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Housing in the Washington, D.C. Metro/College Park area can be expensive. You might have to search to find a deal - but don't worry - deals do exist!

Please note that prices can change quickly, so it's best to contact the property directly with questions. Below are several links you can use to find housing.

A good starting point is the University of Maryland's Off Campus Housing (OCH) website. It has listings for housing near campus, as well as a roommate matching service, an apartment directory, information about local communities, utilities, and typical local rents.

On-Campus Housing

Residence halls are located on campus so undergraduate students have easy access to campus services. Priority is given to first-time freshmen and those returning to the dorms. There are usually long wait-lists, so apply early.

If you will be a new resident in a campus residence hall, the Office of Resident Life provides more information available about what to bring and what services are available for new residents.

You may be able to request an early check-in if you are attending the ISSS required orientation.

Off-Campus Housing 

Short-term housing - Housing assistance for the area can be found on the Off-Campus Housing website.

How to Conduct an Off-Campus Housing Search- Learn how to create your own off-campus living plan, receive a brief orientation to our most popular online resources, OCH Database and Roommate Finder, and find out and the Top 10 Off-Campus Living tips every Terp should know in this online training module.

Online Workshop on How to Find Off-Campus Housing - The housing search can be one of the most stressful aspects of moving to a new place. This workshop “webinar” aims to provide incoming international students with housing guidance prior to arrival in Maryland. Agenda topics include steps for starting a housing search, local neighborhoods and resources, how to understand a lease document (the legal rental contract), and many helpful tips about what to do and not do to avoid housing problems or legal issues.

Long-Term Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Services Office provides support to students and their families in making well-informed decisions about living off campus. The office provides personalized information and resources about housing and off-campus living. Resources available online include the OCH Database, a searchable database listing available rental properties in the area; Roommate Finder, another web-based database where students create a profile and search for others with similar housing needs and interests; as well as an extensive array of informational materials.

Additional Housing Resources

The Office of Off-Campus Housing has a wide assortment of very useful resources including Budget Planning, Local Area Profiles, and Apartment Rating Web Sites.

The Graduate Student Legal Aid Office (GLAO) provides a Legal Review Tool (MS Word Document) to assist students in understanding the leasing process.  If a student has questions upon completing the review, they can schedule an appointment with GLAO  for further information.

ISSS Helpful Links (under Housing)