Future Resident

We’re delighted that you’re going to live on the Hilltop. Whether you’re a first-year student or a transfer student—on-campus housing has something great to offer you.


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Apply for Housing

SMU requires most incoming students to live on campus for two years. Living on campus is important for having the most robust and fulfilling SMU experience.

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Rates and Fees

Residence Life and Student Housing (RLSH) offers a number of different housing options at different price points across all of our communities.

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Housing Policies and Procedures

Our published policies and procedures detail how we operate and why we deliver services in the way that we do.

*If you are a current resident, you may be looking for our student conduct and community policies.

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Gender-Inclusive Housing

We are committed to providing gender-inclusive housing to students and fostering diverse membership and dynamic community on the Hilltop. You’re likely here for a reason, and we are glad you are!

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Disability Accommodations

Students who wish to request an accommodation due to a condition considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may indicate their request when applying for housing. Learn more about the process of requesting housing accommodations.

Housing Portal

SMU Housing Portal


The SMU Housing Portal is your one-stop destination for all things SMU on-campus housing.

Services in the SMU Housing Portal

  • Apply for housing for the first time

  • Renewing your housing license agreement

  • Finding/selecting a roommate (optional)

  • Scheduling check-in/check-out appointments

  • Requesting a loft

  • Completing the Room Condition Report

  • Submitting housing exemption/petition requests

  • Submitting early-arrival requests

  • And more!

How to use the portal

*Make sure you have set up Duo Multi-Factor Authentication- you will need this to access all of your SMU accounts.
Please contact the IT Help Desk at help@smu.edu or 214-768-4357 with questions or issues with DUO.

  1. Go to the SMU Housing Portal.
  2. Click SMU Login.
  3. Use your SMU ID and password.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Problems navigating the SMU Housing Portal? Email housing@smu.edu or Call 214-768-2407

Problems with your password? You may need to set or unlock your password. Visit smu.edu/password for assistance.