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UMBC Residential Life

Residents may choose to live in one of several communities on campus. Freshmen who live on campus are required to live in one of five residence halls (Chesapeake, Patapsco, Potomac, Susquehanna, Erickson). Upper-class students may apply to live in the halls, or in one of three apartment communities. All of our facilities are complete with:

  • carpeting,
  • cable,
  • individually controlled heating and air conditioning,
  • semi-private bathrooms shared by no more than five people
  • and wireless access (individual rooms in residence halls and in common rooms for apartments).

Students who need housing during semester breaks can choose Patapsco Hall, which is designated as continuous occupancy. Several other Special Lifestyle Options and Living Learning Communities are tailored to meet student's interests and needs. As you read the descriptions of our facilities, you might notice that many of the buildings in UMBC's residence system are named after a body of water in Maryland. Many of these waters were named by or for native Maryland Indians.

All of our residence halls are similar and consist of suites of two rooms joined by a connecting bathroom. Rooms are furnished with one bed, wardrobe or closet, desk, and chair for each person assigned to the room. All rooms and hallways in these buildings are carpeted. Most rooms are doubles, with a limited number of singles and triples also available in the building. A cable television hook-up is available in each residence hall room. High-speed Ethernet data connectivity is available for each student in a single, double or triple room.

Chesapeake, Erickson, Harbor, Patapsco, Potomac, Susquehanna

Upper-class students may apply to live in one of four apartment communities. All of UMBC's apartments have kitchens and four single occupancy bedrooms, with shared bath and common living areas. A phone, cable television hook-up, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning are standard. Apartment residents pay their own monthly electric "utility" bills (except in Walker Avenue where utilities are included in monthly rent). Common areas are furnished with a loveseat or sofa, a chair, an end table, a dining/study table, and four dining/study chairs. Room furnishings include a bed, a dresser, a desk, and a chair. The bedrooms and living areas are carpeted. Each apartment community contains six to eight individually named buildings.

Hillside, Terrace, Walker Avenue, West Hill