Campus Housing

Location
Dallas, TX
Undergrads
5,999
Tuition
$41,750
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are aesthetically appealing inside and out. You become close friends with people who live on your floor and the dorms always make for a fun time. I love living on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved getting to live in the Hilltop Scholars dorms. With the addition of the new resident halls near Dedman, the walks from there are going to be long. The dorms are small, but they are college dorm rooms so you can't expect spaciousness. The newer dorms are nice and have a very hotel feel to them. There are little study rooms in some of the dorms which are great!

College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are all very nice. None of them are very old at all. The maid comes in and cleans your bathroom if you have a suite. Boaz and McElvaney have small rooms, but they're the freshman dorms and are typically pretty fun. Everything will change next year with the new commons though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty much your average dorms.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 43rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 44th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 58th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 164th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Peter Goldschmidt
Hometown
Jefferson City, MO
Major
Financial Consulting
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It is required by the school that all first-year students live in the dorms. Even though some students choose to complain about their living situations, many will agree that the experience was worthwhile and essential to their introduction to SMU. The central areas in each quad provide a meeting spot and leisure area for the students. Many take advantage of the benches and beautiful landscaping SMU offers right in the middle of each quad. The only downside to living on campus is that some of the residence halls have not been renovated in a while. Peyton, Mary Hay, Shuttles, Perkins, Boaz, and Smith do not provide cable TV. The carpets in those dorms are decrepit, and the physical atmosphere in general has a somewhat retro feel. All of the halls are located in the same quad as a dining hall and require no more than five minutes to walk to class.

The dorms here at SMU function like a cabin at camp. Each student is supplied with the basics. The dorm rooms may not be spacious penthouse digs; however, the overall experience is the real focus. Everything can be enhanced, so think twice before complaining about your living situation. The beds can be bunked, pushed together, or lofted. If you find yourself uncomfortable in your bed, purchase a feather mattress cover. If you are tired of staring at white walls, then decorate them. The residence halls can be a fun experience if you are willing to let them provide everything that they are designed to, such as intramural sports, pizza and movie nights, game show nights, and much more.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,000
Average Housing Costs
$8,629
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
31%
Number of Dormitories
12
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
5
Best Dorms
  • Boaz
  • Mary Hay
  • Peyton
  • Shuttles
Worst Dorms
  • Morrison-McGinnis
  • Perkins
  • Smith
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Phone with voicemail
Also Available
Apartments for married or single students, fraternity/sorority housing, theme housing (diversity, community service, Shared Interest Communities), wellness housing (substance-free)
Available for Rent
Mini-refrigerator
Did You Know?
  • About 2,000 students live in one of the eleven residence halls.
  • Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) offers several intramural sports and other activities for residents to participate in.
  • A few dorms feature Learning Enhancement Assistants whose primary job is to monitor first-year students' academic progress and be a connection to the Learning Enhancement Center, which is a free tutoring service.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Boaz Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 197
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Movable furniture, cable TV, elevator, wheelchair-accessible rooms
Cockrell-McIntosh Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 209
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Study/computer room in the suite, movable furniture, cable TV in each room, elevator. Community: Four-class
Mary Hay Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 114
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Art gallery, painting studio, dance performance space, built-in furniture, elevator. Community: Fine arts
McElvaney Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 260
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Each floor has a lounge with computers, area desk on first floor, Mac's Place and Midnight Express on first floor, cable TV in every room, movable furniture, elevator. Community: First-year
Morrison-McGinnis Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 201
Bathrooms: Shared and private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Lounge on every floor, study/computer rooms in the suite, movable furniture, elevator, cable TV in each room. Community: Four-class
Multicultural House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 14
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Large community kitchen, movable furniture. Community: Unity and diversity
Perkins Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 85
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchens on every floor, movable furniture, laundry facilities on two floors, high ceilings, classes in the residence hall. Community: Hilltop Scholars; first-year
Peyton Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 94
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Largest rooms of all halls, laundry facilities on two floors, elevator, movable furniture. Community: Fine arts
Service House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 28
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: House pool table, ping pong table, large community kitchen, movable furniture. Community: Community service
Shuttles Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 147
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Microwaves available on three floors, hall pool table, built-in furniture, elevator. Community: Four-class
Smith Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 94
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Hall pool table, kitchens on two floors, movable furniture. Community: Wellness Connection
Virginia-Snider Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 257
Bathrooms: Shared and private by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Sink in the room (Virginia), study room in the suite, cable TV in each room, movable furniture, two elevators, study lounges, two laundry facilities. Community: Honors

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Daniel House
Floors: Two-story townhouse-style apartments
Number of Units: 39
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen transfer students
Room Types: Three singles per unit
Special Features: Furnished, water and electric included, courtyard area. Community: Transfer and upper classmen
Hawk Hall
Floors: Three
Number of Units: 34
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen families
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Kitchenette, furnished, sink in the room. Community: Family-style one-bedroom apartments
Martin Hall
Floors: Three
Number of Units: 42
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Graduate students
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Kitchenette, furnished, sink in the room. Community: Single and married graduate student efficiency apartments
Moore Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 120
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, apartments
Special Features: Kitchenette, furnished, cable TV in every apartment, elevator, sink in the room. Community: Upperclass and graduate efficiency apartments
SMU Apartments
Floors: Two
Number of Units: 240 (individual apartments)
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: One-bedroom, two-bedroom, effieciencies
Special Features: The building is owned and run by SMU, but residents pay monthly rent. Community: Upperclassmen

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