Beyond the Classroom is a living and learning community at the University of Maryland. The program offers priority housing to interested students in South Campus Commons Building 1 in apartment-style housing. Our classrooms, administrative offices and event spaces for events are located in the building. This shared residential setting enables a community of students with a diverse range of majors and interests to engage in essential peer-to-peer learning by sharing their perspectives on civic issues and developing their educational and professional skills to contribute to positive social change.
While BTC staff prefers that students take advantage of the housing option, living in Commons is not a requirement of the program.
South Campus Commons is a public-private partnership between the University of Maryland and the private management company, Capstone On-Campus Management. South Campus Commons is located on University property, but the leasing and facilities for the community are managed by Capstone. The Department of Resident Life provides supporting services to Beyond the Classroom students in South Campus Commons. BTC collaborates with the Department of Resident Life and Capstone Management to coordinate housing for students.
Housing forms as well as information on floor plans, amenities, rates, and housing eligibility can be found at www.southcampuscommons.com or through the Department of Resident Life at www.resnet.umd.edu.
NOTE: BTC offers priority housing. This does not mean that once admitted to the program, students are guaranteed housing. Students must be in good academic and financial standing with the University to be eligible for housing.
Students who typically have a difficult time securing housing in Commons (such as transfer students) are given priority status, which gives them a much higher possiblity of living in SCC. The program is granted a certain number of exceptions every year for exceptional students in good standing with the program (such as fifth-year students or sophomores). The number of these exceptions is capped every year, and priority is given to students who have been in the program longer. Students who are exceptions have a more difficult time securing housing if there are a large number that year. As a living-learning program student, you are not able to pull students into Commons.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: If you opt for BTC priority housing in SCC, you must understand that your ability to live in Commons is linked to your standing in the program. Students who leave the program, fail program courses, do not enroll (or agree to enroll) in courses, do not communicate their intentions to BTC staff, or do not participate actively in the program will no longer be eligible to live in Commons 1 in BTC housing the following year. This policy is strictly enforced.
Fill out the SCC Renewal Intent Form by Wednesday, February 7 at 4:00pm. You will see a message in red at the top of the page that reads, "you have been blocked from certain options..." That only means that you are a BTC student and you have received housing through the program. BTC staff will be in contact with you to arrange a leasing meeting.
If there are fewer than four of you, the remaning slots in your suite will be filled by BTC students or during open leasing by Capstone. As a living-learning program student, you are not able to renew your lease online (non-LLP students have that option).
If you are not able to attend the leasing meeting yourself, you must complete a proxy form. A proxy should ONLY be used in cases where attending a leasing meeting would be a major hardship (such as students who are living abroad).
Fill out the online application by Wednesday, February 7 at 4:00pm. Then you will sign up for a leasing meeting on Tuesday, March 7. Leasing meeting sign up will be made available by BTC staff.
If you are not able to attend the leasing meeting yourself, you must complete a proxy form. You will sign up for an appointment with the people you intend to live with. If there are fewer than four of you, the remaning slots in your suite will be filled during open leasing by Capstone. You should also consider attending an information session hosted by Capstone. A proxy should ONLY be used in cases where attending a leasing meeting would be a major hardship (such as students who are living abroad).
BTC staff highly encourages students to live in Building 1. The purpose of participating in a living-learning program is to build community with like-minded peers. However, occasionally students have extenuating circumstances that require they move to a different building (either with or without program students). Students in good standing are allowed this option. You may be pulled in to a different building (though you may not pull in as an LLP student). You are still required to fill out the Online Application by Wednesday, February 7 at 4:00pm. Students who choose this option will then sign up for a transfer leasing meeting with their new roommates through Capstone. Since BTC housing is only in Building 1, students who change buildings will take full responsbility for their own housing. They must educate themselves on the necessary dates, and sign up and attend all meetings. BTC staff will not assist these students in this process.
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