Leasing For The 2019-2020 Academic Year


General Information

South Campus Commons is located adjacent to the South Hill Community residence halls at the southern edge of the campus. The 7 apartment buildings house 2178 students and are all single bedrooms within apartments which range from 4-bedroom/2-bathroom units, 2-bedroom/2-bathroom units, and a limited number of three-bedroom, one-bedroom, and studio units. Capstone staff manages the leasing, maintenance, service desk operations, and all financial matters for South Campus Commons. The UM Department of Resident Life manages the residence life program including the hiring and supervision of Resident Assistants who live and work in each of the halls. Residents living in South Campus Commons must adhere to the conditions of the South Campus Commons lease as well as the UM Code of Student Conduct and the rules and regulations set forth in the Community Living Handbook.

The leasing process for The Courtyards at University of Maryland (CTY) and South Campus Commons (SCC) 2019-2020 lease year begins on November 15, 2018.

To view the University of Maryland Housing website for South Campus Commons and The Courtyards, please visit:



View a Video of our Information Session HERE

The Process

If you are considering leasing in South Campus Commons or the Courtyards, filling out an online leasing application is your first step. There is no obligation by completing this application; it only indicates your interest in leasing at the South Campus Commons or the Courtyards.

Only students who complete the online application by the applicable deadline will be eligible to sign a lease for 2019-2020. The leasing application will be available online beginning November 15, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. by logging into the MyDRL Portal and select the “Commons / Courtyards MyDRL Portal” link.

  • To be listed as a pull-in by a current SCC/CTY resident renewing their lease, Leasing applications must be submitted prior to February 7, 2019 at 3:59PM EST.
  • The priority application deadline is March 8, 2019 at 3:59PM EST
  • Any student who submits a leasing application after the deadline will lose their priority group status and only be eligible to attend after all other applicants have had a chance to select from available vacancies.

Please Note: The leasing application is the same for both SCC and CTY (i.e. you only need to submit one leasing application for the 2019-2020 year). Completing the no-obligation leasing application does not affect your status as Residence Hall student or prevent you from participating in room selection if you are eligible to do so and decide you don’t want to sign a lease in Commons or Courtyards.

Only those residence hall students who go on to sign a lease at Commons or The Courtyards will pay the $30 application fee and lose their ability to participate in room selection.

  • Leasing eligibility is determined by the University of Maryland’s Department of Resident Life.
  • Students must be in good academic, financial, and judicial standing with the University to be eligible to sign a lease.
  • Lease-holders must be undergraduate students registered full-time at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • First priority for leasing for the August 2019 – July 2020 year is given to current (Spring 2019) on-campus residents who are rising 3rd year students (rising Juniors*)
  • To be pulled in to either community by a current SCC/CTY resident, you must eitehr be a current SCC/CTY resident or a rising 3rd year (rising Junior*) on-campus resident student
  • Students must submit a 19-20 SCC/CTY leasing application by the March 8 deadline.

The chart below outlines the order of priority for leasing in South Campus Commons and The Courtyards.  This priority order is based on the Department of Resident Life’s Housing Commitment Policy.

Order of Priority for SCC/CTY Leasing appointments Group Description Number of Semesters of Undergraduate Study # of Semesters of Undergraduate Study (including the Spring 2019 semester) Eligible to be pulled in to spaces by current SCC/CTY Residents?
1st Priority On-Campus residents – “Rising Juniors”* 3-4 Yes
2nd On-Campus residents – “Rising Seniors”* 5-6 No
3rd On-Campus residents – “Rising Sophomores”* 1-2 No
4th On-Campus residents – “Rising 5th year Senior”* 7 + No
5th Off-Campus Students Any Number No



Information Sessions and Tours

There will be multiple information sessions for students who would like to learn more about leasing at The Courtyards and South Campus Commons. We also strongly encourage you and your family to attend the upcoming community tours to learn more about SCC, CTY, and the leasing process!

Information Sessions Schedule
Date Place Time
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Prince Frederick Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Oakland Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2019 Annapolis Hall Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Thursday, December 6, 2019 Cambridge Community Center Rm 1100 6:30pm
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Prince Frederick Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Oakland Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Leonardtown Multipurpose Room 6:30pm


Courtyards & South Campus Commons Tours
Date Place Time
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Student & Family Tours
SCC Seminar 5 11:00am-1:00pm
CTY Clubhouse 12:00-2:00pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Student & Family Tours
SCC Seminar 5 11:00am-1:00pm
CTY Clubhouse 12:00pm-2:00pm
Friday, February 1, 2019
Student Tours
SCC Seminar 5 4:00pm-6:00pm
CTY Clubhouse 4:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Student Tours
SCC Seminar 5 11:00am-1:00pm
CTY Clubhouse 12:00pm-2:00pm
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
Student Tours
SCC Seminar 5 11:00am-1:00pm
CTY Clubhouse 12:00pm-2:00pm


Application and Lease Signing Timeline

Date Information
November 15, 2018 The 2019-2020 leasing application and Mixed Gender Apartment Living Applications (for new potential residents) are available online
January 16, 2019 –
February 7, 2019
Students wishing to be pulled in to Commons or Courtyards next year complete the 2019-2020 Leasing Application. Current residents of Commons and Courtyards complete intent to return forms and name any students as potential pull-ins.
January 29, 2019-
February 6 2019
Students attend Information Sessions and Community Tours of South Campus Commons and The Courtyards.
January 25, 2019
at 3:59PM EST
Mixed Gender Apartment Living in SCC/CTY Applications are due
Feb 7, 2019
at 3:59PM EST
Deadline for current SCC/CTY residents to submit Intention to Return forms and name pull-ins. Deadline for new applicants to submit application to be named as a pull-in by current SCC/CTY resident
February 18 – 27, 2019 Current residents of South Campus Commons and The Courtyards attend leasing appointments to transfer to different bedrooms or units, and eligible pull-ins attend their pull-in leasing appointments.
March 3, 2019 Mixed Gender Apartment Leasing night for eligible applicants groups.
March 8, 2019
at 3:59PM EST
The 2019-2020 Commons/Courtyards Leasing Application Deadline.
March 15, 2019
by 3:59PM EST
All eligible students who completed the 2019-2020 Leasing Application by the March 8 priority deadline receive an e-mail directing them to log in to MyDRL to view their leasing number and leasing appointment time for Open Leasing Nights.
March 26, 2019
at 3:59PM EST
Deadline to submit a late application to participate in open leasing in the 6th priority group of late applicants on March 28, 2019 (NOTE: Anyone who falls in the LATE category loses all priority group privileges).
March 25, 26, and 28 2019 Open Leasing Nights for new applicants to South Campus Commons and the Courtyards.


Appointment Requirements

Being assigned a leasing appointment time does not mean that you are guaranteed a space in Commons or Courtyards. A leasing appointment offers you the opportunity to attend a leasing meeting to see what apartment spaces are available at that time. Leasing appointment times are based on leasing numbers (akin to a Resident Life priority number; see below for an explanation of leasing numbers). As students with better (i.e. lower) leasing numbers attend their leasing appointments and sign leases for particular spaces with their eligible pull-ins, the number and types of available apartment spaces will be reduced. Remember, submitting a lease application and accepting a leasing appointment time also does not obligate you to sign a lease. However, if you choose to accept an apartment space during your leasing appointment you will be required to sign a lease at that meeting.

You will need to bring 3 items (and know one piece of information) with you to your Leasing Appointment:

  1. Check or money order for $300 (Lease Reservation Fee)
  2. Check or money order for $30 (application fee)
  3. A photo ID
  4. You must know your Social Security Number (you do not need your SS Card)
  5. Completed Guarantor Form

All three items must accompany the student at their designated leasing appointment. The “Payable to” field on the check should be left blank until the time that a student signs a lease, as the “Payable to” name will be different for leases in South Campus Commons and the Courtyards. If you do not have the checks at the time of your leasing appointment, you will not be permitted to enter Open Leasing or sign a lease. Credit Card payments and cash are not accepted for the lease reservation and lease application fees.

The management and leasing offices at South Campus Commons should not receive leasing appointment paperwork and/or monies in the mail or in person outside of a scheduled leasing appointment. Any paperwork and/or monies received will be returned to sender.

You will only turn in the checks/money orders if you actually choose a space and sign a lease. No money or checks will be collected if you do not sign a lease.


See below for a preview of what the Open Leasing process will look like.


Mixed Gender Housing

South Campus Commons and The Courtyards were the first campus housing to offer a mixed gender living option to students. Both communities have a set number units that interested students can apply to live in for 2019-2020 leasing year. While all unit-styles are available for mixed-gender applicant groups, a group must fill the entire unit they choose.

Who is Eligible?

Priority for selecting spaces among new Mixed Gender applicant groups will first go to current South Campus Commons and Courtyards residents who are eligible to renew their leases, followed by students currently living in on-campus residence halls who will enter their third year in college in the upcoming Fall semester (“rising juniors”). Students who are not in one of those 2 groups are not eligible to be a part of a Mixed Gender applicant group.

Please note that completing an application for the Mixed Gender option in SCC/CTY does not guarantee a space in a mixed gender unit. The likelihood of your applicant group obtaining a mixed gender unit depends upon 1) The number of current residents of Mixed Gender apartment residents who will renew their leases for the 2019-2020 lease year and 2) the number of new eligible groups who apply for mixed gender units in SCC/CTY.

Please make sure to complete the SCC/CTY lease application on MyDRL by January 25, 2019.

How can I learn more about this Housing Option?

Students are welcome (but not required) to attend Information Sessions for South Campus Commons and The Courtyards.

Date Place Time
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Prince Frederick Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Oakland Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2019 Annapolis Hall Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Thursday, December 6, 2019 Cambridge Community Center Rm 1100 6:30pm
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Prince Frederick Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Oakland Multipurpose Room 6:30pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Leonardtown Multipurpose Room 6:30pm

How do you apply?

New applicant groups to the Mixed Gender Apartment Option in Commons and Courtyards must apply as a group of 2-4 eligible students (all Mixed Gender units are 2-4 bedroom units). Students interested in applying to the program must submit an application by the January 25th, 2019 application deadline. Each person in the group must submit an individual application.

Residents who apply to participate should understand and be prepared to meet the following expectations:

  • All group members must submit a Mixed Gender Apartment Living application by January 25th.
  • All group members must complete the 2019-2020 Commons/Courtyards Leasing application by February 7th, 2019 at 3:59pm.
  • Attend a mandatory pre-leasing meeting on February 8th, 2019 at 7PM (if approved).
  • Attend the Mixed Gender Apartment Leasing Night on March 3, 2019 at 6PM .
  • Returning groups will sign leases March 2-3, 2019 by appointment.
Before you decide if this housing option might be a good option for you, ask yourself the following questions and discuss with your parents/family:
  1. Do I want to live in an apartment with students of different genders?
  2. Are my parents/lease guarantor aware and supportive of my interest in living in an apartment with students of different genders?
  3. Can I make the commitment now to remain in the apartment for the entirety of the 2019-2020 leasing period (all apartments are 11.5 month leases)?
  4. If a vacancy were to occur in the apartment during the year, would I feel comfortable living with someone of a different gender whom I did not know?*

If you answered “no” to any of the questions above, this housing option may not be the best for you.

*Although students will apply for this housing option with the expectation of remaining in the apartment for the entire leasing year, unexpected situations may arise which may cause a vacancy to occur. Although leasing staff will work with apartment-mates to find an eligible pull-in when possible, SCC/CTY management reserves the right to assign a new occupant of any gender to vacancies that occur within these apartment units.

If I apply for the Mixed Gender and do not get into a Mixed Gender apartment, can I still try to lease a single gender unit?

Yes. Because all Mixed Gender option applicants must also complete the general 19-20 Leasing application, they will be eligible to participate in Open Leasing for single gender spaces if they do not sign a lease for a mixed gender space. The Mixed Gender Apartment Leasing process will take place on March 3, 2019, so applicants will know if their group has secured a Mixed Gender apartment well before the Open Leasing appointments for single gender units occur March 25th, 27th, and 28th.

Navigating the Application

Leasing Resources

When choosing an apartment, below are some useful resources to assist in making the best decision for you.

SCC Floorplans

SCC Rates

Courtyards Floorplans

Courtyards rates


To view the list of available vacancies at South Campus Commons and The Courtyards, log into your MyDRL portal and select “Commons / Courtyards MyDRL Portal.” Under that section, select the menu icon (3 bars in the top left corner) and select “Vacancies.” Available spaces are split by Male and Female.  Any apartment with all bedrooms available will be listed under both genders’ list.

For apartments that have returning residents, students can view roommate attributes via the MyDRL portal.  After logging in, select “Commons / Courtyards MyDRL Portal.”  Under that section, select the menu icon (3 bars in the top left corner) and select “Roommate Matching.” You will be able to select your search criteria, or view resident attributes by room.



On occasion students inquire about the difference between “Subletting” and “Re-leasing” their apartment. Hopefully this information will shed light on the difference between the two and why we only do Re-leasing at South Campus Commons.

Subletting means that you are allowing someone to use your apartment that you are renting for a period of time in return for payment. When subletting you are still financially responsible for the apartment and any damages that might occur even though you are allowing someone else to rent from you. Please review the section on “Illegal Re-leasing” for more information on this process.

Re-leasing is the official process of transferring financial responsibility for your South Campus Commons lease to another eligible student prior to the lease end date.  Any students who study abroad, withdraw from the University, or need to leave due to financial constraints, must use this process.   Once you re-lease your apartment, your individual lease is formally ended which means that you will no longer have access to your space and community services and you are released from your financial obligation.

This formal process, which is completed through the Leasing Office, is necessary in order to protect the original leaseholder. Therefore, the process outlined below must be followed for a re-lease to occur.

The Process

The following information is designed to help you navigate the re-leasing process, through which you can end your lease early by transferring it to another eligible student. Please review this information carefully, as you retain financial responsibility for your apartment until the re-leasing process has been completed in its entirety. We recommend submitting the Re-Leasing Request 2 – 3 weeks before your desired lease transfer date. However, finding a re-lessor can be sometimes be difficult, so we recommend that you start looking for a re-lessor as early as possible.

  • Step 1: Find a re-lessor (a student who is interested in taking over your lease). It is your exclusive responsibility to find re-lessor.
  • Step 2: Your re-lessor must complete a South Campus Commons Leasing Application.
  • Step 3: Submit a Re-Leasing Request. If your re-leasing request is approved, you will be prompted to schedule a re-leasing appointment.
  • Step 4: Attend your re-leasing appointment with your re-lessor and complete your re-leasing paperwork.


Finding a Re-Lessor

Online Re-leasing Board

  • Throughout the year, South Campus Commons leaseholders may be in search of someone to re-lease their space to.  Prospective residents may view these boards to find a potential space to release. Current residents may also post advertisements in designated areas on campus. (Please note that SCC spaces require University approval before being posted).
  • Female Re-leasing Board
  • Male Re-leasing Board
  • Ask your roommates if they know anyone with whom they might like to live.
  • Ask friends if they know of anyone looking to live in Commons.
  • Request a copy of the South Campus Commons wait list by emailing us. Please include your name and UID in your email request.

Currently, any full-time undergraduate student at Maryland who is in good financial, judicial, and academic standing with the University is eligible. Your re-lessor’s eligibility will be determined once you submit your Re-Leasing Request and you will be notified via email. For more specific questions about renewal eligibility, please email Kelly Ridings, Manager for Public Housing Partnerships with the Department of Resident Life, at pppleasing@umd.edu.


You can submit your Re-Leasing Request anytime, but re-leasing appointments are only available between the 4th and the 20th of each month (except August, February, and March). Failure to complete your appointment by the 20th of the month will result in you retaining financial responsibility for the following month.

Appointment Requirements

Current Resident:


  • Your $100 lease transfer fee. This must be paid in certified funds*. Personal checks and cash are NOT accepted.
  • The remaining portion of your financial responsibility through your new lease end date. This must be paid in certified funds*. Personal checks and cash are NOT accepted.
  • Installment payments are due on the first day of each month. The person in possession of the lease on the 1st of the month is responsible for the installment payment. Installments are not prorated and South Campus Commons will not issue refunds for installments owed prior to the lease transfer. Any exchange of money relating to partial rent payments or personal refunds is solely between the leaseholder and the re-lessor.

*Certified funds are available from a teller at your financial institution in the form of a cashier’s check. Money orders are available at 7-Eleven, CVS, The United States Post Office, Giant, and other retail locations.

New Resident:

  • $30 application fee. Check or money order made payable to South Campus Commons.
  • $300 lease reservation fee. Check or money order made payable to South Campus Commons.
  • Social Security Number. While your card is not required, you must be able to provide your SSN.
Moving Out

On your Re-Leasing Request you will need to select your re-lessor’s desired move-in date. Your move-out date will be at least three business days before their move-in date.  All of your belongings must be removed from the apartment, even if you are studying abroad and plan to return to the apartment or to South Campus Commons in the future.

Illegal Re-Leasing

Illegally re-leasing a South Campus Commons apartment to an unapproved individual is strictly prohibited.  If you are found to be illegally re-leasing your apartment, the leaseholder and the illegal re-lessor may be referred to the University of Maryland judicial process according to the Rights and Responsibilities handbook, Section B, 26.  As the illegal re-lessor, you will be required to move out of the apartment immediately or go to the Leasing Office sign a lease at South Campus Commons.

Failure to check in through the Landlord is subject to a $200 administrative charge.  Failure to check in or out at a designated Service Desk is also subject to a $100 improper check in/out fee.  Furthermore, current residents who do not properly check their keys into a Commons staff member at the Service Desk are subject to $150 core replacement fees for the front and bedroom door. Only legal leaseholders will be permitted to sign out the replacement keys in such circumstances.

To avoid incurring these charges and judicial sanctions, and to preserve the security of our community, it is imperative that all residents use the re-leasing process outlined here.



Management of Sensitive Information

Why Do We Collect Social Security Numbers?

In order to verify the identity of an individual, South Campus Commons must collect Social Security Numbers, which are the only precise identifier of an individual. No other information–full name, address, birthday, etc.—is as accurate at identifying an individual as a Social Security number. This precision is vital when reporting derelict accounts to our collections agency, which then uses the Social Security Number to report the non-payment to a credit scoring agency.

Our ability to ensure consistent payment is dependent upon our ability to have credible outside enforcement. In addition to providing financial assurance to our organization, a Social Security Number provides financial security to the residents and their guarantors. Given that South Campus Commons experiences a high rate of resident turnover, we often have many residents with a similar name. Since the Social Security Number is the most unique identifier of an individual, it ensures that the account being sent to collections matches the person who owes the funds.

What Documents Require A Social Security Number?
  • Student’s Social Security Number is required only on the front page of the Lease.
  • Guarantor’s Social Security Number is required only on the Continuing Guarantor of Lease form.
Who Has Access?

Only management, staff, and student staff have access to Social Security Numbers. All staff members, including students, must pass a background check prior to employment.

Social Security Numbers are never stored electronically. Documents containing Social Security Numbers are stored in locked file cabinets to which only management, staff, and student staff have access. The filing cabinets are located in our office, which is secured with a monitored alarm system.

After a resident who is clear of any balance has moved out and his/her lease has ended, Social Security Numbers on the Continuing Guarantor of Lease and the resident’s Lease are blacked out. If the resident owes South Campus Commons funds, their file continues to be securely held in the office. Once their balance is paid off, the Social Security Numbers on the Continuing Guarantor of Lease and the resident’s Lease are blacked out. If the balance remains unpaid, the Social Security Numbers on the Continuing Guarantor of Lease and the resident’s Lease are blacked out after the account is sent to our collection agency.

Annually, past resident files are digitally archived by an outside contractor. Once they are saved to a DVD, the hardcopies are destroyed. Archiving is completed for a full lease year. A lease year is only archived once we ensure that all accounts are either settled or in collections and all Social Security Numbers are blacked out.

Renter’s Insurance


As of 2014-2015 lease year, South Campus Commons requires all residents invest in renter’s insurance.  South Campus Commons does not carry insurance on tenant’s personal possessions. Renter’s insurance can provide protection for accidental damage, theft, fire, water, and more. Please note, tenant will be held liable for any damages he/she may cause to a unit. Damage caused to a unit by a tenant will be charged directly to the resident found responsible or split among the residents of the apartment if a responsible party cannot be determined, regardless of acquisition of insurance.

Many tenants rely on parents’ homeowners insurance policies for protection while residing at South Campus Commons.  Be sure to check your policy first as many will only provide partial coverage for personal property of the tenant.  Renters insurance covers personal property as well as damage to the property for which a tenant may be liable.  Renters insurance policies also tend to carry lower premiums.

Renter’s insurance rates vary from state to state.  The cost also depends on the insurance company and the coverage level selected.  According to Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIAB), the coverage cost for renters insurance is about $12 per month for $30,000 worth of property coverage and $100,000 of liability coverage.

You may benefit from speaking with an agent when selecting a policy, as some features of our properties could lower rates.  Agents may also recommend other protective measures for your apartment that will lower the rates and further your protection.  Some policies also cover listed property outside the apartment.

Click here for an informational pamphlet on renter’s insurance.  South Campus Commons does not specifically endorse the company in the provided pamphlet.  We provide this for informational purposes only to aid in your insurance-provider research.

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