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Housing & Dining

Housing & Dining

Academics aside, when it comes to choosing a college, housing and dining can be big factors.

Where you sleep. There is a variety of housing options, both on and off-campus. The Department of Resident Life and Off Campus Housing Services help Terps find their home away from home.

Where you eat. From vegan cuisine to exotic ethnic menus and comfort-food favorites, UMD’s Department of Dining Services meets the dining needs of our campus community.

High rise residence hall at night

Denton Hall, an on-campus residence hall, lit up at night.

Inside of a residence hall room

Inside look at a residence hall room within Pyon-Chen Hall.

Apartment complex with outdoor seating.

There are many off campus apartment complexes located in College Park and the surrounding areas.

Chefs holding plates of food

Dining Services chef and nutritionist.

Stamp Student Union Food Court

The Stamp Student Union food court.

Department of Resident Life

Find your home away from home with the help of the Department of Resident Life. Whether you live in traditional-style, semi-suites, or apartment/suite style housing, living on-campus is your opportunity to fully immerse in the Terrapin community, make lifelong connections and be within steps of everything you need for a successful transition to college life. 9 out of 10 UMD freshmen live in the university's residence halls and all university housing has live-in resident assistants and successful upper-class students who can help you find your groove academically and socially.

360 Tour of UMD Residence Halls

Off Campus Housing Services

The university’s Off-Campus Housing Services provides personalized information and resources about housing and off-campus living. Resources available online include a searchable database listing rental properties in the area and the ability to search for roommates with similar housing needs and interests.

Off Campus Housing Database

Dining Services

Whether you choose to live on- or off-campus, you can take advantage of a dining plan that suits your needs and gives you unlimited access to food, seven days a week for the whole semester, while classes are in session and during finals. Allergen-free, vegan and vegetarian selections are available and students who keep kosher can select a plan from Maryland Hillel.

Dining Services for Students


Living-Learning Programs

Nothing connects students more than our highly regarded living-learning programs, where students with a common interest share residence halls, classrooms, faculty and friendships to dig deep into contemporary topics and get unique research experiences. Roughly half of all first-year students find their niche in one of these programs. To be considered for a living-learning program, you must apply for freshman admission by the November 1 early action deadline.

Learn More About Living-Learning Programs