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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.

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.

  • 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.