Second to None

Armstrong Commons

Inclusivity | Inquiry | Integrity


“The thing I love most about the Armstrong community are the opportunities that it presents for students to get involved throughout the year. Everything from leadership roles within Commons Council to teamwork during intramural games provide experiences for students to grow individually while bonding together as a whole community.”

Andrew Kelly, first-year student

“The best tradition at Armstrong Commons is that we get to have a water balloon fight with our arch nemesis: Crum Commons. Whenever I share this tradition with friends who live in other commons, they wish they could be part of Armstrong.”

Jihoon Choi, first-year student

What you can expect


You've heard of boulevarding. Armstrong has Armstrong-ing. Friday afternoons in the fall, we head out into our quad, grill up a delicious snack, play spike ball, and throw a Frisbee or a football. This tradition brings together our residents and highlights our value of inclusivity.

Water balloon battle with Crum Commons

You see, our neighbors across the way at Crum Commons are kind of like our younger siblings. We settle our sibling rivalry with thousands of water balloons after Stampede Kick-Off each August. Without a doubt, we won last year, and we know that with your help, we will emerge victorious once again. The bonus? When the battlefield has cleared, many Armstrongers meet friends that last a lifetime at the post-battle social.
Start serving today! 

Serve where you live: Engage Dallas 

Engage Dallas is a place-based community engagement initiative via SMU’s Residential Commons to address community needs focusing on South and West Dallas. The initiative is a long-term, university-wide commitment led by students to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to positively impact the community. There is equal emphasis on campus and community impact stemming from the initiative.

In Armstrong Commons, we focus on Homelessness as a community need in Dallas. Armstrong students address this by collaborating on service events and activities with local partners, The Bridge, Austin Street Center, and The Stewpot, to directly help those most in need. Our students who serve gain a broader understanding of current social problems, build community with both the city and their peers, and can earn their Community Engagement and Civics & Individual Ethics proficiencies required for graduation. Engage Dallas cultivates unique and enriching experiences for SMU students to explore and serve Dallas! 

Start serving today! 

Questions? Email your Armstrong Engage Dallas Student Director, Lilly Chapman at

Get a sense of the community

Get a feel for all that Armstrong Commons has to offer by scrolling through the photo gallery or viewing the video. If you prefer, check it out for yourself by visiting campus, or take an online 360°room tour.

We've got a lot to offer


Fully furnished rooms
  • Furniture (per resident): desk, chair, bed, & dresser
  • Wired and wireless internet
  • Free on-site washer/dryers
  • ADA-compliant rooms available
  • Electricity, water, sewer, & recycling/trash service included
Designed for community
  • TV Lounge
  • Movable furniture
  • Study rooms and spaces
  • Music rehearsal space
  • Community microwaves
  • Community printer
Convenient location An academically-oriented environment Worry-free features

Sample floor plan

Boaz Double

Community bath double room

Room and furniture dimensions

Square footage ranges
  • Typical square footage ranges from 180-250 sq.ft.
Furniture dimensions
  • Desk: 2'6" H x 4' W x 2' D
  • Desk Storage Unit: 30"H x 17W x 24 1⁄2 D; Grommet allows students to lock desk storage
  • Dresser: 2'6" H x 2'6" W x 2' D
  • Bed: 80" L x 36" W (XL Length Twin)
  • Window: 45" inches wide. Height depends on floor.

About our namesakes

Both 1982 SMU graduates, Bill and Liz Armstrong received their bachelor’s degrees in geology. During their time as students, they lived on campus and participated actively in SMU-in-Taos programs and Greek life—Liz as a Pi Beta Phi and Bill as a Phi Gamma Delta. Though they met in Geology 101, it was their participation in Fort Burgwin’s geology field camp that brought them together as a couple. Their interest in geology and exploration continued past their time at SMU and led to successful careers in the oil and gas industry and numerous entrepreneurial endeavors.

Building facts

 Community abbreviations  ARM
 Building capacity  246
 Year built  2014
 Residential area  Southeast
 Physical address  5809 Bush Ave.
 Room types  Singles and doubles
 Gender  Co-ed by gender by room

Live, learn, achieve—together

Get to know the faculty, staff, and student leaders of Armstrong Commons.


Willie Baronet (He/him/his)


Baronet is a 1982 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). In May 2011 Baronet graduated from University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) with an M.F.A. in Arts & Technology. Baronet has been buying and collecting homeless signs since 1993 as part of a long-term art project titled "WE ARE ALL HOMELESS." The project has been featured in dozens of international and local media. Learn more about Professor Baronet and his family.


Molly Brooks (She/her/hers)

Residential Community Director

Molly is from Montana and earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Learning & Development from the University of Texas at Dallas before attending Kent State University to earn a Master's in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel. She is passionate about making college an accessible experience for all and helping students to succeed in their chosen areas. Molly enjoys reading, theater, cooking, crafting, and traveling.