FAQs

 

 


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. Undergraduate students enrolled in fewer than nine credit hours may be eligible for an academic exception or disability accommodation, and must contact Housing Services (um.housing@maine.edu) for further information.
  • Graduate students enrolled in University of Maine coursework

 

 


When can I move in?

Fall 2017:
Room assignments for incoming first year and transfer students for the Fall of 2017 will be available as of July 1 for assigned students. Incoming first-year and transfer student move-in day is Friday, August 25, 2017. Returning students may check in after 10am on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Classes begin on August 28, 2017.

 

 


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 2017 semester, we will offer housing as long as space is available. New and transfer students with confirmed admission and a housing application on file by May 1, 2017 will be given priority. Incoming first-year students who apply for housing or confirm admission after May 1 may be assigned to a temporary triple room. Students assigned to a temporary triple room at the start of the semester will receive a room credit once the temporary triple is reassigned as a double.

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

 

 


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. Mutual roommate requests will be accommodated as long as space is available and provided both students have applied for housing and confirmed admission by May 1, 2017.  Roommate requests received after May 1 are not guaranteed. First Year students who request a Living Learning Community should apply for housing and confirm admission by May 1. Incoming first year and transfer students who wish to live in Honors housing should apply for housing and confirm admission as soon as possible as Honors housing is limited and is not guaranteed.
  • Incoming transfer students may request the Transfer Living Community (located in Aroostook Hall). Otherwise, incoming upperclass transfer students will be assigned to the appropriate upperclass housing. Incoming first year transfer students will be assigned to first year housing.
  • 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.
  • UMaine is a tobacco-free campus.
  • All halls are coed by floor or section. Individual rooms are not coed.
  • Fall room assignments will be available on July 1

 

 


I’m assigned to a temporary triple. What does that mean?

Due to the incoming class size, it is necessary to assign some first-year students to temporary triples. We recognize that temporary tripling is not ideal. The staff works to make students as comfortable as possible. The temporary triples will be reassigned as double rooms when spaces become available through cancellations. Once all incoming first year students have been assigned, we will then work to reassign one of the three students assigned in a temporary triple to a double room spaces as they become available. Any student still assigned to a temporary triple after the semester begins will receive a room credit once the temporary triple is reassigned as a double room. The room credit will be based on the number of days a student has been living in a temporary triple. Prior to the start of the semester, students are notified via e-mail if and when they are reassigned from a temporary triple.

 

 


Which halls are designated as First Year Experience residence halls as of Fall 2017?

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

 

 


Where are Transfer students assigned?

Transfer students will be assigned in either first year, second year or Junior/Senior housing, depending on class standing and space availability. Transfer students may request the Transfer Living Community, located in Aroostook Hall.

 

 


May I change my meal plan?

Students may change their meal plans once during the first six weeks of each semester. Please visit the Dining website for the meal plan change program. If you need modification to your meal plan for dietary reasons, please contract um.dining@maine.edu.

 

 


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. We may or may not be able to accommodate roommate requests received after May 1. Roommate requests after May are not guaranteed.

 

 


What should I bring?

A Living on Campus (pdf) is made available that lists what to bring and what not to bring to campus.

 

 


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.

MicroFridge Brochure

 

 


What size are the beds on campus? What if I’m 6’5″ or taller?

All standard beds at UMaine are 80″ long (requiring XL Twin sheets). Students who are 6’5″ or taller may request an Extra Long Bed (84″ long) through the Housing website under “Check My Assignment.”

 

 


May I request to have my bed lofted?

Yes, once you know your room assignment.  All rooms will have the standard setup, unless you request the mid-setup or bunkbeds. There are three options for bed setups available – standard setup (automatic unless you request one of the other options), mid-setup and bunked. To make your request for a mid-setup or bunkbeds, please log in to myHousing on the Housing website with your MaineStreet logon and password. A Lofting Options pdf has been made available.

You may select a mid-loft or traditional bunk beds prior to your arrival through your room assignment link.  The high loft option is only available after your arrival.  You may submit a maintenance request once you have moved in.  The reason for this is that the custodians want to be sure your room is able to have a high loft.  Some of the ceilings are not high enough for it, and they want to be sure you know just how high it will be before committing to it.
Maintenance requests can be submitted by logging into MyHousing at the housing website.

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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 CSI College Student Insurance. Students have access to an insurance informational pdf. Information for what parents should know about their students’ insurance has also been made available.

 

 


May I change room/roommates?
We are unable to guarantee requests for hall/room/roommate changes prior to the start of the semester. There is at least a two-week Room Freeze at the start of each semester. After the Room Freeze ends, students may request a room change. Please contact your Community Coordinator to request a room change.

 

 


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.

 

 


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

 

 


Do the residence halls close during University breaks?

  • All halls remain open during October break and Thanksgiving break
  • Semester & Spring Break – halls that close during winter/spring breaks
    • Androscoggin
    • Aroostook
    • Balentine
    • Colvin
    • Cumberland
    • Estabrooke
    • Gannett
    • Hancock
    • Hart
    • Oak
    • Oxford
    • Penobscot
    • Somerset
  • Students who live in these halls will not have access from
    • 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018
    • 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018 to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018
  • Continuous Housing Halls do not close for the winter and spring breaks.
    • DTAV/Patch Hall – students with Junior or Senior Standing
    • Kennebec – second-year students
    • Knox – first-year students
    • Stodder – graduate student rooms only
    • York – first-year students

Current Room Rates

 

 


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?

Returning students who cancel their room assignment after June 1 and prior to August 25 are subject to a room cancellation fee. If a student moves out of the residence hall after opening, the student account account will be charged at the per diem rate for room and board, a room cancellation fee of $500.00, and additional fees for board. Please go to Room and Board Cancellation Fees for more information.

  • The room-and-board-license-2017-2018 is for the entire academic year or the remainder of the academic year if assigned after opening in the fall or spring semesters.

 

 


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 Community Connector 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.

 

 


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.

 

 


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.

 

 


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
  • 5727 – Estabrooke 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 Package & Postal Center, 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.