New Student Housing Information
This information is intended to provide answers to frequently asked questions about making your on-campus housing arrangements as an incoming ASU student. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have as you get started on planning your first year with us.
We also suggest you check our Web page frequently for updates about policies, procedures, programs and services.
How do I apply for housing on campus?
- Apply for admission to ASU. Get your campus ID (CID) and PIN number.
- Visit our Web page to apply online for housing at ASU. You can apply for the 2014-2015 academic year starting February 1st, 2014.
- You will be asked to submit your $200.00 non-refundable Housing application fee during the apply on-line process. Payment on-line may be via electronic check, credit or debit card.
I applied for admission to ASU. Does that reserve a room for me on campus?
No. Since not every student who attends ASU needs housing on campus, applying for housing is separate from applying for admission to ASU.
Before you apply for housing, you should first apply for admission to ASU. After admissions receives your application, you will be issued a campus ID (CID) and PIN numbers. You will need this information when you go online to apply for housing. You can find the Apply Online link on our department’s main Web page.
After you have applied for housing, if your plans to attend ASU change, you must submit a written request to cancel your housing reservation. The cancellation deadline for the academic year is July 15th.
Please note that requesting cancellation of your academic year contact is NOT the same process as requesting an Exemption to the University’s Housing Policy. There may be financial consequences associated with late contract cancellation, so please contact our office to discuss your situation if you are thinking about requesting cancellation.
When I applied online, I listed Texan Hall as my building preference. Does that mean I will be assigned to Texan Hall?
Not necessarily. Your housing application is for a SPACE on campus, it is NOT for a specific building or area.
When you apply online and through the MyHousing interface, you will be asked to list up to three building preferences. As with roommate requests, the automated system will take your preferences into consideration when assignments are made. Please be aware that current residential students are given first choice of room and building assignments during their spring renewal (re-application) process. Assignments for new students are made after the renewal process. Also, please know that listing the same building more than once will not improve your chances of being assigned to that building and may in fact limit your options by not letting us know what your alternate preferences are in the event that your first choice is full.
Which buildings can first-year students live in?
In support of the university’s Freshman College, there will be clusters within most residential buildings designated as primarily first-year housing options. These include Texan Hall, Plaza Verde, Robert and Mary Massie, Centennial Village, and Carr Hall. First-year students, who are part of the university’s Honors program, may request assignment to the Honors area of Texan Hall.
Vanderventer Apartments and Concho Hall will be set aside for priority assignment to sophomore and above students.
Enhanced programming, events and workshops designed to help you succeed in your first-year at ASU are offered in the designated “first-year” housing options.
Which building(s) do the athletes live in?
We don’t have a designated housing building or floor for athletes. Our student-athletes, like all of our students, are assigned based on preferences and space availability. You will find varsity athletes living in several residence halls on campus.
Can I choose my roommate, or will one be assigned to me?
I have a Specific Person I want to be Roommates with…
If you have a specific person in mind to be your roommate(s), you will have the opportunity to request them during the roommate selection lottery. If you don’t have a specific person(s) in mind, don’t worry. The auto-assign system will attempt to pair you with the best match available based on the information you entered in your personal and room preferences.
Using the MyHousing services, you will have the opportunity to list up to three specific individuals you would like to live with (one roommate and up to two suitemates). The automated assignment system will factor in these preferences during the auto-assignment process. There are deadlines and some eligibility restrictions, so please carefully read the confirmation documents that you will be prompted to print at the end of the apply online process. They are also available under Forms & Documents. If you are requesting a specific roommate or suitemates, it is very important that you request each other, that you are all in the same lottery process, and that your building preferences match.
I Do Not have a Specific Person I want to be Roommates with…
If you don’t have a specific person in mind, don’t panic. The majority of our students don’t. With the online system, you will have the opportunity to log in to our website and enter some general information about your room and roommate preferences. This information will then be used in an auto-assignment process, and the system will attempt to match as many of your preferences as possible.
We put a lot of effort into providing you as many options as we can, but please understand that it isn’t always possible to honor every request. Please also keep in mind that like all other relationships, roommate relationships are based on a lot of subjective and intangible elements. There just aren’t any guarantees that your roommate situation will be totally conflict-free. In fact, whether you are living with someone you have known for a long time, or someone you have never met, you should expect for there to be some adjustments and compromises involved in making the roommate relationship work. What we can guarantee you is that we will be here to help you work through any roommate issues that may arise.
Many new students assume that if they have a private room or live with someone they already know, they won’t have roommate or other interpersonal conflicts. This is NOT usually the case! Anytime you share a space with or live in close proximity to others, some differences in habits, preferences, tastes, etc., are going to occur. Most of these conflicts are minor and can pretty easily be resolved. Learning to handle these differences and disputes appropriately is an important part of learning how to deal with future interpersonal conflicts—problems with co-workers, significant others, bosses, neighbors, etc. We understand that this is one of the scariest parts of living on their own for many of our students. You may not feel comfortable or know how to handle these problems because you probably haven’t had to face them before. It’s OK. We can help you learn these skills. Learning these skills can really help build your confidence and help prepare you for “real world” situations. Good communication, an open mind and mutual respect are great places to start. Of course, we can’t help if we don’t know you need it, so please let us know when problems arise.
Are you expecting a housing shortage for the fall?
If it becomes necessary to overflow students to temporary assignments, we will post that information on our website. If something in the housing situation changes from what we are projecting at this time, we will make every effort to contact affected students and will post updates on our web page. We encourage you to check our Web page regularly for announcements regarding assignments, as well as any other important updates.
How much will it cost to live on campus?
Current year room and board rates are available on our Web page (listed under Cost) and in hard copy form at our office in the Centennial Village Office Suite near the tower entrance. We think you will find that our rates are regionally competitive and that a range of affordable options is available.
We understand that attending college represents a significant financial and personal investment for our students and their families. It is our goal to provide you exceptional value for your money by providing a comprehensive package of quality facilities, amenities, convenience and broad scope of both personal and academic support services that you just can’t find in off-campus housing options.
Is my contract just for the fall semester?
No. Your housing contract is for an ACADEMIC YEAR (August-May). It is a legally binding contract, so please review it carefully for complete terms and conditions.
Your 2014-2015 Housing contract is for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. It is a legally binding document and as such, it is important that you be aware of important provisions of the contract including financial obligations and provisions related to contract release.
Students who meet the university requirements to live off campus, will have until July 15th to request contract cancellation (in writing) without penalty.
After July 15th, students meeting the requirements to live off campus who request cancellation of their Housing Contract will have their request reviewed by an exceptions committee to determine if they will be released and may be subject to Liquidated Damages Charges equaling 50% of their Fall semester room charges.
Housing Application fees are non-refundable.
Am I required to live on campus?
You might be. Angelo State University is committed to student success and to providing a comprehensive residential experience. As a result, ASU has a Housing Policy under which some students are required to live on campus.
Single undergraduate students with fewer than 60 semester credit hours of college-level work who enroll at ASU, carry a total of 12 or more semester credit hours at ASU, are under the age of 21, and do not live at the full-time residence of their parent(s) are required to reside in university-owned housing.
Students seeking exception to the Housing Policy need to submit an Exemption Request. More information can be found on the University Housing Requirements page.
The deadline to request Exemption for the academic year is August 1st. The deadline to request exemption for the spring semester is December 15th. Other contract provisions may apply, so please review your contract carefully or contact us for more information before making other housing arrangements.
The following categories are eligible for a Standard Exemption to this policy upon making a written request and/or submitting the appropriate documentation to the Office of Housing & Residential Programs:
- I have lived on campus for four or more long (fall /spring) semesters.
- I am or will be 21 years of age prior to the start of the 2014 fall semester.
- I have or will have 60 or more earned semester credit hours prior to the start of the 2014 fall semester.
- I plan to enroll in fewer than 12 hours each semester during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Are there any health or vaccination requirements?
Beginning on January 1, 2012, a change in state law requires that most students who attend public universities receive the bacterial meningitis vaccination, or in some cases, show proof of having been vaccinated within the past 5 years. For more information about this change and how it may impact you, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
Log in to MyHousing using your CID and PIN to access convenient self-service features, including room and roommate selection, dining plan choices and more.