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Living Essentials

We are committed to fostering a campus environment that supports a healthy mind, body, and spirit for all members of the university community and to ensuring that students’ basic and most essential needs, including housing, food and transportation, are met.


On-Campus Housing: Department of Resident Life
Campus advocate: Glenn Smith | | 301.314.2350
College is a big adjustment, and living on campus can be a great benefit to students. Students who live on campus have greater access to campus resources and become more fully immersed in the Terp experience. They come to rely on the friendship and support found in a roommate or suite- or floormates, or from the resident assistant. The residence hall is where students find someone to share a pizza with, watch favorite TV show, or host a late-night study session.
Any Fostering Terp Success student entering as a freshman who wants to live on campus will be housed. The Department of Resident Life is also committed to identifying accommodations for any Fostering Terp Success student facing housing insecurity, including housing in between terms (Winter and Summer). The Department of Resident Life can work with students to find the right housing option. 
Off-Campus Housing Services
Campus advocate: Jennifer Lindstrom | | 301.314.3645
Off-Campus Housing Services is an excellent resource for students looking for housing in College Park and beyond. It provides personalized information about housing and off-campus living, a searchable database listing available rental properties in the area and an online database where students can search for roommates with similar housing needs and interests.


Dining Services
Campus advocate: Bart Hipple | | 301.314.9413
Dining Services operates three dining halls on campus, as well as food courts in the Stamp Student Union and Kirwan Hall, cafes in academic buildings, and convenience shops around campus. Several dining plans are available for students who live on and off campus. Emergency assistance and access to the dining halls are also available for students facing food insecurity.
Campus Pantry
Campus advocate: Larry Tumlin | | 301.314.8072
The Campus Pantry distributes good quality and nutritious emergency food in a safe space to UMD students facing food insecurity. The Campus Pantry is located in the lower level of the South Campus Dining Hall Building and may be accessed by staff/faculty on Mondays noon-5pm and by students Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Hours change during breaks and in the summer. Individual appointments are available by calling 301.314.8054 or emailing

Transportation & Parking

Department of Transportation Services
Campus advocate: Amanda Long | | 301.314.1438
Whether you live on campus or off, the Department of Transportation Services makes it easy to get around. Shuttle-UM buses operate several campus-based routes and serve a six-mile radius beyond, taking students to the College Park Metro station, shops, restaurants and more than two dozen apartment communities. All that’s needed to ride Shuttle-UM is a student ID. It’s also a snap to travel to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and local airports by using Metrorail and MARC trains.
For students living off campus, permits for campus parking are available for purchase from the Department of Transportation Services.


The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,700 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and nearly 400,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.


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Spanning 12 schools and colleges, Maryland offers more than 300 degree-granting programs, many of them ranked among the best in the country. Our faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 58 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. And our students, who include the highest achievers in the state and nation, enjoy experiences unique to our location just outside the nation’s capital, including internships, research, and leadership and service opportunities.

Research and Innovation

The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 

The newly launched Innovation Gateway will guide you to the resources, programs, partners, and spaces you need to activate and scale your fearless ideas into innovations that launch new ventures, catalyze growth, and advance economic development.


At the University of Maryland, the arts, the humanities and the sciences intersect to address important societal issues and shed new light on the human experience. Our vibrant campus arts community collaborates with local and national cultural organizations such as the Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center and Folger Shakespeare Library. Student and faculty artists, designers, historians, writers and performers are exploring new media, presenting new perspectives, investigating new techniques and engaging new audiences.


Home of the Terrapins, the University of Maryland has one of the nation’s most recognizable and successful athletics programs. More than 550 student-athletes compete each year in 20 intercollegiate sports—12 for women and eight for men. Since 2005 alone, Maryland has won 19 national championships, including NCAA titles in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, men's lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and field hockey. Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, UMD has won a combined 32 regular season and tournament championships. Fear the Turtle!

Student Life

The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios. It encompasses residence halls and dining halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, and countless off-campus destinations. Maryland touts 800-plus student organizations, dozens of prestigious living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students here can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they’re part of a close-knit and diverse community. 

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