What to Expect Living On Campus

Resident Engagement

Student Housing for Student Success: Through intentional engagement with resident students, HRL focuses its efforts on developing students both personally and professionally throughout their time on campus. By living on campus, students are footsteps away from a variety of academic, cultural and social experiences that are hard to get elsewhere.

As a result of the residential experience, resident students can expect to:


Connect: Engage and connect with the campus community

  • Engage with fellow community members
  • Experience different people and ideas

Care: Learn ways to take care of yourself

  • Recognize habits that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Identify appropriate resources and interventions related to physical and mental wellness

Explore: Discover and discuss new ideas outside of the classroom

  • Interact with faculty and University leaders in the residential setting
  • Discuss intellectual topics with faculty and fellow community members

Thrive: Develop skills to thrive beyond UM

  • Discover tools and strategies promoting the advancement of interpersonal skills
  • Recognize the resources and behaviors that promote academic, intrapersonal and professional success

Guide to Living on Campus

Residential Leadership Council 

The Residential Leadership Council program is an opportunity for resident students to develop their leadership skills as engaged members of their residential community. Throughout the year, members of the council coordinate social programs and provide feedback on the overall residential experience. Students interested in joining the council should speak with their RA once they arrive on campus. 

Residential Colleges

The University of Miami's Residential Colleges support and enhance student learning and engagement through interactions with live-in faculty and student affairs staff, as well as a wide range of programming, seminars, lectures, field trips, and recreational activities throughout the academic year.

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Safety & Security

In addition to the University of Miami Police Department, HRL Safety & Security staff utilize card swipe access so that only residents and properly credentialed staff have access to the non-public areas of the buildings.

Our reception desks are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our Resident Assistants and Desk Assistants from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, and from 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. with our Student Security Staff, who are responsible for signing in every guest and maintaining a desk presence in the event of an emergency. In addition to regular desk hours, RAs are on duty for crisis response should one occur.

In-Area Faculty & Staff

A variety of student and professional staff members and University faculty serve as valuable resources to students. These individuals are trained to handle a variety of situations that may arise during a student's time on-campus.

in-area support for students

Live-On Requirement

All non-local freshmen students are required to live in University housing for two academic semesters, as long as space is available. This policy does not apply to freshmen students living with parents or legal guardians in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties.

Live-On Requirement Exemption Request

Housing Application

Ready to apply for on-campus housing? New students - including those transferring to UM from another institution - who have been admitted to the University are eligible to apply for housing via CaneLink under the "UM Housing" section. To activate access to the housing application link, admitted students must pay the $500 enrollment deposit to verify their admission acceptance.

Apply for housing: new students