Housing Reapplication

How to Reapply

Reapplication & Room Selection


For 2015-16, we have updated and changed the Reapplication and Room Selection processes to incorporate the Residential Commons philosophy at SMU.

Here are the basic facts of the process for this year: 

  1. Current residents must reapply in order to live on-campus next year and participate in room selection. Reapplication is on-line February 2-23.
  2. Rising sophomores who are required to live on-campus but wish to live elsewhere (i.e., Greek house) must still go through the Reapplication process before requesting an exemption.
  3. Most residents will return to their current Residential Commons and will select a room during the Room Selection process March 23-April 3.
  4. Room selection is held in each Residential Commons, and dates/times will vary by commons.
  5. Residents may request to change (transfer) to a different residential community for the 2015-16 academic year, but space will be very limited. 
  6. Upperclass housing residents (Daniel, Moore) will be able to select a room on-line March 16-20.
  7. SMU has enough rooms across campus to ensure that current residents who reapply will have housing for next year.

Quick Find


February 2-23   On-Line Reapplication for all Current undergraduate residents
February 2-24
  Application for "transfer" to a different Residential Commons (essays, on-line at orgs.smu.edu) LIMITED SPACE

March 2-18
  Requests for exemption from two-year housing requirement to live sorority or fraternity house (on-line, Reapplication must be completed first)
Reapplication includes choosing a meal plan- the meal plan selected will be cancelled with the housing application for all approved exemptions
March 6
  Notification (e-mail) to students requesting transfer to different Residential Commons(approval or waitlist status)
    Notification (e-mail) to students requesting transfer to Upperclass communities
March 20
  All approved exemptions will automatically cancel the RLSH housing application and meal plan selected during reapplication
March 16-20
  Upperclass housing room selection (on-line) for Moore, Daniel

March 23-April 3


Room Selection in each Residential Commons (dates and times vary by community)

June 1
  Deadline for cancellation of housing without penalty
Waitlist for change requests expires

How to Reapply & Select a Room in Three Easy Steps

  1. Complete the reapplication process on-line from February 2-23.
  2. If requesting a different community for 2015-16:
    • Apply for Transfer to another Residential Commons, submit essays (orgs.smu.edu) by February 24, and look for notification by March 6th.
    • For Upperclass community, indicate "other" and upperclass when you reapply (by February 23), and look for notification by March 6th.
    • To request to live in your Greek chapter house as a sophomore, submit exemption request on-line March 2-18, and look for notification on March 20th.
  3. Select a room in your community
    • Residential Commons- at the room selection events held in your Commons between March 23-April 3 (dates and times vary by Commons)
    • Upperclass community- on-line room selection March 16-20; you will notified March 6th of your log-in time.
    • Greek chapter house- if granted the exemption to live in the house as a sophomore, residents work with the house corporation regarding assignment.

Room Selection Intention

When reapplying, students will indicate their primary intention for room selection: 1) stay in same room in their residential commons, 2) pick a different room in their residential commons or 3) other. This intention is being collected for statistical analysis to coordinate the supply & demand and to determine moves to Upperclass housing, and is not an assignment to a specific building. Students may change their intention during room selection process based on what is available.

Residential Commons Room Selection

Room selection in the Residential Commons will be March 23 through April 3. Each Residential Commons holds their own room selection process, in person, in the Residential Commons. Dates and times will vary by commons. Details for each commons will be published here, and sent to residents on March 6th, prior to Spring Break.

Request to Change to Different Commons

Most students will remain in their Residential Commons for next year, with limited opportunity to request a transfer to a different Residential Commons. To submit an application to change to a different Residential Commons, a resident must submit their application and essay via orgs.smu.edu. (You must log into orgs.smu.edu to use this webform.) Space is very limited. Students will be notified no later than March 6th if they are approved for a change or are waitlisted for the requested Commons.

Upperclass Housing (Daniel, Moore) Room Selection

Room selection for residents in Daniel and Moore will be on-line March 16-20. Residents approved for Daniel or Moore will be able to select on-line from available rooms in both communities. Residents will be notified on March 6th of their log-in time to select a room.

Request to Change to Upperclass Community

Residents living in a Residential Commons or Smith/Perkins may request to be in Moore or Daniel during Reapplication by selecting "OTHER" for Housing Intention/Room Selection Plan. Priority of assignment to Moore & Daniel is 1) current residents of Moore & Daniel, 2) Smith/Perkins residents, 3) residents transferring from a Residential Commons. Students will be notified on March 6th if they are approved for a change to upperclass housing.

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SMU Dining Plans

An SMU dining plan is required for students living in the Residential Commons. Dining plans for the 2015-16 academic year are:

All-Access 7 Plans:  Available to all residential students and is required for resident students who are required to live on-campus for their first two years at SMU (regardless of credit hours.)

All Access 7 with $200
All Access 7 with $300
All Access 7 with $500

Includes seven day access to residential dining restaurants (Umphrey Lee, Arnold and meal equivalency at Mac's Place) and a pre-determined amount of Flex per semester.

Block 150 Plans: Available to residential students who are juniors and seniors

Block 150 with $200
Block 150 with $300
Block 150 with $500

Includes 150 meal "swipes" at residential dining restaurants and a pre-determined amount of Flex per semester.

Block 50 (Seniors) Plans: Available for residential residents who are seniors.

Block 50 with $200
Block 50 with $300
Block 50 with $500

Includes 50 meal "swipes" at residential dining restaurants and a pre-determined amount of Flex per semester.

More information about dining on-campus is available at SMU Dining, and on our Reapplication FAQ page.

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SMU Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Each fraternity and sorority house at SMU manages their own housing occupancy, usually through a House Corporation. Members  should inquire with chapter leadership regarding expectations and requirements for living in the house. While University policy requires first-year students to live on-campus for their first two years, policy also permits students to meet the second year of residency while living in their fraternity or sorority house. Rising sophomores interested in this option must

  1. Reapply for housing with RLSH during the Reapplication process, on-line (February 2-23)
  2. Request an "exemption" from housing requirement in order to live in fraternity/sorority house as sophomore, on-line (March 2-18)
  3. If approved, you will be notified on March 20th and must provide a signed copy of the sublease or housing agreement with the House Corporation no later than May 15th.

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