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Office of Transfer and Transition Services

Dallas Hall

Housing Options

Now that you've been admitted to SMU, where should you live? Rooms are available for new transfer students in SMU housing on a first come, first served basis. Students aged 19 or under are required to live on campus unless an exemption is granted to live elsewhere.  If you are interested in living on campus, be sure to fill out a housing application immediately upon paying your SMU deposit. Residence Life will notify you in mid-summer about a room assignment. 

If you plan to live off campus in non-SMU housing, there are many apartment options close to SMU and prices are comparable to other apartments you may find in Dallas. Besides apartment complexes, University Park, the neighborhood surrounding SMU, has smaller apartment building and duplexes. Some apartments may be across the street from campus, others may be a 30-minute walk, a 5-minute drive, or a 10-minute bicycle ride from SMU. Some apartment complexes are even serviced by the free Mustang Express shuttle bus.

Apartment Finder Resources

To facilitate the search for your new apartment, we recommend the services of Randy Hickman, who gives you personalized attention free of charge! Randy can be reached at:

Mr. Randy Hickman
Apartment Avenue

Another excellent source for apartments is Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, a division of Ebby Halliday Realtors. The realtor's commission is paid by the landlord so there is no out-of-pocket expense to you. 

Dave Perry-Miller and Associates

Below are links to other apartment locators and apartment guides for the Dallas area:

Other Resources

There are several apartment complexes conveniently located near campus. They include:

The Chase, Village Apartments: The Village is a large community of several apartment complexes. Located 2.5 miles from SMU, The Village offers a range of floor plans and prices. See for more information or call Lindsey Porter at 214-772-9300.

The Shelby: A boutique apartment building which opened in August 2009, the Shelby has 55 units and is located right across from the SMU campus at 5609 SMU Blvd. Units include 1 and 2 bedroom floor plans with granite counter tops and wood-style or polished concrete floors at $1440-$2435. See for more information, call 214-295-4790, or e-mail

Amesbury Parc Apartments: Located less than a mile from SMU on a cul-de-sac, Amesbury Parc Apartments offer spacious floor plans, updated kitchen and baths and affordability. Choose from 1, 2 or 3 bedroom units ranging in price from $575-$1175. See for more information, call 214-369-3257, or e-mail

The Office of Residence Life and Student Housing at SMU has a limited number of student apartments (, all within walking distance of campus. For more information, please contact RLSH at 214-768-2407.