Frequently Asked Questions
What is Housing Selection?
Housing Selection is the process by which students select their apartment and roommates for the upcoming year. This process involves submitting an online application via the UMBC housing application, accepting an offer, paying a $200 reservation fee, and e-signing the licensing documents (including all financial paperwork, guarantor forms, and meningitis waivers). Additional information regarding the housing selection process at UMBC can be found by visiting the University’s webpage here.
For help with specific questions, please consider joining the staff during one of our information sessions by clicking the links below:
What are the eligibility requirements for living at Walker Avenue Apartments?
To qualify for residency at Walker Avenue Apartments, students need to be in good standing at University of Maryland, Baltimore County for the entire term of the license. Undergraduate students are required to have 39 credits recognized by UMBC prior to applying at Walker Avenue. All residents must be enrolled full-time at UMBC. Undergraduates must be enrolled in at least 12 credits. Graduates must be enrolled in at least 9 credits. Any outstanding balances with Walker Ave Apartments or UMBC must be below $250, or a financial hold will be placed on the student’s account and they will not be able to participate in the application process until the balance is resolved. Fifth-year UMBC students and Graduate students may only choose Walker as their on-campus housing option, as they are not eligible to live in other halls on campus.
How do I apply?
Students must go to this housing application link then enter their UMBC log-in credentials to apply. The student will need to complete the Walker Avenue Housing Application, and form a group, or remain as an individual applicant. Students are also required to submit a $200 Reservation Fee to secure their space. Once the application closes, applicants and their group members will select an apartment through the UMBC Housing Selection process at their assigned time. Once the room selection process is completed, the student will receive an online Term and Type Addendum and Guarantor form through our electronic signature service called DocuSign. Once the Term and Type Addendum and Guarantor Form are submitted, the student will be eligible for move-in. The Reservation Fee will then be applied towards the Resident’s first License Fee payment.
*Reservation fees are payable by check, money order, or credit card made out to “Walker Avenue Apartments.” Electronic transactions will incur a 2.5% processing fee.
I have questions about the Housing Selection process.
Students with questions about the Housing Selection process should visit the Residential Life Returning Student Housing Selection Guide
If students are not finding their answers online, they may stop by our Management Office to speak with a staff member during business hours (9am – 7pm, M-F), e-mail questions to the info account: firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call 443-612-7541 during business hours and we would be happy to assist. Please also feel free to participate in one of UMBC’s housing selection info sessions for additional live staff assistance:
Who has priority during the housing selection process?
Your group’s selection time will be sent to your UMBC email at least two days before the start of the selection period.
Selection times are assigned based on your group’s average completed credits and the selection process in which you are participating, times are not prioritized by group size or class year. If students are part of a roommate group, their group’s average credits will be used to determine the time (ex. Student A has 70 credits and Student B has 40 credits, their Group Average is 55 credits and they will select with other groups/individuals that also have a 55 credit average).
Some students/groups may not receive a selection time if demand for housing is higher than the amount of available spaces. Students who did not receive a selection time but met the other requirements are still guaranteed housing, and will be assigned to Walker by the Licensing Coordinator over the summer. Typically, groups with lower individual or group credit averages may not be issued a selection time.
The group leader must log into the housing portal during the assigned selection time to pick a room from the available inventory. Students have until the conclusion of the selection period to log-in a pick an apartment space. After selection closes, students/groups that did not select will be assigned by the Licensing Coordinator during the summer.
Can I live with my friends?
Yes. However, all intended roommate group members must complete the application, Housing License, and $200 Reservation Fee by the April 15th deadline in order to be eligible to participate in the housing selection process. During the regularly scheduled Housing Selection process, students have the opportunity to select an apartment with their desired roommates. Keep in mind that the deadline to form a roommate group is April 18, 2021.
All students who are interested in forming a group should use the housing portal to select their desired roommates.
Only one member of the group should fill out this application: the “group leader.” You will need to “pull in” the other students who wish to live together. After you have done that, each student will need to log into Walker Application and accept your invitation to the group. Please note that you cannot add someone that has not completed the Housing Application or who is not eligible to live in Walker Avenue Apartments. Only the group leader will be able to submit room preferences on behalf of the group, so be sure that the group discusses this prior to completing the application.
Due to the different housing selection cycles, current residents are not able to request transfer students as roommates during the Housing Selection process. Please contact the Walker Licensing Coordinator with questions regarding roommate pairings for incoming students by e-mailing email@example.com.
What if I don’t have anyone specific I want to live with?
As part of your Housing Application, you will complete a Preferences section that will help us match you with other residents. You may also utilize the Roommate Search Function in the Roommate Module. The Roommate Module in the housing portal allows you to search profiles of students with the same sex and same approved license type (Walker Avenue or Residential Life) from April 1- April 16. You can filter based on sleep habits, room condition, allergies, and more to find a match. You may choose to hide your profile by going to My Account > Matching Profile Visibility to “Hide”.
If you do not select a roommate during the housing selection process, staff will utilize your application preferences to assign you with the best compatible match. Then, you will have access to view your roommate’s contact information via the Walker Resident Portal 30 days prior to move-in.
Why should I license with Walker Avenue Apartments?
Walker Avenue Apartments offers amenities and convenience unmatched in any off-campus apartment. The all-inclusive utilities mean that you will never be surprised by a high electricity or water bill. The individual licenses mean that you will never be obligated to make a license fee payment for a roommate. The furnished apartments mean that you will not have to buy or move furniture. Each resident will receive a private bedroom,semi-private bathroom, and laundry machines within each apartment for convenience. The clubhouse is equipped with a large flat-screen HDTV, gaming system, and study tables for a quiet place to unwind. Beautiful green lawns surround the complex, and the outdoor sand volleyball pit and barbecue grills are just steps away in the courtyard.
By what rules must Walker Avenue residents abide?
Students living at Walker Avenue Apartments are bound to the same policies and standards as students living in other on-campus housing. These include:
What kind of equipment is available to check-out?
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Hand Truck
- Snow Shovels
Remember that these items are available to all Walker residents which means that the check-out period is short and that the items should be treated well. If any item is not working properly, please notify the office staff right away.
Can I have a car at Walker Avenue?
For more information about obtaining a parking permit and parking regulations, please contact UMBC Parking Services (http://www.umbc.edu/parking/).
For more information about the UMBC Shuttle Service, please visit UMBC Transit Services (http://www.umbc.edu/transit/).
Is there visitor parking?
How much does WAA cost?
What is a Guaranty of License and why do I need one?
Can I use my financial aid to pay my license fees?
Yes, but you should discuss this process with the UMBC Financial Aid office. When completing your financial aid paperwork, please note that for the purposes of most financial aid funding sources, Walker Avenue Apartments is considered off-campus housing (your aid will not be used to pay the University). If you plan to use financial aid/scholarships to pay for housing at Walker, you will need to complete a Financial Aid/Scholarship Payment Plan Addendum every semester that you plan on using your Financial Aid/Scholarship refund to pay for your license fees. The Financial Aid/Scholarship Payment Plan Addendum is available on the Applications/Forms page and must be submitted to the Walker office by August 1st for the Fall semester, and December 1st for the Spring semester.
Your financial obligation to Walker is independent of your individual financial aid situation. By signing a license, you agree to pay the full amount, regardless of the circumstances.
Annual Licensees: Please be advised that your financial aid award may NOT be used to cover the summer portion of your financial obligations under the license. Financial aid may only be used to cover the fall and spring academic semester portion of your license installments.
Are mixed gender apartments allowed?
Yes. A limited number of apartments are designated as gender inclusive each term, based on demand for this arrangement. All other apartments are designated male or female. Those students who wish to live in a gender inclusive apartment arrangement should indicate this preference on their housing application.
Due to system limitations, students seeking for form Gender Inclusive Groups have to wait until the profile searching function is disabled (April 17 & April 18) for students to request roommates of different sexes, gender identities, or gender expressions.
Will I have to share a bedroom?
What if I cannot access the Housing Selection page or am having technical difficulties?
Can I live in Walker Avenue just during the summer while enrolled in summer classes?
Walker Avenue Apartments does not offer summer-only licenses. Students interested in living at Walker Avenue Apartments over the summer must complete the Housing Selection process and select an annual license (June – May).