Need a temporary place to stay and don't want to spend a lot of money? Check out the Short Term Lodging options available to incoming graduate students. Additionally, there are two graduate student organizations, the Students Council of India and the Chinese Student and Scholar Association that arrange some temporary housing via their web sites.
While currently there is no on-campus graduate housing at the University of Marland, there are two all-graduate student housing options in close proximity to campus. These are Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens. This apartment community is located on University property, but is managed by Southern Management Corporation, a private company.
Off-Campus Housing Services (OCH)
The Off-Campus Housing Services Office in the Stamp Student Union provides a wide range of print and online services to assist you with your housing search. Resources include OCH101, a searchable database of available rental properties; and Roommate Finder, another database where students can search for others with similar interests. For personal assistance or more information please visit Off-Campus Housing Services located at 1110 The Stamp. You may also call 301-314-3645 or email email@example.com.
Also see the extensive resources OCH offers, including information on transportation, safety, landlord/tenant relations, childcare and typical prices for area apartments. Through the Department of Transportation Services, students can find UM Shuttle Routes to area apartments. Office hours for Off-Campus Housing Services are Monday through Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Off-Campus Housing offers housing fairs each spring and summer to help students explore their living options. Please visit the Off-Campus Housing website for further details.
Housing Safety Information
To help you stay safe wherever you live, the office of Off-Campus Housing (OCH) has provide a number of safety resources including contact information for various local police departments.
Apartments With High Concentrations of UMD Grad Students
There are several apartment complexes near campus that house a relatively large number of University of Maryland graduate students. All of the listed apartments are on or near Shuttle UM (campus bus) routes.
- Graduate Hills:3424 Tulane Drive, Hyattsville, MD
- Graduate Gardens: 3424 Tulane Drive, Hyattsville, MD
- University Square Apartments: 157 Westway, Greenbelt, MD
- Lakeside North Apartment Homes: 430 Ridge Road, Greenbelt, MD
- Franklin Park: 6220 Springhill Drive, Greenbelt, MD
- Seven Springs Village: 9310 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD
- Mazza Grandmarc: 9530 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD
- Campus Gardens: 2200 Phelps Road, Hyattsville, MD
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 with in connection therewith. Individuals are strongly advised to thoroughly investigate and inspect any properties, accommodations, or other housing options before making final arrangements.
Being an Informed Tenant
Because a lease is a legally binding contract, renters should become aware of their rights and responsibilities before signing an off-campus housing lease.
The Graduate Student Legal Aid Office offers free legal information and assistance, including individual consultations, to UM graduate students. The Graduate Student Legal Aid Office has suggests the following tips to become a better educated tenant and to enhance your off-campus housing experience:
- Read your lease thoroughly, including the fine print. It is important for you to know and understand your obligations and rights as a tenant.
- Have Graduate Student Legal Aid review your lease BEFORE you sign it and give it to a property manager or landlord. Legal Aid staff can tell you if the lease contains any illegal provisions or sometimes find discrepancies or areas that could cause legal problems for tenants in the long run.
- Students can also check to see if a landlord has had housing charges filed against them or if he/she has filed charges in civil court through the Maryland Judiciary Case Search
During the semester, Graduate Student Legal Aid holds workshops dealing with landlord-tenant issues, as well as other legal topics. For more information on workshops, visit their website or call 301-405-5807. Walk-in appointments are available most weekdays in their office in 3125 South Campus Dining Hall.
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