Office of Residential Life

Housing Application Process

How to apply for campus housing:

UPDATE 12/3: Housing applications for Spring 2021 are still being accepted!
If we fill all spaces and move to a waitlist for housing, we will communicate with those with pending housing assignments via email. 

You must be a matriculated student at USM before you can access the housing portal. Undergraduates need to be registered for a minimum of 12 credits to live on campus. 

The Fall 2021/Spring 2022 housing application is not yet active. This webpage will be updated when the application for the next academic year is open. 

How to access the application:
Find the Spring 2021 housing application/contract by going to your MyUSM portal ( Log in, look for the USM Quick Links on the left hand side of the screen in the list under all of the little square icons, and click on "Residential Life and Housing Portal". Make sure you choose USM Quick Links, and not UMS (University of Maine System) Quick Links. 

NOTE: Newly accepted students to USM will not see the USM Quick Links link until they have paid the Admission fee to matriculate, and then it takes at least 48 hours or more for the USM Quick Links to show up. If you run into any issues, contact our office at

Paying the deposit:
If you are a new admit, please pay the $75.00 housing fee the same day you complete the housing application. The housing deposit amount does not show up on your MaineStreet account as a bill to pay like other charges. To pay online, log in to MaineStreet and navigate to <Student Self Service > Student Center > Pay My Bill > View Bill/Payment Options > Access TouchNet Bill+Payment > Deposits > Select Term > Select Deposit Payment > USM Housing Deposit by CC (credit card) or Echeck, then finish following instructions. You may also mail a check or money order to USM Residential Life, 37 College Ave., Gorham, ME 04038 (please include student name and ID number). 

Returning and international students are not required to pay the housing deposit up front, but may be charged for it depending on cancellation date.

Covid-19 testing for late applicants:
Once we receive your application, our housing specialist will reach out to you with further details about required Covid testing and check-in information. 

Here are some useful sites to locate swab and send testing locations:

First Year Assignments:  Curious about how first year students are assigned to housing? Find out more here.

The Russell Scholars Program requires an additional application to the program. If you request this choice for your Living Learning Community on the housing application, please be sure to apply to the program, too!

Please contact the Disability Services Center at 207-780-4706 or if you require disability-based housing accommodations. The earliest possible communication is particularly helpful in requests for specific room assignments or modifications. Information and detailed guidelines can be found at

If you haven't yet activated your UMS user account, which gives you access to MaineStreet, your e-mail, and Brightspace, go to and click on "Activate your account". If you have trouble activating it, contact Technology Support Center at or 207-780-4029.