Current Students

2022-2023 Academic Year Housing

The information on this page is specific to 2023-2024 Academic Year Housing. Students seeking on-campus housing for the current academic year (Fall 2022 & Spring 2023) should visit our Housing Waitlist Process page.


Communities

Currents students may have the option to live in our residence halls, suites, or apartments  depending on their number of completed credits and availability of space. We encourage all students to explore our communities prior to completing their housing application.

  • Students must have 30 completed credits to be eligible for suites.
  • Students must have 39 completed credits to be considered for Walker Avenue Apartments.
  • Students generally have 50 completed credits to be considered for Residential Life Apartments.

Priority Housing Application Deadline

Students are guaranteed housing for the upcoming academic year if they participate in Housing Selection (see below) during the Spring semester. Housing Selection is the process by which current students select their room and/or roommates for the upcoming academic year. Current residents must reapply for housing annually. 

Students who are not eligible or who miss the Housing Selection Application deadline, are invited to submit a General Housing Application. Once submitted, they will be added to a housing waitlist. Waitlist offers will be made throughout the summer and into the academic year, as space permits.

Apply on the Housing Portal


Walker Avenue 2023-2024 Housing Selection Deadlines
Commuter Pass Available March 1, 2023
Walker Avenue Housing Selection Applications Available
to Eligible Students
March 1, 2023
Walker Avenue Housing Selection Application Deadline March 10, 2023 at 5PM*
Walker Avenue Roommate Social TBD
Walker Avenue Roommate Formation Deadline March 17, 2023
Walker Avenue Housing Selection March 28 & 29, 2023

*The Walker Avenue Housing Selection Application will close on March 10, 2023 at 5PM or when 500 individuals have applied, whichever occurs first.


Residential Life 2023-2024 Housing Selection Deadlines
Commuter Pass Available March 1, 2023
Residential Life Housing Selection Applications Available
to Eligible Students
April 1, 2023
Residential Life Housing Selection Application Deadline April 14, 2023 at 5PM
Residential Life Roommate Social TBD
Residential Life Roommate Formation Deadline April 17, 2023
Residential Life Housing Selection April 26-28, 2023

The General Housing Interest (Waitlist) Application will be made available on May 2, 2023 at Noon for commuters and those who missed the housing selection application deadline.


Housing Selection

Housing Selection Eligibility

Walker Avenue Apartment Selection Eligibility

In order to be granted the application, which you must submit to participate in Walker Avenue Apartment’s housing selection, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must either be enrolled as a graduate student or be an undergraduate student with 39+ completed credits by March 1, 2023.
  • Must be in good financial standing. Students with outstanding student account balances greater than $250 will not be granted access to the application. You should contact Student Business Services to find out how to clear your account balance. Once you clear your account, you should contact the Residential Life Office to request access to the application.
  • Must be a currently enrolled UMBC resident or commuter who completed a “Commuter Pass” with a current resident. We recommend that “Commuter Passes” be submitted no later than March 9, 2023 to ensure our staff can review your request and issue the Housing Selection application to the commuting student before the March 10, 2023 deadline.
  • Students who are not actively enrolled in classes at the time of Housing Selection will not be eligible for participation.
  • Must be one of the first 500 students to fully submit their Walker Avenue Housing Selection Application, License & $200 Reservation Fee, as space is limited at Walker Avenue. Residents who do not make the cut-off will have the option to:
    • Complete the Residential Life Housing Selection application available April 1, 2023 and participate in Residential Life housing selection, or
    • Complete the General Interest Application on May 2, 2023 to be added to the Walker Avenue waitlist.

Residential Life Selection Eligibility

In order to be granted the application, which you must submit to participate in Residential Life’s housing selection, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate student, who did not complete a Walker Avenue Apartment’s Housing Selection Application (March 2023).
  • Must be in good financial standing. Students with outstanding student account balances greater than $250 will not be granted access to the application. You should contact Student Business Services to find out how to clear your account balance. Once you clear your account, you should contact the Residential Life Office to request access to the application.
  • Must be a currently enrolled UMBC resident or commuter who completed a “Commuter Pass” with a current resident. We recommend that “Commuter Passes” be submitted no later than April 13, 2023 to ensure our staff can review your request and issue the Housing Selection application to the commuting student before the April 14, 2023 deadline.
  • Students who are not actively enrolled in classes at the time of Housing Selection will not be eligible for participation.

Step 1: Apply

Walker Avenue Apartment Housing Application

Students must be one of the first 500 to submit their Walker Avenue Housing Selection Application between March 1, 2023 and March 10, 2023 at 5PM to be guaranteed on-campus housing and participate in Walker Avenue’s Housing Selection.

As part of the application you will be required to acknowledge the Housing License (contract) and pay a $200 Reservation Fee.

Residents who do not make the cut-off or deadline will have the option to:

    • Complete the Residential Life Housing Selection application available April 1, 2023 and participate in Residential Life housing selection, or
    • Complete the General Interest Application on May 2, 2023 to be added to the Walker Avenue waitlist.

Residential Life Housing Application

Students must submit their Residential Life Housing Selection Application by April 14, 2023 at 5PM to be guaranteed on-campus housing and participate in Housing Selection.

As part of the application you will be required to acknowledge the Housing License (contract) and pay a $200 Reservation Fee.


Application Questions

  • While there are questions on the application about your housing preferences, the application does not determine where you will live. You will have the opportunity to pick your room during Room Selection (Step 3).
  • If you plan to live in a Gender Inclusive housing, we strong recommend that you indicate that preference/need on your housing application.

What is a Housing License?

  • The housing license is a contract.
  • Students must complete a housing license in order to participate in Housing Selection.
  • The term of the license is for the entire academic year, both Fall & Spring semesters.
  • Students that submit a license and change their mind or cancel their assignment prior to the start of move-in will be assessed a cancellation fee. For more information about cancellations and petitions, please review the Housing Procedures.
  • You can only form a roommate group with those students who have completed the same license as yourself (ex. a student who completes the Walker Application cannot live with someone who completes the Residential Life application).

Reservation Fee Information

  • Students must pay a $200 housing reservation fee in order to participate in Housing Selection.
  • The housing reservation fee is mandatory. Students with significant financial need are welcome contact Residential Life by April 13, 2023.
  • Payment must be in the form of Credit Card or ACH.
  • The reservation fee money will be applied as a credit toward your first 2023-2024 housing bill.

Step 2: Roommate Group Formation

This step is optional, as students may apply for housing and select a room as an individual.

Benefits of Forming a Group

  1. You know who you will be living with for the upcoming year.
  2. If your selection time is in conflict with your schedule, another member of your group can pick your room.

Roommate Group Requirements

  • You may form groups of 2 or 4.
  • You can only form a roommate groups with those students who have completed the same application as yourself (Walker Avenue or Residential Life).
  • Due to the different housing selection cycles, current residents are not able to request incoming freshmen or transfer students as roommates during the Housing Selection process.
  • Groups that do not meet size requirements and those with students who did not finalized their housing license will be considered incomplete, and may be split into individual groups of 1. 

How to Form a Roommate Group

Roommate Search Function

The Roommate Module in the housing portal allows you to search profiles of students with the same sex assigned at birth and same approved application and housing license type (Walker Avenue or Residential Life). You can filter based on sleep habits, room condition, allergies, and more to find a match. 

  • Walker Avenue Roommate Search Available: March 1- March 14
  • Residential Life Roommate Search Available: April 1- April 13

You may choose to hide your profile by going to My Account > Matching Profile Visibility to “Hide”.

Gender Inclusive Roommate Group Formation

Due to system limitations, students seeking to form Gender Inclusive Groups have to wait until the profile searching function is disabled to form groups.  

  • Walker Avenue Gender Inclusive Roommate Group Formation Available: March 15- March 17
  • Residential Life Gender Inclusive Roommate Group Formation Available: April 14- April 17

Students who wish to participate in our Gender Inclusive Housing Selection process as an individual (no group) should indicate interest in Gender Inclusive housing on their application.

Step 3: Room Selection

Selecting your room is completely optional, but strongly recommended.

Your selection time will be sent to your UMBC email at least two days before the start of the selection period.

Selection times are assigned based on your group’s average completed credits and the selection process in which you are participating, times are not prioritized by group size or class year. If you are not part of a group, your time is assigned based on your completed credits. If students are part of a roommate group, their group’s average credits will be used to determine the time (ex. Student A has 45 credits and Student B has 15 credits, their Group Average is 30 credits and they will select with other groups/individuals that also have a 30 credit average). 

Some students/groups may not receive a selection time if demand for housing is higher than the amount of available spaces. Students who did not receive a selection time but met the other requirements are still guaranteed housing, and will be assigned to housing by the Residential Life Assignments team over the summer. Typically, groups with lower individual or group credit averages may not be issued a selection time.

The group leader must log into the housing portal during the assigned selection time to pick a room from the available inventory. Some buildings or communities may not be available for you to select, as they may be dedicated for first-year students and/or Quarantine & Isolation housing. Students have until the conclusion of the selection period to log-in and pick a room.

After selection closes, students/groups that did not select will be assigned by Residential Life during the summer.  Again, Residential Life cannot stress how important it is that students pick a room.  It’s better to pick something and contact our office after selection to see if a change can be made, then to not select anything and be assigned in the summer to whatever spaces remain.

Housing Selection Resources