What are the Off-Campus Living Fairs?

The housing fairs are an open house events that take place every spring and summer in the Stamp Student Union. They serve as opportunities for students interested in living off-campus to gain information about many properties at once. The fairs bring together landlords, College Park officials, and University resources to inform students about housing options and how to successfully live off-campus. In particular, transfer and international students use the fairs to finalize their housing for the year.

What are the dates and times of the Off-Campus Living Fairs?

Our 2017 Off Campus Living Fairs will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday April 11, 2017 2pm-4pm 
Saturday July 15, 2017 12pm-2pm

How do I register for the Off-Campus Living Fairs?

Registration for out 2017 fairs will go live in March of 2017.

Does it cost anything to attend the Off-Campus Living Fairs?

The Off-Campus Living Fairs at the University of Maryland College Park are absolutely free of cost for housing seekers! 

What should I do if I am unable to make it to the fair?

If you later become unable to attend, notify our office via e-mail to och@umd.edu or call us at 301.314.3645. We will update our list accordingly.

What happens if I miss the registration date? Will you accept walk-ins?

Student registration to attend the fair is open until the morning of the fair. After that time, we will accept walk-in registration, which will take place at the student sign-in table.

How do I get to the Off-Campus Living Fairs?

The Off-Campus Living Fairs are held in the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland. Here are directions and maps of the Stamp Student Union and the UMD campus.

What should I bring with me to the fair?

If you are a student looking for housing, it might be helpful to give some thought prior to the fairs about what your ideal housing situation would be.Our Off-Campus Housing Living Consultants can help you think about what you are looking for. Call (301) 314-3645 for more assistance. We also have resources available online at our website. Try to arrive at the Off-Campus Living Fairs with a “wish list” of housing options (e.g., amenities, price, location, etc.). Also, you might decide which of these items your housing must have, and which items, though they would be ideal, aren’t completely necessary for you. Additionally, you might want to create a list of questions you’d like to ask each property manager to make sure you get all the information you need.

What kind of housing opportunities will be presented at the fairs?

Various private property owners and apartment community representatives will be represented at the housing fair to answer any questions you may have. You will also be able set up times to view their properties, as well as be able to complete housing applications and much more. Both vacant and shared properties will be offered.

Where will these housing opportunities be located? In what neighborhoods?

Our office has invited apartment complexes and private landlords throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. As such, a wide range of cities and towns will be represented at the fair. There is, however, an emphasis on properties in the greater College Park area.

What if I need to find a roommate in addition to housing?

We will  be offering the Roommate Finder Mixer at the July Fair and encourage you to complete a Roommate Finder profile on the OCH Database as well.

Our office has invited a variety of University resources to attend the fairs, including representatives from Off-Campus Student Life, the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety, and the University Health Center. We understand that living off campus creates a diverse and different experience than living in the residence halls. We hope that these fairs will not only help you to find housing, but will also give you an opportunity to learn more about the University and all it has to offer!

When should I start searching for housing?

Now! Although housing fairs are generally only offered in April and July, we encourage you to start your search as soon as you determine that living off-campus will be one of your main options for housing in the upcoming academic year. You can get started by searching the OCH Database and Roommate Finder. If you have any questions during your search process, feel free to contact our staff.

Who should I contact with questions or for more information?

For more information, please contact the staff at Off-Campus Housing Services via e-mail at och@umd.edu or by calling (301) 314-3645.


© 2017 Off-Campus Housing Services
0232 Stamp Student Union, College Park, MD 20742
Hours: 10am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Phone: (301) 314-3645 | Fax: (301) 314-9874 | Email: och@umd.edu