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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: the cost is expensive for not that many ameneties

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are very sociable places to start, I suggest it. Your rooms are separate from your roommates and you have a PA who actively encourages you to go to events if you need that social push. It's easy to join any group on your floor studying or playing video games ( which is big everywhere in the dorms). Honestly a great set up of dorm/suite rooms and the dorms are really suitably close to classrooms. Only drawback is the housing administration can mess up roommates, but they do respond to work order fairly quickly.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are all on one side of campus, which is kind of irritating when you need to get to the opposite side of campus for class daily, study elsewhere, go to any "events", or if you want to use the athletic facilities.

Plus side: dorms = own room, shared common area. Dorms are new and well-kept.

Housing for the apartments is atrocious (process-wise). If you don't get in on the day it opens within minutes you're in trouble.

New housing going up across the street for school and it seems like the best combo of apartment style with dorm amenities... but it's the most expensive and I don't know how people are affording it. Although I'd live there if possible.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Extremely, extremely hard to get housing here. I applied the first day housing opened and never got in. I huge waiting list.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus so I would not know much, but from what I hear living on campus is a great experience.

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Bad news first: On-campus housing is hard to get. Originally, UT Dallas was a pure graduate institution, whose students largely commuted to school, so demand for dorms was low. In recent years, the University has built two freshman dorms and many upperclassman apartments, but that still falls far short of the sudden surge in the undergraduate student population. Two more freshman dorms are in construction, but they can’t help with the shortage of housing for juniors and seniors, who lie at the bottom of the priority ladder. Roommate placement is also a big problem—don’t expect the housing staff to read your preferences, unless you specifically name someone as your future roomie.

The good news is that on-campus housing is of great quality. Dorms and apartments are new—the freshman ones are brand-new—so they all feel clean and fresh, at least when you first move in. Each residential area has its own study lounge, entertainment lobby or clubhouse, and sports courts for students to hang out and socialize. It’s hard to find parties on campus, but if you prefer a calm and healthy environment, it’s a big plus. Privacy and spaciousness arguably constitute the best part of dorm life. Students can choose the shared bedroom option, but private bedrooms with locks and keys are the norm, and you will only share your bathroom with another guy/girl. Unless you live in Phase 8A (called “Canada” by students), it’s a reasonable walking distance to classes, bus stops, and parking lots. Rent is a high $600-plus for freshmen, but it gets lower after that first year. Getting a scholarship or financial aid can greatly reduce the living costs, too.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,154
Average Housing Costs
$5,860
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Living learning communities
Undergrads Living On Campus
24%
Freshmen Living On Campus
50%
Number of Dormitories
3
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Residence Halls
Best Upperclassman Dorms
University Village Apartments
What You Get
Furniture (freshman residence hall only): loftable bed, desk, chair, dresser, built-in counter for TV and mini-fridge, couches and chairs
Available for Rent
Microwave and mini-fridge for long-term rent; game consoles (Xbox 360, PS3) and videogames for check-out with Comet Card.
Did You Know?
  • Dogs, cats, and fish are allowed in the University Village apartments, but only fish are allowed in Apartment Building 53 through 67 and the residence halls.
  • Phase 8 apartments are probably most desired by UTD students. They surround a pool, a clubhouse, and a beach volleyball court, are not too far from classes, and are still quite new. They are fiercely fought for, though.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Residence Hall North
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: The first floor holds a full-service community kitchen, a laundry facility, and a large rotunda with pingpong, foosball and pool tables, TVs, and couches. Each wing (24 residents) has its own study lounge, music room, and community area with couches, tables, and a large-screen TV. A large multipurpose room on the second floor and 24/7 sports courts nearby add an array of options to students' choices of activities.
Residence Hall South
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: The first floor holds a full-service community kitchen, a laundry facility, and a large rotunda with pingpong, foosball and pool tables, TVs, and couches. Each wing (24 residents) has its own study lounge, music room, and community area with couches, tables, and a large-screen TV. A large multipurpose room on the second floor and 24/7 sports courts nearby add an array of options to students' choices of activities.
Residence Hall West
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: The first floor holds a full-service community kitchen, a laundry facility, and a large rotunda with pingpong, foosball and pool tables, TVs, and couches. Each wing (24 residents) has its own study lounge, music room, and community area with couches, tables, and a large-screen TV. A large multipurpose room on the second floor and 24/7 sports courts nearby add an array options to students' choices of activities.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

University Village Apartments
Floors: 2-3
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: One-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Surrounding areas offer a wide range of facilities: swimming pools, study centers, a sand volleyball court, tennis and basketball courts, picnic sites, and clubhouses.
The apartments come with fully functional kitchens, washers and dryers, and utilities (electricity, TV cable, the Internet).
Waterview Park Apartments
Floors: 2-3
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios and one-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: The apartments allow pets (cats and dogs only), offer adequate parking and pest control, and respond timely to emergency requests. Surrounding areas offer four swimming pools, entertainment areas with fireplaces (outdoor) and big-screen TVs (indoor), and study centers.
The apartments are relatively spacious, with closets, balconies, laundry machines, and fully-furnished kitchens. Utilities (Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and electricity) are readily available.

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