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Residence Hall Tips

NewHokieMomNewHokieMom Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
Hello UMD Community! Looking for residence hall tips. While this isn't my first rodeo (older son at Virginia Tech) - and I'm guessing all residence halls are pretty much the same, hoping for some seasoned UMD advice on nuances here. My son will be in a double in Cumberland Hall....any experience with this dorm? Specific questions:

1) Thoughts on lofting beds? Seems like a great idea. VT provided loft kits for each kid. Are loft kits available?
2) I saw something on the res life site about quarters for washing machines - I would think there would be a better way?
3) Any other thoughts?


Replies to: Residence Hall Tips

  • SoofDadSoofDad Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    @NewHokieMom - If you set up a TerpExpres account, that can be used to pay for the laundry machines. You can find a link to TerpExpress at http://dining.umd.edu

    My D was in a double her first 2 years (Hagerstown, then Denton) and never felt the need to loft the beds. Lofting must be arranged in advance through ResLife

    You may also find some useful info at http://reslife.umd.edu/movein/
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    Ok, I actually lived in Cumberland in the 80's, but obviously it's been seriously renovated and things have changed quite a bit since its now the Scholars community. My son lived in Chestertown as a freshman, so same community. The rooms are actually a relatively decent size at Maryland (unlike my D's school which was insanely small, especially in comparison). I don't think you really need to loft unless you want to add a couch for seating. However, since these days the dorms now have lounges, I'm not so sure you need to do that. You can always make that decision when you see the set up, and yes, loft kits are available, as are fridge rentals. http://reslife.umd.edu/movein/vendor/

    As for fridges, that is your call whether you want to rent or buy (we bought before we knew about rental), but both my kids had their own fridges even though their roommates did also.

    As for washing machines, I believe you can use your TerpExpress account to pay - I remember giving my son a roll of quarters and he said it wasn't necessary. http://www.umdexplained.com/2015/08/doing-laundry-on-campus-at-umd.html

    Both my kids enjoyed having black out curtains (cheapie ones from Target) because even though there are shades, they still let a little light in. So, for my son, the extra darkness was essential (he's a sloth) and for my daughter, she liked the extra darkness but also the more homey look it created (even though diff school, it was also cinderblock walls). The only way to "install" curtains is a spring-loaded pressure rod which is also easily found at Target.

    A carpet is nice to have because bare floors are cold. Got one on sale at BB &B that had a pattern so it was the only decoration in my son's dorm room because he was not into hanging anything up, so with bare walls, the patterned rug and carpets were the only things that made the room more homey (it was not wall to wall). On the other hand, my daughter decorated her cage so beautifully it was very welcoming (she made an incredible display with photos, art and lights). A cheap stick or hand-held vacuum is a must if you have a carpet...

    Cumberland is an awesome location, being across the street from Eppley Rec Center, and backing up to a field (called La Plata Beach) for frisbee and volleyball on one side, and having the Incon on the front (Cambridge Community) side. The Incon is the nickname for the convenience store, so-named because of the hours being inconvenient. However, I didn't think they were that bad,http://www.umdexplained.com/2015/02/north-campus-snack-n-shop-incon-photo.html.
    Scholars community hosts a lot of events, such as BBQ's etc, so it will be a great experience.

    Here is the link to the Cumberland Hall page http://reslife.umd.edu/halls/cambridge/cumberland/
    Scroll to the very bottom of the page and you will see a "typical room layout" graphic and on the right, a "typical traditional floor". Click on the room layout to see pics of how kids have set up and decorated their rooms, but more importantly, click on the traditional floor map. A window will open up and it will show you the actual floor layouts - use the drop down menu to pick the floor (so if room 2127 for example, select second floor from drop down menu, but if 4127, select fourth floor). You will be able to see the exact location of the room (proximity to bathrooms, elevators, etc) get a sense of room size (in comparison to others on the floor) and number of windows (so, for example, room 3112 has two windows, so you would need 2 sets of currents).

    Hope that helps...let me know if you have any other questions...
  • NewHokieMomNewHokieMom Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    Thanks to both of you! Here's a question. My son is not scholars - he's just a regular admitted student - but found his roommate during orientation. They are both physics majors, liked each other well enough and requested each other. So his roommate is a scholar which is why he ended up here. I'm happy about it. I like the LLCs, and am wondering if he'll get any side benefits from living there (other than being with like minded students) - like ability to participate in the social events - I'd like to think he wouldn't be excluded!
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    I know there are def other non-scholars students living in Cambridge Community, so your son is def not alone/unique in that respect! Certainly, if they have Cambridge Community events, then that would be open to all Cambridge Community residents, including your son, so no worries about that. However, if it is a scholars program-specific event, then the director of that scholars program would not recognize your son as being in her/his program, so I doubt they would allow him to attend that kind of event.

    Your son will def love the proximity of the dorm, both to physics classes (read he can sleep in until the last possible minute) and also to Eppley (he can work out on a regular basis if he is so inclined). Come b-ball season, he's also conveniently close to Xfinity center...and really not far from Byrd/Maryland Stadium for football (sorry, it will always be Byrd to me). Whether or not he's a big sports fan (and I sure as hell am not - except for Maryland games, of course), he really should make an effort to attend some games, just for the experience. Maryland fans are something to experience/be a part of.
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    Also, since you mentioned your son is in physics, keep an eye on this calendar for events (they will start loading it up closer to end of August) http://umdphysics.umd.edu/events/calendar.html#year=2017&month=7&day=23&view=month

    He should also look into research opportunities as an undergrad - lots of cool stuff going on http://umdphysics.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate/ugrad-research-opportunities.html
    and read this also http://umdphysics.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate/ugrad-events.html
  • NewHokieMomNewHokieMom Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    Thank you! He is in the FIRE program, and he's very excited about the research opportunities!
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    Awesome! He will def enjoy research at Maryland...so many great opportunities!

    FYI, thought of another thing to bookmark
    http://www.transportation.umd.edu/nextbus.html to see real time arrival/departure times
    http://www.transportation.umd.edu/schedules.html in general to see schedules. routes and stops
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    Also, a great send-off gift is a pre-paid/loaded Metro card (you can decide how much to start off with, and then more money can be added later). Once you get to DC, all the museums are free and he should def take advantage of this on weekends.
  • SoofDadSoofDad Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    Here is the link for ordering a Metro Card

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