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First Year Experience

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Living on Campus

First-year students are required to live on campus for their first full year at UMaine.  For more information about our First Year Residence Requirement, please check out the Room & Board License.

Housing Application

Incoming first-year students have three options when filling out their housing applications.


Incoming first-year students have the option to request a roommate.  Roommate requests can be made on the housing application, and must be mutual (i.e. both students must request each other).

Incoming students may also choose to be assigned to a roommate.  Roommate assignments are not based on personality tests, as are sometimes done at other institutions.  We have found that regardless of whether we use such a test or not, or what kind of test we use, the proportion of roommates who end up working out or not working out are about the same.

To help our first-year students be proactive roommates, we require the completion of roommate contracts during their first week of school.  This contract is a tool that students can use to help them be open and honest with their roommate about their values and expectations of one another.  The contract covers the following:

More Information about our Residence Halls

For more information about living on campus, please check out the Residence Life website.

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Contact Information

First Year Experience
016 Androscoggin Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1420 | Fax: 207-581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System