Residence Halls and Amenities

Residence Halls

All residence hall rooms will be double-occupancy. There is a limited number of singles that will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. For more information about medical singles and other housing accommodations, please contact Student Accessibility Services ( for more information.

  • Dorward Hall

Dorward Hall is where all residential students are housed. Dorward Hall offers the following room types: Double Rooms, Doubles as Singles, Regular Singles, and Double Room Suites (suites are for upper-class students). Unless otherwise requested and/or available, all individual rooms will be double occupancy. Each floor is equipped with gender-neutral bathrooms unless the floor is designated as a single-gender floor. Each bathroom is equipped with locking shower and toilet stall doors. There is one study room located on the second floor in addition to two main lounges. The ground floor lounge includes a kitchenette with a microwave, sink, and refrigerator, as well as a pool table, an air hockey table, and a television. The first floor lounge includes extra tables and chairs for studying and other use as well as a television. There are also two laundry rooms. Laundry is free for UMaine Machias residential students.


  • Rooms are equipped with regular twin mattresses, desks, dressers, wardrobes, desk chairs, bookcases, and curtains.
  • The laundry rooms are free to use.
  • Dorward Hall has WiFi as well as Ethernet Internet access.
  • Dorward has its own mailroom where students receive their packages and mail.
  • Dorward has large social spaces and quiet study spaces.
  • Exterior doors to the residence hall are locked 24/7 and are only accessible to residential students with a valid ID card.


Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the student body which advocates for particular needs and issues concerning students life and living environment in the residence halls. RHA works with Residential Education and Commuter Life staff to ensure the best possible living experience at UMaine Machias.

All students are invited to attend RHA meetings. Elections for executive positions are held every Fall Semester towards the end of September. Becoming involved is a great way to build leadership skills, meet new people, advocate for your peers and looks good on a resume.

Live On Requirement

The University of Maine at Machias believes that living on campus is an integral part of a student’s experience and aides students in their transition to UMaine Machias. We believe that living together in a community provides students with opportunities to interact with peers, faculty, and staff and enhances their social, cultural, and interpersonal growth as global citizens through shared living experiences.

Furthermore, residing on campus enhances a student’s prospects for academic excellence, since they are more likely to use campus resources such as the Library, Study Center, or tutoring services; receive academic and emotional support from staff, faculty, and other students; and become more engaged in the campus community.

In support of this philosophy, UMaine Machias requires first-year students to live on campus unless they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • aged 21 or older; 
  • live with a parent or legal guardian within easy commuting distance (35 miles);
  • a veteran or transfer student;
  • have exceptional circumstances that do no permit them to meet the requirement.

Exceptional circumstances include the following:

  • Financial: If the reason is financial, please attach a copy of the student’s financial aid award, plus any other related financial documentation in support of the request.
  • Medical: If there is a medical reason the student cannot live on campus, please find the disability documentation guidelines at Student Accessibility Services. The
    student’s health care provider can then share the documentation and rationale for
    the off campus housing request to Student Accessibility Services,                   

In both cases, it is assumed the student will be commuting from home within a 35 mile radius of the campus. All first year students will be assigned an on-campus room and meal plan and will be billed accordingly unless an exemption request is submitted and an exception is granted.

Important: You must complete the entire Housing application process in order for your request to be submitted. This will also help to ensure that you have an application on record in case your request is denied and need to live on campus.

Suggested Packing List

Wondering what to bring with you to UMaine Machias? View our suggested packing list.