Residence Life

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Welcome to Residence Life at SHSU!

Welcome to the exciting world of Residence Life at Sam Houston State University! We provide the perfect environment for an on-campus living experience!


All 26 of our residence halls and apartments provide economical and convenient living for students. We house approximately 3300 Bearkats, providing one of the widest varieties of living options in this region of the country. We are confident that we can live up to your expectations of on-campus student living and are thrilled to be a part of your education experience!

Welcome home! 

Student Resources:

Latest News

Beginning Fall 2016, Residential Students are required to purchase a meal plan.


Beginning Fall 2016, all students living on-campus (except Bearkat Village) are required to purchase a University meal plan (All Access, 20 meals per week, or 15 meals per week).

Apply for Housing: Spring 2016 and 2016 - 2017 Academic Year


The online housing portal is to open for first year student applications. Upperclassmen not required to live on-campus may call Residence Life to be placed on a waiting list.


New Students

To assist in the transition from life at home to life on the SHSU campus, all "beginning" first year students are required to live in university residence halls and participate in a meal plan during their first year (normally includes Fall and Spring semesters).

A "beginning" first year student (including a first year transfer student) is defined as a student who has graduated from high school the previous year to attending Sam Houston State University. For example, if you graduate from high school between September 2015 - June 2016, you are required to live on-campus Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Students may request an exception to this policy by completing a Request for Waiver of the First Year Required Housing and Meal Plan Policy and submitting the proper documentation.

Residence Hall Tours

Our office offers residence hall tours Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm. Meet in the Residence Life Office lobby at Lone Star Hall. No appointment is needed (large groups are encouraged to schedule a residence hall tour in advance).  Please contact us at (936) 294-1812 for additional information.

Housing Assignments

Students choose the specific room where they wish to reside and can make room changes until shortly before move-in.  Room selection timeslots are determined by the date SHSU receives the student application and deposit, as well as verification of bacterial meningitis vaccination.

Students also have the opportunity to find roommates using the housing portal.  Confirmed roommates will receive a common date of priority to enter the portal to select a room.


To provide each resident with a convenient, well-maintained, and safe living environment at a reasonable cost while fostering learning by setting and upholding community standards, providing community activities, and encouraging campus connections and opportunities to enhance the student's overall experience of university life.

Core Values

Service - putting forth our best efforts to foster the personal growth and development of each resident while finding solutions that serve the highest good of all concerned.

Quality - conscientiously seeking ways to continually improve our facilities, services, and programs in an effort to achieve excellence.

Communication - effectively conveying consistent, accurate, and timely information so the message received is the message intended.

Integrity - interacting with others, whether in word or deed, in a civil, truthful, responsible, and honorable manner.

Education - committing to life-long learning and supporting the moral and ethical development of our students, most of which occurs outside the classroom.

Flexibility - committing to be resourceful, innovative, and open to new ideas and methods to meet the changing needs of our residents.

Contact Us

The Residence Life Office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Someone will gladly assist you!

Campus Map and Directions to Residence Life Office

Department of Residence Life
Physical Address:
910 Bearkat Blvd.
Huntsville TX 77340
(936) 294-1812
Fax: (936) 294-1920

Mailing Address:
Department of Residence Life
Box 2416
Huntsville TX 77341-2416

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