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The Housing Process

Housing Assignments

Incoming First Year Students Housing Assignments

All incoming first year students are assigned to one of the 11 Residential Commons and are evenly distributed among the RCs. Students will be able to request a specific (mutual) roommate or may request a roommate from their academic or program interest group such as:

  • Matriculating School (Cox, Dedman, Lyle, Meadows, Simmons)
  • Scholar Program (Presidential, Hunt, University Honors, Hilltop New Century)
  • Athletic Team (Intercollegiate)

Second Year Housing

Rising sophomores reapply for housing in February and participate in room selection for their Residential Commons in March each year.  If approved, a  sophomore student may also fulfill the second year requirement by one of the following Upperclass housing options:

  • Apartment style residential communities, including Moore Hall and Daniel House 
  • SMU Service House
  • Certified Fraternity or Sorority House*

Housing for Juniors & Seniors

As space allows, Juniors and Seniors may sign up to return to their Residential Commons, or may sign up for other University housing.


SMU believes that Fraternity and Sorority membership is complementary to the Residential Commons model and is integral in the residential experience. Therefore, students may fulfill the second-year live-on requirement by living in a university-owned residence hall/apartment, or in an on-campus fraternity or sorority house. SMU wants to ensure that those students who choose to live in a fraternity or sorority house to fulfill the second-year live on requirement are living in housing that:  meets SMU’s risk management requirements, is conducive to supporting students’ academic success, aligns with SMU’s conduct standards, and has an on-campus living experience that aligns with the goals of the Residential Commons.


"I'm with my peers all the time, and that creates this shared experience of what it means to be a Mustang."

Elliott Bouillion ’16