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Housing Process FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions about housing assignments, applications, deposits, and schedule

Housing Assignments, Applications, Deposits, and Schedule

Fall 2020 Questions

Why were 2020-2021 academic housing licenses canceled for students who met the original deadline?

As a result of the COVID-19 health restrictions beyond the University’s control, we canceled all of the 2020-2021 housing licenses and intend to offer a limited housing license for an abbreviated term during the fall semester only (August 2020 – November 25, 2020) to a more limited number of students due to health advice recommending single bedroom settings. Additionally, in response to the health and safety challenges, the on-campus housing experience will be significantly different from what was offered in the original full academic year housing license. These changes, under CDC and health officials’ guidance, in the abbreviated duration of the license, the single bedroom occupancy resulting in different charges, and the new rules and expectations around maintaining a healthy environment, revealed that the performance of the original housing license became an impossibility.

Why was my housing license cancelled and what are my options?

  • All original 2020-2021 housing licenses were terminated, in order to make accommodations for the new abbreviated fall-only housing arrangement. Students who meet some or all of the priority criteria were invited to either complete a Housing License for the Abbreviated Term during the Fall 2020 Academic Semester or a Fall Housing Wait List Application.
  • Students who complete the new housing license by their offer deadline are guaranteed housing for the abbreviated term during the fall 2020 semester.
  • Students who complete the Fall Housing Wait List Application will be considered for on-campus housing based on the priority criteria and the availability of space, and may receive a housing license offer to complete.
  • Student who complete the Fall Housing Wait List Application and those who do not meet the priority criteria are encouraged to consider alternative housing and enrollment options for the fall 2020 semester:
    • Remain at home for the fall semester and enroll in all online courses.
    • If your house is within commutable distance, consider taking a combination of online and in-person/hybrid campus classes.
    • Explore Off-Campus Student Services, which supports students with resources for engaging in campus life, carpooling programs, and commuter services.
    • Review UMBC Transit options for commuting to campus from your home or off-campus space.

I paid a $200 housing deposit earlier, will it be refunded or held?

Students who paid a $200 housing deposit and license for the the fall semester will have their deposit held on file. Students who paid a $200 housing deposit and are not licensed for the fall should have been issued a refund on or around August 6, 2020.

If I do not live on campus in the fall, can I apply for spring (and visa versa)?

Yes, since students are only licensed for a semester at a time this year, they can elect not to live on campus for fall and apply for Spring housing. More information about the Spring application process will be available in October.

When and how will assignments be made?

We anticipate that most students will receive their housing assignment no later than July 24, 2020. Housing assignments will be determined based on students’ original housing application preferences. We will do our best to honor original roommate requests; however, if not all roommates were offered a housing license by the time of assignment, we cannot guarantee placement together.

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.

What are the fall housing rates?

We are consolidating the room rates to reflect the single room experience. The fall semester room rate is $3,925, which includes the $175 communication and technology fee.

If I complete the Fall Housing License, and decide to cancel can I get my deposit back?

Once a student completes the new fall license, they are committing to the new terms and agreements, including the cancellation terms, conditions, and fees. Students who cancel after they complete the new fall license forfeit their $200 housing deposit and may be assessed a termination fee based on timing of request.

Is UMBC considering beginning the fall 2020 semester early?

UMBC plans to begin classes as scheduled on August 27.

When will the residence halls open for fall 2020?

In order to maintain social distancing, move-in will take place between August 21, 2020 and August 26, 2020. Students will be assigned a specific move-in date and time. For more information about move-in please visit our Move-In Information page.

When do students have to move out?

UMBC will end all in-person classes sessions prior to Thanksgiving Break. All residents are expected to completely vacate and remove their personal items by the end of the abbreviated fall housing term (November 25, 2020 at 8 p.m.). In the event that a staggered move-out is required, Residential Life will provide students with additional information.

Why does the license end before the semester?

In June we announced that as a result of the COVID-19 health restrictions beyond the University’s control, we canceled all of the 2020-2021 housing licenses and intend to offer a limited housing license for an abbreviated term during the fall semester only (August 2020 – November 25, 2020) to a more limited number of students due to health advice recommending single bedroom settings. Additionally, in response to the health and safety challenges, the on-campus housing experience will be significantly different from what was offered in the original full academic year housing license. These changes, under CDC and health officials’ guidance, in the abbreviated duration of the license, the single bedroom occupancy resulting in different charges, and the new rules and expectations around maintaining a healthy environment, revealed that the performance of the original housing license became an impossibility.

Will we get a fall refund?

Students living on campus this fall completed a license that was for the abbreviated term, and since we honored the full length of the license there will be no housing refunds for the fall semester.

Why do WAA residents get to remain after November 25?

Walker Avenue residents sign a different license and agreement then Residential Life students. When UMBC cancelled the 2020-2021 license in response to the pandemic, MEDCO would not allow Walker to do the same. We were required to continue with the existing terms of the original WAA license, only making minor modifications to allow for COVID19 related safety precautions. Therefore, the original term dates still apply to WAA, as do the original license fees. So, we will need to account for the Walker residents staying over the break periods, as usual, as well as those returning in the spring during the regular academic term.

Can we keep our items in our rooms?

Students are expected to remove all personal belongings by November 25, 2020 at 8 p.m., so that our staff can access and prepare the halls for spring residents. Students who fail to remove all personal belongings will be assessed a fee for our staff to dispose of the items.

What are the move-out times?

Students will be able to select a move-out time between November 20, 2020 to November 25, 2020. In order to accommodate social distancing move-out slots are limited in number based on your community and are 3-hours long to accommodate the process. Follow the sign-up link provided in your email to pick your time.

How many people can assist with my move-out?

Similar to move-in, students may have up to one (1) guest assist with their move-out.

What are the checkout procedures?

Students are expected to vacate and complete the below checklist to help ensure the overall health and safety of your room and personal belongings:

  • Clean your bathroom and personal spaces well.
  • Clean your refrigerator and dispose of perishable items.
  • Defrost, unplug, and prop microfridge doors open.
  • Take all personal items.
  • Remove and dispose of all trash in a trash room or a dumpster.
  • Set the heat between 70-72 degrees.
  • Turn off water.
  • Turn off lights and bathroom exhaust fans.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Close blinds on ground floor rooms; leave blinds up on all other floors.
  • Report facilities concerns to FXIT (x53948).
  • Complete the Express Checkout Form

Where can out-of-state/international students store their belongings?

Students are not permitted to leave personal items in their rooms after the halls close on November 25, 2020 at 8 p.m. Items that are found during inspection will be disposed of, and students will be assessed a disposal fee. Students are encouraged to explore alternative temporary storage options in the area.

Students who are approved from transitional housing (see below) are welcome to store their items in their transitional assignment while they are on campus.

Will there be carts?

Yes, a limited number of moving carts will be available at each community desk. We recommend students and their families bring hand carts or wagons to assist with their checkout.

What happens with microfridges rented for the entire year?

Microfridges should remain in the room and arrangements will be made to relocate them in the spring if necessary.

Will students be tested before returning home?

There may be an opportunity to be tested prior to moving out. We will share details with residents soon.

Will I be able to live on campus after Thanksgiving Break?

We recognize that some students will need extended housing. Residents who are in good conduct standing and compliant with all COVID-19 requirements may be eligible to apply for transitional housing if and they are a(n):

  • International student,
  • In-season varsity athlete (Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, Swimming and Diving), or
  • Have an exceptional need such as homelessness/housing insecurity

If you meet the requirements, please contact Residential Life via RT Ticket to be issued the Transitional Housing application. Late stay applications are due by Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

What is the cost for transitional housing?

Students will be financially responsible for the transitional term.  You will be billed $250 per week for every portion of a week you are in housing.  Weeks begin on Sunday and end on Saturday.  There is no proration for a partial week stay.  Students should notify Residential Life if they intend to checkout or vacate before their indicated length of stay.

Where will approved transitional students be housed?

If approved, transitional students will be required to relocate to Transitional Housing in the apartments between November 20-22, 2020.

Will Transitional Students have roommates?

In order to support quarantine and isolation efforts, students approved for transitional housing will not have any roommates/apartment mates.

What are the expectations for students approved for Transitional Housing?

Please review the Transitional Housing Terms.

Will the dining hall be open after November 25?

Dining facilities are expected to close on November 25, 2020.  Students approved to remain on campus will have access to a kitchen and should make alternative arrangement for meal planning.

What happens with my meal plan?

Meal plans will end November 25, 2020. Students who apply to live on campus in the Spring will have the ability to add/change their meal plan for the upcoming semester.

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Spring 2021 Questions

Can I apply for spring housing?

Yes, students interested in living on campus this spring semester should complete the Spring Interest Application at umbc.edu/go/housing available beginning October 1, 2020. In early November, our staff will begin making offers to students who complete the application.

Is Spring housing guaranteed?

Students who complete the Spring Interest Application are not guaranteed housing; however, those who complete the application by November 15, 2020 will be given priority consideration.

Do I need to apply/reapply if I want to live on campus this Spring?

Yes, anyone interested in living on campus in the spring should complete the Spring Housing Application by November 15, 2020 for priority consideration, this includes current fall residents. The application will remain open through the new year.Who is eligible to live on-campus this spring semester?

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

If I do not live on campus in the fall, can I apply for spring (and visa versa)?

Yes, since students are only licensed for a semester at a time this year, they can elect not to live on campus for fall and apply for Spring housing. More information about the Spring application process will be available in October.

If I am currently living on campus and I reapply for the spring semester can I keep my current room?

We will do our best to honor current room assignments and roommates; however, we may need to reassign students to new buildings/rooms depending on the make-up of the spring semester residential population.

If I am currently living on campus and I reapply for the spring semester do I need to remove my items?

All fall residents are expected to completely vacate by November 25, 2020 at 8 p.m.; this includes removing all personal belongings. Students will not be allowed to store their items on campus during the semester housing break.

If I am currently living on campus and I reapply for the spring semester do I need to repay the $200 housing deposit?

No, current residents who reapply for the spring semester will not need to repay a housing deposit.

If I am currently living on campus and I decide not to live on campus, will I get my deposit back?

Yes, students who do not relicense for the spring semester can expect their deposit to be refunded on or around February 1, 2021.

Can I request to have a new or different roommate?

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.

Can I apply for Walker Avenue Apartments?

Students interested in living at Walker Avenue Apartments in the spring 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.

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

Students will be assigned by the Residential Life staff. Our team will refer to fall assignments and application preferences when assigning for the spring semester.

When will I receive my spring housing assignment?

Students will receive their spring housing assignments in early January.

When does the spring semester begin?

The academic semester is scheduled to begin on January 26, 2021 and end on May 20, 2021, with move-in tentatively beginning on January 22, 2021 – January 25, 2021. However, these dates are subject to change based on the recommendations of the University System of Maryland and UMBC leadership. We will communicate changes to semester dates before issuing housing offers to students in November.

What are the spring housing rates?

We are consolidating the room rates to reflect the single room experience. The spring semester room rate is $3,925, which includes the $175 communication and technology fee.

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.

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