Residence Life

The Department of Residence Life is still currently open. (Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm)


In order to manage residential services more efficiently, the university will close the following buildings and consolidate those students needing to remain living on campus to another building, effective Sunday, April 5.

All residents who live in Anne Shaver, Baldwin, Crawford, Creager, Gibbs, Houston, Mallon, Texas, Tripod, and Woodland houses must either return home, or move into a new space in White Hall or Piney Woods Hall.  It is strongly encouraged that students move home.   You will not be able to choose which space you are moved to, or be able to make roommate or suitemate requests.  All check-outs and moves will occur beginning Thursday, April 2 and must be completed by Sunday, April 5.

  1. Students who are moving home must remove all their belongings and return their key to hall staff by Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 pm. Please return your keys to staff at your hall office between 8am and 5pm on Thursday and Friday.  If it is after 5pm or on the weekend, you must contact the staff on duty to return your keys.  If there is some reason why you cannot move your belongings by April 5, you will not be able to access the building again until May1.  Please contact the Residence Life Office at 936-294-1815 if you have questions.


  1. Students who are moving to a new space on campus must contact the Residence Life Office at 936-294-1815 by Friday, April 3 at noon to receive your new assignment. There will be no additional charge for the move to one of these buildings; your rent rate will remain the same as it is currently.  All moves must be made by April 5, as you will no longer have access to the building after that.


  1. Students who require further assistance regarding their move may contact Mrs. Retha Utley at 936-294-3296 by 2 pm on Friday, April 3.

*For any questions regarding SHSU and COVID-19: As this is a rapidly evolving situation, please monitor the website here for the most up-to-date university information. We will also utilize our KatSafe Messaging system for urgent communications. If you are not signed up for KatSafe, please visit the KatSafe website here.

*SHSU is committed to serving students throughout the many challenges posed by COVID-19. As many of our students are unable to return home, our residence halls will remain open and our dining facilities will offer hot, to-go meals.  

However, we understand many students desire to return home to their families as classes are being moved to a remote format. Students who voluntarily checkout of their rooms before 8 pm on Sunday, April 5  will receive a maximum 40% credit for housing and dining. This percentage will decrease on a pro-rated basis if students voluntarily checkout later in the semester.

The credit will be applied to the students’ remaining account balance starting on April 6. Any additional credit would be applied to a future term within the next twelve months.

To voluntarily checkout of your room, follow these steps:

  1. Return to campus by May 10, 2020 at 12 p.m. with your Bearkat One Card and room key.
  2. Move all of your belongings out of the room.
  3. Clean your room.
  4. Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Bring your room key to the RA office for your building/area as listed below:
    1. Anne Shaver House, Gibbs House, Houston House, Tripod House, Texas House, Woodland House: please bring your key to Lone Star Hall RA office.
    2. Baldwin House, Crawford House, Creager House, Mallon House: please bring your key to Jackson Shaver Hall RA office.
    3. All other areas: please visit the RA office within your housing area.
  5. Any resident trying to check out after 5 p.m. or on the weekend will need to contact the RA on duty.

*Residence Hall Tours On-Campus are cancelled until further notice. For a Virtual 360 Campus Tour, click here.

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Welcome to Residence Life!

The Department of Residence Life here on the campus of Sam Houston State University provides one of the widest varieties of living options in this region of the country. Housing approximately 3,900 Bearkats, we are dedicated to delivering an exceptional on-campus student living experience and we are thrilled to be a part of your educational journey. Here at SHSU, all 25 of our residence halls and apartments provide economical and convenient living for students. On-Campus living is the perfect choice when it comes to academics, convenience and programming. We look forward to helping you get the best out of your time on campus!


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.

Please click HERE to view the Residence Life Student Handbook.