Department of Housing & Residence Life
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To be eligible for on campus housing a student must meet the following conditions:
Be enrolled as a full-time student with 12 or more credit hours.
All incoming first time freshmen and transfer students are eligibile to submit a housing application. For more detail and current information regarding eligibility, please contact the Department of Housing & Residence Life at 410- 704- 2516.
The annual $350 Housing Deposit is a non-refundable fee. If you canceled before you check into the residence halls, your room and board fees can be refunded.
Housing assignments for all new incoming freshmen are made on a random basis. We cannot honor requests for a specific room, type of room, building, suitemates or location of a room within a building. Incoming transfer students will participate in room selection.
No, once you pick up your room key, you are obligated to live on-campus for the entire academic year. Refer to your Housing Contract for the reasons that you can be released from your contract.
No, you are not eligible to live on campus. However, if you are reinstated, you can contact our office to have your name placed on the waiting list. Students placed on the waiting list will be offered a space if an opening occurs. There is no guarantee of Housing.
Summer term housing is available for students taking summer classes. A limited amount of space is available during the summer term. Students who are attending classes during the summer term and would like housing must apply at the request housing page.
During all breaks (except Summer), you may leave your belongings in the room but you must physically vacate the building, unless you live in one of our apartment communities or are in Residence Tower and have signed up for 9 month housing.
Yes. Housing options include Residential Learning Communities, Honors housing, Alcohol-Free housing and Gender Inclusive housing. For more housing options, please refer to the housing options page listed below.
Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) communities focus on creating an inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with any student - regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.
A growing trend for colleges and universities is a shift toward Gender Inclusive housing and restrooms. Within the last several years, Housing & Residence Life has collaborated with the Center for Student Diversity on the viability of bringing Gender Inclusive housing to Towson University.
Housing & Residence Life researched best practices and hosted focus groups in Fall 2011 to discuss the interest and viability of offering Gender Inclusive Housing as a new housing option. The feedback provided insight into the benefits and potential obstacles facing those who would most appreciate this housing option. A pilot proposal was drafted and a planning committee was formed to establish criteria for developing Gender Inclusive Housing at Towson University.
Gender Inclusive Housing is a housing option rather than a Residential Learning Community. While intentional programming may permeate the communities that house Gender Inclusive Housing, the primary purpose is to provide a space for people of all genders to live comfortably and without judgment.
Residential Learning Communities require either academic or interdepartmental partnerships to guide learning and engagement within the residence halls. Whether connecting Honors College to Honors Housing or the International Student Scholars Office to Global Village, Residential Learning Communities are purposed toward co-curricular programming and learning for resident students.
Gender Inclusive Housing is open to all students. Students will also have to complete the application process according to deadlines and qualify for on-campus housing. Students will also be required to sign an agreement of understanding; noting their compliance to community standards.
First year students and returning students with 89 credits or less who indicate an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing will be assigned within university housing. Questions can be directed to Housing & Residence Life at 410-704-2516.
Returning residents with 90 credits or more and transferring students who have an interest in Gender Inclusive Housing will need to contact Millennium Hall at Towson University by visiting the Millennium Hall website listed below and selecting Application/Forms – questions should be directed to 410-704-6455.
Incoming first year students can indicate an interest during the online housing contract process, from February 1 – May 1.
The process for returning residents interested in Gender Inclusive Housing will be outlined in the housing contract process information emailed to all current university housing residents by the middle of February.
Returning and transferring students can indicate an interest during the Millennium Hall contract process based on availability.
Gender Inclusive Housing was a pilot program for the 2012-2013 academic year and will continue to offered as a housing options going forward.
If a vacancy occurs, the remaining student(s) will be allowed two weeks to request a new roommate from the pool of applicants for Gender Inclusive Housing. After two weeks, Housing & Residence Life staff will review the list of Gender Inclusive Housing applicants to find a suitable room assignment.
We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families so that they can be supportive of a student's housing preference.
Gender Inclusive Housing is not intended for romantic couples. However, we respect the privacy of our students.
First, try to avoid making snap judgments. You should attempt to work out the problem by talking with your roommate. If residents are unable to agree or come up with a workable solution, contact your RA for assistance. No room changes will be considered once assignments have been made, until two weeks after the semesters begins. After that, room changes will be made on a space-available basis and are not guaranteed to occur. The dissatisfied roommate is the one who is responsible for moving.
Room assignments are random as long as your application is received by the May 1 deadline, you were offered housing, paid your deposit and signed your contract by the deadline in your offer email. Roommate requests will receive first priority and must be mutual. All roommate requests made by May 1 will be honored if space is available.
Student rooms are furnished with bed(s), desk(s), desk chair(s), closet(s) or wardrobe(s), blinds or drapes and a micro-fridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator). The rooms also come equipped with free basic cable television (34 channels), unlimited Internet, and wireless Internet (bring your own coaxial cable, television, and computer). All buildings are air-conditioned.
Traditional residence halls with community or quad style bathrooms are cleaned daily by housekeeping staff. In suite-style rooms or rooms with private bathrooms, the residents are responsible for cleaning the bathrooms.
Freshman residents are restricted from purchasing a permit until they have earned 30 credits. Limited exceptions for extreme circumstances can be submitted with documentation.
Your Net ID is typically the first part of your email address at Towson University (email@example.com).
You will need to contact Student Computing Services at 410-704-5151.
No matter where you go on campus, you can find something good to eat! We have 12 dining locations, and offer a variety of meal plans. Menus include standard American, vegetarian and kosher cuisine as well as a-la-carte dining.
To learn more about dining on campus, please visit the Dining Services web site:
Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by the meningococcal bacteria. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children age 2-18 in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. The meningococcal bacteria also cause an infection in the blood stream that can lead to septic shock and death.
It is primarily spread through close, prolonged exposure to shared airspace, such as sleeping in the same room. A secondary method is through mouth-to-mouth contact such as kissing or sharing a toothbrush or drinking glass. The incubation period is generally 3 to 4 days, to a maximum of 10 days.
About 2,600 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S. 10-15% of these people die, in spite of treatment with antibiotics. Of those who live, another 11-19% lose their arms or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous systems, become mentally retarded, or suffer seizures or strokes. Anyone can get meningococcal disease. But it is most common in infants less than one year of age and people with certain medical conditions, such as lack of a spleen. College freshman living in dormitories have an increased risk of getting meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal infections can be treated with drugs such as penicillin. Still, about one out of every ten people who get the disease dies from it, and many others are affected for life. This is why preventing the disease through use of meningococcal vaccine is important for people at highest risk.
While the reasons are not yet fully understood, studies from previous college outbreaks suggest that college students are more susceptible because they live and work in close proximity to each other in dormitories and classrooms. Behavioral and social aspects of college life appear to be risk factors as well, with smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke, alcohol consumption, and bar patronage all increasing the chance that one will contract meningitis from an infected individual.
Yes. Safe, effective vaccines can provide protection against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4) has been available since the 1970s. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) was licensed in 2005. Both vaccines protect against meningitis caused by 4 of the 5 common strains of the bacteria (serogroups A, C, Y and W-135), including 2 of the 3 types most common in the United States (C, Y and W-135) and a type that causes epidemics in Africa (serogroup A). There is currently no available vaccine against the 5th strain, serogroup B, and the vaccine does not prevent other causes of meningitis (e.g. other bacteria or viral meningitis).
Both vaccines protect about 90% of those who get immunized. MCV 4 (brand name Menactra) is expected to give better, longer-lasting protection than the older vaccine, MPSV4 (known as Menomune). MCV4 should also be better at protecting the spread of the disease from person to person by eradicating the meningococcal bacteria that reside in the nose and throat. Since people can be asymptomatic carriers, this is a big advantage of the newer vaccine.
In the past, vaccination has been delayed until an outbreak of meningitis occurs. The problem with this strategy is that because outbreaks, while rare, are clustered in time, and because onset of symptoms is extremely rapid, for many students post-exposure vaccination may be too late to provide real protection. In addition, immunity after vaccination can take 12 weeks to develop. Pre-exposure vaccination also eliminates the fear of not being vaccinated in time.
In light of these facts and the growing number of outbreaks on college campuses in recent years, the American College Health Association and CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommend that all college freshmen be immunized. Maryland law requires all college students living in on-campus student housing be immunized or sign a waiver indicating they understand the risks of the disease and choose not to take the vaccine.
The meningococcal vaccine has an excellent safety profile. The risk of death or serious harm is low. Side effects are usually mild, consisting primarily of redness and swelling at the site of injection lasting up to two days. A vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. However, the risk of serious harm, or death, is extremely small.
Meningococcal immunization should be deferred during any acute illness. The vaccine should not be administered to pregnant women or individuals sensitive to thimerosal or any other components of the vaccine.
Maximize your body's own immune response. Eat a balanced diet, and get adequate sleep and exercise. Avoid cigarettes and excessive use of alcohol. In particular, do not make a habit of sharing drinks or cigarettes.
Yes, call the Health Center at (410) 704-2466 for more information and appointment times.
MPSV4 (Menomune) -$75; MCV4 (Menactra) -$95