Residential Life

Steppin' in Style: Residential Life 1997-1998 Memory Book Program
Steppin' in Style: Residential Life 1997-1998 Memory Book. University Publications, UPUB R1-002. View larger
Detail from Steppin' in Style: Residential Life 1997-1998 Memory Book Program, 1998
Detail from Steppin' in Style: Residential Life 1997-1998 Memory Book. University Publications, UPUB R1-002. View larger
Remember the Times: A Year in Review. The Residential Life Banquet 2000-2001
Remember the Times: A Year in Review. The Residential Life Banquet 2000-2001. University Publications, UPUB R1-001. View larger

In 1970, the Office of Residential Life was created at UMBC. The university’s first residence hall, called Dorm I but now known as Susquehanna Hall, also opened to students that year. Susquehanna was followed by the openings of Dorm II (Chesapeake Hall) in 1971 and Dorm III (Patapsco Hall) in 1972. The West Hill and Terrace Communities were added in 1980 and 1981, and the Hillside Community opened in stages in 1986-1987. Other residences now include Potomac Hall, Harbor Hall, Erickson Hall, and the Walker Avenue apartments. Special lifestyle options and Living-Learning Communities that correspond to academic programs are also available. Residential Life at UMBC puts a particular emphasis on community, and seeks to "provide facilities, services, and programs that support the academic mission of the institution and enhance the quality of life for students that live on campus."