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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

MICA Graduate Student On-Campus Housing

1. Will I have an apartment-mate? How will you decide whom I live with?

  • All of our graduate student apartments range from 2 to 4 bedrooms, and therefore it is likely you will be living with at least one other person. Based on your housing application and information from admissions, we will match you with individuals who seem to share lifestyle preferences.

2. What does safety and security look like for on-campus housing?

  • All graduate apartments require an ID swipe or key to gain access into the building. Once inside, another lock is in place to gain access to your specific residential floor or apartment. The Gateway has a staffed front desk. Our campus wide security staff, is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, and patrols the campus regularly.

3. Is there a guest policy?

  • There is a guest policy, but it is fairly simple. We ask that if a guest enters a front desk staffed building on campus, that you sign them in as your guest. You are responsible for your guests and their behavior, but we do our best to respect your privacy.

4. Can I have a pet?

  • Unfortunately pets are not allowed in our residence halls. We do provide support for service and assistance animals. Please contact the Learning Resource Center for accommodations. More information can be found on their website at www.mica.edu/LRC.

5. Do I have to pay for utilities?

  • Nope! The cost of utilities (heat, air conditioning, water, internet, etc) are all included in the housing cost. Excluding damages you create in your apartment, we will fix things (such as a broken toilet or oven) should anything go wrong.

6. I have a car. What parking options do I have?

  • We have several gated lots you can purchase a permit for, as well as open lots and street options. For more information, please visit our Transportation and Parking page at www.mica.edu/transportation.If you have questions about obtaining a parking permit please email transportation@mica.edu.

7. I do not have a car. Will that be an issue?

  • MICA provides several shuttles services around campus and Baltimore, such as weekend shuttles to grocery and shopping stores, and an evening shuttle option for the immediate area near the main campus. Also, the main campus is very close to the light rail and train station. For more information, please visit our Transportation and Parking page.

8.  I am considering living on campus, but I am not sure yet. How long do I have to decide?

  • Housing applications are due Monday, May 15th, but your application is not a binding contract. Even after you state preferences and receive your assignment, if the apartment is not what you wanted, you will not be bound to a contract at that point. The only non-refundable component before signing a contract is the application deposit of $300. Once you arrive and sign your contract, you will be responsible for the cost of housing for the academic year. Please remember, that assignments are given on a first come first served basis depending on your housing deposit date. Deposit early to secure your space!

9. What if I want to leave on-campus housing after one semester?

  • Housing agreements are for one full academic year. Unless you have an extenuating circumstance, the contract and fees will stand and there are few exceptions. Should you unexpectedly leave the institution or need to take a leave, the refund schedule progressively refunds less as it gets later in the semester. Graduate programs refund schedule can be found here on line.

10. Can I stay a second year in my on campus apartment?

  • Yes! You will have the option to renew or not renew your contract with us at the end of your first academic year here.

11. Can I stay in campus housing for winter break or over the summer?

  • Yes, both options are available for discounted rates.

If your question was not answered here please email residencelife@mica.edu or contact us at 410.225.2398

This page was last updated on 04/04/2017.