Department of Housing and Food Service
All students enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin are eligible to live in University-owned housing. Students are not required to live on campus and may choose to live on or off campus. Freshmen are encouraged to consider living in University residence halls. The experience of many students indicates that adjustment to University life is often easier for those who live on campus. Research indicates that students who live in residence halls are more fully involved in academic and extracurricular activities, earn higher grade point averages, more frequently exceed predicted levels of learning and personal development, and more frequently complete their college education within four years, as compared to students who live off campus.
A brief description of university housing follows. More information about housing is available online and from The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Housing and Food Service, P O Box 7666, Austin TX 78713-7666. Institutional rules regarding university-owned residences are listed in Appendix C, Chapter 5 (University-Owned Residences).
Applying for housing in University residence halls. Students may apply to live on campus after they have completed the admission application. Contracts are offered to students who are admitted to the University; incoming freshmen must be admitted and have paid or satisfied the enrollment deposit. More information about the housing application process is available online. Housing is not guaranteed for students.
University-owned residence hall for men. The university residence hall for men is Creekside Residence Hall, which can accommodate approximately 200 students.
University-owned residence halls for women. The university residence halls for women are Kinsolving and Littlefield, which can accommodate approximately 900 students. Freshmen women who apply for housing with Littlefield as their first building choice are given priority consideration for assignment to Littlefield.
University-owned residence halls for men and women. Jester Center, Whitis Court, San Jacinto Hall, Almetris Duren Hall, Brackenridge Hall, Prather Hall, Moore-Hill, and Roberts Hall accommodate approximately 5,500 students. Andrews, Blanton, and Carothers honors residence halls accommodate about 500 students.
University-owned apartments. The University Apartments, located in off-campus areas that have shuttle bus service, are open to graduate and undergraduate students who have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including those with families. Gateway Apartments and Colorado Apartments have approximately four hundred air-conditioned, unfurnished units; Brackenridge Apartments have approximately three hundred one-, two-, and three-bedroom, air-conditioned, unfurnished units. Rates for Colorado Apartments include gas and water. Rates for all other units include only water. Residents pay for electricity in all units. Apartment contracts may be signed up to sixty days before move-in. More information about University Apartments is available online and from The University of Texas at Austin, University Apartments, 3501 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin TX 78703-5533.
Privately owned housing. A wide range of privately owned housing is available for men, women, and families in the University community. Arrangements for living in these residence halls, rooming and boarding houses, cooperative houses, apartments, and private homes are made directly with the management of each residence. The University maintains a website that includes links to other housing and real estate listings.
The University accepts no responsibility for the terms of rental or the accommodations offered and will not be a party to the enforcement of contracts between students, parents, and landlords for privately owned housing.