Sign Up for Housing

Living on campus puts you in the center of university activities. Whether you want to catch an evening concert or listen to a reading from a well-known author, you'll be just a short walk away. You will also enjoy the convenience of living within walking distance of two dining halls, coffee shops, the library and the fitness center. 

If you need an on-campus housing accommodation such as assistance animals, location requests and assistive devices, submit a request to Student Disability Services (SDS). SDS staff reviews all requests, in consultation with Residence Life.

  • Incoming Freshmen

  • Current Students

  • Transfer and Exchange Students

Incoming Freshmen

On-Campus Housing Application

Before you can sign up for for housing, you must be accepted to the university, submit your nonrefundable $150 enrollment deposit and verify that you have had the meningitis vaccine. From the time you submit your enrollment deposit, please allow us 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, 2018. Log in to Hillstart to select your residence hall, your room and your roommate.

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, log in to myHilltop and click the "First-Time Freshmen Campus Housing Application" task to begin the 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. 

Current Students

The two-step online housing sign-up process is required for participation.

STEP 1: Get your housing sign-up time. Log in to myHilltop and select this option (available from 9 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2018 through 5 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2018).

STEP 2: Select your housing. Log in to myHilltop and make your selection during your sign-up time between March 1, 2018 and March 7, 2018.

Open sign-up begins March 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. Learn more.

Transfer and Exchange Students

Online housing registration opens April 2, 2018. Log in to myHilltop and select "Apply for Housing." Complete the application to select your residence and room.

Spring Housing Availability

The spring 2019 housing application opens October 1, 2018 at 9 a.m. The application is available on the housing portal, accessed through myHilltop. Spring housing assignments are on a first come first serve basis. Housing assignments will be emailed to students the week of Dec. 17, 2018. Meals 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 housing application is closed. If you require summer housing on campus, please email your request to residencelife [at] to be placed on the wait list.

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 Hunt and Le Mans halls. If you are a current apartment resident, you may remain in your apartment for the summer if you meet one of the previously mentioned criteria and if you are assigned to an apartment for the 2018-2019 year. Meal plans are not available during the summer session.

Apartments for the Fall 2018 semester will be available for check-in late August 2018. Students who are not currently 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.

Housing and Meal Plan Rates

View the current housing and meal plan rates. You'll use your Hilltopper ID card to purchase meals at campus dining facilities. 

Resources for Living on Campus 


For first-year students, living on campus is a new experience that can be overwhelming at times. Here are resources designed to support you and help ease the transition:

  • Before you start packing, review our Frequently Asked Questions and learn about what you should bring. 
  • The Residential Guide to Living helps you navigate policies and procedures on living in the residence halls and apartments. You'll find information about living with roommates, damage charges and visitation hours.
  • In the online housing application, you'll agree to the Housing Contract. This contract includes information about check-in/check-out dates, cancellation policies and room changes.
  • Interested in working on campus? If you qualify for student work study, join our team! Student employment opportunities are available in the residential communities and our central office.

Roommate Policy

Residence Life matches new roommates based on compatibility derived from the online questionnaire each new student completes. Students, not parents, must fill out the questionnaire accurately and honestly. Doing so gives each student an equal opportunity to be matched with a compatible roommate. We do not allow any roommate changes until after the 12th class day of the fall semester. Instructions for requests will be provided by the residence hall directors after check-in. Roommate assignments will not be changed based on information learned on social networking sites. 

We strongly encourage you to contact your future roommate by telephone or email prior to moving on campus.