For Unwind magazine
The start of the spring semester means it’s time for students to start thinking about housing for the next school year. As University of Maryland students, we are lucky to have a multitude of housing options both on and off campus.
In fact, there are so many different off-campus options spread out over College Park that many students don’t know all of their options and the differences between them. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, it’s important to do your research before making the final decision so that you can find your perfect fit!
Here are a few of the many options students have for living in College Park in the upcoming year:
8150 Baltimore Avenue | 301-446-3790
Located in the shadows of the Xfinity Center, The Varsity isn’t just great if you’re a hoops fan. Although it is further from Route 1 than other housing options, there are still plenty of amenities located steps away from your apartment. One aspect of student life that The Varsity values is academic success. To ensure this for their residents, they offer a 24-hour academic success center with computers and free printing, study lounges, and wifi throughout the complex. If you know you want to live in The Varsity but can’t find roommates, don’t worry! They offer a roommate matching service. Another great perk? Every resident gets their own private bathroom.
8204 Baltimore Avenue | 301-220-0951
It may be The Varsity’s neighbor, but don’t assume that the University View is exactly the same. The View prides itself on its amenities, such as a luxury health club including two fitness centers, pool and sun deck, barre and yoga studio, instructor-led classes and tanning beds. In addition to having a variety of floor plans and bed/bath combinations, University View offers both 10 and 12 month leases so that you don’t have to worry about subleasing your apartment in the summer if you don’t want to.
Domain College Park
3711 Campus Drive | 240-581-8653
Despite being located just steps away from campus, The Domain does not cater specifically to college students. This is different from many of the apartment complexes in College Park. However, living in The Domain may be especially appealing for students in the business and journalism schools, since both Van Munching and Knight Hall are within sight. Although these apartments don’t come fully furnished, there are plenty of other amenities in this “luxury” complex, such as hardwood floors, a heated resort-style pool and a theater.
4300 Hartwick Road | 301-363-4005
Terrapin Row is one of the newest options for off-campus living in College Park. They offer a variety of floorplans, from a studio apartment to a townhouse. Students that live in Terrapin Row are provided with a safe place to work hard and play hard. Along with having to unlock the front entrance and their apartment door, residents are only allowed access to their individual room with their electronic key. Residents have access to study lounges on every floor, courtyards with outdoor kitchens and televisions and complimentary Starbucks.
4500 College Avenue | 301-798-5990
Located on Route 1 above Target Express, Landmark has actually become a landmark in College Park in the two years it’s been open. Apartments in the Landmark come fully furnished and have 50” flat screen smart TVs in their living rooms. Residents can also take advantage of the yoga and spin studio, an outdoor patio with grilling areas, and both group and individual study rooms. One of the unique features Landmark offers is a private zen garden for when residents need to de-stress from their trying collegiate lives.
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8000 Boteler Lane | 301-314-2466
South Campus Commons
4250 Lehigh Road | 301-314-2499
The Courtyards and South Campus Commons are two very unique option available to UMD upperclassmen. Both of these complexes are considered “off-campus housing,” but the Department of Resident Life helps co-manage these communities. The Courtyards is a short Purple bus ride from campus and South Campus Commons is conveniently located on the south edge of campus. However, living in these complexes is not like living in a residence hall. The Courtyards has a community clubhouse and amenities such as a fitness center, pool and printers. South Campus Commons does not have as many amenities as other apartments, however since it is on campus it is easy to access resources available on campus as well as Route 1 for those late-night cravings.