Learning is promoted through the community which is built when students live and study on campus. The University of Dallas is committed to establishing the continuity between intellectual and residential life. Living on campus contributes to the intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional growth of the individual student as well as to the other students in residence.
The University requires matriculated undergraduate students under the age of 21 or
with fewer than ninety earned credit hours (senior standing) to live on campus. Students
who fall under the residency requirement must actually reside on campus. Married students,
veterans, and commuter students living with their parents at home and within a 50
mile radius of campus do not fall under this requirement. Only complete groups of
qualifying upperclassmen may apply for the student apartments during Housing Registration
week each semester.
Every effort is made to honor all room/roommate requests. However, The Office of Student Affairs reserves the right to reassign a student to a comparable room or apartment, or to consolidate students together who are without roommates. Requests for private rooms will be considered on the basis of space availability, seniority or documented medical need. All residential areas must be filled to their designed occupancy or the Office of Student Affairs will determine specific charges for variations in space occupancy. See official student handbook for details regarding 'consolidation'.
Living on campus implies acceptance of a residential contract and all related policies whether or not a contract submission is on file in the Office of Student Affairs.
The University is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property of residents in the residence halls or campus apartments. It is strongly recommended that students or their parents contract for personal property insurance for the student's belongings. Usually the cost of this insurance is minimal and can be purchased separately or as a 'rider' to the parents household property policy.
New incoming students are matched according to personal preferences marked on the
housing contract and when available personal information volunteered by the student
via the online roommate matching program. Freshmen are NOT housed with upperclassmen
due to maturity and developmental issues. Every effort is made to honor mutual roommate
requests for both incoming and continuing students. However, the Office of Student
Affairs reserves the right to reassign a student to a comparable room or apartment,
or to move students together who are without roommates.
Rooms and apartments must be filled to their designated occupancy. In the event of a vacancy, the occupants may find a replacement, the Office of Student Affairs can require consolidation to fill the vacancy, or the occupants might request to keep the spot vacant and pay an additional charge.
Each spring all continuing students that fall under the University of Dallas Residency Requirement MUST complete some type of form (housing contract, commuter form, etc.) establishing their official housing status for the following academic year. Students who remain under the mandatory residency requirement will be billed accordingly for on-campus housing for the academic year while enrolled as a full-time undergraduate.
The University of Dallas has seven undergraduate residence halls.
Five of the seven air conditioned residence halls have two floors, common hallways on each floor, common bathroom and shower facilities, a lounge/TV area and a laundry room. One hall consists of one floor with one common corridor and bathroom facilities. The traditional undergraduate halls have common kitchen facilities. The four story new residence hall on campus for upperclassmen does not.
The traditional halls for new students vary in size from 31 to 96 students. The new residence hall on campus for upperclassmen houses 297 residents on four floors. The halls are directly supervised by Resident Assistants and Residence Coordinators.
All incoming freshmen are placed in standard double rooms with a roommate in one of the traditional halls. Late applicants may be placed in triple or quad rooms should double rooms no longer be available.
All rooms in the traditional halls have standard twin-size (39"x76") beds, desks and closet and drawer space for each resident. Traditional hall rooms also have wash basins with storage space beneath, a medicine cabinet and limited book shelving. The new hall for upperclassmen has extra-long twin beds along with other basic furniture. These upperclassmen rooms in the new hall also have private bathrooms.
Luggage may be kept in the common storage room of any hall. Housekeeping service is provided for the common hallways, hall bathrooms and lounges. Residents are responsible for the upkeep of their own rooms. All rooms are equipped with a network jack for each resident to access the Internet through the University server.
The housing contract for any on campus location is for one academic year. However, undergraduate halls are closed during holiday break periods (Christmas break and spring break). Housing contracts broken during the fall semester are subject to a $500 Contract Breakage Fee. Any fall resident that qualifies for 'commuter status' mid-year may do so at semester break for the following spring term without penalty. Students breaking the contract during the spring semester are charged a $500.00 contract breakage fee which will be placed against the account of the student in the Business Office. Contracts broken mid-semester are also subject to the REFUND RULES below:
Each week is calculated from the last day of the academic add/drop period. A week is seven calendar days long beginning immediately after the closing of the add/drop period. Refer to the General Bulletin for the official ending date of the add/drop period for the semester of withdrawal.
The University has available to qualifying upperclassmen (minimum junior classification required) several two-bedroom (four student occupancy) units, a few one-bedroom (two student occupancy) units and 1 (one student occupancy) efficiency unit. The complex has a common laundry area, a central courtyard and parking. The apartments are interconnected with a unique system of exterior catwalks on the second and third levels. This design allows each apartment to occupy the entire floor of any given building, thus eliminating common walls and entrances in the complex. The concrete structure is fireproof. Each apartment has a sheltered balcony, fully operable blinds, and walk-in closets. The floors are carpeted except for the kitchen and shower/commode areas, which are vinyl. All apartments have basic furniture. Students must provide their own microwave ovens and cookware.
Residents are required to directly establish and maintain their own electric accounts. Each apartment is directly billed by the utility company of choice. Telephone land lines in an apartment are optional at the expense of the residents. Water and sanitation/sewer services are provided at no charge to residents. Postal service is independent from the University substation and mail is delivered directly to each apartment. Residents are responsible for the upkeep of their apartments; housekeeping is only provided by the University for common areas. Cable TV is available for direct purchase from Time Warner.
Every new first-time resident must pay a $200 Housing Deposit. This is a one-time deposit. When a continuing student resident properly notifies the Office of Student Affairs by the per semester deadline dates that they will no longer be living on campus, they are entitled to a refund of their housing deposit. This is provided that proper written notification is given by July 1st for the following fall semester and December 1st for the following spring semester.
Failure to properly notify the Office of Student Affairs of a campus housing cancellation
via the online 'Commuter Form' prior to July 1st for the following fall semester or
December 1st for the following spring semester will result in forfeiture of the housing
Students who withdraw or do not return for any reason will forfeit their housing deposit.
The deposit may be reinstated for students who return to a campus residence from an official Leave of Absence or who are readmitted to UD within 2 years.
"No shows" will be considered as a cancellation and will also forfeit the housing deposit.
Campus hall residents are required to participate in the Food Service Program. Further details are available HERE.
No refunds are permitted for only partial usage of any meal plan. The Food Service Program is not available during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break or Easter Break.
Official academic year Fees and Expenses Schedule are published by and available from the Business Office.
Living on campus implies acceptance of all residential contract 'terms and conditions' whether or not a signed contract is on file in the Office of Student Affairs.