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What is Temporary (Temp) Housing?

Temporary housing refers to areas that are normally used as public residential spaces, such as study rooms. These spaces are occasionally converted to temporary housing in the fall semester in an effort to accommodate as many freshmen students as possible in our on-campus housing system. These spaces are referred to as temporary as students are only assigned there while they wait for permanent assignments; DHRL makes every effort to move students from temporary spaces to permanent rooms as quickly as possible. Some of our temporary spaces are designed for two students; some for one student. In some cases, students may be assigned to a room temporarily with a Resident Assistant (our undergraduate floor leaders). In some very limited cases, a few students may be assigned to temporarily stay in one of our guest apartments, where up to four residents may be assigned to each apartment.

Who is Assigned to Temporary Housing?

Students may be assigned to temporary housing during times of very high occupancy, most typically during fall semester. Students who may be assigned to temporary housing are students who are required to reside in on-campus housing, but who may not have submitted a housing contract until after May 1.

When Will I Know If I Am Assigned to Temporary Housing?

DHRL will start alerting students that they may be assigned to temporary housing as early as mid- to late-July, however the actual assignment to a temporary space may not be made until two days before the residence halls open. DHRL waits as late as possible to assign temporary spaces in an effort to accommodate as many students as we can in permanent rooms (cancellations are received throughout the summer, and we process assignments as quickly as we receive cancellations). Those students who may be assigned to temporary housing will be notified weekly of the number of assignments made during the previous week. All communication will be made to your Texas State email address.

What is Temporary Housing Like?

Understandably, some students assigned to temporary housing may be apprehensive about the accommodations and transient nature of the assignment. If you are assigned to temporary housing, please be assured that the DHRL staff will do everything we can to welcome you and to help you be comfortable in your temporary room.

Residents of temporary housing have access to all hall amenities and will be connected with a Resident Assistant for support while living in temporary housing.  

What Furnishing is Provided? What Should I Bring?

All temporary housing spaces are lockable and accessible only to the student(s) assigned there. Furnishings include a bed, desk and chair for each occupant. Some type of wardrobe or clothes rack is also provided; in some cases the wardrobe is shared by two students. Some temporary housing areas offer lockable cupboards or drawers, but others do not. You are welcome to bring a small safe or lockable storage box if you desire additional security for valuables.

Because you will be moving to your permanent room some time after the semester begins, it is recommended that, for your convenience, you bring only necessities when moving in, and have your other belongings brought or shipped to you later.

How Long Will I Live in Temporary Housing?

Once classes begin, DHRL will identify all spaces that are unclaimed (students who choose not to attend Texas State do sometimes neglect to cancel their housing contracts). Students in temporary assignments will be reassigned to permanent spaces as they become available, based on a number of key factors, including your original contract date, housing assignment priority and room type preference. We expect to be able to relocate all residents of temporary housing by the end of the fall semester; however, you will likely be able to move to a permanent space much earlier. You will be contacted via your Texas State email account once a permanent room is available for you.

Can I Stay in the Temporary Space?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to continue to live in your temporary assignment. Once you are provided with a permanent assignment, you generally will have 72 hours to move into your permanent space. 

How Much Will Temporary Housing Cost?

The cost for one semester in temporary housing is the same rate as our Traditional Double Room Rate. When you are assigned to the temporary space, you will be asked to provide us with your first choice of a room type location for reassignment; once relocated to a permanent space, your housing charge will be prorated to the new room rate. While we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned permanently to your desired room type, we will not assign you to a more expensive location than your original request.

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