Residence Halls

UMaine requires all first-year undergraduates to live on campus in the university’s residence halls.

Exchange and visiting students are encouraged to live on campus. A variety of meal plans are available.

You should apply for housing before May 1. On-campus housing is not guaranteed after this deadline and is assigned on space available basis. Select continuous housing halls, which do not close for the winter and spring breaks.

Once you have signed a contract for the academic year (or semester for spring arrivals, exchange and visiting students), you will be charged a fee if you move to off-campus housing.

Early move-in to your residence hall room is available during Orientation. Arrangements must be made through OIP. The cost is approximately $40 per night but for current rates please email Housing Services at um.housing@maine.edu.

Most students share a double room with another student. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee. All rooms have closets, single beds, desks and chairs. You must supply your own bed linens, pillow, blanket, bedspread and towel. You don’t need to bring these items with you, as you can purchase them at local stores.

Family and graduate housing

Affordable family housing is available close to campus for married couples and families (umaine.edu/housing/family-housing). We recommend that you apply early, as there is often a waitlist. We recommend that married students with a family secure housing prior to arrival. Family housing accommodations do not include furniture or appliances other than stove and refrigerator. We recommend that families arrive a few days early and secure a hotel for one or two nights to allow time for furnishing the apartment. On-campus graduate housing is also available. Most rooms are single occupancy, but there are a limited number of double rooms. Graduate housing is open during breaks. Apply for graduate housing online (umaine.edu/housing/graduate-housing). Families with children cannot live in graduate housing on campus.

Off-campus housing options

Apartments and houses are available for rent in the area surrounding UMaine in Orono and Old Town. Rent for one student, including utilities, can range from $700–$1,200 per month. Students planning to live off campus should check the Commuter and Nontraditional Student Programs website for more information (umaine.edu/cntsp). Plan to arrive early to search for housing. Hotel accommodations will need to be secured until an apartment is found.