University Housing

Freshman Housing

Freshmen who wish to live on campus reside in one of our University Commons residence halls.

University Commons

Application Process

Applicants who do not turn in a completed application will not be eligible to receive a housing assignment. On-campus housing for freshmen is not guaranteed.

Priority application deadline is May 1, 2017. All completed applications received prior to that deadline received priority based on the date of application. After May 1, consideration is given based on the date of application and proximity to campus.

  • Before you can apply for housing, you must be admitted to the University. Visit the Enrollment Services website to apply for admission to UT Dallas.
  • Complete your housing application online. Please note the $300 application fee.
  • If you are under the age of 18 at the time of your move-in, you must complete a guarantor agreement provided by University Commons with your lease.

After Submitting Your Application

Your application will be given priority based on availability and according to the date and time your fee and completed profile information are submitted. 

Please remember that an application for admission to the University and an application for housing do not guarantee that space will be available.

Housing Agreement

A housing agreement will be mailed within a few weeks of completing a housing application. You must sign and return the agreement.

Housing Assignments

Suite assignments for the fall semester will be sent to your UT Dallas email address in July. Names and emails of roommates will be included. Assignments will not be released over the phone.

Freshmen who are admitted for summer or spring will be given their move-in date by University Commons staff.

Roommate Assignments

  • Roommates are assigned based on gender and space availability.  All buildings are coed; individual suites are not, unless a student opts into our gender inclusive housing program.
  • Every effort is made to place students who mutually request each other in the same suite. Applicants will be given priority based on availability and according to the date and time the completed application and fees are submitted, prior to May 1.
  • If no roommate is requested, students will be matched based on answers to questions on their housing applications and the date of their completed application.
  • Assignments are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
  • Living Learning Community selection is given priority over roommate requests.
  • Residential Life reserves the right to make housing assignment changes as necessary.

Moving In

Your move-in process will begin with arrival to campus at the residence hall location assigned to you prior to move-in. Upon arrival, you will sign documents, pick up your keys and pay your first rental fee.

You will be given a room inventory checklist. Use this form to thoroughly inspect your suite and make sure everything is in working order.

Peer Advisors will be onsite to help you move-into your new home and answer questions that may arise.

Move-in times vary. All freshmen will be contacted in advance regarding their assigned date and time of move-in. For more information, contact [email protected] or 972-883-7430.

Policies

University Commons

Cancellation Policies

Prior to occupancy:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to the Residential Life Office at [email protected].
  • In all cases, the $100 administrative fee is nonrefundable.
  • If you cancel your housing agreement in writing 90+ days prior to the start of the agreement, you will be eligible to receive a full refund of your prepayment, minus the $100 administrative fee.
  • If you cancel your housing agreement in writing 31-89 days prior to the start of the agreement, you are not eligible to receive a refund of the prepayment and it will be retained as cancellation fees.
  • If you cancel your housing agreement in writing 0-30 days prior to the start of the agreement, including after the start date of the agreement, even if you have not gained occupancy, the prepayment will be retained as cancellation fees and you will be charged an additional $550 in cancellation fees.
  • If a space is not available, we will refund the prepayment minus the $100 administrative fee, if on file, and you will not be subject to a $550 cancellation fee.

During occupancy:

  • If you lose your student status during any time of the agreement, if you fail to give proper notice, or you wish to cancel your agreement, you must cancel in writing to the University Commons office. You will be required to vacate within five days of providing this notice, and you will be charged $750 in liquidated damages. 
  • Failure to vacate after five days of the notice will incur a charge of the cancellation fee of $750 and the daily rate for your unit price, plus 25 percent until you vacate.

Residence Hall Policies

Refer to the Resident Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct page for policy information.

Occupancy — The maximum occupancy for three-bedroom suites is three occupants.  The three-bedroom suites in University Commons are not coed.

Paying Rent — Your first rent installment is due upon move-in.  After move-in, rent is due the first of every month and may be paid by check, money order or credit card.

Financial Aid Deferment — University Commons will defer rental payments for students who provide proof of pending financial aid disbursement. If you have not yet received your financial aid at the time rent is due, contact University Commons and complete a financial aid agreement application.

Rental Insurance — It is recommended that students obtain personal rental insurance. UT Dallas and University Commons management do not assume any legal obligations for personal injury, loss, or damage to personal property.

Missing Residential Student Policy — The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the University’s response to reports of missing residential students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Download the Missing Residential Student Form.