With half the undergraduate population living on campus, the hilltop is humming with activity well into the evening and weekends. Students study in the Munday Library, attend club meetings in the Ragsdale Center, and work out in the Recreation and Convocation Center. Athletic events draw a larger, more enthusiastic crowd. The University Programming Board has expanded its Friday-night “Topper Nights” programs, which include a fall festival, the Blues on the Hill concert and a Halloween bash held at the Pavilions. A more residential campus fosters a richer college experience, and all students benefit – whether or not they live on the hilltop.
Sign Up for Fall Housing
If you need an on-campus housing accommodation such as assistance animals, location requests, or assistive devices, submit a request to Student Disability Services (SDS). SDS staff reviews all requests in consultation with Residence Life.
On-Campus Housing Application
Before you can sign up for for housing, you must be accepted to the university and submit your nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit. From the time you submit your enrollment deposit, please allow 24–48 hours for processing. Then you may access your housing registration online.
Housing is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Online housing registration opens Feb 1, 2019. Log in to Hillstart to select your residence hall and your room.
Watch our Freshman Housing Selection Process video for more detailed step-by-step instructions.
Freshmen Housing Exemption
All first-time freshmen are required to live on campus unless they meet the following criteria:
- Commuter – living with a parent or legal guardian who resides in the Austin area (within a 20 mile radius from the St. Edward's campus)
- Married – you must provide a valid marriage license
- Non-traditional – a student who has been out of high school for more than one calendar year
- Disabling condition – a condition that cannot be accommodated in campus housing
To submit your housing exemption, login to Hillstart to begin the housing application. On Step #3, select the "Housing Exemption" box and provide documentation that supports your request. Residence Life will contact you via email to confirm your request.
The two-step online housing sign-up process is required for participation. Read our Online Housing Sign Up FAQs and watch our instructional videos: Current Students Housing Sign Up & Create a Roommate Group for help with this process.
STEP 1: Get your housing sign-up time. Log in to myHilltop and select this option (available from 9 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2019 through 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2019).
STEP 2: Select your housing. Log in to myHilltop and make your selection during your sign-up time between February 25, 2019 and February 26, 2019.
If you missed Step 1, open sign-up begins February 27, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Transfer and Exchange Students
Online housing registration opens April 1, 2019. Log in to myHilltop and select "Apply for Housing." Complete the application to select your residence and room.
Dates to Know
Here are important dates to help you plan out your semester and academic year.
Housing and Meal Plan Rates
Spring Housing Availability
The spring 2019 housing application is open until January 15, 2019 via the housing portal, accessed through myHilltop. Spring housing assignments are made on a first come first serve basis. Housing assignments will be emailed to students the week of December 17, 2018. Meal plans are assigned to the student in conjunction with their housing assignments. If you wish to change your meal plan, you may do so at the Hilltopper Card Office in Main Building G3.
Summer Housing Availability
The Summer 2019 housing application is open 9 am, April 10 - 5 pm, April 17. If you are taking classes at St. Edward's, participating in research programs, or working on campus over the summer, then summer housing is available in Teresa Hall. If you are a current apartment resident, you may remain in your apartment for the summer as long as you meet one of the previously mentioned criteria and are assigned to an apartment for the 2019-2020 academic year. Meal plans are not available during the summer session.
Apartments for the Fall 2019 semester will be available for check-in late August. Students who are not already living in the apartments will not be permitted to live in an apartment over the summer.
First-year students are not eligible for summer housing prior to the completion of their freshman year.
Missing Student Protocol
If you have reason to believe that an enrolled residential student is missing, immediately notify the St. Edward’s University Police Department at 512-448-8444 or contact a Residence Life staff member.
9 Reasons to Live On Campus
Living on campus means that you're just a few steps away from friends, classes, and the exciting entertainment that Austin has to offer. Here are 9 advantages to on-campus living.