Rates and Fees

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

*Please be aware that rates and fees are subject to change.

Review Housing Rates

Room rates is available on the SMU Bursar’s website along with other Cost of Attendance information such as
tuition, dining.

SMU Housing Rates

Explore Common Housing Fees

While not an exhaustive list of housing fees, below are the housing fees commonly assessed.

Fee Name



Nonrefundable advanced housing payment $100
New undergraduates pay this as part of the admission deposit.
Cancellation penalty
Varies per cancellation date as outlined in the Housing License Agreement and on the housing cancellation page.
Charged if a student cancels their housing contract after the posted cancellation date.
Lost key / lock change
Residents who lose their room key and/or need a lock change.
Lock-out service
Should you be locked out of your room and need to be keyed in after hours, our staff is available to assist with lockout services.
Damage charges*
Varies Damages identified upon check-out that are beyond normal wear and tear and that were not identified on the Room Inventory Inspection at check-in.

*If you believe there has been an error, you can make an appeal related to damages or charges. While we expect some wear and tear as students live in their rooms, damage to rooms and common areas beyond normal wear and tear are charged to residents. Damage to common areas are split among all residents of the community or unit.

  • If a student is charged for damages, an email is sent to the student's SMU email address.
  • Appeals must be received within 30 days by sending an email to the resident's Residential Community Director (RCD).

Please allow 7 to 10 business days for a decision. Decisions will be emailed to the student’s SMU email address.

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