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Fall 2021 Housing FAQs

Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2021 Questions

What will housing occupancy and capacity look like for the Fall?

Based the great care and responsibility our students have shown, efficient testing processes, and the downward trend in COVID positivity rates, Residential Life plans to re-open our residential communities at increased occupancy for the 2021-22 academic year.

As a result, most Residential Life bedrooms will return to standard capacity for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Standard single bedrooms will house 1 student.
  • Standard double (2-person) bedrooms will house 2 students.
  • Standard Triple and Quad bedrooms will be converted to double occupancy bedrooms, and billed at the double room rate.
  • Students will share a bathroom with up to 3 other students.

Residential Life plans to convert a limited number of double occupancy bedrooms (Potomac Hall’s South Wing) to single occupancy bedrooms, at an increased room rate. This will allow students to have their own room and share a bathroom with no more than 1 other person. For more information please visit Residential Life’s Response to COVID-19.

Can I request to live by myself?

Students should expect to share a bathroom/common spaces with up to three other students.

We will offer a select number of converted double bedrooms in the Potomac Hall community at a proposed increased room rate. This will allow students to have their own room and share a bathroom with no more than 1 other person. Students may indicate a preference for converted singles at the time of their housing offer. Spaces will be limited and will not be guaranteed.

Standard single bedrooms are available in all of our apartments and in select Harbor, Patapsco, and Susquehanna spaces for upperclass students and those with approved an approved medical accommodation.

Can I apply for fall housing?

Yes, students interested in living on campus this for the 2021-2022 academic year should complete the Housing Interest Application at  For more information about the housing application process please visit

Is 2021-2022 housing guaranteed?

Students who complete the Interest Application by their priority deadline are guaranteed a housing offer.

Those who miss their priority deadline are welcome to apply and will be added to the housing wait list. Wait list offers are made throughout the summer and into the start of the Spring semester, as space permits. Students will remain on the wait list until we are able to make them an offer, which could be as early as May or as late as January (Spring semester).

Who is eligible to live on-campus this year?

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply for housing. In the event that demand for housing is greater than capacity, we have identified factors that prioritize student academic success.

Can I apply for Walker Avenue Apartments?

Students interested in living at Walker Avenue Apartments  should indicate interest on their spring housing application. If you meet the criteria and Walker Avenue Apartments has the ability to house you, you may be referred to their staff.

Can I request to a roommate?

Students interested in requesting a roommate will receive instructions about requesting a roommate with their Housing Offer Letter.

Will we be assigned or do we get to select my room?

Currents students who participate in Housing Selection are able to pick their room for the 2021-2022 academic year. Newly admitted students and those who missed their priority deadline will be assigned by the Residential Life staff. Our team will refer to application preferences when assigning for the year.

When will I receive my fall housing assignment?

Students will receive their spring housing assignments in mid July.

When does the Fall semester begin?

The academic semester is scheduled to begin on August 31, 2021, with move-in tentatively beginning on August 28, 2021 for new students and August 30, 2021 for returning students. However, these dates are subject to change based on the recommendations of the University System of Maryland and UMBC leadership. For more information about Move-In please visit

What are the housing rates?

Room and board rates can be found at

Can we stay on campus during breaks?

Students assigned to 9-month communities will be permitted to remain on campus during break periods. Students assigned to 8-month communities should plan to leave campus during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks.

Will there be a shortened fall semester?

At this time, UMBC anticipates housing, dining, and classes to continue in-person for the entire Fall semester.

If I do not live on campus in the fall, can I apply for spring?

Yes, students who are unsure about housing plans for the fall are welcome to submit an application for Spring 2022 housing. Spring housing applications will be available in October.  Please visit for more information.

How do I submit a housing request for a medical/personal issue?

Students seeking an accommodation due to medical need should (1) indicate potential needs on the housing application and (2) work with Student Disability Services. While it’s helpful for our staff to know that you might have a need on your housing application, housing placement decisions are made based on the recommendations from Student Disability Services.

I’m autoimmune compromised, how can I ensure I will not share a space with more than 1 other student?

Students with an approved accommodation for a single occupancy room may choose to be assigned by the Residential Life staff, rather than participating in Housing Selection. Students with documented disabilities that would like to request a housing accommodation based on a disability/disabling condition will need to register with the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) through Accommodate (via the online SDS Registration Form) and provide documentation of their disability and limitations that would require a modification to housing. Valerie Valentine at Student Disability Services: or 410-455-8496 is the recommended contact for students seeking housing accommodations.

Do I need to be vaccinated?

The University System of Maryland has announced that it will require COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on a Maryland campus in Fall 2021. We know that our community has many questions about exceptions, submitting vaccination status, and more. For more information please visit

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