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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Honors Housing & Other Options

The Honors Living Community, comprised of four halls in the “Quad” (Andrews, Blanton, Carothers and Littlefield, which is restricted to first-year women), houses approximately 500 students, most of whom are in one of the university’s undergraduate honors programs.

If you think that you might be interested in living in honors housing, apply for housing as soon as your entire application (University of Texas at Austin application requirements:  ApplyTexas; application fee; Essay C and Essay A or B; official high school transcripts; SAT or ACT test scores; senior year report) for admission is complete.  Do not delay.  The date of your housing application is the first thing that determines your order in dorm choice. 

Later, after you are offered admission, choose UT Austin and pay the $200 enrollment fee, UT Housing will offer you a housing contract.  After you sign and return your housing contract, and pay your advance housing payment of $300, you’ll be able to make your housing choices online.  You housing and room-mate will not be assigned until July.

HOUSING APPLICATION (APPLY EARLY!):

  • An applicant may apply for on-campus housing as soon as the UT Austin application process is complete.  (When the applicant sees the green "complete" button on the MyStatus site.)

  • Because housing choice order is based, first, on the date of the housing application, the earlier the application is submitted, the better.

  • Applicants should NOT wait until they receive an admission offer or until they have made their college choice decisions if they want to live on the UT Austin campus

  • The Housing application may be found at applicant's MyStatus site, under the Housing tab.

  • See Residence Hall information.

Plan II and Honors Housing

  • Plan II Honors definitely recommends that first-year students live on-campus or as close to campus as possible if choosing a private dorm.
  • Applicants may access the Housing Application as soon as the UT Austin application for freshman admission is complete:  ApplyTexas.org; the $75 University of Texas at Austin application fee or fee waiver; the two essays; SAT or ACT test scores and the official high school transcript.  All items must have been RECEIVED by the UT Office of Admission.
  • Since honors housing is shared between Plan II, Business Honors, Dean's Scholars, Liberal Arts Honors, and Engineering Honors, Plan II spaces are limited. Only about 40% of our incoming Plan II freshman class (which will be, at most, about 90 students) will be placed in honors residence halls. 
  • Plan II students live in every dorm on campus and also in most, if not all, of the private dorms/co-ops and apartments in the campus area.
  • UT Housing will not offer a housing contract until an admitted student has paid the $200 University enrollment fee. After that fee is paid and the housing contract has been signed and returned with the $300 housing deposit, DSHSF will finalize housing contracts based on date order of when the housing application was made. So your application date and decision date are what affect your likelihood of honors housing higher.
  • Plan II furnishes DSHSF with a list of all admitted Plan II students. As is true with all housing assignments, Honors Housing placement is dependent on when the applicant applied for housing, when he/she paid the enrollment fee, and when he/she returned the signed contract with the housing deposit.
  • Final residence hall and roommate assignments are not announced until mid- to late-July.  

The University puts a very high priority on placing in-coming freshmen who request campus housing in campus housing--close to 70% of the dorm rooms are reserved for freshmen. Dorm residents in their second, third and later years must participate in a lottery system to stay in campus housing. To my knowledge, for the past several years, all the incoming freshmen who requested a campus dorm, where placed in a campus dorm--but not necessarily in their first choice dorm. Placement is based primarily on when the campus housing application was made and when the deposit was paid. Those who applied in the fall usually get the prime spots.

The earlier the University of Texas application is complete, the better choice the applicant has at his or her first-choice residence hall.  A commitment to UT and payment of the $200 enrollment fee increases the applicant's likelihood of first-choice dorm assignment.  A swift return of a signed contract with the $300 housing deposit speeds the process and also helps first-choice dorm assignment.



Non-Honors Housing

Honors housing is certainly a terrific option, but by NO means the only good housing option on- or off-campus. Although there may be more of a “community” feel in the honors quad, we think Plan II offers other ways for students to find a “sense of community” (common rooms, student organizations, Voltaire's Coffees, the Plan II student volunteer groups and Plan II drama, poetry, engineering, pre-law, pre-med, and business groups, parties, etc.). The mixers, lectures, field trips and other events sponsored by the Honors Center are open to all honors students, whether they live in the honors dorms or elsewhere.

The honors residence halls are actually a little noiser than many other dorms--especially when compared to Duren or San Jacinto, which have private bathrooms.  The honors residences tend to be very communal, so there is less privacy and a lot more “up-and-down-the-halling” than most other dorms.

If you have a close friend with whom you want to room at one of the non-honors dorms, you should follow your heart. Of the few complaints I have heard about housing, it's rarely about the dorm, the sense of community or anything else other than a bad roommate match-up. The coolest dorm building doesn't make up for a dud roommate.

Honors Housing Basics

Plan II Honors definitely recommends that first-year students live on-campus or as close to campus as possible if choosing a private dorm. The UT Division of Student Housing & Food Service (DSHFS) will not offer a housing contract this year until the admitted student has paid the $200 University enrollment fee. After that fee is paid and the housing contract has been signed and returned with the $300 housing deposit, DSHSF will offer housing contracts based on date order of when the housing application was made.

However, the University puts a very high priority on placing first-year students who request campus housing in campus housing--close to 70% of the dorm rooms are reserved for freshmen. Dorm residents in the second, third and later years must participate in a lottery system to stay in campus housing. To my knowledge, for the past several years, all the incoming freshmen who requested a campus dorm, where placed in a campus dorm--but not necessarily in their first choice dorm. Placement is based primarily on when the campus housing application was made and when the deposit was paid. Those who applied in the fall usually get the prime spots.

Plan II has furnished DSHSF with a list of all admitted Plan II students. Just as is true with all housing assignments, Honors Housing placement is dependent on when the applicant applied for housing, when he/she paid the enrollment fee, and when he/she returned the signed contract with the housing deposit. Since honors housing is shared between Plan II, Business Honors, Dean's Scholars, Liberal Arts Honors, and Engineering Honors, Plan II spaces are limited. Only about 30-40% of our incoming Plan II freshman class (which will be, at most, about 72 students of the 180 first-year students) will be placed in Honors Housing. Plan II students live in every dorm on campus and also in most, if not all, of the private dorms/co-ops and apartments in the campus area.

Other Housing Options

Honors housing is certainly a terrific option, but by no means the only good housing option on- or off-campus. Although there may be more of a "community" feel in the honors quad, we think Plan II offers other ways for students to find a "sense of community" (common rooms, student organizations, Voltaire's Coffees, the Plan II student volunteer groups and Plan II drama, poetry, engineering, pre-law, pre-med, and business groups, parties, etc.). The mixers, lectures, field trips and other events sponsored by the Honors Center are open to all honors students, whether they live in the honors dorms or elsewhere. If you have a close friend with whom you want to room at one of the non-honors dorms, you should follow your heart. Of the few complaints I have heard about housing, it's rarely about the dorm, the sense of community or anything else other than a bad roommate match-up (except the expected complaints about the food). The coolest dorm building doesn't make up for a dud roommate.

I can assure you that all the campus housing options are good ones...personally, if I were choosing for myself for next year, I would choose the new Duren dorm over all other dorms, including the honors dorms, unless the ideal roommate was involved and then I might even succumb to the dubious lure of Jester.

Off-Campus Housing

Just in case you need or want to search for off-campus housing, DSHSF maintains information on private dorms, University Co-ops, and other Austin area housing (apartments and condos close to campus). This website serves as an information clearinghouse for all the private dorms in the campus area. Most of the private dorms (3 or 4 are literally "right across the street") are really the same as living on campus. A few are better financial deals. The Dobie residences at Dobie Mall, The Castilian, University Towers, and Goodall-Wooten are a few of the closest private dorms. Some of these are actually more convenient to parts of campus (classrooms, libraries and the Union) than many of the campus residences. To my knowledge, residents are as studious, well-fed, clean, and safe as those in any campus residence.

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