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Housing Application Process

Step 1: Housing Application

The application is the first step for all students interested in living on campus.  The application assists in the assignment and roommate matching process, so students should make sure they complete this application honestly and accurately. Students are encouraged to review special housing options before submitting the application.

Visit umbc.edu/go/housing to complete your application. Students should enter their myUMBC username and password.

  • Students interested in applying for Spring 2021 should complete the Spring Housing Interest Application, available starting October 1, 2020. For more information about Spring 2021 Housing, visit our COVID-190 FAQ Page.
  • Students interested in applying for 2021-2022 academic year housing can expect to see the Application in early Spring.

Quick Tip: Watch this video on how to complete the Housing Application!

Step 2: Housing License & Deposit

COVID-19 Spring 2021 License & Deposit Information

On November 17, 2020 our staff will begin making offers to students who complete the Spring Housing Interest Application. In the event that demand for housing is greater than capacity, we have identified factors that prioritize student academic success during COVID-19.

View a sample of the Residential Life Housing License for Spring 2021 Academic Semester 

Typical Academic Year License & Deposit Information

Students will only be assigned to a room once they have submitted their housing license and deposit.

The term of the license is for the entire academic year, defined as beginning with the start of the Fall Semester, or upon Occupancy whichever occurs first, through the end of the Spring Semester.

  • Current residents who complete the application by the priority deadline (Housing Selection) are required to acknowledge the housing license at the time of application, and are not required to pay the deposit if there is already one on file.
  • Newly admitted first-year students who complete the application by the May 1st priority deadline are required to acknowledge the housing license and pay the deposit at the time of application.
  • Transfer students and spring admits who complete the application by the priority deadline will be emailed a link to a separate Housing License & Deposit application after the priority deadline.  They must read and accept the terms of the housing license online and pay the $200 housing deposit by the deadline in the offer email in order to be assigned to housing for the upcoming year.
  • Wait listed students may be emailed an offer, if and when space becomes available. They must read and accept the terms of the housing license online and pay the $200 housing deposit by the deadline in the offer email in order to be assigned to housing for the upcoming year.
  • If under the age of 18, upon agreeing to the terms of this license, you will need to complete License Verification form with a parent/guardian. Further instructions will be provided in the application. After you click the link in the application:
    • Provide names and emails for those who need to sign the form.
    • The form will be sent via email to student complete, then
    • The form is sent via email to guardian to complete, then
    • The form is sent to Residential Life
    • The student will need to sign and acknowledge the form because it gets emailed to your parent/guardian.

Step 3: Roommate Requests

COVID-19 Spring 2021 Roommate Request Information

Students interested in requesting a new or different roommate will receive instructions about requesting a roommate with their Housing Offer Letter. Once students complete the Spring License and deposit (if applicable), they will be able to request up to one (1) roommate, with whom they will share a bathroom.

Typical Academic Year Roommate Request Information

Only students who meet the priority deadlines may request specific roommates prior to the start of the fall semester.

  • The period for current residents to request specific roommates is in March. Current residents should review the Housing Selection Guide for more information about the roommate group formation process.
  • The period for newly admitted first-year students to request a specific roommate is mid-May until June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Students may only request one (1) preferred roommate who is also an incoming Fall 2020 Freshman. Instructions on forming groups can be found in you UMBC email from Residential Life. If you would like to form a group of 3 for a triple occupancy room (3 sets of furniture in one larger room at a reduced cost) or are having technical difficulty, please contact Wendy Crowe in Residential Life at crowe@umbc.edu or 410-455-8832. Please do not form a group of 4, as it will not be honored.

Step 4: Housing Assignment 

COVID-19 Spring 2021 Roommate Request Information

Students that completed the application by the Spring Priority deadline should receive their assignment on/or around January 15.

Typical Academic Year Assignment Information

Housing assignments will be communicated to students via UMBC email.

  • Current residents who complete the application by the priority deadline are expected to login and select their fall room during their assigned selection time.  Current residents should review the Housing Selection Guide for more information about the selection process.
  • Newly admitted students who completed the application by May 1 should receive their assignment in mid-July.

Housing Wait List

COVID-19 Spring 2021 Waitlist Request Information

Due to COVID-19 we will make offers on a rolling basis. In the event that demand for housing is greater than capacity, we have identified factors that prioritize student academic success.

Typical Academic Year Waitlist Request Information

Wait list offers are made throughout the summer and into the start of the Spring semester. Students will remain on the wait list until we are able to make them an offer which could be as early as August and as late as January. If offered a spot and a student declines or does not respond to the offer, they will be removed from the wait list.

Since we may be unable to accommodate all students on the wait list, we encourage students and families to explore additional housing and transportation options for the fall semester.  Below are two campus offices that may be of interest to you to contact:

  • Off-Campus Student Services: Supports students with off-campus housing options, carpooling programs, and commuter services
  • Transit: Supports students interested in learning about ride share programs and public transportation.

Housing Cancellation

  • Students may cancel their housing license prior to the start of the Fall Semester by submitting an RT Ticket. Approved cancellations will result in a $200 housing deposit forfeiture.  A cancellation fee may be applied based on timing of the request.
  • Students who have only licensed for the Spring semester may cancel their housing license prior to the start of the Spring Semester by submitting an RT Ticket. Approved cancellations will result in a $200 housing deposit forfeiture.  A cancellation fee may be applied based on timing of the request.
  • Students seeking to cancel their housing after taking occupancy must formally petition for release from the license.
  • For more information about the cancellation process visit the Housing Procedures page.