Graduate Student Life



Off-Campus Housing Services provides personalized information and resources about housing and off-campus living. OCH posts listings of housing available in the area, organizes off-campus living fairs, and provides advice about searching for housing. OCH also provides information specifically for international students seeking housing

Priority for on-campus housing is given to full-time undergraduate students. However, there are two graduate-only apartment communities on UMD. The Graduate Gradens and the Graduate Hills communities are owned by the University of Maryland and managed by a property management company. A separtate application and leasing process applies for these apartment communities. 

Transportation and Parking Services

If you plan to park a motor vehicle on campus, you must obtain a campus parking permit. You can register for a permit through the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) by using your Directory ID and password. Once you obtain a parking permit, please ensure that you only park in lots that are assigned to you in order to avoid costly parking tickets. 

The University of Maryland offers sevearl commuting options such as Shuttle UM, Green Commuting options, and BikeUMD programs. To learn more, please visit the DOTS website

UMD Alerts

UMD Alerts is administered by the Department of Public Safety and allows the university to contact you during an emergency by sending a message to your email or mobile phone. Status reports of all alerts are also published on the university homepage. To register to receive alerts, please visit

The Graduate Student Life Handbook

The Graduate Student Life Handbook offers advice for graduate students on a variety of issues such as childcare, discounts for graduate students, student ID cards, ordering textbooks, and additional useful information. It also has a checklist for new graduate stuents to help you get settled at the university. 

CEE Graduate Student Council (GSC) 

The CEE GSC is a student-run organization with the mission of building community among CEE graduate students. Each year, the GSC organizes various academic and social events. Upcoming events will be announced on the CEE graduate student listserv.