Living on Campus

Resources

The Resources section contains helpful information about Residence Life and living on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions
Residential Guide to Living
Housing Contracts
Student Employment
Residence Life Glossary of Terms

Campus TV Channel Guide

Dates To Know

While this is not a comprehensive list of all the important dates that new and returning students need to know, it is a good general overview to help you plan out your semester.  For a full list of University Events, please visit https://www.stedwards.edu/events

Important Residence Life Dates

Fall 2016

Aug. 26, 2016 - Official Freshman and Transfer Move-In Day
Aug. 27, 2016 - Official Returning Upperclassman Move-In Day
Nov. 23–27, 2016 - Thanksgiving Break (halls remain open)
Dec. 11, 2016 - Midnight Breakfast
Dec. 16, 2016 - Move Out/Halls Close (all halls close at 3pm)

Spring 2017

Jan. 11, 2017 - New International Students Move-In (Residence Life Office)
Jan. 11, 2017 - New Transfer and First-time Freshman Students Move-In (Residence Life Office)
Jan. 12, 2017 - New Transfer and First-time Freshman Students Check-In (Orientation)
Jan. 14, 2017 – Move In/Halls Re-Open
March 11-17, 2017 - Spring Break (halls remain open)
April 13-17, 2017 - Easter Break (halls remain open)
May 7, 2017 - Midnight Breakfast
May 12, 2017 - Move Out (all halls close at noon)

Housing Sign-Up

Enjoy the Value of On-Campus Living

On-campus living at St. Edward’s puts you in the heart 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’ll also enjoy the convenience of living within walking distance of two dining halls, a coffeehouse, the library and the fitness center.

Housing for Spring 2017

Online Application opens October 3 (9:00AM CST)

Housing for Fall 2017

Incoming Freshmen:  Online housing registration opens February 1, 2017.
 
Transfer and International: Online housing registration opens April 3, 2017.

Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Before you can register for housing, you must be accepted to the University, submit your nonrefundable $150 enrollment deposit and verify that you have had the meningitis vaccine. New freshmen, there may be a slight delay in accessing your housing registration online from the time you submit your enrollment deposit. Please allow an additional 24 - 48 hours for processing time.

Log into MyHilltop and select the Housing Sign Up button to begin your application. You will be able to select your residence hall, room, and roommate.

Roommate Policy

The Office of Residence Life works diligently to match new roommates based on compatibility derived from the online questionnaire each new student completes.  It is our hope that students, not parents, fill out the questionnaire accurately and honestly.  Doing so gives each student an equal opportunity to be matched with a compatible roommate.  It is our standard policy not to make 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.  Residence Life strongly encourages students to contact their future roommate by telephone or email prior to moving on campus.

Housing Exemption Request

All first-time freshman students 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 - 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 documented disability which cannot be accommodated in campus housing

Once you are logged into MyHilltop, you can select the Housing Sign Up button to begin the application. On Step #3 you can select the "Housing Exemption" box and proceed to submit documentation to support your request. Residence Life will contact you via email to confirm your request.

Housing Rates

Housing and meal plan rates can be found on the Student Financial Services page.

Roommate Policy

The Office of Residence Life works diligently to match new roommates based on compatibility derived from the online questionnaire each new student completes.  It is our hope that students, not parents, fill out the questionnaire accurately and honestly.  Doing so gives each student an equal opportunity to be matched with a compatible roommate.  It is our standard policy not to make 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.  Residence Life strongly encourages students to contact their future roommate by telephone or email prior to moving on campus.

What To Bring

All rooms are equiped with the following items:

Desk
Chair
Bed with Twin Size Mattress
Dresser
Closet/Armoire

Additionally, each residence hall has on site laundry facilities. Our Apartment units have two laundry facilities locates in Community Building #1 and Community Building #2.

Check out a list of items to help you get started with your shopping and packing. Make sure to note what items are prohibited in the residence halls and apartments.

Declining Housing

All first-time freshman students are required to live on campus unless they meet the following criteria:

  1. 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)
  2. Married - must provide a valid marriage license
  3. Non-traditional - a student who has been out of high school for more than one calendar year
  4. Medical condition - a condition which cannot be accommodated in campus housing

Once you are logged into MyHilltop, you can select the Housing Sign Up button to begin the application. On Step #3 you can select the "Housing Exemption" box and proceed to submit documentation to support your request. Residence Life will contact you via email to confirm your request.

Linens Program and Care Packages!

St. Edward's University is pleased to announced the Residence Hall Linens and College Bedding Program. Parents and students living on the Hilltop this Fall are encouraged to participate!

Residence hall rooms have extra-long mattresses that require specially-sized sheets, blankets and comforters. Extra-long beds (greater than 76 inches in length) are meant to make all students comfortable. Residence Hall Linens provide a large selection of custom-sized linens designed to fit your bed and last until graduation. Since XL sheets are more difficult to find, our goal is to make sure students and parents have the right size residence hall bedding for move-in each year. Residence Hall Linens also has a variety of other items for your new room, which include extra-long comforters, extra-long mattress pads, extra-long thermal blankets, pillows, and storage solutions.

Parents and students who respond early are guaranteed to receive their top choice of college bedding and they have the widest assortment of options. Our residence hall room bedding and accessories are ensured with a 100% satisfaction guarantee right up to graduation. If you are ever dissatisfied with our bedding, your linens may be returned for a full refund.

Visit the Residence Hall Linens and Bedding Program to learn more!

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Living On Campus: Information for Parents/Guardians

Information for Parents/Guardians

We understand the important role that parents and family play in the success of college students. Use the information below to stay in the loop.

Housing Priorities

Residence Life at St. Edward's University is committed to providing an exceptional residential experience for students who live in our residence halls and apartments. The facilities, programs and services offered are designed to support our departmental mission "to we cultivate intentional living-learning environments that foster development of mind and heart.”  

New incoming freshmen and current freshmen who live on campus are given priority for on-campus housing. This ensures students are provided with a supportive environment and access to the resources that are known to improve student success in the early years of college. Limited space is available to juniors and seniors after freshmen and sophomores have been accommodated on campus.

The university houses over 1,400 students in a variety of accommodations. Our communities include traditional-style halls, suite-style halls, and apartments. Numerous amenities make campus living convenient and cost-effective.

Benefits of Living on Campus

Research shows that the benefits of the on-campus residential experience have the greatest impact on first-year students, directly helping them transition from living at home to university life. Second-year students benefit from the continued stability of campus residential life to support their academic and social development. Upper-division students typically gain more independence and experience navigating the college environment as they progress through their college career, and are therefore better prepared to live off campus than freshmen and sophomores.  

Studies show that students who live on campus have:

a greater connection to the university
higher retention rates
faster graduation rates

Sending Mail to Your Students

Your Student's Name

3001 S. Congress Ave.

Residence Hall Name or Apartment Number

Austin, TX 78704

Visit the St. Edward's University Post Office page for information on sending mail to your students.

Missing Student Information

Missing Student Notification – University-wide
If a member of the St. Edwards University community has reason to believe that an enrolled student is missing, he or she should immediately notify St. Edward’s University Police Department at 512-448-8444. St. Edward’s University Police Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

Missing Student Notification – On-campus/Residential
If a member of the St. Edwards University community has reason to believe that an enrolled and residential student is missing, he or she should immediately notify St. Edward’s University Police Department at 512-448-8444 or a Residence Life staff member (i.e. Resident Assistant, Residence Director, Assistant/Associate Director and/or Director).

Tips for Living Off Campus

  Useful Tips for Apartment Searches

Sources of Information

Newspapers
Rental Guides
Apartment Locators
Specific Apartment Websites
Current Students

Safety Concerns to Consider:

Are the locks and windows working?
In there a peephole? Deadbolt?
How good is the exterior lighting?
What kind of security system does your apartment have
Are the smoke detectors working
Is parking safe and close to your apartment? Is there a charge?

Questions to Ask

When is rent due? How much are late fees?
What is the length of lease?
How much is the security deposit? What about refund policies?
What is included in the rent?
Is the apartment furnished?
What is the average cost of utilities I will have to pay?
Are laundry facilities readily available?
How long is the response to maintenance concerns?
May I sublease?
Is there a problem with bugs/insects?
Were the locks changed since the last tenant left?
Can I have a pet? Does that require an extra deposit?
Will you have the carpet professionally cleaned before I move in?
Can I paint the walls?

Leases

Leases are legally binding on you AND your landlord.
Sign the lease only when you are definite about living there.
NEVER accept an oral agreement from a landlord.
Always keep a copy of your lease in case you encounter difficulties.

Relevant Links

Guide to Off Campus Living