UST Campus Housing FAQs

You’re on your way to being a Celt, and you’re wondering what you need to do to live on campus. We’ve compiled our campus housing FAQs below to answer the most common questions about living on the UST campus.

Living on campus makes it easy to make friends, eat, study, have fun… and do laundry. Although living on campus is not mandatory, research shows that living on campus plays an important role in being involved in the community, earning better grades and transitioning more easily into the university culture.

By living on the UST campus, you’ll be five minutes away from the academic mall, library and additional student support services. Living on campus will provide greater satisfaction with your overall college experience!

What are the qualifications for applying for UST housing?

Before you complete your housing application, you must be accepted as a student to the University of St. Thomas.

When can I submit my housing application?

The housing application for fall 2018 is now open. You can submit it now; just remember you must be an admitted student to be considered for housing.

University of St. Thomas - Houston student works on laptop in dorm room

Living in campus housing saves commuting time so you have more time for the things that matter, like studying and acing your classes.

How do I complete the housing application process?

  1. Complete the UST Housing Application.
  2. Submit immunization records.
  3. Submit $300 security deposit. Residents can request deposit refunds at checkout less any damages, fines and/or outstanding balance on the account.
  4. Once these steps are completed and verified, the Office of Residence Life will email you a housing contract, which you must sign and return to the Office of Residence Life.

Is there a deadline for the housing application?

Although there is no deadline to submit your housing application, you are encouraged to submit it as early as possible because spaces fill up quickly. Space is granted on a first come first served basis. The faster you complete the process the more likely you are to secure a spot. It is generally recommended to submit all materials prior to July 1st.

What is the difference between a Housing Application and a Housing Contract?

The Housing Application: The housing application is the first step of the application process and not a binding contract. Cancelling a housing application will not incur any fee and you can request your security deposit of $300 in full. Submitting a housing application does not guarantee a housing space.

The Housing Contract: After the Office of Residence Life receives the housing application and confirmation of submitted immunization records from the Health and Wellness Office, a Housing Contract package will be sent out to you if there is still housing available. Cancelling a Housing Contract may incur fees (read terms and conditions for more details). Once the Housing Contract is signed and accepted by the Office of Residence Life, a housing space is guaranteed. If housing is full, your signed contract will be used to place you on the waiting list.

What types of housing do you offer?

UST students have four residence hall options. Each housing community strives to meet a student’s spiritual, academic and social needs while providing safe and secure on-campus housing. Guinan Hall, Young Hall, Clare Hall and the Townhome Communities offer students convenient access to classes and campus activities, while fostering engaging relationships between students, staff and faculty.

Learn More about UST Housing Options

Can I choose my roommate?

Students who have identified a roommate may request each other on their housing contact. The Office of Residence Life will approve the request as long as both students have requested each other and space is available.

When will I know who my roommate is?

Roommate pairings take effect after July for all students who have completed the housing contracting process and submitted a roommate questionnaire. Roommate pairings will be sent electronically, and will include the roommate’s contract information.

What is move-in day like?

What types of events are offered for residents?

Programs like Wonderful Wednesdays, Pajama Jam and supporting UST Athletics lead to life-long friendships and memories. Living in campus housing also means you’ll be close to all the fun events and activities on campus throughout the year.

Group of University of St. Thomas - Houston students hang out in a UST student residence

You’ll find lots of fun student activities to take part in while living in campus housing.

Am I required to purchase a meal plan?

UST residents are required to purchase a meal plan. Options include Celts Market Place and Subway inside Crooker Center. Celts Market Place serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, brunch on Saturday and brunch and dinner on Sunday. You’ll find many choices at Celts Market Place, including low fat, low carb and vegetarian meal options. Celts Market Place features a salad and soup bar, sandwich station, fresh vegetables, hamburgers, pizza, baked goods and desserts all afternoon and during evening meals. Subway is open seven days a week.

While living on campus, where can I go if I am sick or injured?

The university has a partnership with UT Health Services to provide students with medical care. You can stop by the Office of Residence Life to pick up a pamphlet or contact the Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Wellness for additional information.

How does the university ensure student safety in the residence halls?

All residential facilities include paraprofessional and professional live-on staff, who are trained in emergency response. University Police and Residence Life monitor and patrol all residential communities. All halls are locked 24/7 and only residents can enter.

If you have more questions about campus housing at UST, call Residence Life at 713-525-3836 or email us.

About the Author — Michelle Almaguer

My name is Michelle Almaguer and I am a Freshman Admissions Counselor at the University of St. Thomas. As a graduate of the University, I am grateful for the opportunities, resources, experiences and support that I received here at UST. I am proud to work for an institution dedicated to the pursuit of truth and academic excellence in the Catholic intellectual tradition. I look forward to supporting you and your family through the admissions process.

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