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Transfer housing/social questions

trappedinumdtrappedinumd Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
Hello all.
I was just wondering what the housing situation is like for transfer students. I am applying to be a junior transfer next fall, and since social life is such a huge deal for me, i just wanted to know what it's like for transfers.
Do most transfers get housing normally? I don't really care what dorm I would be in, i just would like to live on campus. I know it isn't guaranteed, but what is the "norm"?

How do transfers make friends? i'll be completely honest with you, at UMD I've had about 6 friends. ive known all of them before i came into UMD, and 3 of them have graduated already. I really want to make close friends wherever I go (quality> quantity. 10 good friends is better than 2 good friends and 20 acquaintances.) Do any of you students know transfers? Or do transfers tend to stick with other transfers? Which i wouldn't mind at all, because i feel like it would be almost like being a freshman again.
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Replies to: Transfer housing/social questions

  • peloteropelotero Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    I have the same question since I am in the same situation.

    I will be applying to transfer for next fall from Florida International University
  • webtechadswebtechads Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    It has become a little tougher for transfers to stay on-campus or get housing because Umass has overbooked the last 3+ years. I'm not sure of the percentage, but the number of transfers to get housing isn't high.

    I didn't go as a transfer but know some people who came in later and they all seem to enjoy it. I would advise that if there is any chance you can get on-campus then take it.Off-campus is nice but it is harder to meet new people since there are just so many people in general.
  • trappedinumdtrappedinumd Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Well, if that's the case where do a lot of students live? And how do the transfers tend to make friends? I would like to live somewhat close to campus if i cant live on campus for reasons such as clubs, making friends, dining halls etc. (I will have a car, so a few miles isn't too far for me).
    Also, i know about the Off campus meal plan. does that work for on campus dining halls as well?
  • HeylloHeyllo Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Umass has a dorm that they use for transfer students. It's called McNamara.
  • laviebohemelavieboheme Registered User Posts: 457 Member
    Transfers typically get put in Sylvan, which is the residential area that has suites. Unfortunately, this area of campus is known for being a little anti-social. However, I've had friends who transferred and got put in a suite of other transfers and they were all best friends forever. I also had a friend who got put in a suite that was only half-full and she never really met her suitemates before she was granted a room change.

    Luckily at UMass its pretty easy to make friends if you join a club or even hang out in the same areas every day.

    UMass tries to scare transfers and tell them to look for off-campus housing, but that's just because they want to encourage as many people to live off-campus as possible. I know transfers who have gotten housing. However, if you don't get housing there are several apartment complexes literally a three minute bus ride from campus.
  • trappedinumdtrappedinumd Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    I appreciate your detailed response, and well as everyone else in here's response.
    Just a few questions-

    1) What kind of clubs do you think are best for people to meet people? Like, I know that Umass Amherst has a boxing club, and there's no doubt that I'll be in that because I've been boxing for over twelve years. But any other clubs? What about frats? Maybe even just meeting people in the dining halls?

    2) How is a specific area of campus known for being anti-social? haha that's so odd I've never heard of that before.

    3) If i do end up living off campus, would you say that it's still easy to make friends, even if it means I have to be off campus a lot?

    Sorry for all the questions. I am still on winter break for another few weeks, and I have recently submitted my application, so I am kind of killing myself with nerves here haha.
  • peloteropelotero Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    I also prefer to live on-campus because I have experienced both sides and living on campus is such a better experience. Although, I will be taking my own car there. Also, how is it to find easy jobs, not careers, in the area? I'm not going to work many hours so I can have time to study.

    As for the questions above, I know there is a housing area at my school known as being anti-social as well. It is a bit more isolated and the RAs don't have to interact as much nor do neighbors with each other. Also, you will obviously make friends in either situation but when you live on campus there are more opportunities with events and just running into people. On the first day of moving in you'll find that everyone is very friendly compared to the first day of classes were everyone is frantically running around. Familiar faces you see in your building may be in your class and....... Overall, it's just easier and less stressful

    Also, is there a summer semester and how is it?
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