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The most modern living facility on campus

Our newest first-year residence hall, opening in fall 2020, will be the most modern living facility on campus. Split into two main residential buildings with a state-of-the-art dining facility as the connector, the beautifully designed community will be home to 1,210 students in fully-furnished single and double occupancy rooms. 

Community features

  • Classrooms
  • Maker spaces
  • Practice & performance rooms
  • Business centers with free printing
  • Study room & TV lounges on every floor
  • 24/7 front desk services
  • Elevators in both residential buildings
  • Trash & recycling programs
  • Two large laundry rooms: one in each residential building, free to students
  • Community kitchen in each residential building
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms
  • ADA accessibility
  • Water refill stations
  • On-site parking options
  • Meal plan required

Residences: Balsam Hall & Spruce Hall

The residential buildings, Balsam Hall to the north and Spruce Hall to the south, will offer a total of 1,210 beds in 658 units: shared doubles, shared deluxe doubles, and private singles. View SightMap

Each room features

  • Built-in closet, per person
  • Desk & chair provided, per person
  • Two stackable dressers (two-drawer), per person
  • Twin XL mattresses
  • Window treatments
  • Carpeted floors


  • Wireless internet
  • Digital cable
  • Card access readers


  • 34 student staff (RAs)
  • 2 full-time LEAD coordinators (Learning, Engagement, and Development)
  • 2 faculty-in-residence
  • On-site operations staff
  • On-site maintenance and custodial staff
  • Front desk staff
  • Overnight security staff

Dining: The Grove

As the central hub of the new facility, new dining areas with seating for 800 will serve cuisine from around the world along with vegetarian and vegan options. View SightMap

  • Multiple stations for a wide variety of food options
  • Oversized fireplace
  • Outdoor seating options
  • Teaching kitchen

Project overview

In July 2018, the UMass Board of Trustees approved a $133.9 million plan for UMass Dartmouth that includes new first-year residence halls and a dining facility. The expected completion date is fall 2020. The new complex is centrally located adjacent to the Campus Center and is LEED Silver rated.

  • Residence Facilities: 267,500 sq. ft.
  • Dining Commons: 38,000 sq. ft.

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