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Important Dates

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Residential Life staff are excited to welcome new and returning students to UMBC! We will welcome new and returning students on Sunday, January 27, 2019 beginning at 9:00am. Since move-in is right around the corner, we want to make sure you have all of the information you need to make your move-in day fun and easy. We look forward to seeing you at your new home on campus!

I am a new student for Spring 2019. When should I expect to receive information about my housing assignment?

Housing Assignment information details will be emailed to your UMBC email account the week of January 21st and will also be viewable in your Residence Account:

I am a new student for Spring 2019 or a returning student who lived on campus for Fall 2018. When can I check in?

  • All residents will check in on Sunday, January 27, 2019, beginning at 9:00am. Community desks are open 24 hours a day.

Are there maps available to direct me to the community I will be living in?

Please click on our online map for assistance

What are the steps for parking and unloading on move in day?

University Police will help direct you as close as possible to your residence hall. Our goal is for each vehicle to remain in the unloading zone for no more than 15 minutes in order to keep the move-in process traffic flowing steadily.

Check the UMBC resident packing list, a check-list of items to bring/not bring on move-in day, and don’t forget the following:

  1. Bring your Red ID, or pick it up from Campus Card before you arrive.
  2. New students must fill out your meningitis form. Students will not be able to move into their room without meningitis information on file at University Health Services

Can I ship items to campus for move in?

Please do NOT ship any items to campus prior to your arrival!

How will I know about important campus communications?

Before coming to campus be sure to sign-up for e2Campus alerts.  Alerts allow the campus staff to communicate with you regarding emergencies, inclement weather, closings and more.

What should I know about bed lofting and appliances like microwaves, fridges etc.?

We recommend that roommates and apartment-mates communicate about appliances and other shared items prior to coming to campus in order to communicate about items, like TVs, fridges and microwaves.

Microwaves are allowed only in residential apartments (Hillside, Terrace, and Walker Avenue). Microfridge units are allowed in residence halls (Susquehanna, Chesapeake, Potomac, Patapsco, Erickson and Harbor). Rent a MicroFridge through MyFridgeRental. Residents should keep only one MicroFridge unit or one mini-fridge in their bedroom.

Apartments are equipped with refrigerators, so apartment residents should not bring additional refrigerators. Residence hall residents may have one refrigerator per bedroom, up to 4.3 cubic feet.

Bedlofts are available for rent to increase your room space, though they are only permitted in residence halls (excluding triple rooms).

For more information on appliances and items to leave at home review the Rights and Responsibilities Guide

Can I check in early?

No early arrival requests will be considered for Spring 2019 unless you are part of an approved Welcome Week group or have other prior approval.

When do classes begin?

Classes begin on Monday, January 28, 2019.

(Please note, all information is subject to change, please check back daily and remember to review your Residence Account)

If you have any questions feel free to contact Residential Life at 410-455-2591 or