Freshman Housing Requirement

Lamar University requires all first-year, full-time students to live on campus. LU provides students with meaningful living-learning experiences, and it is a time of significant transition for a first-year student.

Institutional and national research shows that students who live on campus are more likely to remain in college, achieve higher GPA’s, and graduate with a degree in comparison to students living off-campus.

Who Qualifies for This Requirement

All Freshmen enrolled full-time (12 or more hours per semester) are required to live on-campus. A Freshman is defined as a student who has graduated from high school and has fewer than 30 earned college credits.

Housing Guarantee

First-year, full-time students are guaranteed housing on campus.

Students attempting to live off campus who have not been granted an exemption by Housing & Residence Life will be required to move into a residence hall and will be billed for the full academic year.

Duration of Living on Campus Requirement

First-year students enrolling for the first time in the Fall must live in the residence halls for the Fall and Spring semesters.

First-year students enrolling for the first time in the Spring must live in the residence halls for the Spring  semester.

Deadline to Apply for Housing and Meal Plan: July 30, 2022

If a first-year student does not complete the Housing Contract OR submit a Housing Exemption Request on or before July 30, a charge for the Fall semester housing and meal plan will be placed on the student’s LU financial account. The student is required to complete the Housing Contract and move into their assigned room. The charges will remain on the student’s LU financial account regardless of whether the contract is completed.

First-year students admitted to LU after July 30 will have housing and meal plan charges automatically placed on their LU financial account. The student must complete the  Housing Contract or submit a   Housing Exemption Request before the first day of Fall classes.

Meal Plans

Students will select a Meal Plan from the available options when completing the Housing Contract.

Benefits to Living on Campus

  • The all-inclusive housing rate provides furnished suites, cable, high-speed wired and wireless internet
  • All utilities costs are paid for the student.
  • 24-hour staffed security monitoring with resident card access located at entry
  • Fire alarm and fire suppression systems
  • Live-in professional and student staff on call 24 hours for each residence hall
  • Common area full kitchen, activity areas, free washer/dryer use, swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, pizza and convenience store with late night access
  • Microwave and refrigerator in every suite
  • Easy access to classes, tutoring, writing center, and library
  • Student Health Center for medical and counseling needs
  • Recreational Sports Center for fitness and relaxation
  • LU Police is readily available 24/7
  • Free LU Shuttle Service
  • Over 125 social and wellness programs for only residents to enjoy