COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
UMBC is open. The physical campus is closed, but courses are now online and employees are working remotely.
Skip to Main Content

COVID-19 Residential Life Updates

Residential Life is committed to working with students to ensure a safe and healthy community.  To that aim, we are following the recommendations of USM and UMBC around COVID-19.

Below are links to communication sent specifically to residential students regarding COVID-19 and updated housing procedures. Additional information on COVID-19, prevention tips, and what UMBC is doing to prepare is available here.

April 2, 2020

March 30, 2020

March 25, 2020

March 23, 2020

March 20,2020

March 11, 2020

March 10, 2020

Residential Communities Closure Timeline

  • March 13, 2020 at 8PM- 8-Month Communities Close
  • March 14, 2020 at 12PM- 9-Month & 12-Month Communities Close
  • TBD– Appointments for students to retrieve personal items.


  • When will I be able to remove my items from my room?
    • Governor Hogan issued a “Stay-at-Home” order. This means Marylanders may only leave their homes for essential work, to get food or prescriptions, or for other “absolutely necessary” reasons. As a result of this new Executive Order, the opportunity to return to campus to remove your belongings is postponed and all scheduled appointments have been cancelled. Once the order is lifted, we will share next steps for students and families.
  • How do I receive mail or packages that have been sent to UMBC?
    • All community desks closed on March 13, 2020 and are unable to receive mail/packages. All student mail sent/received via USPS will be returned to sender by Campus Card and Mail Services. When UMBC staff resume normal operations any packages received for students before March 13, 2020 will be returned to sender. We encourage students to contact their delivery carrier and/or vendors to update their delivery options and address.
  • Will I receive a refund for my semester housing?
    • We are receiving a number of questions related to financial issues including refunds for housing and meals. Please know that we understand the concern and are working closely with the University System of Maryland to develop a plan to address these issues. However, for the next few days, staff are focusing on the immediate needs of students departing campus and instructors that are transitioning classes to online. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience during this rapidly evolving situation.
  • Do I need to complete my Census?
    • The Census Bureau has issued updated guidance that college students will be counted as they would have if COVID-19 had not occured. In other words, you should be counted as living at your on-campus residence as if the health crisis did not cause your living arrangements to change. Even if you have returned to your family home or are residing somewhere else temporarily, you should still be counted as part of the university community where you normally live. If someone else has counted you in their Census questionnaire, the Census Bureau asks that they “return to the online questionnaire and resubmit your information.” The Census Bureau has procedures in place to resolve duplicate submissions.UMBC originally intended to offer in-person census collection for residential students. The Census Bureau provided guidance yesterday to shift to an eResponse option due to COVID-19.