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Living on campus… a great way to learn… grow… succeed!

Did you know? College students who live on campus…

  • Tend to have higher GPAs
  • Can readily get involved in academic & extracurricular activities
  • Are more likely to graduate in fewer semesters

Most UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP students live on campus during their studies. Living on campus in the residence halls is a highlight of the American college experience, helping you to grow as an individual, enjoy a sense of community, and achieve academic success, while offering a dynamic social experience and many conveniences.

On-Campus Housing

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to live on campus during the program, although it is not required for graduate students. If you decide to live on campus, your housing arrangements will be made once you return the Graduate Housing Contract. Please complete this at least one month before your arrival, so that we can make the necessary housing arrangements. Graduate students most often share apartments in one of the Woodlands buildings with other graduate students. Most apartments have four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a common kitchen, and living area. Please note that while the graduate Navitas GSSP program may be a one semester program, UMass Dartmouth does not offer a one semester housing contract for students starting in the Fall, and you will be committed to the full academic year on campus (Fall + Spring semester), if starting in August.

  • Tip: It is important that you send your contract in by the deadline, even if you have not received your visa! It will be more difficult for us to secure your housing, if you wait to send in your housing forms. Please also understand that room assignments are made based upon space availability and you may not receive your first choice or preferred housing assignments. A room number and key will be given to you upon arrival.

Please visit the UMass Dartmouth Housing website for more information on student housing.

Your dorm room will come with a bed and mattress, but it will not have linens and bedding when you arrive. You will need to purchase the following items: pillow, pillow case, flat sheet (Twin XL), fitted sheet (Twin XL), blanket/comforter, bath towel, hand towel. If you arrive during the day on check-in, our orientation leaders will be able to take you to the local stores to buy these items when you first arrive using the orientation shuttles. You may also order these items online ahead of time, and have them shipped to our address. Residence Hall Linens may be a good place to order them: Target and Walmart are also popular stores.

Living with roommates: A valuable part of your learning and growing in college comes from the experience of living on-campus and learning to share your living space with others. In some instances, your roommates(s) may become close friends, but this is not necessary to have a positive living experience. Even if those that you live with remain “just a roommate” an atmosphere can be established that would enable you to enjoy one another’s company, share ideas and opinions, and create a living environment that is conducive to learning, growing, and socializing. It is the hope of the UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP and the Housing and Residential Education staff that roommates and apartment mates will find the experience of living together a positive, learning, and growing together.


Undergradute students living in traditional residence halls will be automatically enrolled in a required platinum meal plan consisting of unlimited meal swipes to be used at the Marketplace, UMass Dartmouth’s all-you-can-eat resident dining hall.

We recommend that graduate students do not sign up for a meal plan until you have arrived to campus and can see what your dining needs will be based on your schedule and lifestyle, keeping in mind that you will likely be in an apartment with a kitchen as well. Please note that changes will only be allowed during the first week of the semester. Cancellations will only be allowed 2 weeks prior to enrollment. Meal plans cannot be cancelled or decreased once your enrollment has been processed and are in effect for the full academic year (no changes/ cancellations between semesters are allowed).

Each meal plan includes meals, Corsair Cash, and guest passes. The Corsair Cash allows you to enjoy all the exciting dining options offered on campus, as well as select off-campus locations. Each meal plan also comes with guest passes, so a friend or family member can dine with you. All meals, Corsair Cash, and guest passes are allocated on a semester basis.  

Off-Campus Housing (Gradute students only)

We understand that many graduate students prefer the independence of living off-campus; however we strongly recommend that you consider living on campus during the first year until you are able to know the local area better and find a place that suits your needs. If you decide to seek accommodation off-campus, here are some helpful tips that you should consider when making your decision and looking for your own accommodation in the local area. It is particularly important that you will not have any troubles getting to and from classes, as attendance is critical to your success in the program.

  • Students living off-campus are responsible for securing a space that meets their individual needs, and understanding the terms of any lease or contract that they enter into. UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP is unable to assist students with arranging accommodation off-campus.
  • Carefully research your transportation options when looking at places off-campus, as public transportation is very limited in the local area and it is common for graduate students to have classes as early as 8:00am, or as late as 9:30pm, and you will not have the option of making changes to your schedule due to transportation concerns. Campus transportation services are also more limited than usual during the summer.
  • If signing a lease, be sure that you understand that terms and conditions of your contract, including duration of the lease. You may not be able to get out of a six-month or one-year lease easily if you decide you do not like the place or if you are leaving at the end of the semester.
  • When considering your accommodation budget, remember that there are usually additional utilities that need to be paid for in addition to your rent, such as electric, gas, water, cable and internet. Necessary utilities will likely include gas, electric, and water. You may also consider adding a wireless internet service, and a cable television provider.
  • Additional expenses may also include furnishings. Apartments often come unfurnished, so be prepared to buy your own furniture and necessities, including a mattress, couches, desks, tables, lighting, or any other necessities you may require.
  • The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth’s Office of Housing & Residential Education has a site that local landlords can post available rooms/apartments for students to view. Please understand that this site is provided as a service to students, but the apartments/rooms listed on the site are not property of or supervised by University staff.

Move-In Day

All new UMass Dartmouth Navitas GSSP students must check-in with the Navitas GSSP staff upon arrival to campus on the designated check-in day anytime between 9:00am-6:00pm. Students living in residence halls on campus will be able to move into their assigned spaces between 6:00-10:00pm on check-in day.

Please notify us immediately if you are unable to arrive by the scheduled check-in date.