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Who is eligible for on-campus housing?

  • Undergraduate students at least 17 years of age, matriculated in a degree program, and enrolled for a minimum of nine credit hours during the current semester
  • Graduate students enrolled in University of Maine coursework

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When can I move in?

Fall 2014:
Incoming first-year and transfer students arrive on Friday, August 29 for new student orientation. Returning students may check in on the day before classes begin – Monday, September 1, 2014.

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Is housing guaranteed?

Incoming first-year students and transfer students who are transferring in as first-year students: If you are applying for the Fall 2014 semester, we will offer housing as long as space is available.

Incoming transfer students who are transferring in as sophomores or above: You will be assigned as space becomes available.

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How are room assignments made?

  • First year students are assigned by major whenever possible (unless assigned with a mutually requested roommate) to First Year Experience halls (FYE) once admission is confirmed. Roommate requests will be accommodated as long as space is available; however, roommate requests after May 1 are not guaranteed.
  • Returning students – assignments made based on space availability to upperclass halls; preferences from application; generally follows first-received, first-assigned basis. Assignment is not guaranteed. Please see the response to the question above.
  • UMaine is a tobacco-free campus.
  • Chem-free option available for both first-year and upperclass students.
  • All halls offer coed living.

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Which halls are designated as First Year Experience residence halls as of Fall 2014?

  • Androscoggin
  • Balentine (Honors: first-year and upperclass)
  • Colvin (Honors: first-year and upperclass)
  • Cumberland
  • Gannett
  • Knox
  • Oxford
  • Penobscot (Honors)
  • Somerset
  • York

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Where are Transfer students assigned?

Transfer students beyond their first year may live in any upperclass hall on campus with available space. For Fall 2014, the top two floors of Kennebec Hall will house the Transfer Living Community, specialized housing tailored to the incoming upperclass transfer student experience. Kennebec Hall will be open for all university breaks during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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May I change my meal plan?

Students may change their meal plans once during the first six weeks of each semester. Go to umaine.edu/dining for the meal plan change program. Meal plan changes may be made online beginning on Sunday, January 12 for the spring semester. Changes are effective on the next Saturday (January 18 if a change is requested prior to then). Meal plans may be changed for the spring semester until February 21, 2014. If you need a modification to your meal plan for dietary reasons, please click on the information below.

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May I request a roommate?
Yes, as long as both students have confirmed admission and submitted a housing application with requested roommate by May 1, 2014. We are unable to guarantee roommate requests after May 1, 2014.

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What should I bring?

Click here for a list of what to bring, and what not to bring (PDF).

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Can I rent or buy a MicroFridge® (combination microwave & refrigerator)?

The MicroFridge® Appliance is approved for use in University of Maine residence halls. This is the only option if you would like BOTH a microwave and a refrigerator for your on-campus room. For more information and to rent or buy a MicroFridge®, please visit the UMaine-approved University Logistics website.

You can also call Unversity Logistics with any questions about the MicroFridge® or ordering information to the MicroFridge® Student Rental Call Center at 1.800.525.7307.

To view the latest PDF of the MicroFridge® brochure, please click MicroFridge Brochure 2014.

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May I request to have my bed lofted?

Yes – to make your request, please log in to myHousing at umaine.edu/housing with your MaineStreet logon and password.  Click here for lofting options.

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Do I need property insurance to protect my belongings at UMaine?

Yes. The University of Maine does not provide insurance for personal possessions. All residents are required to have their own property insurance or coverage under the family’s homeowner policy.

If your personal belongings (laptop, phone, etc) are not covered under your family’s homeowner policy while you are enrolled, please be aware that comprehensive, low-cost Property Insurance designed specifically for college students is available from collegestudentinsurance.com . Click here for a brochure with more information (PDF). Click here for information parents should know about property insurance for their students (PDF).

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May I change room/roommates?
Yes, except during a Room Freeze (the first and last two weeks of each semester). Please contact your Community Coordinator to request a room change.

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If my roommate moves out, may I keep the room to myself?
This option is only available when all requests for campus housing have been accommodated, and is not available to first-year students.

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Are single rooms available?

Students with a documented medical need for a single room assignment are given priority for available single rooms. Once these students have been accommodated and after the Room Freeze, students wishing to live in a single room may request a room change through the Community Coordinator.

Room rates are higher for single room occupancy.

  • Knox, Oxford and Somerset do not have single rooms

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Do the residence halls close during University breaks?

  • All halls remain open during October break and Thanksgiving break
  • Semester & Spring Break 2014-2015 - halls that close during semester/spring breaks
    • Androscoggin
    • Aroostook
    • Balentine
    • Colvin
    • Cumberland
    • Gannett
    • Hancock
    • Hart
    • Kennebec
    • Oak
    • Oxford
    • Penobscot
    • Somerset
  • Students who live in these halls will not have access from
    • 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014 to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014
  • Continuous Housing Halls do not close for semester/spring breaks.
    • DTAV/Patch Hall – eligible upperclass students
    • Knox – first-year students
    • Stodder – graduate student rooms only
    • York – first-year and upperclass students

Current Room Rates

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May I cancel my room assignment before moving in?  May I move out of my residence hall prior to the end of the academic year?

Yes, prior to August 29, students may cancel a room assignment by sending an e-mail to um.housing@maine.edu.

  • The Room and Board License (PDF) is for the entire academic year or the remainder of academic year if assigned after opening in the fall.

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May I have a car on campus?
Yes, students may have cars on campus, although a car is not necessary.

  • A parking decal is required for all cars on campus.
  • Decals are available at the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union.
  • All lots are designated either for residents, commuters, and faculty/staff.
  • Parking is not available for all decals in all lots.
  • The ‘Bat’ bus is free with your MaineCard and offers service between Orono, Old Town, Brewer, and Bangor.
  • Black Bear Orono Express provides free transportation from campus to downtown Orono.

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Should I bring my bicycle to campus?
Yes, students may bring their bikes

  • Register your bike with Parking Services.
  • Use a bike lock.
  • Bike racks available in most areas on campus.

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Are there banking services on campus?

Yes, there is a full-service Credit Union and two ATM machines on campus. You may want to check with your local bank to see if they have a branch in the Orono-Old Town area.

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What is my mailing address?
Below are building codes that are used for sorting mail directly from the regional distribution center prior to being delivered to each residence hall

  • 5702 – DTAV/Patch Village
  • 5704 – Androscoggin Hall
  • 5705 – Aroostook Hall
  • 5707 – Balentine Hall
  • 5716 – Colvin Hall
  • 5720 – Cumberland Hall
  • 5730 – Gannett Hall
  • 5731 – Hancock Hall
  • 5733 – Hart Hall
  • 5738 – Kennebec Hall
  • 5739 – Knox Hall
  • 5756 – Oak Hall
  • 5758 – Oxford Hall
  • 5759 – Penobscot Hall
  • 5767 – Somerset Hall
  • 5775 – Stodder Hall
  • 5783 – York Hall

Use the following format to send mail to residence hall students

Jane or John Student
57XX Student Hall, Rm #
Orono, ME 04469-57XX

Package Pickups for Resident Students
All packages mailed to resident students by the USPS or shipped by a private carrier (ex. FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.) will be picked up at The Cubby, the US Postal Substation at the Memorial Union. Students will receive an email on their maine.edu account to pick up their package. The student will need their MaineCard ID or driver’s license to receive their package at The Cubby.

To ensure quicker delivery, include the 4-digit zip code extension on all mail.