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
Each 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
And 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 small set of rooms in which assignments are not determined by biological gender. This is often seen as a "safe space" for students who feel more comfortable living with students of a different biological gender or students who identify as trans. Any questions about open housing can be directed to our Assistant Director for Housing Administrative Services, Brad Rohrer, at email@example.com. Please note that students need to actively choose to live in this community, and we will not place students in this community without their knowledge.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-999-8140. We are happy to work with students individually to consider current on-campus housing that meets your needs.
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.
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.
Maple 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.
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.