5. Student Affairs
Students at the University may choose to live on or off campus. The University does not extend approved housing status to any residential unit except those that are owned and operated by the University. The Division of Housing and Food Service will not be a party to the enforcement of any contract between students, parents, and landlords of privately owned student housing; however, Legal Services for Students may provide assistance with tenant-landlord disputes.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to live in University-owned housing. Freshmen are encouraged to consider living in University residence halls. The experience of many students indicates that adjustment to University life is often easier for those who live on campus. Research has shown that students who live in residence halls are more fully involved in academic and extracurricular activities, earn higher grade point averages, more frequently exceed predicted levels of learning and personal development, and more frequently complete their college education within four years than students who live off campus.
A brief description of University housing follows. More information is available at the Housing and Food Service Web site and from The University of Texas at Austin, Division of Housing and Food Service, P O Box 7666, Austin TX 78713-7666. Institutional rules on University-owned residences are given in Appendix C.
Application dates for housing in University residence halls. There are no deadlines for applying for housing in University residence halls. Applications are accepted beginning September 1 for the next long session (fall and spring semesters), June 1 for the next spring semester, and February 1 for the next summer session. Applications submitted by incoming freshmen who are admitted to the University and have paid the enrollment deposit receive priority when contracts are offered.
University-owned residence halls for men. University residence halls for men are Moore-Hill and Simkins Halls, which together can accommodate about 600 students.
University-owned residence halls for women. The University owns and operates two residence halls that accommodate 896 women: Kinsolving and Littlefield. Freshman women who apply for housing with Littlefield as their first building choice and receive contracts before March 1 are given priority consideration for assignment to Littlefield.
University-owned residence halls for men and women. Jester Center, Whitis Court, San Jacinto Hall, Brackenridge Hall and Roberts Hall accommodate 4,100 students. Andrews, Blanton, Prather, and Carothers honors residence halls accommodate about 650 students.
University-owned apartments. The University Apartments, located in off-campus areas that have shuttle bus service, are open to families, single parents with children, single graduate students, and single undergraduates who have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework. Gateway Apartments and Colorado Apartments have a total of about four hundred air-conditioned, unfurnished units; Brackenridge Apartments have about three hundred one-, two-, and three-bedroom, air-conditioned, unfurnished units. Rates for Colorado Apartments include gas and water. Rates for all other units include only water. Residents pay for electricity in all units. Apartment contracts may be signed up to six months before move-in. More information is available at the Housing and Food Service Web site and from The University of Texas at Austin, University Apartments, 3501 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin TX 78703-5533.
Privately owned housing. A wide range of privately owned housing is available for men, women, and families in the University community. Arrangements for living in these residence halls, rooming and boarding houses, cooperative houses, apartments, and private homes are made directly with the management of each residence. The Division of Housing and Food Service maintains a partial list of privately owned accommodations; for a residence to be included, the management must sign a statement that no one is excluded from renting on any basis prohibited by applicable law. The list is available through the link "Related Sites" at the Housing and Food Service Web site.
The University accepts no responsibility for the terms of rental or the accommodations offered and will not be a party to the enforcement of contracts between students, parents, and landlords for privately owned housing.
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17 August 2004. Office of the Registrar
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