GENERAL INFORMATION FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS

Overview

Housing
Roommates
Campus Resources

Off-Campus Housing Services is committed to assisting all students at the University of Maryland with finding the housing option that best meets their needs. The following information will assist you in terms of how to find housing that suits your specific needs and concerns, how to search for roommates, as well as how to plan for a positive and engaging experience here at the University of Maryland.

Ms. Jennifer Lindstrom, Coordinator for Off-Campus Housing Services, is available to speak with you regarding your specific needs and concerns. Please contact Jennifer directly at (301) 314-7251 or via email at jlindstr@umd.edu to discuss options available to you.

Housing

On-Campus Housing
Resident Life has designated a staff member to answer your questions and to provide you with a personal and confidential assessment of our available campus housing options. Ms. Erin Iverson, Assignments Manager, is available to speak with you regarding your specific needs and concerns. Please contact Erin directly at (301) 314-7606 or via email at eiverson@umd.edu to understand the options available to you. For additional information, please click here.

OCH101
OCH101 is a web-based service that provides an up-to-date database of available housing opportunities in the vicinity of the University of Maryland. OCH101 can be searched using your own preferences. From there, you can contact potential landlords directly with any questions you may have. Even if you cannot find a suitable listing that fits your criteria, please keep checking the database every 2-3 days, as it is updated daily.

Bulletin Board
The bulletin board is an in-person option available for those searching for housing. Listings are posted daily on our bulletin board located on the ground floor of the Stamp Student Union next to the Capital One Bank.

Off-Campus Living Fairs
The Off-Campus Living Fair is a one-stop shop for incoming students, faculty, and staff to research their off-campus living options. Participants will get personal assistance with the what, when, and where of off-campus living; learn how to work with landlords/property owners; learn their legal rights as tenants and being a good neighbor; learn how to link off-campus living options with area transportation; and meet other off-campus students and potential roommates.

Additional Resources
Training Module: Looking for a place to live, but don’t know where to start? Check out OCH’s new Off-Campus Housing Services training module on "How to Conduct an Off-Campus Housing Search." In this session, you will learn how to create your own off-campus living plan and the Top 10 Off-Campus Living tips every Terp should know. You will also receive a brief orientation to our most popular online resources, OCH101 and Roommate Finder.

OCH Handouts: We also have a variety of handouts produced to help you with your housing search. All of our handouts are available in PDF format for your use. Likewise, we have links to various other campus and local resources.

Roommates

Roommate Finder
Roommate Finder is an online database of current University of Maryland students searching for roommates. Students can post searchable profiles of themselves that describe their living styles, including study, sleep, as well as cleaning habits. Roommate Finder can be searched using your own preferences. In addition to only returning those profiles that match your criteria, Roommate Finder also determines the percentage to which each profile matches your search criteria. University username and password are required in order to access the database.

Roommate Finder Mixer
The Roommate Finder Mixer is hosted during every Off-Campus Housing Fair. This event allows you to meet and interact with other students, as well as search for a roommate.

Additional Resources
OCH Roommate Guide: This guide is designed to help you find a roommate; ask the right questions in order to make a good match; provide you with tips for communication; as well as offer strategies for dealing with conflict.

Campus Resources

Department of Resident Life
The Department of Resident Life is committed to making the residents halls a welcoming place. For more information about the variety of options available on-campus, please click here.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity Center
The LGBT Equity Center, located at 2218 Marie Mount Hall, serves University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations. They aim to provide programs that build community, as well as advocate for equity. Mr. Luke Jensen, Director, is available to speak with you regarding your specific needs and concerns. Please contact the LGBT Equity Center directly at (301) 405-8720, via email at lgbt@umd.edu, or view their Facebook for more information.

Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)
The Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy, located at 1120 Stamp Student Union, aims to support diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice through advising, programs, research, and practices. Please contact MICA directly at (301) 314-8600 or via email at mica-contact@umd.edu for more information.
Do you have a question that was not answered here? Please call Off-Campus Housing Services at (301) 314-3645 or e-mail us at och@umd.edu and we will be happy to assist you.