Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jennifer King Rice, and Graduate School Dean Steve Fetter sent the following email to graduate students today:
We have listened and understood that a primary need from our graduate student community is access to affordable and convenient housing. We, and President Pines, have prioritized investing in the needs of our graduate students as part of our broader work to create an inclusive community. We have committed to finding solutions and enacting forward-looking approaches to the housing concern. In addition to the minimum stipend increases that went into effect earlier this year, we hope this is one more way we can show our graduate students that we hear you and value your contributions to the University of Maryland.
With this in mind, the university is excited to launch a graduate student-exclusive option with The Courtyards through a partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO), Capstone On-Campus Management (COCM) and the Division of Student Affairs.
Beginning August 2022, The Courtyards will offer 94 beds of apartment-style housing in a mix of four-bed/four-bath and two-bed/two-bath units for UMD graduate students. Like other student-purposed apartment communities in the Greater College Park area, leases for The Courtyards graduate housing program will be offered by-the-bed.
Rental rates are the lowest in the area for any student-purposed apartment communities and include all utilities and on-site parking. Leasing applications for this new housing option will be available in mid-May. For more information regarding leasing at The Courtyards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301.314.2466.
Our work is still ongoing to find additional short-term and long-term solutions that add a variety of graduate housing options within the Greater College Park area. We thank all involved for working so hard to make this progress for our valued graduate students possible. And, we thank you for your continued contributions to the university!
Patty Perillo, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Jennifer King Rice, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Steve Fetter, Ph.D.
Dean, The Graduate School
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