Housing Information
Issue 4
If you are a student who has secured a visa and can enter the U.S., you will have a need for housing. Finding a place to live is probably one of the most important things on your to-do list.  

Due to the uncertainty of securing visas and travel restrictions, we recommend that you wait to sign a lease until after arriving in the U.S. Whether you plan to live on or off campus, the tips below will help you get started.

Before you begin your housing search, understand that students should expect changes to their living environments. These changes include efforts by the university and surrounding communities to limit large gatherings, requirements to wear masks in public places, reducing housing density, and implementing other measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Resident life has outlined steps they are taking to ensure student safety for those living on campus. If you have health concerns, we encourage you to consider whether your housing selection can offer you the environment needed for your health and safety.
This week's tip contains information for both Undergraduate and Graduate students. Information differs for each group, so make sure you refer to the appropriate information by locating your respective icons throughout this email. 
Today's Tip: Finding Housing
Housing options for new international students are dependent on whether you are
entering the university as a new first-year student, as a transfer student, or as a graduate student. No matter where you live, you will still have an opportunity to become an active member of the University of Maryland community.
Undergraduate Housing Options
On-Campus Housing for New (Freshmen) Undergraduates
In the university’s June 15 message, President Loh stated the intent “to offer University housing to more than 75% of all the students who applied for housing, including all first year students.”  

New freshmen entering the university are given priority for residence hall housing. Students should go to Fall 2020 On-Campus Housing for more information. Students may cancel their On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement without financial penalty by submitting a cancellation request to the Department of Resident Life by Friday, July 17, 2020. Send an email to reslife@umd.edu that includes your name, UID and reason for canceling. 

Students are assigned to rooms in the order in which requests are received. A variety of
options are available and preferences for roommates, areas of campus, specific
buildings, etc., will be taken into account. For best consideration, all preferences should
be submitted to reslife@umd.edu as soon as possible. Residence hall housing is
renewable for a second year and typically for a third year for students who enter the
residence halls as freshmen.

What to Bring
You can find a list of items to pack, residence hall policies, and other useful information
on the website of the Department of Resident Life .

Early Move-In
Students who have an on-campus housing assignment may be able to move in early
depending on availability. For more information, please contact the Department of

Housing for New Undergraduate Transfer Students
On-campus housing cannot be guaranteed for transfer students.New transfer students who request residence hall housing or who want to live near the campus should explore other housing options using the resources offered by the university's Off-Campus Housing Services .

Register for the Virtual Off-Campus Apartment Resource Fair, on June 30 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 
Graduate Housing Options
UMD Department of Resident Life
Housing on campus for graduate students is extremely limited. There are no facilities
within the residence hall system exclusively for graduate students. See the
Department of Resident Life 's website for more info.

Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens
There are two all-graduate student apartment communities on university property.
The Graduate Hills & Graduate Gardens communities are owned by the University of
Maryland and managed on the university's behalf by a property management
company. A separate application and leasing process applies for these apartment

Off-Campus Housing
Off-Campus Housing Services is UMD's office that supports you in your
housing search. The OCH DATABASE is a housing search database that lists available rentals in the area and includes a useful Roommate Finder tool. This Off-Campus Housing Resource guide also provides useful information.
We recommend that you WAIT to sign a lease AFTER arriving on campus.
If you sign a lease and are not able to attend for the Fall 2020 term, you may still be responsible for lease payments.
Upcoming Webinars
Leasing in the U.S. Webinar
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 9 a.m. EDT 
Join us for a virtual discussion with William Zachariah Mundy, attorney and Director for the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office, to discuss best practices in leasing in the U.S. 

Off-Campus Housing Webinar
Friday, June 26, 2020, 9 a.m. EDT
Join us for a virtual walk-through on how to find off-campus housing at UMD. Presented by Jennifer Ruth Lindstrom, Manager for Housing Partnerships, Off-Campus Housing Services. 
Know Your Rights, and Protect Yourself Against Scams
Whether you use the University of Maryland's Off-Campus Housing Services or not, they offer a wealth of resources and information that we encourage you to review. Remember never to send any money until you have seen the accommodations and signed a lease.

Disclaimer: Off-campus housing information is provided solely as a courtesy. The
University of Maryland does not inspect, endorse or assume any responsibility for any
properties, accommodations, or other housing options or websites; and it expressly
disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise within connection
therewith. Individuals are strongly advised to thoroughly investigate and inspect any
properties, accommodations, or other housing options before making final

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