- Last Updated on Wednesday December 18, 2013
Prospective Student Housing
What is the Cambridge Community and where is it located relative to other major facilities on campus?
Cambridge Community, home of the College Park Scholars, houses about 1,500 first- and second-year Scholars and other students. Cambridge Community includes 5 residence halls, a community center, and a Snack 'n' Shop store. Centreville and Cumberland halls are eight-story, "dormitory-style" high-rise residence halls. Bel Air, Cambridge and Chestertown halls are four-story, "dormitory-style" low-rise residence halls. All five buildings are on North Campus, home to about 5,000 students in 11 residence halls.
Cambridge Community is close to The Diner, Eppley Recreation Center, North Gym, Byrd Stadium and the Computer and Space Sciences Building. It is also within a three- to five-minute walk from most classes in engineering, math, health education, physics, kinesiology, computer science, and the biological sciences and from the Comcast Center, home of Terrapin athletics.
Most other freshman students are assigned in North Campus residence halls (one- to five-minute walk from Cambridge Community) or in North Hill residence halls (12- to 15-minute walk) near the Stamp Student Union.
When I participate in College Park Scholars, am I required to live on campus?
No. While we believe that doing so will enrich your experience at the University of Maryland, living on campus is not required. Scholars who choose to live at home are invited to participate in all Scholars activities, will still have classes in the Cambridge Community Center, and will have access to their faculty members' offices in the Cambridge Community residence halls. For more information on participating in College Park Scholars when living off campus, please contact Brent Hernandez, Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment in College Park Scholars.
If I am a College Park Scholar and plan to live on campus, am I required to live in the Cambridge Community?
With the exception of freshmen Scholars in the Life Sciences program, you are not required to live in the Cambridge Community. However, it is highly recommended. By living in the Cambridge Community you will have more opportunities to interact with other Scholars; you may share some courses with your roommate or floor mates, and you will enjoy easy access to the Cambridge Community Center and faculty offices.
What do I need to do if I want to live on campus?
As a College Park Scholar, how will my room assignment and roommate in the Cambridge Community be chosen?
In most cases, Scholars will be assigned to rooms on floors that have been designated for their program:
|Scholars Program||Residence Hall|
|Arts||Bel Air Hall|
|Business, Society & the Economy||Cambridge Hall|
|Environment, Technology, and Economy||Chestertown Hall|
|Global Public Health||Centreville Hall|
|International Studies||Cumberland Hall|
|Justice and Legal Thought||Cumberland Hall|
|Life Sciences||Centreville Hall|
|Media, Self & Society||Cumberland Hall|
|Public Leadership||Cumberland Hall|
|Science and Global Change||Centreville Hall|
|Science, Discovery & the Universe||Centreville Hall|
|Science, Technology & Society||Cambridge Hall|
For a comparison of residence halls, please click here.
If you have a friend who is in another Scholars program, we suggest that you each take different roommates and live on your designated program floors. All Scholars rooms are close to one another, on other floors and in adjacent buildings.
When will I learn my roommate and housing assignments?
Room assignments are made and posted to Resident Life's website in late July, about four weeks before move-in day for the fall semester. The posted information will include your building and room assignment, telephone number, mailing address and your roommate's name, phone and University of Maryland e-mail. You should contact your roommate as soon as you learn this information.
You should expect to have a Scholars student as your roommate. However, spaces remaining on your floor after all Scholars have been accommodated, if any, will be assigned by Resident Life to other incoming freshman students.
Triple and quad rooms for three or four students are the last rooms to be assigned. Triples and quads will be assigned to students, including Scholars, whose housing requests are received closest to May 1 or after May 1. Housing requests may be submitted separately from your enrollment confirmation.
As a College Park Scholar, can I choose to have a roommate who is not in the Scholars program?
I want to live close to a religious center on campus. Is this possible as an incoming freshman student, and would this restrict my participation in College Park Scholars?
What are the common features of a residence hall room in the Cambridge Community?
Your room will have solid oak furnishings. You will have a regular twin bed, four-drawer dresser, desk with drawer and shelf, and desk chair, as well as your own telephone line, data line and cable line. Your room will have at least one window with blinds, overhead light, closet space, smoke detector and sprinkler. Your room and all common areas in the building, with the exception of study lounges, do not have air conditioning. Student rooms are not carpeted. For most rooms in the Cambridge Community, a 10' x 12' carpet or rug is among the items that roommates should discuss and bring to campus.
What are the common features of a residence hall floor or building in the Cambridge Community?
Each Scholars residence hall is coeducational, with men and women living on opposite wings of a floor. A typical floor plan has rooms for up to 32 students and one or two common baths. Each program's lounge is furnished for study, socializing, floor meetings and special activities sponsored by residents, the live-in residence halls staff, and your program faculty. Your Resident Assistants are mostly third- and fourth-year students, many of whom earned a citation after successfully completing College Park Scholars.
Scholars program libraries and faculty offices are located on the first floors of the residence halls. The College Park Scholars main offices are located on the first floor of Cumberland Hall. Support and security, as well as a local incoming mail center, is also available through the customer service desks located in Cumberland and Centreville Halls. Each of these desks is supported by a team of Community Assistants and is open 24 hours/day.
Where are the closest dining facilities to the Cambridge Community?
You'll have most of your meals in The Diner, a two-minute walk across grassy "LaPlata Beach" from Cumberland Hall. On class days, you will get most of your lunches in the South Campus Dining Room, the Stamp Student Union food court or other Dining Services locations. Once a week, you may want to try dinner at North 251, the university's newest all-you-care-to-eat dining facility.
Within the Cambridge Community Center, the North Campus Snack 'n' Shop offers salads, sandwiches, sushi, baked goods, soft drinks, snacks, grocery items, health and beauty aids, and school supplies.
What is the Cambridge Community Center?
Centrally located to the 5 residence halls, the Cambridge Community Center (CCC) offers space for classes and College Park Scholars programs and activities. Three technology classrooms support the academic and community activities of College Park Scholars by providing access to state-of-the-art learning tools. The entire building is equipped with wireless access to the internet and is available to students for studying when classes or activities are being held. The Cambridge Community Center is typically open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. It is closed on Saturday.