- How do I apply for housing?
- How much does housing cost?
- Where are the halls located and what do they look like?
- Can I see a specific hall?
- Do the rooms have Wifi internet access and cable?
- Is there telephone service in the rooms?
- Am I required to live on campus and purchase a meal plan?
- How do I get a private room?
- If I cancel, will I get a refund?
- Can I have a guest in my room?
- Can I have a microwave in my room?
- Can I have a refrigerator in my room?
- What do I need to bring with me?
- Do the rooms have carpet?
- Do the rooms have air conditioning?
- Which hall or house is the best?
- Which housing options are available for transgender students?
- How do I pay for housing and dining? Can I pay in installments?
- Can I sign a one semester housing contract?
- Can I use a computer to access the Internet in my room?
- Can I build a loft or a bunk bed?
- How are assignments made?
- Can I request a roommate?
- If my roommate and I do not get along, can I change rooms?
- What if I want to live with a certain ethnic group?
- Can I bring my own mattress?
- Property Registration
Dining and Meal Plan Questions
- Am I required to live on campus and purchase a meal plan?
- How do I sign up for a meal plan?
- How much does a meal plan cost?
- How long am I under contract if I sign a meal plan?
- Can I eat without my Student ID card?
- Where can I eat with my meal plan?
- What are Bearkat Bucks and where do I use them?
- How can I check my Bearkat Bucks?
- Are my Bearkat Bucks refundable?
- What are the cafeterias' hours of operation?
- SH Dining Services website
- Making yourself at home
- The addition of you
- What to bring
- What not to bring
In order to apply for housing, you must:
- Be admitted to the University
- Fill out a housing application
Please note: First year students will automatically receive a housing packet by mail when their admission status has been verified. Upperclassmen may request a housing packet by calling (936) 294-1812.
The housing and dining rates will show you the different prices per hall/house.
Walk-In Tours are available at the Residence Life Office, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 4 pm but are limited to Piney Woods Hall, Raven Village, Estill Hall and Lone Star Hall only.
Full Residence Hall Tours are given 9 am, 12 pm and 2 pm every Monday - Friday, effective 10/23/2017.Full Residence Hall Tours for groups of 10 or more are encouraged to contact the Residence Life Office at (936) 294-1812 to schedule a tour.
For more information, please contact the Residence Life Office.
All resident facilities have campus wireless internet access. No personal routers are allowed.
Cable is completely unavailable and cannot be purchased for Elliott and Piney Woods Hall.
Cable in all other buildings may be purchased at an additional cost. You may purchase cable packages separately at this link.
Student rooms do not have telephone service. Students who want phone service in their halls can contract with Suddenlink. The land-line will be a part of the cable box that a student will receive. It will connect to the cable outlet in the room and will include a phone jack for students to plug their phones into. Please visit this link for more information.
Note that there are courtesy phones available for local calls in each residence hall lobby.
Only those students who graduated from high school in the current academic year are required to live on campus and purchase a 15, 20 or all access meal plan for the following academic year. Exceptions may be made for students who meet the approved waiver requirement to commute from a distance of no greater than 60 miles from campus under certain circumstances. A waiver request form may be obtained from the Department of Residence Life.
2019 High School Graduates:
For example, if you graduate from high school during the 2019 academic year (September-June), you are required to live on-campus the 2020 academic year (fall 2019 and spring 2020), regardless of the college hours earned.
NOTE: Once an Academic Year Contract has been signed and you have moved in, the exemptions to this policy may no longer be considered.
After the freeze period at the beginning of each semester, there may be space available for a person to have a private room. Private rooms are one and a half times the double room rate. Requests for a private room may be made with your hall staff after you check in. If space is available, then you will be asked to fill out a private room agreement. Once the private room agreement is signed, you will be billed the prorated charge for the private room.
The deposit is refundable upon written request if admission to the university is denied or if cancellation for a housing reservation is made according to the following schedule:
Fall Semester 2019 Cancel by July 1, 2019 $190.00 refund Cancel by August 15, 2019 $100.00 refund Cancel after August 15, 2019 no refund Spring Semester 2020 Cancel by January 4, 2020 $190.00 refund Cancel after January 4, 2020 no refund
Overnight guests of the same sex must be arranged in advance with roommates, suitemates, and the Residence Hall Director. Guests must be sixteen years of age or older, and may stay a maximum of 2 nights and 3 days. More information may be obtained through the Residence Hall Handbook.
Raven Village, Sam Houston Village, Baldwin, Crawford, Creager, Mallon, Jackson-Shaver, Lone Star Hall, Piney Woods Hall, and White Hall all have in-room microwaves and refrigerators. If not provided by Residence Life, microwaves are not allowed in individual residence hall rooms. However, microwaves in residence hall lobbies are available for residents' occasional use for snacks. The microwaves are for snack items only, and are not intended to supplement a meal plan.
Raven Village, Sam Houston Village, Baldwin, Crawford, Creager, Mallon, Jackson-Shaver, Lone Star Hall, Piney Woods Hall, and White Hall all have in-room microwaves and refrigerators. If you are assigned to be in these buildings, you may not bring an additional refrigerator. For all other buildings you may bring a small personal refrigerator if one is not already provided. The maximum allowable size for any refrigerator unit is 5.0 cubic feet capacity. Each student in a room may have a unit so long as the combined total capacity of both units in a room is no more than 10.0 cubic feet.
You will need to bring linens for a twin bed (mattress size: 36"x78"), pillows, blankets, towels, wastebaskets, an alarm clock, cleaning supplies and toiletries, and toilet paper. Other things you may want to bring include curtains (tension rod only), throw rugs or carpet, pictures, computer, flashlight (with batteries), posters, and dishes for snacks. See Decorating Tips for more information.
The Housing and Dining Rates page will show you which rooms have carpet. You are welcome to bring an area rug to campus.
All the rooms have air conditioning. The Housing and Dining Rates page will show you which have central air vs. window air conditioning units.
Safes are not provided. Students may bring their own safes or lockboxes.
Everyone has different needs and desires, so what do you think is best? Refer to the Housing and Dining Rates page to determine which house or hall may meet your needs.
Transgender students are a valued member of our on-campus community. Residence Life strives to provide a safe, inclusive, comfortable, and supportive environment to all students who reside on-campus. If you have questions or concerns about transgender housing options, please contact our office directly. You will be directed to a staff member who will take an individual and personal approach to finding the perfect living arrangements. Housing availability and preference is not guaranteed, so please contact the office as early in the process as possible to ensure the widest variety of housing availability.
You can by by cash, check, E-Check, American Express, Visa, or MasterCard. All payment options are located on the Bursar's Office website. All payments must be made on-line or at the Bursar's Office.
All housing contracts are for a full academic year (from fall to spring). However, if you are transferring or graduating in December, you must cancel your spring housing in writing by December 1st in order to receive your deposit back. If you apply for spring only, you will only be required to complete the terms of the Academic Year Contract (spring only).
Yes, you can. Refer to Network Support for network access in residence halls.
Lofts (homemade or commercially built) are NOT permitted in the residence halls or apartments. However, some residence hall beds are bunk-able and students may bunk their beds, if applicable, to maximize space in their residence hall room. Bunk bed pegs are available in the hall offices.
Students select 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 (average of both dates of deposit) to enter the portal to select a room.
Students have the opportunity to find roommates using the housing portal. Confirmed roommates will receive a common date of priority (average of both dates of deposit) to enter the portal to select a room.
If you want to move rooms or halls, please talk to your hall staff for available options.
Sam Houston State University accepts applications and makes arrangements in university housing without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.
You must have a medical need in order to request that the university mattress be removed from your room. A physician’s note stating the medical reason for the request must be provided to the Residence Life Student Relations Clerk via fax 936.294.1920 or email email@example.com. If your request is approved, the university mattress will be removed from the room. If you do not have a medical need, but would still like to bring your own mattress you may bring it; however, the mattress that has been provided by Sam Houston State University must stay in the room.
Register any electronic products with the University Police Department.
Beginning first-year students are required to live in university residence halls and participate in a meal plan during the fall and spring semesters. A "beginning" first-year student is defined as a student who graduated from high school within the previous year. All on-campus residents, excluding those staying in Bearkat Village Apartments, must purchase a meal plan, regardless of classification. Click here for housing and dining rates.
All residential students (except Bearkat Village) must purchase a Residential Meal Plan (All Access, 20 meals per week, or 15 meals per week), you will find your meal plan options included in the housing application. Commuter students may purchase any meal plan through the MySam Portal.
You can see the rates for all meal plans here.
All meal plans, regardless of type, are valid for the entire academic year.
No, you may not eat without a valid Student ID card. If you have lost your ID card, then you need to contact the Bearkat OneCard Office or call (936) 294-CARD.
On the meal plan, you can eat at a variety of places during hours of operation. Please visit the dining website for locations.
The Bearkat Bucks is a pre-paid balance account that can be used to purchase items at the dining locations on campus. Students can deposit money into the Bearkat Bucks account online. A minimum of $25.00 is required to make a deposit. After the payment is received and verified, the Residence Life staff will add the Bearkat Bucks to the student account, and will notify the student when the funds are available for use. Funds are normally available at the end of the next business day. Bearkat Bucks are accessed through the Bearkat Onecard.
Students can go to MySam to view their Bearkat Bucks balance.
All Bearkat Bucks accounts are cleared out at the conclusion of Summer Session II classes. This means that any balance on those accounts are cleared to a zero amount and no refunds are given. The best thing to keep in mind regarding this issue is to use it or lose it. The only exception to this rule is if you resign from school (only your deposits are refunded, not bonus points included with your meal plan).
Students can view hours of operation for each dining facility at http://shsu.campusdish.com
Consider for a moment your first impression of your residence hall room upon entering it for the very first time. You will probably notice that the room seems pretty typical with box-like dimensions, a window, two standard beds, sterile-looking white walls, several stationary pieces of furniture, etc. Your room looks like every other room down the hallway. The greeting may seem impersonal. It doesn't feel like "home"...at least not yet (read ahead)!
But then in the following few days the transformation occurs. The previous uniform, ordered and indestructible looking room assumes a more personalized atmosphere. Posters are hung, plants are added, music plays and an identity begins to take shape. The key ingredient is as unique as you, because the key ingredient is YOU!
New students tend to bring far too much to campus, and you should not try to bring all of your worldly possessions. Belvin-Buchanan, Lone Star Hall, Piney Woods Hall, Sam Houston Village, and Raven Village are the only halls with elevators, so it is better to pack a number of small boxes rather than a few large ones. Spread your heavy items in a number of boxes, and you can pack light items in large plastic bags. When you are packing, keep in mind that you will be sharing your room with someone else. Also, be certain to pack your registration information, ID card, class schedule, and any correspondence from the University in an easily accessible place.
- alarm clock
- sturdy key chain
- umbrella / rain coat
- reading lamp
- bath robe
- area rug / carpet
- small refrigerator (5.0 cu. ft. max.) unless one is already provided
- twin size sheets (mattresses are 36" x 78")
- laundry basket
- sewing kit / safety pins / school supplies
- curtains (tension rod only)
- cleaning supplies
- surge protectors
- flashlight (with batteries)
- personal router
- hot pot
- space heater
- pets (except for fish)
- candles or incense
- weights (over 5 lbs.)
- hot plates
- toaster / ovens
- potpourri burners
- halogen lamp
- extension cords
Room furnishings differ somewhat in various halls, but most rooms include a desk with drawers, chair, mirror, dresser, bed, and shelving unit. Before you bring book shelves or extra pieces of furniture, you might check with your future roommate to coordinate plans.
Accessories: wall hangings, plants, paintings, fans, posters, throw pillows, baskets, full-length mirror, flower arrangements, lamp, bulletin board, comfortable chair, curtains.
It is important to engrave your personal property with an identification number so that if it is lost or stolen it can very easily be tracked back to you.