Ware Commons

Ware Commons Crest

Integrity | Knowledge | Growth | Loyalty


Get a sense of the community

Get a feel for all that Ware 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, and lockable night stand
  • Wired and wireless internet
  • Free on-site washers/dryers
  • ADA-compliant rooms available
  • Electricity, water, sewer, & recycling/trash service included
Designed for community
  • Free laundry
  • Cable
  • Movable furniture
  • Study rooms and spaces
  • Classroom
  • Community microwaves
  • Community printer
  • Game/movie room, foosball table, and ping pong table
Convenient location
  • Walk or bike to class
  • Nearby parking in Mustang Parking Center
  • Easy access to Arnold Dining Commons, the Dedman Recreation Center, the SMU Bookstore, and retail shopping at Park Cities Village
An Academically Oriented Environment 
  • 24-hour study rooms and spaces
  • Faculty-in-Residence
  • Peer Academic Leaders (PALs), Honors Mentors, and Student Wellness Champions
  • Educational programs
Worry-free features
  • Professional, on-site maintenance
  • 24-hour, on-call staff
  • Card-controlled building access and room
  • Security escorts
  • Roommate matching available
  • Adjacent bicycle racks

Building facts

 Community abbreviations  Ware
 Building capacity  256
 Year built  2014
 Residential area  Southeast
 Physical address  5807 Bush Avenue
 Room types  Singles and doubles
 Gender  Co-ed by gender by room


Sample floor plans

Community bath double room 

Boaz Double

About our namesakes

Richard Ware, our namesake, was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. Mr. Ware attended SMU where he earned his B.B.A. and was the President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After receiving his M.B.A., Mr. Ware continued a family tradition by making his career in banking. He became the president of Amarillo National Bank in 1981. The bank is still family owned and operated, as it has been for the last five generations. Mr. Ware continues to support the SMU community through his role on the SMU Board of Trustees. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Board from 2006 to 2008. He was recognized with SMU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 and has been selected by the SMU student body multiple times as Outstanding Trustee of the Year. The Ware Family demonstrates a long-standing tradition of supporting SMU through remarkable generosity and involvement in areas which include student leadership, fraternity and sorority life, recreational activities and athletics. The Wares frequently attend traditions in our Commons, such as Conclave and Krewe du Ware. They love supporting our community and enjoy interacting with students.

Room and furniture dimensions

Square footage ranges

  • Typical square footage ranges from 180-205

Furniture dimensions

  • Desk: 2'6" H x 4" W x 2' D
  • Desk Storage Unit: 30" H x 17" W 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 Ware Commons, we focus on Community Rebuilding as a community need in Dallas. Ware students address this by collaborating on service events and activities with local partners, Keep Dallas BeautifulEmpowering the Masses, and Frazier Revitalization, 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 Ware Engage Dallas Student Director, Manasvi Kanneganti at mkanneganti@smu.edu.

What you can expect

Student holding a crawfish

Krewe du Ware

Krewe du Ware is one of our most anticipated and exciting community traditions. Each year, on the weekend before Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, we host the best Mardi Gras celebration on campus right outside our main entrance, on the Ware Lawn. Starting early in the fall semester, a team of students led by the Commons Council produces this event that is open to all who wish to attend. In the past, Krewe du Ware has boasted an attendance of 500 and continues to grow. From our crawfish boil to the live jazz band and street performers, KDW has something for everyone to enjoy. This whimsical, large-scale event also includes a royalty competition and many Mardi Gras activities, all designed and planned by student leaders in our community. It truly is the event of the season.
Students baking cookies at the Ware Salon


Every Sunday evening, the Ware Community looks forward to joining the Graybills' weekly, informal celebration called Salon. Community members come together to gather in the FiR apartment for fellowship, community and food. Prior to Salon, a small group of dedicate students cook and bake the food for the event. Whether you are an expert chef or want to learn your way around the kitchen, all students are welcome to come early to help prepare. Salon itself is a time for the community to casually enjoy the company and camaraderie of others in our community.
Students holding up a W for Ware


Conclave (Latin for “gathering”) is our first Ware tradition of the year shared among incoming Ware Fellows and Affiliates. The Conclave ceremony focuses on sharing the possibilities of the Ware community, including what it means to live according our motto, Integritas in Perpetuum. We have been honored in the past to have our namesake, Richard Ware; his wife, Katherine Harris; and his son, William Ware speak at Conclave. Following our presenters’ words of wisdom, incoming Ware Fellows and Affiliates are then pinned, commemorating them as new members of our community. The Conclave concludes as we enjoy a casual meal, celebrating the excitement of the upcoming academic year.

Live, learn, achieve—together

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

Andrew Graybill

Dr. Andrew Graybill (He/him/his)


Andrew Graybill was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and attended college and graduate school on the East Coast. After nearly a decade teaching at the University of Nebraska, he moved to Dallas in 2011 to become the Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies and a professor of history at SMU. His academic work focuses on the nineteenth-century North American West, and he is the author or editor of four books. He also writes regularly for Texas Monthly Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, among other venues. He spends much of his free time with his kids—Fiona, a sophomore in MHPS, and Gavin, a high school freshman, and they love to travel, especially to Michigan, New Mexico, and Guatemala. Learn more about Dr. Graybill and his family.

Mal Williams

Mal Williams (She/her/hers)

Residential Community Director

Mal Williams is a California native who has since lived in Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, Digital Media, & Public Relations from Xavier University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Elon University. She is passionate about supporting students through the hardships and joys that come along with the residential experience and navigating higher education. Mal loves being creative and doing lots of arts and crafts in her free time. She also enjoys exploring restaurants around the greater DFW area and hanging out with her cat, Socks.