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The information below details different aspects of student life. You can also view the estimated cost of attendance for exchange students at UMD.

Housing & Meals

For information on the cost of housing and dining plans available please visit the Department of Residence Life and Dining Services websites. You can also view the estimated cost of attendance as an exchange student at UMD.

Graduate students

Graduate students ARE NOT provided with on-campus housing.  Graduate students are assisted with finding off-campus accommodations through resources provided by the Off-Campus Accommodations Office. This office provides students with a searchable database of rooms and apartments that are available for rent in College Park and the surrounding communities. 

There are guides about how to conduct your housing search, safety & security, apartments located on Shuttle-UM routes, the local communities, signing a lease, how to find a roommate, and much more.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students ARE guaranteed housing as long as they complete the online housing application on the Department of Resident Life website.  Instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing are provided in the post-acceptance documents on MyEA.  Students can only apply for housing after they have been accepted and assigned a student and university ID number.  

Full-year students sign an academic year lease and may not move out of on-campus housing at the change of the semester. 

Housing fees depend on the type of housing that is assigned – see the Department of Resident Life website. 

Some on-campus accommodations do not have kitchen facilities.  In these cases, students are required to purchase a meal plan and do not have the option of waiving out of an on-campus meal plan.

Students who are assigned to on-campus accommodations with a kitchen can opt out of a meal plan.

Undergraduate exchange students may live in any residence community but not all locations remain open during University Breaks.  Below are communities which remain open:

  • South Hill: There are several halls in this location and it has suite and apartment style housing
  • Leonardtown:  Apartment (garden style) apartments
  • Dorchester:  Traditional hall in North Hill community - The Global Communities Living Learning program is housed in this hall and typically international students are placed there

*Global Communities, located within Dorchester Hall is an exciting living experience, rich in cultural diversity and academic enhancement. Students from more than 30 countries and the United States, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds, come together to form an international Community. To view the different residence hall options and to apply for housing, please visit the Department of Residence Life website.

Health Services

UMD has excellent health care facilities available for students. Please view the University Health Center website for more details on available services. The UMD Counseling Center provides free and confidential services by professional counselors to all UMD students. 


All students must have measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and international students must have had a tuberculosis (TB) test within the past six months.

Students are required to turn in a completed and signed Immunization Form before the first day of classes. A physician needs to sign the form.  If students are unable to get all of the required vaccinations before arriving in the US, they can get vaccinated at the UMD Health Center or at local facilities for a fee.

On-Campus Facilities and Resources

UMD exchange students have access to a number of recreation facilities on-campus, including the Eppley Recreation Center, which has a full gym with group fitness classes, Outdoor Aquatic Center, Outdoor Recreation Center, and an Adventure Complex. There are a few other smaller gyms located across campus and intramural sports clubs.

The Adele H. Stamp Student Union (known as The STAMP) is located at the heart of the campus and has food, events, shops & services, and entertainment facilities.

In addition, UMD has a career center, health center, counseling center, disabilities support services, fraternity and sorority life, eight libraries, several campus diversity offices, and hundreds of student organizations.