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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

    • 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.

    • 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.

       Exemption requests must be submitted online and approved instead of submitting a housing contract.

      Exemptions may take up to three weeks to process.

       

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

      You can cancel within 72 hours without penalty. After the 72 hours, restrictions will apply and requests will be reviewed but cannot be guaranteed.

       

    • 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.

       

    • 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.

       

    • 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

    • 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.

       

    • 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 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.

       

    • 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 (if they choose to participate in roommate selection) 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.

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

    • 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.
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

       

    • Our refrigerator and microwave policy has been updated for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 academic year because of COVID-19.

      Community microwaves and refrigerators have been removed and students will be allowed to bring:

      • Microwave oven—one per resident with a size limitation of .7 cu. ft. and 700-watt max.
      • Refrigerator—one 2.5 cu. ft. per resident or one 4.6 cu. ft. per bedroom.
      • Surge Protection Extension Cords—if a resident chooses to bring a microwave or refrigerator, they are required to use a power strip that includes surge protection in order to reduce electrical outages.

       

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

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

      If you would like cable service in your room, please contact Grande Communications at 1-866-247-2633 (866-2GRANDE).

      TVs may not be mounted to the wall.

       

       

  • Cleaning

    • High touch areas in community bathrooms will be disinfected twice daily, Monday-Friday, per Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.

      The new cleaning schedule will be 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon and then again between 1:15 – 4:30 p.m. during the weekdays.

      Bathrooms inside student rooms and suites will no longer be cleaned monthly by custodial staff in order to limit staff entry into student living spaces. One deep cleaning of these bathrooms will be completed by staff over winter break.

      Diversey Virex 256 is the cleaning system that will be used for disinfecting and sanitizing bathrooms.

       

    • Stoves and ovens in community kitchens will remain in service, but all ice machines, microwaves, and refrigerators will be removed or disconnected. Students will be allowed one small microwave (.7 cu. ft.) and one mini refrigerator (2.5 cu. ft.) in their room. Students are required to bring a surge protection extension cord for these items in order to use them.

      Click here for more details about this policy.