Inspiring Community through Service.

Loyd Commons

Creativity | Friendship | Growth | Purpose | Responsibility

What you can expect

students having cookies with the FiR in the FiR apartment

Dr. K Treats

Every week, our very own Faculty-in-Residence, Dr. K, cooks up some homemade treats for the Loyd Community!

Llama Rama

Llama Rama is Loyd's Annual Fall Carnival. Loyd celebrates the fall season with food, games, and fun.

Students enjoying a roof top banquet

Loyd Pinning Ceremony

The Loyd Banquet is the first official event that certifies our newest community members. Each First-Year student is given the Loyd pin and the values of the community are presented by the Faculty-in-Residence and Residential Community Director. Resident Assistants are given the honor of pinning new First Year residents on their floor!

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 Loyd Commons, we focus on STEM Education Access as a community need in Dallas. Loyd students address this by collaborating on service events and activities with local partners, Jubilee Park and Community Center, RowDallas, and The West Dallas STEM School 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 Proficiency required for graduation. Engage Dallas cultivates unique and enriching experiences for SMU students to explore and serve Dallas! 

Start serving today! 

Questions? Email your Loyd Engage Dallas Student Director, Reese Mellor, at rmellor@smu.edu.

Get a sense of the community

Get a feel for all that Loyd 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
  • Free laundry
  • Movable furniture
  • Game room
  • Community microwaves
Convenient location An Academically Oriented Environment Worry-free features

Sample floor plans

Boaz Double

Community bath double room

Room and furniture dimensions

Square footage ranges
  • Typical square footage ranges from 180-205
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

Loyd Commons was named for Paul B. Loyd, Jr. (’68) and his wife Penny Requa Loyd for their generous $5 million gift for the new residential commons buildings. The gift was announced during the Founders Day Celebration in April 2012. SMU has benefited in countless ways from the long-standing support of Penny and Paul Loyd, Jr. Their contributions have impacted areas across the University, including athletics, student programs and scholarship support. 

The Loyds’ involvement at SMU includes Mr. Loyd’s service as a member of the Board of Trustees, and both Mr. and Mrs. Loyd serve on several University boards and committees. The Loyds received the Mustang Award in 1999 in recognition of their remarkable philanthropic support of SMU.

In 2012, Mr. and Mrs. Loyd provided a leadership gift for a new Residential Commons facility. Fittingly, the building is located near Ford Stadium, the home of SMU football and the Paul B. Loyd, Jr. All-Sports Center. These campus landmarks are a testament to the Loyds’ ongoing commitment to the many facets of the SMU educational experience. SMU is honored to name Loyd Commons in recognition of their continued generosity.

Building facts

 Community abbreviations  Loyd
 Building capacity  241
 Year built  2014
 Residential area  Southeast
 Physical address  5901 Bush Avenue
 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 Loyd.

Alice Kendrick

Dr. Alice Kendrick (She/her/hers)


Dr. Alice Kendrick, or “DrK” as her students like to call her, is professor of advertising in the Temerlin Advertising Institute, specializing in advertising research and strategy.  She grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and earned a BA and MA in Journalism from LSU, and later received a PhD in Communication and an MS in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Kendrick is the author of four books and more than 40 peer reviewed journal articles.  Her research interests are how communication efforts can affect international citizens’ views of other countries, trends in advertising education, and the role of advertising in the informal economy, including garage sales. She is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Advertising Education. Learn more about Dr. Kendrick and her family.  


CJ Schufford (He/him/his)

Residential Community Director

CJ Schufford will join the RLSH team as the RCD for Loyd Commons. CJ completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Texas and a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership at TCU where he worked as a Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate Hall Director and a Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate Advisor. He served as a Conference Intern at the University of Michigan. His areas of interest include Equity and Access in Higher Education, Promoting Mental Health Awareness among Underrepresented communities, and improving Multi-Cultural Competency within the communities where he works. CJ is a huge Dallas sports fanatic and is looking forward to exploring Dallas with his finance Jacqueline and puppy Frida. C.J.'s favorite aspect of the Residential Commons is how each commons have unique identities and traditions!