Getting Started with Housing
Texas State's Commitment
To help students get the most out of college, succeed in their academics, and expand their horizons, Texas State Housing Policy requires all students under the age of 20 (by September 1 for fall admission or January 1 for spring admission) with less than 30 credit hours to live in on-campus housing.
Students who have graduated high school within 12 months of attending college, regardless of age or credit hours, must live on campus.
We have this policy because research consistently shows that students who live on campus get better grades, make more friends, and have an overall better college experience than those who do not.
Yes, if you are a first-year student you are required to live on campus per our housing policy.
If you graduated high school within 12 months of attending college—you must live on campus.
If you will be under the age of 20 (by September 1 for fall and January 1 for spring) with less than 30 college credits—you must live 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.
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 for cancellation will be reviewed, but cannot be guaranteed.
As soon as you have received your acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions you will be able to submit the housing contract online at the Texas State StarRez Housing Portal. The sooner you submit the contract, the better chances you have for getting your top choice of hall.
You must pay a $300 pre-payment during the contract process (unless deferred from admissions)—it will become a credit once bills are calculated.
Once your contract is completed and you've made a pre-payment, you are placed into a group listed on the housing timeline. Each group will be assigned a date to select a roommate and a later date to select their residence hall.
With 23 university-wide, on-campus living options and many unique housing styles, there is sure to be a fit for you.
Academic Focused Living Options
Besides traditional housing options, Texas State offers unique academically focused housing programs that will help you succeed and network within your academic interests.
Signature Living-Learning Communities are built around students who have declared the same major or program—allowing you to live, work, and socialize together, building strong friendships.
LLCs create greater access to study groups, increased interaction with faculty, and a vibrant, family-like atmosphere. Go to the LLC website for more information.
Our Residential College is based on the Ivy League model that is offered at only a few schools in the nation. Our Residential College program is the perfect combination of living and learning together.
Students enroll in the same basic courses together, guaranteeing that you will have a friend in every class, 20 or more in fact! Space is limited so check out the Residential College for more information.
Texas State is committed to serving all students and helping them make their time at Texas State the best it can be. With special accommodation living options, we strive for everyone to be active members in our vibrant Bobcat Nation.
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.
Students who are able to live off-campus have lots of choices and that might seem overwhelming. Don't worry, we have resources to help. The staff at Off-Campus Living is here to promote beneficial programs, provide resources, and initiate innovative services to meet the needs of our off-campus population, as well as, assist our on-campus students as they move into a new community.
At Texas State, eating is not just an activity—it's an event. There are multiple eating areas to choose from featuring a variety of options like: home-style, Mexican, salad bars, pizza, and vegetarian, along with popular restaurants such as Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Einstein Bros Bagels, and many more. Students who reside on campus are required to purchase a dining plan.
You are sure to always find something that will satisfy your hunger. Students also have access to an on-campus nutritionist to help design a personal meal program. Multiple meal plan options allow you to choose what works best for you. For more information, go to Dine on Campus.