About Us

Residential Life (RL) is responsible for operating and maintaining the residential facilities as well as coordinating programs and services for approximately 4,000 students who live on campus. UMBC’s Residential Life program not only provides living environments which are clean, secure, and convenient to classes, but it also provides you with growth and development opportunities.

Additionally, Residential Life in partnership with Events and Conference Services, provides event and conference lodging for internal and external groups.


Residential Life co-creates exceptional and innovative living-learning environments for our campus community.


Residential Life provides facilities, services, and programs that support the academic mission of the institution and enhance the quality of life for students living on campus. Residential Life staff foster the personal, social, academic, and leadership development of resident students and prepare them to be active and responsible citizens within the UMBC community and beyond. We seek to accomplish this mission by:

  • providing clean, comfortable, safe, accessible, and functional facilities;
  • providing caring, high quality, and prompt delivery of service;
  • being purposeful in our involvement, development, and empowerment of all students and staff; and
  • promoting education for all students and being purposeful and intentional in departmental decisions, services, programs, and facilities in order to foster a community where the diversity of all members of the community is respected.

Diversity Statement

UMBC is a community composed of students, faculty, and staff of different cultures, sexes, genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious affiliations, races, sexual orientations, and levels of ability. We take pride in that diversity. Each of us must do our part to encourage productive interaction and relationships among the residents who live in our residence halls and apartments. Residential living exposes students to individuals and experiences that will help them learn about themselves and others, and understand how the differences and similarities they discover impact their daily lives. We believe that there is a great deal to be learned, taught, and shared by each of us.

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices is a philosophy and a set of formal and informal tools which view building relationships, repairing harm, and rebuilding trust when harm occurs as important ways to create a peaceful and productive society.  At UMBC, Restorative Practices helps us strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within our community. Learn more about Restorative Practices at UMBC.