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First-year halls: living-learning communities

Each residence hall for incoming students—freshmen and transfers—features a different living-learning theme. Living-learning communities:

  • increase awareness of opportunities and resources at UMass Dartmouth
  • encourage participation in campus activities
  • enhance academic, personal, and social success

Living-learning themes are based on preferences expressed by incoming students…so residence hall themes change and evolve based on incoming students' own preferences.

About the first-year residence halls

First year roomEach of the first-year halls is staffed with a live-in resident director (RD) and 14 resident assistants (RAs, who are upperclass students). All first-year halls are three stories high and offer suite-style living.

Each room is furnished with:

  • bedframes with extra-long twin mattress
  • desks and chairs
  • closets and dressers

Double roomAnd is equipped with:

  • Internet ports for each student
  • telephone lines
  • cable TV

Each of the first-year halls also offers

  • multi-purpose room with study and recreational space
  • laundry room
  • student mailboxes

What is open housing?

Open Housing is a suite of rooms in which assignments are not determined by biological sex. This is often seen as a "safe space" for students who feel more comfortable living with students of a different biological sex, transgender students, or students interested in social justice issues involving gender conformity. Please note that students must actively choose to live in this community.  Any questions or interest in open housing options can be directed to our Assistant Director for Housing Administrative Services, Brad Rohrer, at brohrer@umassd.edu.

What if I need some sort of special accommodations?

If you feel your request is something that would fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please see the process located here. If you have a request or question that falls into another area, please don't hesitate to contact the housing office at housing@umassd.edu or 508-999-8140. We are happy to work with students individually to consider current on-campus housing that meets your needs. 

Living-learning communities for 2014-2015


Chestnut Hall

Welcome to the "leadership" living-learning community—students who are interested in all aspects of leadership.

Chestnut also houses communities for business students, engineering students, and students interested in the visual arts.

Thumbnail of Reach Out logoElmwood Hall

Elmwood hosts the “reach out” community of students who are interested in civic education and who would like to pursue community service opportunities and service-learning academic opportunities.

Elmwood is also home to the Crime and Justice community.

Thumbnail of Cornerstone logoMaple Ridge Hall

Welcome to the “cornerstone” community—for students enrolled in engineering, nursing, honors, as well as for UMD’s Endeavor Scholars. The community’s focus is on high academic achievement.

Maple Ridge Hall also features the Maple Ridge Café, which is open in the evenings for residents—you can use your meal plan's snack allowance at the cafe for pizza, wings, coffee, and more.

Thumbnail of Health Living logoRoberts Hall

Roberts is home to UMD’s “healthy living” community of students who are would like to pursue a healthy lifestyle—sharing interests in nutrition, fitness, and physical, emotional, and spiritual health.