Contest Lodging

On-Campus Housing and Meals
On-Campus Housing and Meals

Dorm Packages

2019 Lodging and Meal Packages (PDF)

There are three dorm packages from which to choose. Dorm packages include housing, bed linens, a pillow, and three meals a day. Students can opt for different accommodations than their parents (i.e. students can stay in the dorms with their friends with a chaperone, while parents stay in a hotel.) However, an appropriate chaperone MUST stay with the students. Please note that you must sign up and pay for all dorm packages before the deadline, Tuesday May 14.

    Roommate Requests - If you would like to be housed with a certain person or near another participant/group, you must indicate this in your housing registration. Lodging assignments will be made in the order registrations are received. Payment for all roommates must be paid by the registration deadline, Tuesday May 14.
    Chaperones - At least one person must be designated as the chaperone for every 15 students listed for accommodations in the dormitories. If both male and female students are registered with the group, it is strongly recommended that both male and female chaperones be assigned.
    Children Under 4 - There is no charge for children younger than four who will stay in a room with their parents. No bed or linens will be provided for this child.
    Double Occupancy - All rooms are double occupancy. If no roommate is indicated, one will be assigned. Assigned roommates will be from the same affiliate.

Microwaves and refrigerators are not available in individual sleeping rooms. However, you may use any of the refrigerators and microwaves in the common areas of your residence hall, if they are available.

TEACHERS/CHAPERONES - if you are scheduling accommodations for your entire group (not just for yourself) and your school or organization is paying ALL costs, please log into your account and purchase all student and teacher registration fees and all required housing packages. This will allow you to pay for all members of your group at once. Please note: payment cannot be split between multiple forms of payment (i.e., credit card or check). Each order must be paid in full by a single form of payment. For example, if your teacher registration fees and/or your students' registration fees are being paid by a check from your school, the check must cover the full amount ($60) of your teacher registration fee and/or ($150) of your students' registration fees.

Please note that in an effort to keep entire state/affiliate delegations together and accommodate housing requests, dormitory housing may be mixed gender on some floors. Bathroom facilities will remain separate. The university makes every effort to ensure that the designated chaperones are with their students.

If you have special lodging needs for health conditions, please send an email to outlining your needs, along with medical documentation such as a doctor's note. This must be received by May 14, 2019.

For questions regarding housing and meals at the University of Maryland, contact Conferences and Visitor Services at 301-314-6637 or email

On-Campus Lodging Check In
When you arrive, go directly to the Stamp Student Union. Lodging registration will be held on Saturday from 2:00-8:00 PM, on Sunday from 9:00 AM-8:00 PM, and on Monday from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM. You will receive your room assignment and meal card at this time. Room Keys will be given out at the service desk in each residence hall. Campus greeters will be stationed in the registration area to direct you to your residence hall and answer your questions about the campus.

Late On-Campus Lodging Check In
If you arrive on campus after 8:00 PM, you must go to LaPlata Hall to receive your room assignment and meal card. The telephone number to the LaPlata Hall desk is 301-314-5275. The address is 4121 Farm Drive, College Park, MD 20742.

All meals will be served at the University of Maryland in The Diner on North Campus. Meals are served at the following times:

    Breakfast: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Dinner: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Make certain that you collect your meal card when you check in for housing and bring it with you to every meal.

For those with a meal plan who wish to request boxed lunches, they will need to be requested in advance online at Participants who have been chosen to take the buses to the National Museum of American History Exhibit display or the Day on the Hill event on Wednesday, June 12 may request a boxed breakfast. One person may request boxed lunches for a group. The person that requests the boxed lunches must be registered for the meal plan and eligible for lunch on the day of the requested meal.

Requests will be accepted beginning May 21 by the following deadlines:

    For meals Sunday (6/9) and Monday (6/10) – 6:00pm EST Thursday, June 6
    For meals Tuesday (6/11) – 9:30am EST Monday, June 10
    For meals Wednesday (6/12) – 9:30am EST Tuesday, June 11

Boxed lunches can be picked up at The Diner during breakfast. Boxed breakfasts on Wednesday, June 12 will be available for pick up at 6:45 AM. Please make sure you allow enough time to pick up your breakfast before you meet your bus for departure. Questions about boxed lunches can be sent to


If you prefer not to stay in University housing, you are welcome to take advantage of the numerous hotels in the surrounding areas. The University of Maryland is in College Park. However, Greenbelt and New Carrollton are cities within a 7 mile radius of campus and Silver Spring is within a 12 mile radius of campus. The hotels listed below have partnered with NHD to provide reserved blocks of rooms at special rates for NHD participants.

When making a reservation, please pay careful attention to the code you MUST mention for each hotel in order to receive the NHD rate. These codes are listed in red next to the details for each hotel.