HOW-TO’S & PROCEDURES
Residence Life is focused on open, transparent and proactive information-sharing related to our procedures and practices.
We have a range of departmental procedures that guide how we work. Review our housing processes, how-to’s, and practices below. If you have questions, we invite you to contact us.
Policies and How-To Instructions
Annual Housing Orientation
All on-campus residents must complete a mandatory online Annual Housing Orientation prior to moving into your residence hall or Corps of Cadets hall or prior to scheduling your apartment check-in appointment. Login to myHousing Portal to schedule your Annual Housing Orientation.
Applying for Housing & Applications
Applying for housing at Texas A&M University is done by logging into myHousing Portal using your NetID and Password. Select Housing Application and follow the step-by-step on-screen instructions. Don’t have a NetID and password? Visit the Howdy Portal and select Activate Your Account.
In order to successfully complete the application and room/apartment selection process, students are encouraged to read and follow directions on each screen in the portal. Please keep in mind that the portal will only show you floor plans and housing options for which you are eligible (i.e. based on your student classification, gender, living learning program, etc.).
If you have questions navigating through the portal or you believe there is an error, please contact Residence Life at 888.451.3896.
Cancelling Your Housing Contract
You may cancel your housing reservation or assignment by logging in to myHousing Portal.
Once logged in, click on the Housing Applications link, select the term for which you are cancelling, and click on the Save and Continue button. Click on the Cancel Housing link in the upper right-hand corner of the application. A new page will appear and you will need to answer the question, then click on the button below to cancel your housing. Please look at Cancellation Fees to see any housing cancellation charges that may apply to you.
The Housing Contract is binding for the entire Academic Year (Fall and Spring Semesters) or any remaining portion thereof if the Contract is signed after the start of classes of the Fall semester. For University Apartments students who extend their contract to 12 months, the contract is binding for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. If a student terminates this Contract for the Fall or Spring semester (Summer if a 12-month contract), the student will be responsible for Cancellation Fees, determined by the date of cancellation.
On-Campus Housing Contracts are renewed during the Spring semester through an online process called Contract Renewal. During this process current residents can renew their contract or request to move to one of our other on-campus properties for next year. Returning students who request to stay on campus for the next academic year will be guaranteed a space on campus. Students who miss Contract Renewal may not be offered the same guarantee to stay on campus for next year.
Early Arrival is defined as when a student would like to arrive to move in to on-campus housing earlier than the official opening/move-in date outlined in their lease agreement/contract. Approval must be obtained prior to arrival and move in and there is a fee assessed for each day they are living on campus before the official opening/move-in date.
All on-campus residents must complete a mandatory online Annual Housing Orientation prior to moving into your residence hall or Corps of Cadets hall or prior to scheduling your apartment check-in appointment. Refer to Annual Housing Orientation for more detailed information.
Hall or Apartment Changes / Room Swaps
On-Campus Housing residents who want to request a hall/apartment change or swap rooms may request this on the 1st day of Fall or Spring classes by contacting the appropriate office.
Late stay is defined as when a resident would like to checkout/move out of on-campus housing later than the posted checkout/move-out date. Residents in residence halls and White Creek Apartments will be allowed to stay until the dates and times shown in the Events Calendar. No exceptions will be made.
Residents in Corps Housing and the Gardens Apartments must submit a request to the appropriate office and the residents will be notified shortly afterward of acceptance or denial.
If the occasion arises where a resident is locked out of their room or apartment, they should contact the appropriate staff.
Pets and Service / Assistance Animals
The only animals allowed in residence halls or apartments are fish living in an aquarium (20 gallon maximum), service animals (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act), assistance animals (as defined by the Fair Housing Act), and the official university mascot.
Assistance animals (as defined by the Fair Housing Act) are only allowed in a student’s room or apartment after a request has been submitted and permission has been granted by the Department of Residence Life. Requests for assistance animals must be approved in writing before the student brings the animal into the hall or apartment. Requests for assistance animals should be directed to the Housing Assignments Office.
Priority Housing for Freshmen
Texas A&M University has implemented freshman priority assignments in all Residence Halls and at White Creek Apartments beginning Fall 2015.
Students must be officially admitted to Texas A&M before they are eligible to apply for on-campus housing and every effort will be made to accommodate as many freshmen as possible. Housing assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis—established by the housing priority date, which is defined as the date the housing application, including fee, is received in the Housing Assignments Office. Preferred housing will be given to freshmen who apply for housing after being admitted to Texas A&M, if space is available. Apply as soon as possible because space is limited.
Roommate Selection & Search
Students must have completed an application for on campus housing and be in a residence hall or apartment to be eligible for the roommate finding service. To begin, reopen your housing application at oncampusaggies.tamu.edu.
Select Your Room
Room Selection is a period of time where a particular group of students are able to select a room during a timeslot through the myHousing Portal for a room in which they are eligible (i.e. classification, gender, living learning program, etc.). During the period of room selection, roommate pairs can also be established. For the best chance to get the building and room type that you and your paired roommate(s) would like, the individual with the earliest Room Selection timeslot in your roommate group should select a room/suite/apartment for your group.
Special Requests & Accommodations
During the summer, Texas A&M University offers safe, convenient and affordable housing in Aggieland for students. Our residence halls and apartments are located in some of the most convenient locations on-campus with easy access to programs and services Texas A&M University has to offer over the summer.
If you are looking for summer housing, we have multiple options available. Simply login with your NetID to the myHousing Portal to explore your summer options. Summer housing rates are available on our Rates page and additional summer school housing information is on our Applications page.