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Welcome to UMBC Residential Life's 2016 Housing Selection! This process will allow you to choose a room to live on campus for next year. Our system is fully online and will allow you to participate in Housing Selection using your smartphone, tablet, or any computer. Just apply, connect, and select!

  Common Links:

   • Apply for Housing
   • Housing Selection Brochure
   • Sample Housing License
   • Housing Rates

Key Dates

March 7 @ 12:00 PM - Housing applications and licenses available online

March 7 @ 12:00 PM - Housing Selection Info Session in Apartment Community Center

March 9 @ 1:00 PM - Housing Selection Info Session in Apartment Community Center

March 14-18 - Spring Break

March 25 @ 11:59PM - Deadline for submitting your housing application and license

March 7-29 @ 12:00 PM - Roommate Group Formation and Roommate Search

March 29-31 @ 12:00 PM - Gender Inclusive Roommate Group Formation.

March 31 @ 12:00 PM - All groups will lock and will no longer be editable

April 1 - Selection times are assigned and emailed to groups based on group credit average

April 6 - Online Room Selection - 80 - 120+ credits as group average

April 7 - Online Room Selection - 40 - 79 credits as group average

April 8 - Online Room Selection - 0 - 39 credits as group average

Click here to see Key Terms

Gender Inclusive - Shared housing regardless of gender or biological sex. Requirements can be found in the online application.

Roommate Group - Residents will form roommate groups of 1-4 people for all Housing Selection procedures. Groups larger than 4 will not be placed together.

Group Leader - Person who creates a group and selects a room or apartment for group members.

Housing Selection - Process where current residents choose rooms for the next academic year

March 25th - Major deadline to apply and submit your on-line license for priority housing for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Passcode - This is a completely random code unique to you and is not a password – it is only to match roommates. You should give your group leader this passcode. The person that enters the passcodes automatically becomes the group leader. Your passcode can be found on the top-right corner of

Click on the corresponding images below to retrieve important information about that stage of Housing Selection at UMBC.

Eligibility - Who Can Participate?
· Must be in good financial standing (have $0 UMBC student account balance). Students on the Monthly Payment Plan will be able to participate fully as long as payments are up to date.
· Must apply online and submit online housing license by March 25th at 11:59PM.
· 5th year students and beyond are guaranteed housing at Walker Avenue Apartments. Graduate students are also only eligible to apply for Walker Avenue Apartments Housing.

Applying - Choose Walker Avenue or Residential Life Housing
Your first decision will be whether you want to live in Residential Life Housing or Walker Avenue Apartments. Starting on March 7th, the following applications are shown when you login to Residence:
· Residential Life Housing Application 2016-2017
· Walker Avenue Apartments Housing Application 2016-2017

NOTE: You can select either Residential Life OR Walker, but not both - so make sure you've decided which option you want BEFORE you click the application. You will not see the Walker Application if you have less than 39 credits.

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Current Reslife Resident

Staying in Reslife Housing

Submitting a new license by March 25th authorizes Residential Life to roll your housing deposit already on file forward into the next academic year. If you cancel your application at a later date you will forfeit the deposit in addition to incurring cancellation fees.

Current Reslife Resident

Moving to Walker Housing

Submitting a Walker license by March 25th authorizes Residential Life to forward your existing $200 housing deposit to Walker for the reservation fee. If you cancel with Walker you will forfeit the $200 you had on file in addition to incurring cancellation fees.

Current Walker Resident

Staying in Walker Housing

You must pay a new $200 reservation fee to Walker each year.

Current Walker Resident

Moving to Reslife Housing

You must pay a $200 deposit when submitting your application


Roommate Searching Module
Get ready to find a roommate! You can filter for students with similar preferences to find a good match for the next academic year. The roommates module allows you to filter on items such as sleep habits, room condition, allergies, and more. You can send a potential roommate a message through our system. That person will need to accept your offer before you become a group. You may choose to not have your profie searched at any time by setting your My Account > Matching Profile Visibility to “Hide”. You may also form groups with specific roommates you already know by having one person indicate the roommate’s code. You may form groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Living Learning Communities (LLCs)
If you're interested in returning to your same Living Learning Community please fill out -- “Living Learning Communities: I am currently living on a Living Learning Community floor/ wing and would like to return to the same community for the 2016-2017 academic year” on your application. You must submit your housing application and license by the March 25th deadline. You should work closely with the Program Coordinator for your flor to determine if you are eligible to return to the floor. If you cannot return to the floor, you’ll need to make another choice during housing selection.

Quiet Lifestyle
Quiet Lifestyle floors enjoy extended quiet hours per community agreement. These floors are:
• Chesapeake 3rd West
• Erickson 4th South
• Harbor 4th South
• Patapsco Basement East
• Potomac Basement South
• Hillside - Elk
• Terrace - Chincoteague
• West Hill - Part of Wye

Meal Plans
Please note that you will be billed for the meal plan you select on your housing application. If you wish to change your meal plan you will need to contact the Campus Card office directly after July 1st by sending them an RT ticket from the “help” tab in your myUMBC account. If you do not select a meal plan and you are assigned to a residence hall, you will automatically be billed for the 12-meal-a-week plan. All students living in a residence hall are required to be on a meal plan. Students living in Potomac and Harbor 9-month housing are required to purchase a winter session meal plan of at least a $50 flex plan.

Housing for Students with Special Needs
If you are currently in a space with a disability or medical accommodation, remember to submit your application and housing license by the March 25th deadline. You must work with Valerie Valentine: or call 410-455-8496 in Student Disability Services for any kind of housing accommodation.

Requesting Commuters, Transfers or Incoming Freshmen as Roommates
Due to the different housing selection cycles, current residential students are not able to select incoming freshmen or transfer students as roommates during the Housing Selection process.

New this year! Apply at the Residential Life Office – Erickson Hall 184 – to request to add a current commuting student to your 1 or 3 person group (3 person groups will not be honored). A limited number of “passes” will be offered to current commuting students who would like to participate in Housing Selection with a group of current residential students.


Assignment of Selection Times
Your group selection times are assigned based on the average of your cumulative credits as of the end of the Winter 2016 semester. The order of times is based on that average, and does not prioritize by group size.

Making your selection!
Beginning on April 1st you will see all housing selection options that are available to you. The time assigned to your group based on your group credit average will display in a countdown clock. When your selection time is reached, your group leader can select a room from any available space.


Selection Dates


Residential Life Housing Selection

April 6 - 8

Residential Life rooms will be available in a single housing selection process: including single, double, triple and apartment/suite rooms.

Walker Avenue Apartments Housing Selection

April 6 - 8

This option is only available if you and your group apply to Walker Avenue Apartments in March. More information on Walker Avenue Apartments can be found at