Armstrong Commons

Armstrong Commons Crest

Inclusivity | Inquiry | Integrity 


Get a sense of the community

Get a feel for all that Armstrong 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

  • TV Lounge
  • Movable furniture
  • Study rooms and spaces
  • Music rehearsal space
  • Community microwaves
  • Community printer

Convenient location

  • Walk or bike to class
  • Nearby parking available on campus
  • Easy access to dining and fitness activities in the Dedman Recreation Center

An academically-oriented environment

  • 24-hour study rooms and spaces
  • Faculty-in-Residence
  • Peer Academic Leaders (PALs), Honors Mentors, and Student Wellness Champions
  • Educational experiences
  • In-Commons classroom

Worry-free features

  • Professional, on-site maintenance
  • 24-hour, on-call staff
  • Card-controlled building and room access
  • Security escorts available
  • Roommate matching available
  • Adjacent bicycle racks

Building facts

 Community abbreviations ARM
 Building capacity 246
 Year built 2014
 Residential area Southeast
 Physical address 5809 Bush Ave.
 Room types Singles and Doubles
 Gender  Co-ed by gender by apartment


Sample floor plans


Boaz Double


Community bath double room 

About our namesakes

Both 1982 SMU graduates, Bill and Liz Armstrong received their bachelor’s degrees in geology. During their time as students, they lived on campus and participated actively in SMU-in-Taos programs and Greek life—Liz as a Pi Beta Phi and Bill as a Phi Gamma Delta. Though they met in Geology 101, it was their participation in Fort Burgwin’s geology field camp that brought them together as a couple. Their interest in geology and exploration continued past their time at SMU and led to successful careers in the oil and gas industry and numerous entrepreneurial endeavors.

Room and furniture dimensions

Square footage ranges

  • Typical square footage ranges from 180-250 sq.ft.

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.

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 Armstrong Commons, we focus on Homelessness as a community need in Dallas. Armstrong students address this by collaborating on service events and activities with local partners, The Bridge, Austin Street Center, and The Stewpot, 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 and Civics & Individual Ethics proficiencies required for graduation. Engage Dallas cultivates unique and enriching experiences for SMU students to explore and serve Dallas! 

Start serving today! 

Questions? Email your Armstrong Engage Dallas Student Director, Lilly Chapman at

What you can expect


You've heard of boulevarding. Armstrong has Armstrong-ing. Friday afternoons in the fall, we head out into our quad, grill up a delicious snack, play spike ball, and throw a Frisbee or a football. This tradition brings together our residents and highlights our value of inclusivity.

Water balloon battle with Crum Commons

You see, our neighbors across the way at Crum Commons are kind of like our younger siblings. We settle our sibling rivalry with thousands of water balloons after Stampede Kick-Off each August. Without a doubt, we won last year, and we know that with your help, we will emerge victorious once again. The bonus? When the battlefield has cleared, many Armstrongers meet friends that last a lifetime at the post-battle social.

Live, learn, achieve—together

Get to know the Faculty-in-Residence and Residential Community Director of Armstrong Commons.

Willie Baronet

Willie Baronet (He/him/his)


Baronet is a 1982 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). In May 2011 Baronet graduated from University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) with an M.F.A. in Arts & Technology. Baronet has been buying and collecting homeless signs since 1993 as part of a long-term art project titled "WE ARE ALL HOMELESS." The project has been featured in dozens of international and local media. Learn more about Professor Baronet and his family.

Molly Brooks

Molly Brooks (She/her/hers)

Residential Community Director

Molly is from Montana and earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Learning & Development from the University of Texas at Dallas before attending Kent State University to earn a Master's in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel. She is passionate about making college an accessible experience for all and helping students to succeed in their chosen areas. Molly enjoys reading, theater, cooking, crafting, and traveling.