Housing costs are not covered by the international exchange student agreement. Both university housing and off-campus options are available to exchange students although on-campus housing in the Global Village is strongly recommended (based on availability).
University housing is the most convenient option for visiting exchange students. Living in university housing allows for more interaction with other TU students and easy access to activities and events. International exchange students who select university housing will be assigned to the Global Village located in Tower D unless otherwise notified. Students may be placed in alternate university housing based on space availability.
The Global Village is a community for both domestic and international students attending Towson University. Students living in this community will have the opportunity to connect with students from different cultures and countries in a variety of ways including international and domestic roommate pairing, annual events, and programming. This community is offered in partnership with the International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO) and Housing & Residence Life.
Shuttles to local shopping centers run multiple times during the week of orientation for students who need to purchase items for their room. Care packages are available on a limited basis for students who need emergency supplies upon arrival due to lost luggage, late night arrival, etc.
All students living on-campus (except those living in Towson Run Apartments, Carroll Hall, or Marshall Hall) are required to purchase a meal plan. Meals are not covered by the international exchange student agreement. Students will be enrolled in the meal plan of their choosing. If a meal plan is not selected, students will be automatically enrolled in the 10 meals per week plan, but may upgrade upon arrival. Students living off-campus and/or in the Towson Run Apartments, Carroll Hall, or Marshall Hall may purchase a meal plan, if desired. Meal plan charges will be billed to the student's TU account and must be paid upon arrival. Meal plans are valid during the regular semester only.
Please note that the housing contract does not include Minimester (winter break between the fall and spring terms) or summer. International students studying at Towson for the full academic year may stay in their room over the winter and summer breaks for an additional fee of approximately $160 per week.
You will receive access to the housing request forms upon admission to TU. A deposit of $350 must be paid online as part of the university housing application. At the end of the first semester, the $350 deposit will be credited to your TU student account for second semester housing charges. Maintenance charges will be applied to your student account if the room is not maintained according to the housing contract. When you leave Towson University, any credit balance on your account will be refunded to you.
Students wishing to live off-campus are responsible for securing their own housing and making payments according to the rental agreement.
The TU Office of Student Activities offers a free off-campus housing information service (a comprehensive list of available off-campus housing) for students seeking places to live. Towson University does not screen, qualify, verify or otherwise accept responsibility for listings provided through this free service. Go to the Housing and Residence Life Off-Campus Housing website to search the listings.