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Student Life

Housing & Dining

Graduate students

Graduate students are NOT provided with on-campus housing. Off-Campus Housing Services can assist graduate students with finding off-campus accommodations. This office provides students with a searchable database of rooms and apartments that are available for rent in College Park and the surrounding communities. 

Undergraduate students

  • Undergraduate students should be able to secure housing as long as they complete the online housing application on the Department of Resident Life website.  
  • 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.
  • Some on-campus accommodations do not have kitchen facilities.  In these cases, students are required to purchase a dining plan and do not have the option of waiving out of an on-campus dining plan.
  • Students who are assigned to on-campus accommodations with a kitchen (apartment-style residence) can opt out of a dining plan.

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. 


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 at UMD, they can get vaccinated at the UMD Health Center or at local facilities for a fee. COVID-19 vaccinations are not required but are strongly recommended. Full information on COVID-19 requirements can be found here: COVID-19 Information for UMD.

Unique Opportunities for Exchange Students

Language House Living and Learning Community: Students studying at Maryland for a full academic year are eligible to participate in the Language House Living and Learning program. This program places students in shared apartments that focus on target languages, and commit to speaking only that language in common areas. Language House fosters cultural connection between local Terps and speakers of other languages. Learn more about Language House and the program here: Language House Living and Learning Program

On-Campus Facilities and Resources

We encourage our exchange students to take advantage of the following on-campus facilities and resources to get the most out of their UMD experience:


The detailed budget provides estimated costs for a semester at UMD. Items include:

  • SEVIS fee and visa fee
  • Transportation to campus
  • US SIM card or phone plan (required for J-1 visa)
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Books/supplies
  • Personal expenses
  • Student Activity Fee
  • Student Health Insurance Plan
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