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Welcome to UMBC Residential Life's 2014 Housing Selection! We have a new process available which will enable you to choose a room for next year. Our system is fully online and will allow you to participate in Housing Selection using your smartphone, tablet, or any computer. No more lines, no more waiting. Just apply, connect, and select!

For a full copy of the Housing Brochure, click here.

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

Click here to see current housing rates.

Having trouble? Read the FAQ!

Click here to see Key Terms

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

Group Residents - will form roommate groups of 1-4 people for all procedures except for Squatting & singles. 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 31st - Major deadline to apply and submit your on-line license for priority housing for the 2014-2015 academic year

One Stop - Option to have Residential Life staff select a room for you

Opt-In - Button you will click to join a housing selection process on-line

Opt-out - Button you will click to withdraw from a housing selection process on-line

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

Squatting - Option to keep your current space for next year in residence hall doubles or Walker Avenue only. You may only squat as an individual


Click here to see Key Dates

March 4 - Outstanding balance on UMBC account communication sent

March 5 - Residents may begin to apply for housing and submit license on-line

March 26 - Community Fest: Come to True Grits and get to know our communities from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 31 - Deadline to apply and submit housing license for 2014-15

April 2 - Single room opt-in deadline

April 3 - Gender-Neutral Housing opt-in deadline

April 3 - ResLife Squatting opt-in for residence halls

April 3 - Walker Avenue Squatting Opt-in deadline

April 8 - ResLife Apartments Opt-in – Hillside, Terrace and West Hill

April 8 - Walker Avenue Opt-in deadline

April 10-11 - ResLife Apartments Selection

April 10-11 - Walker Avenue Apartment Selection

April 15 - Erickson and Harbor Opt-in deadline

April 17-18 - Erickson and Harbor Hall Selection

April 22 - Residence Hall Opt-in deadline: Chesapeake, Patapsco, Potomac, Susquehanna Halls

April 22 - One-Stop Opt-in deadline

April 24-25 - Residence Hall Selection: Chesapeake, Patapsco, Potomac, Susquehanna Halls

Complete Application & Sign License
Before March 31st complete your housing application and license online at: http://www.umbc.edu/reslife/apply  (remember to hit “Submit Application” at the end!)
· Complete the application and license for housing 
· Remember to update your emergency contact information – this is critical information
· Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit it.
· You will not receive an email confirmation, but can view your submitted application online. You may not edit once its submitted
· Remember to click “SUBMIT” after you complete the application and housing license by the March 31st deadline

 

When filling out the application, you should be prepared to:
· Update your emergency contact information
· Select a meal plan
· Indicate your preferences – messy, neat, etc.
· Indicate if you are interested in returning to your LLC floor (if applicable)
· Indicate if you are interested in Gender-Neutral housing
· Have an account balance of less than $500
· Once you submit your application you may not change it
· AFTER YOU APPLY YOU WILL STILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN SELECTION TO OBTAIN THE COMMUNITY OF YOUR CHOICE
· Want Walker Avenue Apartments? You’ll need to decide where you want to live: Residential Life space OR Walker Avenue Apartments. You can only complete ONE application and license.

Housing for Accommodation Needs
If you are currently in a space with a disability accommodation remember to submit your application and housing license by the March 31st deadline.  For new accommodation requests, you must work with Valerie Valentine: valerie@umbc.edu 410-455-8496 in Student Support Services.  Students may also request an appointment with Wendy Crowe to discuss options by emailing: crowe@umbc.edu or calling 410-455-6349.  If you are in a medical single please apply for a single during the singles selection process which begins on April 1st. 

Living Learning Communities (LLCs)
If you are 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 2014-15 academic year” on your application. You must submit your housing application and license by the March 31st deadline.

9-month Housing
9-month continuous housing remains open over Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks. All apartments are 9-month spaces. In the residence halls 9-month spaces are in all of Potomac and the following floors in Harbor Hall: 1st North, 1st West, 2nd South, 2nd West, 3rd South, and 3rd West. 9-month housing in the residence halls is limited, only select this option if you need this kind of housing. 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.

Quiet Lifestyle
Quiet lifestyle floors enjoy extended quiet hours per community agreement Quiet Lifestyle Communities include: Chesapeake 3W, Erickson 4S, Harbor 4S, Hillside-Elk, Patapsco Basement E, Potomac Basement S, Terrace-Chincoteague

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 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 10-meal-a-week plan.

Requesting current Commuters, Transfers or Incoming Freshmen as Roommates
You are not able to select current commuters or incoming freshmen or transfer students as roommates during the spring Housing Selection process.

Non-Discrimination Statement: The University of Maryland, Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic background, genetics, disability, age, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, and/or veteran status in admission to and participation in education programs and activities, or employment practices in accordance with federal laws, including, but not limited to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Right Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, as well as state laws, and regulations.

Decide who you want to room with and then which community is best for you!
Start talking with roommates.  You can form roommate groups of no more than 4 in all processes except for Residence Hall and Walker Avenue squatting.  Remember that priority for Hillside, Terrace and West Hill Apartments goes to groups of 4!

· Talk to roommates and be prepared to form a group.  You may participate as an individual without a group.
· Meet new roommates and get to know the different communities at Community Fest 2014 on Wednesday, March 26th at True Grits from 4-7PM
· Work with your roommates to form a group when you join a selection process
· Visit different residential communities and talk to residents and staff
· Talk with Residential Life staff in the central office in Erickson Hall 184
· Attend an information session
· Know the dates for Opting In & Selection

Creating Groups

With great power, comes great responsibility.
Group leaders have power and responsibilities within the application process, and are therefore expected to act with integrity in their leadership role.  See pages 6–8 for required tasks associated with being a group leader.
All Group Members will:
· Have a responsibility to select a group leader who can represent their preferences accurately, and with integrity.
· Ensure that the group leader is available during the group time slot, or select a new Leader. 
The selected group leader will:
· Have the role of choosing spaces during selection processes.
· Need to know selection time slots to choose spaces at the most advantageous time for your group.   
· Have a responsibility to represent their fellow group members, and are expected to uphold the UMBC Community Living Principles.
· For questions about the charge of the group leader, please contact Residential Life at 410-455-8832. Should conflict arise in your group, please contact Lauren Mauriello at 443-612-7411.

 

Starts April 1st
Beginning on April 1st you will see all housing selection options that are available to you.  To participate in an option you must “opt-in” to the housing selection process.  You may only “opt-in” to one option at a time.  Be sure to select your preferred housing option first!  If you don’t get your first choice you will be able to opt-in to the next active selection option.

Depending on your selection option you will either pick your room or your room will be assigned to you by Residential Life staff.  On-line selection will occur for the following options:
· Residential Life Apartment Selection – Hillside, Terrace and West Hill (you will choose buildings and rooms only). You will not be able to see buildings that have filled.  Residential Life will assign specific apartments over the summer.  Remember 4-person groups receive priority for Residential Life apartments
· Walker Avenue Apartments Selection
· Erickson and Harbor Hall Selection
· Residence Hall Selection for Chesapeake, Patapsco, Potomac and Susquehanna Hall

How Selections Work!
· Once you’ve opted in to your preferred selection option and formed a group (if applicable) you will wait until your selection date begins – see dates on pages 3 & 8
· You will receive an email with your group’s selection time
· If your group leader is not available during the selection time they should promote a new leader for the group by clicking the green button
· A countdown timer will appear on your room selection page
· All group members will be able to view available rooms
· ONLY GROUP LEADERS WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE THE BUILDING AND ROOM AND CLICK THE FINALIZE ROOM SELECTION BUTTON
· For staff assistance, remember to select between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM when Reslife staff members are available to assist you. You may also refer to FAQs and other resources listed on Page 2

All current residents can select a room on campus for 2014-2015 under the following conditions:
· Must be in good financial standing (have less than a $500 UMBC student account balance)
· Must have lived in campus housing for less than 4 years (5+ years may choose housing at Walker Avenue Apartments only)
· Must apply on-line and submit on-line housing license by the March 31st deadline
· Students currently living on campus do NOT need to pay a housing deposit.  Residents returning to Walker Avenue must pay a new $200 reservation fee

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Click and use this table to help you sort things out!

I want to….

Eligible?

So choose…

Deadlines

Max Group Size

What next?

Notified

Live on Campus in 2014-15

Currently living on campus

You Must Apply & Submit License by 3/31

Apply:
3/31  11:45 pm

You

Check all the date below for the Opt-In & Selection Schedules

Log into your account to see that your application was
submitted

Live in a single room in a Residence Hall

Lived in housing less than 4 years

Single Room
Selection

Opt-in:
4/2  11:45 pm

No Groups

ResLife assigns you to a room in
credit order until spaces run out

April 4th - If you don’t get a space, you may Opt-in to
another!

Live in a Gender-Neutral  Apartment

Answer the Gender
Neutral question on your housing application

Gender Neutral
Selection

Opt-in:
4/3  11:45 pm

4

ResLife assigns you to a space based on your Gender Neutral statement in credit  average order

April 4th - If you don’t get a space, you may Opt-in to
another!

Stay in current space in 
CPK, PAT, PMC, SUS, ERK, HBR

Currently live in a
Residence Hall

ResLife Squatting
Selection

Opt-in:
4/3  11:45 pm

No Groups

ResLife will assign you to your
current space if available

April 4th - If you don’t get a space, you may Opt-in to
another!

Stay in my current space in Walker Avenue Apts

Currently live in Walker

Walker Avenue
Apartments Squatting Selection

Opt-in:
4/3   11:45 pm

No Groups

Walker will assign you to your current space if available

April 4th - If you don’t get a space, you may Opt-in to
another!

Select a new space in the
ResLife Apartments

If you’ve lived in housing less than 4 years

ResLife Apartment
Selection

Opt-in:
4/8  11:45 am

Selection:
4/10 - 4/11

4

Priority to groups of 4 and in credit average order, your group gets
assigned a time to pick a room

April 12th - If you don’t get a space, you may Opt-in to
another!

Select a new space in Walker Avenue Apts

You have 39+ credits

Walker Avenue
Apartments
Selection

Opt-in:
4/8  11:45 am

Selection:
4/10 - 4/11

4

In credit average order, your group gets assigned a time to pick a room

April 12th - If you don’t get a space, you may Opt-in to
another!

Select a space in Erickson or Harbor Hall

If you’ve lived in housing less than 4 years

Erickson Hall and
Harbor Hall
Selection

Opt-in:
4/15   11:45 am

Selection:
 4/17 -  4/18

4

In credit average order, your group gets assigned a time to pick a room

April 19th - If you don’t get a space, you may Opt-in to
another!

Select a space in
CPK, PAT, PMC, SUS

If you’ve lived in housing less than 4 years

All Other
Residence Hall
Selection

Opt-in:
4/22  11:45 am

Selection:
4/24 - 4/25

4

In credit average order, your group gets assigned a time to pick a room

April 28th - If you don’t get a space, we’ll assign you over the summer

Have ResLife assign me any space

If you’ve lived in housing less than 4 years

One Stop Selection

Opt-in:
4//22  11:45 am

4

ResLife will assign you to a room in credit average order

Everyone gets a room!