If you have a newly-diagnosed condition, please make an appointment with Wendy Crowe by calling 410-455-3770.
The Meal Plan you choose during the on-line application process will be billed to your student account in August. Students assigned to residence halls will be assigned to the Terrific 10 plan if one is not chosen. You have until July 10th to change/cancel your meal plan in your housing application. If you wish to change your meal plan after that date contact the Campus Card office directly using the RT system.
All apartment communities and Patapsco Hall are open during the breaks and winter session. The following rooms in Harbor Hall are also 9-month: 151-156, 162-174, 225-239, 262-274, 325-339, and 362-374. If assigned to a 9-month space in Patapsco or Harbor Hall you'll be required to purchase a January meal plan.