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The dorms and residence halls at the University of Maryland offer incredible bang for your buck. For an additional $5,000 a semester, you can choose a brand new dorm complete with air conditioning and amenities like having a convenience store nearby in addition to a meal plan. The apartments are also fairly cheap at $800-900 a month for all utilities. Here are the 5 best dorms/residences at UMD.

1. Prince Fredrick

This hall is more of a taste of apartment life.

Address: 7030 Preinkert Dr, College Park, MD 20742

This dorm is the newest addition to the campus community. Finished in Fall 2014, this building is like a high rise apartment building with 7 floors and 2 study lounges on each floor. Living in this hall is like wining the lottery because everyone wants to live in this hall. Who doesn’t want extra living space for the same amount of money?

2. Oakland

This hall is identical to Prince Fredrick but more conveniently located.

Location: 3912 Denton Service Lane, College Park, MD 20742

This hall is a carbon copy of Prince Fredrick Hall but it is slightly older. You get pretty much the same amenities as Prince Fredrick but you are situated in a far better location. Prince Fredrick is almost off campus whereas Oakland is situated on North Campus, which is pretty much the life of the student community. If you live here, you get access to 251 North which used to be a buffet area but is now a dining hall as well as a 24 hour convenience shop!

3. Anne Arundel

This hall is perfect because it's so strategically placed.

Address: 3915 Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Do you like classical music? How about movies? Anne Arundel has you covered with both! There is a baby grand piano in the basement and a multipurpose room with a projector and stereo sound system. If you want to become a music producer or you simply enjoy watching copious amounts of the latest flicks, consider movie to Anne Arundel!

4. Montgomery

Come here to be the life of the party!

Address: 7570 Regents Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Montgomery is located almost off campus and the bustling nightlife that is Route 1! This building contains suites and apartments, so it is more private than the traditional dorm setting. Apartments have kitchens for students who are interested in making their own meals. There used to be a bus stop right outside the building but you’ll unfortunately have to find other means to get to your classes…but on the up side you’ll have a smashing time at any party on Route 1!

5. La Plata

This hall is located 10 steps away from the beach.

Address: 4121 Farm Dr, College Park, MD 20742

This otherwise ordinary residence hall has one major plus to it. It is literally steps away from La Plata beach which is the only place you’ll find sand on campus. Not only that, the dorm is also located close to Epply gym so you can get your workouts done in a jiffy. Talk about a great place to socialize!

Move-in Day Packing list at UMD

Room Basics

The word essentials in purple

1. Desk lap
2. Waste basket
3. Toiletries
4. Seasonal clothing
5. First-aid kit

Food & Snacks

A variety of branded snacks

1. Ramen
2. Bowls
3. Utensils
4. Aluminum foil
5. Popcorn

Tech & Entertainment

A tablet on its side view

1. Phone
2. Chargers
3. Tablet
4. Gaming console
5. TV

School Supplies

Back to school supplies laid out

1. Pens/Pencils
2. Highlighters
3. Erasers
4. Calculator
5. Binders and notebooks
6. Loose leaf paper

Clean up & Organization

A pack of Swiffer dusters

1. Swiffer
2. Iron and board
3. Disinfecting wipes
4. Dish detergent
5. Mop

Campus Gear

A campus store on campus

1. Backpack
2. Water bottle
3. Sneakers
4. Bike

Ask first before bringing

A warning sign

1. Air conditioner
2. Toasters
3. Candles
4. Lamp shades (if paper)
5. Pets

Now you have most of the information you need for move-in day at UMD! You just have to pick which of the 5 amazing dorms you want to call home for the next two semesters. Will it be Anne Arundel with its grand piano and entertainment suite? Or will it be Prince Fredrick where you will literally live like a prince? Oh no, you decode Montgomery Hall is best for you! Now you gotta check the packing list for all the stuff you still need to buy or bring!


Computer Science student at the University of Maryland. Bibliophile and enjoys trying new things and hanging out with friends.

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