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FAQs

Incoming students, current students and parents tend to have many questions concerning on-campus living. Our frequently asked questions are divided into the following catergories to best address your concerns.

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Housing Contract

When Can I Sign a Housing Contract?

As soon as you have received your acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions you will be able to sign the housing contract.

The sooner you sign the contract, the better chances you have for getting your top choice of hall.

The contract is a legally binding agreement for one full academic year.

Can I Be Exempt from Living On Campus?

There are only a select few reasons in which exemptions can be submitted.

The housing policy requires certain students to live on campus, but some exemptions do apply.

 These exemption requests must be submitted and approved instead of submitting a housing contract.

Exemptions may take up to three weeks to process.

 

Can I Cancel My Contract?

The contract is a legally binding agreement for one full academic year.

You can cancel within 3 business days without penalty. After the 3 business days, restrictions will apply and requests will be reviewed but cannot be guaranteed.

 

Do I Have to Sign a Housing Contract?

If you are required to live on campus per our housing policy you will not be able to register for classes without a housing contract or approved exemption.

 

What Is the Housing Prepayment?

At the end of the contract you may be prompted to pay the prepayment with a credit or debit card. New students that had their application fee waived when they applied for admission to the university will automatically have their housing prepayment deferred.

You must pay a $300 prepayment (unless it is deferred)—it will become a credit once bills are calculated.

At this point the contract is a legally binding agreement for one full academic year.

 

How Do I Pay for Housing?

Charges for housing are added to your university student billing account through Student Business Services (SBS).

Bills are calculated in early August. The housing contract is an academic year long contract, you will pay for housing per semester.

 

Residence Halls

Where Can First-Year Students Live?

Housing at Texas State is unique because students choose which hall they would like to live in, so first-year students can choose any available space in the halls.

However, the Department of Housing and Residential Life believes a traditional hall is the best for first-year students. These halls create a strong sense of community and students living in traditional halls tend to do better academically and socially.

Housing is first-come, first served so make sure to sign a contract as soon as possible.

 

Can First-Year Students Live in Bobcat Village?

Any student who is at least 18 years of age at the time of move-in may select to live in Bobcat Village, including first-year students.

However, the Department of Housing and Residential Life believe a traditional hall is the best for first-year students. These halls create a strong sense of community and students living in traditional halls tend to do better academically and socially.

 

When Do I Choose My Hall?

Once your contract is completed and you've made a prepayment, you are placed into a group. Each group will be assigned a date to select a roommate, and a later date to select their residence hall.

Please check your email regularly—and don't miss your assigned selection day. Students who don't participate in the process will be assigned by our office at the very end, after all other students are assigned.

 

Can I Bring a Car?

Any student can bring a car to campus, you must register with Parking Services to purchase a parking permit.

How Safe Are the Halls?

Each residence hall is equipped with an electronic access system that reads your student identification card. Non-residents do not have access into any residence hall unless a resident escorts them. Entrance doors to the main lobby of the each residence hall complex are open during regular business hours; all other exterior doors are locked 24-hours a day.

Visitors are only permitted to enter a building accompanied by their host and must be escorted at all times. Entrance to the residence hall by any other means is not permitted.

You can help protect yourself by:

  • Calling your RD, RA or UPD if you see any suspicious individuals loitering in the area.
  • Keeping all entrance/exit doors closed—do not prop open doors.
  • Refusing to open the door to non-residents.
  • Closing doors that you see propped open.
  • Keeping your room and/or suite door locked at all times.
  • Contacting a staff member immediately if you lose your key.
  • Reporting a missing ID card immediately to ID Services.

How Are Genders Handled in the Halls?

Each Residence Hall has a different style of gender separation.

Most halls are Single Gender by Floor with the entire floor or wing and bathrooms on that floor/wing consisting of the same gender.

Suite Style halls are Single Gender by Suite/Coed by Floor meaning that each room will contain the same gender but there may be multiple genders on each floor.

Bobcat Village is Single Gender by Apartment with each apartment consisting of the same gender.

We also have a Female Only hall available.

What Are the Living-Learning Communities?

A learning community is a group of students with a common interest or major who live together on the same floor of a residence hall. Find more information about the Living-Learning Communities.

Housing Accommodations

Students, who have a need for an on-campus housing accommodation are required to submit their request to the Office of Disability Services (ODS). Review of those requests will be undertaken by the ODS staff and a specific room type accommodation is suggested to the DHRL staff. 

A housing contract must also be submitted to be considered for an on-campus housing accommodation.

Amenities

Do Halls Have Wireless Internet?

Individual student rooms have Wi-Fi available. All hall lobbies and study lounges also offer wireless Internet access. Students may bring an ethernet cord for faster video streaming. 

Wireless routers are not permitted. Residents who are found to have unauthorized routers may be subject to administrative conduct review.

Are Washers and Dryers Available?

Each hall has a laundry room with high efficiency washers and dryers available only to the residents of that hall. The cost to use the washers and dryers is built into the price of the hall—no need to bring any quarters.

You must bring high efficiency laundry detergent to use with the washers.

 

Can I Bring a Refrigerator or Microwave?

A full-size refrigerator and microwave are provided in the community kitchen(s) of each hall. San Marcos Hall comes equipped with a refrigerator and microwave in each suite.

Students are not permitted to bring microwaves.

Students can bring ONE refrigerator (4.5 cubic feet or less) for each room.

Blanco Hall residents are allowed one extra compact (up to 2.5 cubic feet) refrigerator in rooms with three assigned residents. 

San Marcos Hall residents are provided refrigerators; one extra compact (up to 2.5 cubic feet) refrigerator is permitted in quad.

San Jacinto Hall residents are allowed one small, personal-sized (up to 4.5 cubic feet) refrigerator for every two students. The refrigerators must remain in the shared living space in order for it to be accessible by both students.

 

Television and Cable

Each hall has a T.V. in the lobby, and some halls have a projector/movie theater rooms that are available.

Televisions are allowed in the rooms, but there is no cable provided.

If you would like cable services in your room, please contact Grande Communications at 512.878.2287.

Televisions may not be mounted to the wall.

 

 

Cleaning

How Often Are Bathrooms Cleaned In the Halls?

Traditional Style Halls

Restrooms are cleaned each weekday.

Suite Style Halls

Restrooms are cleaned every other week. All personal belongings must be removed from the bathroom by 10 a.m. on the assigned cleaning day.

Apartment Style

Students are responsible for cleaning their own bathroom.

 

Kitchen Usage

Each hall has a community kitchen(s) that residents may use. Hours and guidelines for use of common kitchens are posted in the halls. The custodial staff are only responsible for emptying trash and mopping the floor. Residents are responsible for all other cleaning needs. Misuse or abuse may result in limited hours or closure of the kitchen.