exterior of three buildings

Tria Ut Unum: Three as One.

Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Commons

Diversity | Unity | Integrity | Harmony

Also known as MHPS

“MHPS is the best commons, and it’s not even close. It’s has the optimal location on campus close to Umphrey-Lee Dining Hall, all the major classrooms, and the Health Center. I’ve gotten to know so many of my best friends in this community through Intramurals, Sunday Night Snacks, and other delicious food events!“

Jordan Wartell

Consisting of three buildings and 358 residents, Mary Hay, Peyton, Shuttles Commons, or MHPS, is the largest Residential Commons at SMU while still maintaining the tight-knit community so common to the Commons. Located in the North residential quad, MHPS is home to students across SMU, instilling the values of diversity, harmony, unity, and integrity to its residents through programming, traditions, and leadership opportunities. From large scale to small, MHPS hosts traditions such as Taste of Diversity – a celebration of global cuisine and culture – and Sunday Night Snacks, that bring together residents across the three buildings. Despite there being three separate buildings each with their own identity and pride, MHPS comes together to form one community, built stronger by each individual student.

What you can expect

Students enjoying the Taste of Diversity

Taste of Diversity

Taste of Diversity occurs each October, bringing together MHPS residents and SMU community members alike to learn about and develop an understanding of different cultures through the best possible gateway: food! Cuisines from across the world, locally sourced in Dallas, are on display as students learn about the country and culture they come from. MHPS students contribute by volunteering and teaching their peers about the different foods and cultures represented at Taste of Diversity, and some students showcase their talents through activities like Henna tattoos, Chinese calligraphy, and more.

Tapas & More

Each week, Alberto, our Faculty-in-Residence, welcomes every student for an evening of good food and social fun. A native of Spain, he brings the tradition of socializing around small savory dishes known as “tapas”. Students have the opportunity to taste Spanish tapas and other bites from international cuisines. Tapas & More is a dynamic event where MHPS residents also engage with different SMU student organizations of diverse background, faculty members, and guests from the Dallas community.
Students posing at the Taste of Diversity

Showing some pride for MHPS!

Students proudly displace that they belong to MHPS.

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 Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Commons (MHPS), we focus on Immigration & Refugee Supports as a community need in Dallas. MHPS students address this by collaborating on service events and activities with local partners, Dallas Furniture BankHeart House, Trusted World, and The Intensive English Program's Conversation Buddy Program, 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 MHPS Engage Dallas Student Director, Ruhani Ahluwalia, at rahluwalia@smu.edu.

Get a sense of the community

Get a feel for all that MHPS 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
  • Study rooms and spaces
  • Game room
  • Classroom
  • Community microwaves
Convenient location
  • Walk or bike to class
  • Nearby parking in Binkley garage or Airline Garage
  • Easy access to Umphrey Lee
  • Central location on campus provides easy access to academic buildings, Dedman Recreation Center, and Hughes-Trigg Student Center
An academically-oriented environment Worry-free features

Building facts

 Community abbreviations  MHPS
 Building capacity  358 (Peyton-97, Mary Hay-110, Shuttles-151)
 Year built  Peyton-1950, Mary Hay-1959, Shuttles, 1957
 Residential area  North
 Physical address

 Peyton 6200 Hillcrest Avenue

 Mary Hay 6201 Bishop Boulevard

 Shuttles 6210 Hillcrest Avenue

 Room types  Singles and doubles
 Gender  Co-ed by gender by room

About our namesakes

Mary Hay Hall is named in honor of Mary Randle Hay*, former SMU Dean of Women.  Mary Randle Hay (1864-1953) was the widow of Stephen J. Hay, the mayor of Dallas when SMU was established. Following her husband’s death in 1916, Mary Hay became SMU’s Dean of Women, serving from 1923-1934. Dean Hay’s leadership led to the construction of more housing for women student, and in 1927, under her leadership, all resident women students were able to move into Virginia and Snider Halls.

Peyton Hall is named in memory of George L. Peyton, member of the SMU Board of Trustees.  George L. Peyton (1884-1939) was a Methodist minister, director of Wesley Bible Choir, Professor of Religion, and member of the Board of Trustees at SMU from 1934-1939. Following his death, Leila Peyton Hall  (1888-1972) finished her husband’s term on the SMU Board of Trustees. In addition to funding the construction of Peyton Hall in her husband’s honor, she also funded the Peyton Lectureship in Preaching. Following her death in 1972, the Leila Peyton Hall Endowment was established in her memory as part of the President’s Scholars Program in 1977.

Robert Hall Shuttles (1878-1955) was a Dallas area businessman, churchman, philanthropist, and former chair of the SMU Board of Trustees.

Sample floor plans

Peyton Double

Peyton double room

Shuttles and MH Double

Mary Hay & Shuttles double room

MH Single

Mary Hay single room

Room and furniture dimensions

Mary Hay Hall

Square footage ranges

  • Single Rooms: 90-160 sq.ft.
  • Double/Single Suites: 185-250 sq.ft.
  • Double/Double Suites: 185-250 sq.ft.
Furniture dimensions
  • Desk: 30" H x 17" W x 24.5' D
  • Dresser: 30" H x 29.5'" W x 24.5' D
  • Bed: 80" L x 36" W (XL Length Loftable Twin)
  • Window: 45 inches wide (height depends on the floor)

Peyton Hall

Square footage ranges

  • Single Rooms: 90-160 sq.ft.
  • Double/Single Suites: 185-250 sq.ft.
  • Double/Double Suites: 185-250 sq.ft.

Furniture dimensions

  • Desk: 30" H x 29" W x 28' D
  • Desk Storage Unit: 30”H X 17”W X 24 ½”D
  • Dresser: 30”H X 29 ½”W X 24 ½”D
  • Bed: 80" L x 36" W (XL Length Loftable Twin)
  • Window: 45 inches wide (height depends on the floor)

Shuttles Hall

Square footage ranges

  • Single Rooms: 90-160 sq.ft.
  • Double/Single Suites: 185-250 sq.ft.
  • Double/Double Suites: 185-250 sq.ft.

Furniture dimensions

  • Desk: 30" H x 29" W x 28' D
  • Desk Storage Unit: 30”H X 17”W X 28”D
  • Dresser: 30”H X 29 ½”W X 24 ½”D
  • Bed: 80" L x 36" W (XL Length Loftable Twin)
  • Window: 45 inches wide (height depends on the floor)

Live, learn, achieve—together

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

Dr. Alberto Pastor (He/him/his)


A native of Madrid (Spain), Alberto Pastor has taught linguistics at SMU since 2005. His research interests are linguistic theory and sociolinguistic issues related to Spanish in the United States such as language contact, language ideologies and attitudes, and linguistic landscapes. In his classes and personal life, he tries to serve as an advocate for multilingualism and multiculturalism in the society at large. Along with his wife Martha, and their son Alejandro, they are thrilled to continue the diversity values and traditions of HPMS Commons, and to be part and foster this community. Learn more about Dr. Pastor and his family.





Roman Peterson (He/They)

Residential Community Director

Roman is born and raised a Texan. Originally from Lake Jackson, TX, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas State University and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University. He is passionate about helping students become the person they want to be and being part of their journey. Roman enjoys learning about anything and everything, playing video and board games, watching tv and Dr. Pepper. Stop by his office in Mary Hay for good conversation.


Ryan Nelson (He/him/his)

Assistant Residential Community Director

Ryan Nelson is from Florence, SC and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina in the spring. He is passionate about supporting first and second year students as they transition from living at home to living in an on-campus community. He is a huge Houston sports fan and enjoys watching sports and playing video games in his free time.