Residence Life and Student Housing

Residence Life and Student Housing (RLSH) fosters the foundational SMU experience where every student belongs, learns, and connects through their residential community. We make campus home. Experience it for yourself.

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Explore Campus Living

Students who live on campus have built-in resources and opportunities, such as access to campus resources, student leadership positions, and increased faculty interactions. Explore housing options and how living on campus can enhance your SMU experience.

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Future Resident

Welcome, incoming first-year and transfer students! Learn everything you need to know about applying for housing at SMU. As you work through the process, we are here to help. Get in touch if you have questions or if we can be of any assistance.

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Current Resident

All students living on campus want to make SMU feel like home. Here you will find resources and services to enhance your living experience on campus. Make a request, submit a work order, or learn how to get involved in your Residential Commons.

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Residential Commons

SMU’s Residential Commons are designed to integrate the academic, residential and social experience and create a sense of belonging. A student’s Commons is their home base and each Commons is a microcosm of SMU.

Upper Division Housing

Upper-division students may elect to stay in their Residential Commons or move to a variety of Upper Division options which facilitate self-discovery for residents with independent learning opportunities.

SMU Apartments

SMU owns and manages four apartment buildings that are located next to campus. These apartments offer students the privacy of independent living with the convenience of campus location. And at multiple price points, there is a unit in everyone's budget!

Fraternity Housing

There are eight fraternity chapter houses owned and operated by SMU. On-campus fraternity residents enjoy the combined benefits of on-campus amenities and conveniences, as well as the sense of community offered through the lived experience in their chapter house.

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Get Involved

Residence Life and Student Housing brings together partners from all over campus and Dallas to help offer unique opportunities for the SMU community to get involved in life on campus. Explore opportunities for you to get involved on the Hilltop.

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