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Living on Campus

Living on campus is an essential part of the McDaniel College experience. First-year students, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus (unless they live with their parent/guardian within 30 miles of campus or they are 25 years old or older)

With over 90 student clubs, organizations, sports, and activities, our community always has something going on. No matter what your passions and interests might be, you’ll explore them, hone them, and discover new ones that you never dreamed of (but can’t believe you ever lived without).

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of McDaniel Students Live on Campus


Hours/Days per week Scotty's Convenience Store is Open.


Local Restaurants and Businesses Accepting McDaniel 1Card Payment. 

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Find what moves you at McDaniel. McDaniel Fitness and Recreation

You can stay active at McDaniel in all your favorite ways, whether that’s going for a jog around the Hill, gardening at the McDaniel Environmental Center, or scoring a hole-in-one at the on-campus golf course. The Hill is home to professional-grade sport and fitness facilities where you can enjoy independent and group recreation. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even add courses on activities like yogalates and weight training to your course schedule.

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A Place to Relax Rec Lounge Get Your Game On

The McDaniel Rec Lounge features pool tables, arcade games, board games and video game systems, providing you a relaxing place to hang out with friends, meet new people and unwind. Tournaments and other events are regularly held in the Rec Lounge and the arcade games are swapped out regularly so you can constantly achieve that new high score!

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Your home away from home. Living in Westminster The Perfect College Town

Close your eyes and picture the quintessential college town. If you’re seeing cafés, coffee shops, and old brick buildings full of thriving small businesses — you’re picturing Westminster. Of course, we’re biased, but we really do feel like Westminster has it all. Just a short walk down the Hill from McDaniel and suddenly you’re in a charming town of about 20,000 people — rich in history, culture, and comfort.

If you're craving a change of scenery, we've got you covered. McDaniel College has it nearby! For the nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, we are a short drive from Deep Creek Lake, waterfalls, and the Appalachian Trail. If the urban landscape is more your style, we’re also just a quick trip from the major hubs of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., where our students enjoy nightlife, culture, and internships.