Lamar University students study on an attractive 270-acre campus, just an hour and a half from Houston, filled with new facilities designed to make campus living comfortable and fun. From the campus in Beaumont, students have easy access to numerous entertainment and recreation options throughout Southeast Texas.

Student Housing

More than 2,500 students live on campus in Cardinal village with modern, apartment-style rooms. Each furnished room features:

  • two private bedrooms
  • a shared bathroom
  • living area
  • mini-refrigerator
  • microwave.

Cardinal Village residents also have access to

  • swimming pool
  • basketball and volleyball courts
  • community centers
  • meeting rooms
  • on-site laundry facilities

Dining Facilities

LU’s gourmet dining hall offers food-court-style service to provide you with an assortment of delicious meal options daily.  Mirabeaus and the Cardinal Nest in the Setzer Student Center serve fast food favorites, including Starbucks coffee. Locations inside Cardinal Village and the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center provide convenient dining options near two of the hubs of campus life. Off-campus options near LU include Subway, Sonic and locally owned Kampus Korner.


You can have fun and stay fit at the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center, a facility with:

  • 43-foot climbing wall
  • indoor walking track
  • the latest workout equipment
  • courts for basketball, racquetball, volleyball and more

It’s like an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. 

Recreational Sports offers:

  • game room and lounge
  • indoor pool
  • group fitness classes
  • golf driving range and a variety of intramural sports

Recreational Sports Video

Off-campus Activities

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures – a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and lakes, or hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Nearby shopping and entertainment options abound with theaters, museums and live music venues. The region is also home to several golf courses. Not far from Houston, there’s something for everyone around Lamar University’s campus.