Annual Housing Orientation

The following information is available for residents and family members of Gardens Apartments.

All on-campus student-residents must complete the 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. More information about the Annual Housing Orientation is available at How-To’s & Procedures under the Annual Housing Orientation toggle.

Non-student spouses are NOT required to complete the online orientation, but may find the information below helpful.

Community laundry machines are free to use (except in the Gardens Apartments)

  • Washing Machines
    • High Efficiency LogoOnly use detergent designed for high efficiency washers. Look for the logo shown at right.
    • When using a color catcher, please put it in a small mesh bag before adding to the washing machine.
    • Do not overload the machine.
  • Dryers
    • Clean the lint filter prior to using the dryer.
    • Do not overload the dryer.

Television service is FREE for all on-campus residents

  • IPTV and Cable TV Service – Hullabaloo Hall, all Southside Residence Halls, The Gardens Apartments, and Corps Dorms 6-8
  • Cable TV Service – All Northside Residence Halls except Hullabaloo Hall
  • IPTV Service – White Creek Apartments and Corps Dorms 1-5 and 9-12

Internet – WiFi and Ethernet

  • ResNet (Residential Network) allows connection to the internet and other campus resources.
  • Personal wireless routers are NOT allowed.

Recreational, study and vending in all areas of campus

  • Consult with your hall/apartment staff for the location of these facilities in your area of campus

For a full list of amenities, visit our Amenities page.

Within each residential facility, there are multiple staff member who are there to assist you with any needs you might have. | View Contact info

  • On each floor/wing/ramp/apartment building, there is a student staff member known as the Resident Advisor (Apartment RA for Gardens and White Creek). They are there to serve as a resource for you, assist you in anyway and ensure the safety and security of the community.
  • RA/ARA’s report to a supervisor who also lives in the building/on campus. Some may report to a Graduate Hall Director (GHD) or Graduate Resident Manager (GRM) (apartments). Others will report to a Community Director (CD) or Resident Manager (RM).
  • GHD’s & GRM’s are graduate students who work part time supervising a facility while attending classes. They have already completed their Bachelor’s degrees.
  • CD’s & RM’s are full time staff members who oversee larger areas and directly supervise the GHD/GRM’s. The majority of these live-in staff members have already received their Master’s degrees.
  • The Corps of Cadets operates differently. There is a Corps Housing Officer (CHO) for each dorm as well as the Guard Room.
Regardless of the time of day or night, there is always a staff member on duty to assist you 24 hours a day.

  • If you live in the Gardens Apartments, call 979.845.2261
  • If you live in White Creek, call 979.458.8500
  • If you live in the Residence Halls, call 979.845.2821
  • If you live in the Corps Quad, call 979.845.6789

Emergencies

  • For emergencies requiring police, fire department, or medical personnel, dial 911.
  • Emergency phones are located throughout the residential areas in hallways and breezeways. For specific locations, contact your hall or apartment staff.

Your health and safety, and the safety of those around you, is of utmost importance. Everyone has a responsibility in keeping our community safe and healthy. Following all procedures outlined in this orientation will help ensure you and your neighbors safe and healthy on-campus living experience. For emergencies, dial 911.

Residents should always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to a Residence Life staff member or to the University Police Department at 979-845-2345 or online at University Police Department

Also, as a member of the University community, if you observe any behavior by individuals that is concerning you may report the concerning behavior using the online report form at Tell Somebody

Students who need a puncture-proof container for hypodermic needles can purchase one from the Beutel Health Center pharmacy.

Residents living in the Residence Halls, Corps Dorms, and White Creek Apartments are required to swipe their student ID to gain entry into their hall or apartment building. Only residents who live in a building will have access to that building.

Residents should not prop doors open or allow others to follow them (tailgate) into the building. Residents should not loan their student ID to anyone for any reason.

Residents will be issued a key to their room/apartment. In units with locking bedrooms, the key will open the front door and the bedroom door. You should lock your door every time you leave, and while you are sleeping, showering, etc.

You should never loan your key to anyone, and duplicating keys is prohibited.

For more information, refer to Resident Rules.

Health Insurance

  • For charges not covered by the Student Health Services fee or for treatment by other health care providers, health insurance is recommended. Sources of health insurance are group insurance coverage through employment, parent’s or guardian’s health insurance, a student’s individual policy or the Student Health Insurance Policy.

Renters/Property Insurance

  • Although steps are taken to maintain all university facilities/grounds and to provide adequate security, Texas A&M University is not liable for the loss of or damage to personal property caused by acts of nature, fire, water, smoke, utility, or equipment malfunctions, or caused by the conduct of any resident or his/her guest(s). Residents are strongly encouraged to carry a personal property or renter’s insurance policy for their belongings while living on campus. In some cases, a parent or guardian’s homeowners insurance will cover loss or damage to personal belongings on campus. Please review policies carefully for any coverage limitations and/or applicable deductions.
  • If you decide to purchase property or renters insurance, you may choose from a wide variety of companies and policies. To help with your choice, the University has selected Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as its preferred property/renter’s insurance company.

For more information, contact the Assistant Director for Residence Life Risk Management at (979) 862-3158.

The Department of Residence Life takes fire safety very seriously. By following some simple procedures, you can help protect yourself and your community from fires.

Fire Equipment in Your Room/Apartment

  • Every on-campus residence is equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers.
  • Do not hang anything on sprinklers or cover sprinklers in any way.
  • Do not cover smoke detectors for any reason.

Have an Exit Strategy

  • If the fire alarm sounds, residents should immediately evacuate their room/apartment via the nearest exit. Emergency exits are designated on balconies, breezeways, and in hallways with illuminated signs. In light of COVID-19, residents should wear a face covering while evacuating the building and avoid gathering in large groups after evacuating.
  • If the smoke detector in your room/apartment is sounding and the building alarm has not sounded, pull the nearest fire alarm pull station to activate the building alarm.
  • Do not re-enter your room/apartment until directed to do so by the fire department or Residence Life staff.

Keep Exits Clear

  • To ensure everyone in the community can exit safely in an emergency situation, all hallways, stairways, breezeways, walkways and building entrances/exits must be kept clear. Personal items may not be stored in these areas.
  • Room and apartment doors should be able to open 90 degrees.
  • Patios at the Gardens Apartments are not considered emergency exits. However, patios may not be used as storage space. Only bicycles and charcoal grills may be kept on patios.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are located throughout residential buildings in hallways, breezeways, and along balconies.  Fire extinguishers should only be used after the alarm pull station has been activated and the fire department has been contacted.

To use a fire extinguisher, remember PASS:

  • Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever
  • Aim low; point the nozzle as the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever to discharge the extinguishing agent
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side along the base of the fire until the flames are out

If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process. Never turn your back on a fire.

Fire and Life Safety Inspections

Residence Life, in conjunction with Environmental Health and Safety, conducts annual Fire and Life Safety (FLS) Inspections in each resident room and apartment.

A Residence Life staff member will escort an inspector into each room/apartment to conduct the inspections. In light of COVID-19, Residence Life may be reevaluating the Fire and Life Safety Inspection process to adhere to social/physical distancing guidelines. A summary of the inspection will be provided to you after the inspection. Residents will be responsible for correcting any deficiencies found during the inspection. Following these policies will help ensure your room does not have any deficiencies during the fire and life safety inspection.

  • Extension Cords and multi-plug adapters are not allowed. Residents must use a power strip with a built-in circuit breaker.
  • Microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into wall outlets (except in balcony-style halls).
  • Power strips must be plugged directly into walls and cannot be plugged into each other.
  • Cords may not be run under carpets, above ceiling tiles, or be pinched in any way, including in bed springs or under mattresses.
  • Do not use candles or any other prohibited appliances.
  • Do not obstruct sprinkler heads or smoke detectors (there must be 18 inches of clearance below these).

Microwaves and Refrigerators (Residence Halls Only)

  • Only 1 microwave is allowed per room UNLESS:
  • Both residents have rented MicroChill units which are fridge/freezer/microwave combos. This is the only way 2 microwaves are allowed.
  • These combo fridges are designed to turn off the fridge/freezer when the microwave runs, so additional amperage is not needed.
  • You can rent these at collegeproducts.com/tamu. They will be delivered for you and picked up at the end of the year.
  • 2 refrigerators are allowed in the residence halls.
  • They must be under 4.4 cubic feet.

No full size refrigerators or freezers allowed in the residence halls.

We want your on-campus room/apartment to feel like home and understand that you likely have many items you’d like to bring to personalize your space. However, this year, in light of changes to our move-in procedures related to COVID-19, we encourage you to bring with you only what you need for the semester.

Appliances

Due to fire safety concerns, these appliances are not allowed in on-campus residences:

  • Toasters or toaster ovens*
  • Sandwich Press/indoor electric grill*
  • Hot Plate, electric skillet, or electric griddle
  • Pressure Cooker/Insta-Pot (air fryers, slow cookers, bread machines, rice cookers, and coffee pots are permitted)
  • Space Heaters
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Extension Cords

*Allowed in apartments due to the kitchen inside the dwelling.

Fireworks, Explosives, Open Flames, and Toxic Fumes

Due to the risk of fire, explosion and toxic fumes associated with these items, they are not allowed in residential facilities:

  • Candles (or anything with an open flame), incense, candle warmers (Scentsy-type warmers that use a 25-watt bulb are permitted, but should not be used unattended)
  • Fireworks, explosives, charcoal, lighter fluid, etc.
  • Hoverboards and electric or gas-operated vehicles (skateboards, scooters, bikes, etc.)
  • 3D printers

True or False: Lighter fluid may be kept in your room/apartment for grill use.

Click here for more information related to health, safety, and security on campus.

Residence Life, in conjunction with Environmental Health and Safety, conducts annual Fire and Life Safety Inspections in each resident room and apartment.

A Residence Life staff member will escort an inspector into each room/apartment to conduct the inspections. A summary of the inspection will be provided to you after the inspection.

Residents will be responsible for correcting any deficiencies found during the inspection.

Following these policies will help ensure your room does not have any deficiencies during the fire and life safety inspection.

  • Extension Cords are not allowed. Residents must use a power strip with a built-in circuit breaker.
  • Microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into wall outlets (except in balcony-style halls).
  • Power strips must be plugged directly into walls and cannot be plugged into each other.
  • Cords may not be run under carpets, above ceiling tiles, or be pinched in any way, including in bed springs or under mattresses.
  • Do not use candles or any prohibited appliances
  • Do not obstruct sprinkler heads or smoke detectors (there must be 18 inches of clearance below these)

For more information, refer to Health, Safety, and Security.

Your safety and the safety of those around you is of utmost importance. Following all procedures outlined in this orientation will help ensure you and your neighbors have a safe community. For emergencies, dial 911.

Residents should always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to a Residence Life staff member or to the University Police Department at 979.845.2345 or online at https://upd.tamu.edu/Pages/Report-a-Crime.aspx

Also, as a member of the University community, if you observe any behavior by individuals that is concerning you may report the concerning behavior using the online report form at http://tellsomebody.tamu.edu

Students who believe they have been a victim of sexual discrimination, harassment, or assault may file a report with or seek assistance from the University, local law enforcement, or other support services.

For information regarding available support services and how to make a report, visit Title IX at Texas A&M.

Code Maroon is the University’s Emergency Alert System. Student-residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for Code Maroon to receive emergency alerts via text message and email. During an emergency, student-residents should follow the instructions issued in the Code Maroon message.

Student-residents can sign up for Code Maroon by going to Code Maroon and clicking on the Campus Members button.

Non-student spouses can sign up for Code Maroon by going to Code Maroon and clicking on the Public Access button and choosing Texas A&M University from the campus options drop-down.

  • Texas A&M University is located in Brazos County, which is an area where thunderstorms and tornadoes can potentially occur.
  • The University uses a lightning detection system called Thorguard, which will sound an alarm and use strobe lights to warn that lightning has been detected. When this happens, residents should seek shelter immediately.
  • The University does not have a tornado siren system.
  • If a tornado/thunderstorm/severe weather watch is issued, residents should be prepared to act should the watch become a warning.
  • If a tornado/thunderstorm/severe weather warning is issued, residents should seek shelter according to the type of storm. Typically a Code Maroon alert will be issued in a weather warning situation.

Additional information can be located on the back of your apartment/room door and at Texas A&M Emergency Preparedness.

Everyone in the TAMU community is expected to self-screen daily for symptoms* before leaving their residence to participate in classes and other campus activities. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting

*Symptoms may change as more is learned about the virus. You are encouraged to visit the CDC website regularly to review symptoms.

While living in a shared community, in addition to daily self-screening, the CDC recommends the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. By taking precautions, you can help keep yourself and those around you healthy.

Physical Distancing Guidelines

  • Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from others that you do not live with.
  • Wear cloth face coverings that are at least 2-layered in any shared spaces, not including your room. Follow guildelines for the safe use and cleaning of face coverings.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Follow instructions placed on furniture in public areas, directional signage, and other instructions throughout residential facilities and lobbies related to physical distancing.

General Hygiene and Sanitation Guidelines

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Avoid placing toothbrushes directly on sink counter surfaces. Totes can be used for personal items so they do not touch the bathroom countertop.

What to Bring to Campus

  • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies, including laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels
  • A tote/caddy for bathroom items, especially in halls with community style bathrooms
  • 5-7 cloth face coverings that are at least 2-layered
  • A thermometer
  • Health insurance information

What to Do If You or Your Roommate Are Ill

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Do not leave your residence if you are ill, except to seek medical attention as needed.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
  • Contact hall/apartment staff if you are symptomatic and seek medical attention at Student Health Services (SHS) or another provider
  • Contact Student Assistance Services for academic and personal support.

 

Monitor the TAMU Coronavirus and Residence Life websites for the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidance and information.

Although we hope that no emergency events take place in the future, we have instituted a new policy related to emergency closures should the current COVID-19 pandemic or another emergency event result in classes being moved online and/or the closure of residence life facilities. Our new Policy and Procedure can be found on our website at https://reslife.tamu.edu/on-campus-housing-update. Please read the new Policy and Procedure carefully.

In summary, if there is an emergency event and the University decides closure of the student housing facilities is necessary, the University may terminate or suspend the Housing Contract and the students must remove their belongings, return their key, and vacate the facility, then they may request a Housing Adjustment (refund/credit).

However, if there is an emergency event and the University does not close on-campus residential facilities or require students to vacate, the students may still do so, but the Housing Contract will remain in full effect and the students will not be entitled to a Housing Adjustment (refund/credit) even if they voluntarily chose to vacate.

For more information and to access the full policy and procedure, please visit https://reslife.tamu.edu/on-campus-housing-update.

Making Sustainability an Aggie tradition

The Residence Life Sustainability web page has many resources to help you be more sustainable while living on campus.

Resources include…

  • Locations of recycling containers in your hall
  • Calendar of sustainability events happening on and off campus
  • Monthly Res Life Sustainability newsletter

Graduate Assistant Sustainability Coordinator: Kristianna Bowles

kristiannab@reslife.tamu.edu or sustainability@reslife.tamu.edu

Ways You Can be Involved in Sustainability

  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Aggies Going Green
  • Join the Aggie Eco Reps
  • Get your room green certified. You are already more sustainable than you think!
  • Use the water filling stations in your hall (don’t forget your reusable water bottle!)
  • Recycle papers, notebooks, boxes, and plastic using your halls recycling containers
  • Donate unwanted household goods and clothing during Donate, Don’t Dump
  • Carpool with friends when traveling off campus to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Take the Aggie Spirit bus or ride a VeoRide bike to get around campus

Sustainability starts with YOU. Challenge yourself to be a little more sustainable each day.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead

All residence hall, Corps of Cadets, and apartment residents need to be aware the Residence Life policies prior to arrival on campus. Handbooks can be found on our Resident Rules page.

Corps of Cadets: All cadets should also reference The Standard for additional rules issued by the Office of The Commandant.

Alcohol

  • All residents within the room/apartment must be 21 years of age in order for alcohol to be present. No exceptions. Alcohol is not allowed in public areas.

Illegal Drugs

  • Residents and their guests are required to comply with state and local statutes as well as University and residence hall rules concerning possession and use of prescription and illegal drugs.
  • The University prohibits the manufacturing, possessing, selling, transmitting, using or being a party to any illegal drug, controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia on University premises, including the residence halls, or at University-sponsored activities.
  • Please refer to the Texas A&M University student rules for the full regulation and sanctions for violations.
  • Residents found violating this rule may be removed from University housing.

Prescription Drugs

  • All prescription drugs should be in the resident’s name only.
  • Possession of another person’s prescription drugs is illegal.

Opioid and Drug Overdose Signs and Response

It is important to be ready to act if any sign of overdose or overmedication becomes apparent. These signs include:

  • Extremely pale complexion and/or clammy to the touch
  • The body being limp
  • fingernails or lips have a blue or purple hue
  • A person cannot be awakened from sleep or is unable to speak
  • The breathing and/or heartbeat is very slow or stopped.

If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. All you have to say is “someone is unresponsive and not breathing,” and have your specific address and location on hand.

These simple steps and cooperation with emergency medical professionals can make all of the difference in a crisis situation.

What to Bring

  • Acceptable Power StripsAlarm clock
  • Coffee maker
  • Crock pot
  • Rice cooker
  • A “Scentsy” type wax warmer that uses a bulb
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hot air popcorn popper
  • TV, stereo, DVD player
  • UL approved electrical power strips with built-in circuit breakers (not extension cords) (See image shown at top right)

What Not to Bring

  • Non-Acceptable Power StripsIndoor grill/sandwich press*
  • Toaster oven*
  • Toaster*
  • Hot plate
  • Pressure cooker
  • Candles
  • Extension cords (see images shown at bottom right)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Space Heaters

*allowed in the apartments due to kitchens inside the dwelling

A more extensive list of items that can and cannot be brought into the apartments, see our Packing information on our Move-In Information page.

Gardens Apartment Residents with Children

  • Parents or caregivers are responsible for providing proper supervision for all children.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times while in the public areas of the Gardens Apartment complex.
  • It is recommended that children (even those 12 and older) not be allowed to play outside after dark without supervision.
  • Children may not play with any emergency equipment.
  • Parents or caregivers are expected to clean up and organize the Community Center playroom before leaving.
  • Staff members are required to abide by the Texas reporting laws for abusive and neglectful supervision. Texas family code defines neglectful supervision as placing a child in or failing to remove a child from a situation that requires judgment or actions beyond the child’s level of maturity, physical condition, or mental abilities.
  • Children who live at the Gardens Apartments are in the College Station Independent School District and will attend South Knoll Elementary.
  • Residents are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of their assigned spaces.
  • Apartment residents are responsible for the entire apartment, including bedroom and shared spaces.
  • Corridor/Ramp style halls which have the community bathrooms are cleaned daily by the custodial staff. This includes the Corps, Moses, Davis-Gary, and Legett.
  • All other Residence Halls with suite style baths are cleaned weekly by the custodial staff.
  • Toilet paper is only provided in community style bathrooms. Bring your own in all other locations.

While residents are welcome to use decorations to personalize their room/apartment, in light of changes to move-in procedures due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to limit decorations to those that you can easily move in and put up.

  • No decorations may hinder the use of or restrict access to hallways, doorways, stairs, corridors, or fire related equipment.
  • Do Not Hang Anything on Fire Sprinklers Warning StickerDo not attach anything to or tamper with light fixtures, fire equipment or exit signs.
  • Combustible material (posters, cloth) should not be attached to room ceilings.
  • Wall decorations should be at least 18 inches from the ceiling.
  • Do not cover your entire door with decorations; this serves as a fuel source for fires.
  • Residents should not use nails or screws to hang decorations (including decorative lighting).
  • These restrictions apply to student rooms, as well as public areas.

Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Shelf ClearanceAdhesives and Tapes

  • Please use approved adhesive products to decorate your room.
  • Approved products are painters tape, masking tape, Gaffer’s tape, poster putty and 3M Command Strips
  • These items must be removed with care. Failure to remove these items properly per the manufacturers instructions can cause damage to walls, doors and other building fixtures which you will be charged for.
  • The following products are NOT allowed: duct tape, packing tape, scotch tape, liquid adhesives, super glue, foam tape, 3M Command hooks, nails, screws, or metal tacks.
  • Fireworks, explosives, charcoal, lighter fluid, etc. are not allowed in Residence Life facilities.
  • Flammable items such as candles, halogen lamps, lava lamps, incense, and hoverboards are not also not permitted.
  • Anything with an open flame is prohibited.
  • All furniture and fixtures that are present at check in must be present at check out
  • Furniture should not be removed from the room/apartment.
  • Furniture should not block access to doors, windows, air vents, air conditioners or heating vents.
  • Lounge or common space furniture should not be taken into resident rooms/apartments.
  • No room/apartment modifications are allowed.
  • When something is vandalized or damaged in a common area of a Residence Life facility and the perpetrator is not found, group billing may occur to cover the cost of the repairs.
  • The cost will be split evenly among the residents of the affected area, depending on if it is a single floor/ramp/wing or the entire facility.
  • Residents should report any information they have regarding vandalism or damage to Residence Life staff or University Police.
  • In light of COVID-19 and to promote physical distancing, residents in the halls, Corps dorms and White Creek apartments may have one guest per resident at a time.
  • All guests must be escorted at all times while in Residence Life facilities.
  • Face coverings must be worn in public areas of residential facilities, including hallways.
  • In light of COVID-19, No overnight guests are permitted in the halls, Corps dorms, or White Creek apartments.
  • Gardens Apartments residents must have approval from apartment staff for overnight guests.
  • Co-Ed facilities have 24 hour visitation.
  • Same gender facilities have visitation from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. unless 75% of the hall votes in favor of 24 hour visitation.
  • The host of the guest assumes all responsibility of their guests.
  • Corps of Cadets, please refer to The Standard.
  • Only 1 microwave is allowed per room UNLESS:
    • Both residents have rented MicroChill units which are fridge/freezer/microwave combos. This is the only way 2 microwaves are allowed.
    • These combo fridges are designed to turn off the fridge/freezer when the microwave runs, so additional amperage is not needed.
    • You can rent these at www.collegeproducts.com/store/tamu/ and they will be delivered for you and picked up at the end of the year.
  • 2 refrigerators are allowed in the residence halls.
    • They must be under 4.4 cubic feet.
    • No full size refrigerators or freezers allowed in the residence halls.

Pets

  • No pets are allowed in residence halls or apartments except fish living in an aquarium (20 gallon maximum) and the official university mascot.

Assistance Animals

  • 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 Jeff Wilson, Associate Director, Housing Assignments Office.

Service Animals

  • Service animals (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) are permitted in accordance with federal law. The service animal’s owner must abide by all local laws regarding animal ownership and be sure the animal is current on all required vaccinations and licensing. Documentation of vaccinations and licensing must be submitted annually to Jeff Wilson, Associate Director, Housing Assignments Office.

For more information, refer to Procedures.

Texas A&M University is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. The smoke and tobacco free policy bans cigarettes (including e-cigarettes, vapes, etc.), cigars, pipes, hookahs and water pipes, Bidis, Kreteks, smokeless tobacco including chew and snuff, and other nicotine and/or tobacco delivery products. Tobacco use is not permitted inside any Texas A&M building or on the campus grounds.

Tampering with a smoke detector is illegal and irresponsible.  Anyone tampering with a smoke detector will be documented and sent through the conduct process.

Except as permitted by law, firearms are prohibited in all residential facilities, along with the following weapons:

  • Illegal knives
  • Clubs
  • Rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Pellet Guns
  • BB Guns
  • Tasers
  • Bows & Arrows
  • Sling Shots
  • Martial Arts Weapons
  • Axes or Machetes
  • Swords or Spears
  • Switchblades
  • Knives with blades longer than 4 inches
  • Airsoft Guns
  • Paintball Guns
  • Nerf Guns

Concealed Handguns

Concealed handgun license holders must follow all state and federal laws concerning owning and possessing a handgun on campus. An resident who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun and chooses to bring the handgun into their room/apartment must store the handgun and ammunition in an electronic locking steel safe that has been rented or purchased through the Department of Residence Life.

For information regarding safe rentals/purchases, view Amenities > Add-Ons > Personal Safes.

For more information on campus carry, visit Texas A&M University’s Campus Carry Policy.