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Housing and Location


On-Campus Housing

Student housing offers affordable on-campus living communities for those who appreciate the ease and convenience of being able to live onsite and quickly walk to classes, campus eateries, event venues and athletic facilities.

University Village offers apartments with floor plans that feature a balcony, washer/dryer, refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven and dishwasher. Amenities include a swimming pool, volleyball court and outdoor grills. Billiards, ping-pong tables and a student center are located in the clubhouse.

University Commons residence halls offer a fully furnished three-bedroom suite that includes a loftable bed, desk, chair and dresser. Each suite has a shared bathroom with separate shower and toilet, as well as a common living area with a couch and built-in shelves for a small refrigerator, microwave and television.

Note: Although on-campus housing is reserved for UT Dallas students, an application is required, and availability is not guaranteed. It is advisable to apply for housing as soon as you receive your offer of UT Dallas admission.

Off-Campus Housing

The area surrounding the UT Dallas campus is rich with a variety of housing options, including apartments, duplexes and single-family homes.

International Students

Visit the International Student Services website for additional housing information.

Richardson, Texas

Welcome to a city at the heart of the Telecom Corridor that offers all the benefits of a small city with easy access to a major metropolitan area. The weather in Dallas is very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Temperatures in summer are usually around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Temperatures in winter sometimes drop as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius).

Comets take learning seriously, but they also like to have fun. And because UT Dallas is located in the heart of America’s fourth-largest metropolitan area, there are plenty of opportunities to discover cool and exciting things to do and see.

UT Dallas has academic advantages to be sure, but we also have quick and easy access to all that Richardson, Dallas and Fort Worth have to offer. And it’s good to know that with gas prices fluctuating so much, you may not even need a car while you’re here.

In fact, the University offers free DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) passes to all students. The annual pass program gives the bearer unlimited access to all DART services, including local and express buses and light rail, as well as the University’s very own Comet Cruiser line that runs to local businesses, grocery stores and bus stops near UT Dallas.

Did We Mention Location?

Special events in the city include the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival, the Cottonwood Art Festival and the Huffhines Art Trails. There’s also the Charles W. Eisemann Center, which features a 1,500-seat hall and is host to professional musical, dance, comedy and theatrical events.

With nearly as many restaurants per capita as New York City and as the birthplace of Neiman Marcus, the eateries and shops in and around the Dallas area are sure to thrill. There are also places for outdoor running, biking, hiking and skating.

Four interstate highways connect Dallas to both coasts, Mexico and Canada. Two local airports, Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, offer Dallas residents passage to 47 international locations and 145 domestic cities from the world’s third-busiest airport.

Other attractions include the Dallas Zoo and the Fort Worth Zoo, Fair Park, the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science and world-renowned art museums that include the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Some other interesting venues are the Dallas World Aquarium, the new American Airlines Center, and the State Fair of Texas.

Still can’t find enough to do? Major sport teams in the area include the world-famous Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Texas Rangers and soccer team FC Dallas. The Texas Motor Speedway is also nearby. If you’d rather move to the beat of your favorite drummer, you can visit Dallas’ vibrant music scene and listen or dance to live bands that cover the entire musical spectrum—rock, jazz, blues, country, classical and salsa.

With all this to offer, UT Dallas and the DFW metroplex offer something for everyone.

DFW Quick Facts

There are 20 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The DFW area ranks among the top five metropolitan areas in job growth. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Latest Dallas/Fort Worth data shows 15 distinct technology industries in the region. Employment in these industries tops 220,000 workers. The metropolitan area has more technology jobs than Houston and Texas combined. (Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Dallas/Fort Worth has a low cost of living, typically several points below the national average and considerably lower than major east and west coast cities. (ACCRA)

The Dallas metropolitan area was ranked 4th in Forbes Coolest Cities in America List in 2012, based on entertainment options, restaurants, unemployment rate, migration, culture and a young median age. Forbes also included the area in other top 10 lists in 2012, including Cities Where a Paycheck Stretches the Furthest (5th) and Top Cities for College Graduates (5th).