Housing Rates and Meal Plans

Lamar University offers affordable housing and meal plan options for students in the residence halls. The all-inclusive housing rate provides fully furnished suites, cable tv, Internet, and all utilities costs paid. There is 24-hour staffed security monitoring with resident card access and live-in professional and student staff on-call 24 hours. Each residence hall has a common area full kitchen, activity area, free washer/dryers, and resident access to the outdoor swimming pool, basketball, and volleyball courts.

All rates listed are per semester, per resident. All rates are contingent upon Texas State University System (TSUS) board approval. Housing rates are subject to change. Students residing in university housing are required to purchase a meal plan.

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025 (prices are per semester)

2-Person Suite, Private Bedroom: $3,279 per semester
3-Person Suite, Private Bedroom: $2,952 per semester
3-Person Suite, Shared Bedroom: $2,213 per semester
Married (price for couple): $4,686 per semester

Summer 2024

2-Person Suite, Private Bedroom: $670
3-Person Suite, Private Bedroom: $670
Married (price for couple): $1,009

Meal Plans

Academic Year 2024-25

  1. Unlimited Meal Swipes at Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall + $125 Dining Dollars: $1,953 per semester
  2. 14 weekly Meal Swipes at Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall + $150 Dining Dollars: $1,792 per semester
  3. 10 weekly Meal Swipes at Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall + $350 Dining Dollars: $1,792 per semester
  4. 90 Meal Swipes per semester at Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall + $450 Dining Dollars: $1,627 per semester
  5. Summer Plan: 50 Meal Swipes + $100 Dining Dollars: $549

Note: Meal plan pricing can change without notice. Cost of all meal plans includes required tax.

Meal Plan FAQs

  • What are Meal Swipes?
    Meal Swipes are used throughout the semester at Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall for an all-you-care-to-eat experience. Each entry is 1 Meal Swipe.​

  • What are Dining Dollars?
    Dining Dollars are tax-free currency used at retail dining locations on campus.

  • Do Dining Dollar balances roll over from semester to semester?
    Dining Dollar balances do roll over from Fall to Spring semester terms. However, Dining Dollar balances do not roll over from Spring to Summer/Fall or Summer to Fall terms. They expire on the last scheduled class day of the designated semester term.

  • Can I change my meal plan?
    Meal plans can be changed up until the 12th class day of the current semester term.

    Submit Meal Plan Change Request
  • What if I have special dietary needs?​
    Lamar Dining Services can accommodate many dietary needs. If you have a food allergy or need dietary assistance, please contact their department or email dining@lamar.edu. Lamar Dining’s culinary staff is trained to develop a delicious solution to meet your needs. However, you must select a meal plan before a request for exemption will be considered.

    Residents may receive a medical exemption from the meal plan requirement upon proper supporting documentation. However, you must select a meal plan before a request for exemption will be considered.
  • Where can Meal Plans be used on campus?
    Below are the dining locations Meal Plans can be used on campus. See Campus Dining Map

  • Meal Swipes
  • Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall (Dining Dollars also accepted here)

  • Dining Dollars
    • Setzer Student Center Food Court: Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Smoothie King
    • Starbucks in the Mary and John Gray Library
    • Papa John’s Pizza in Monroe Hall
    • Tiny House BBQ
    • Market Store Locations: Setzer Student Center, Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall, Monroe Hall in Cardinal Village
For more information, visit the Lamar Dining Services website.

Incentives for Current Students

Residence Life offers a special incentive for Lamar University students in good standing living in university housing.

Current LU residents (2023-2024 academic year- Fall & Spring semesters) who sign a housing contract for the 2024-2025 academic year are eligible and will receive a $400 housing credit for the 2024-2025 academic year ($200 per semester).

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Residents must live in university housing for the entire academic year immediately prior to the academic year in which the housing credit is applied;
  2. Residents must have completed at least 30 credit hours at LU;
  3. Residents must have at least a 2.86 cumulative grade point average;
  4. The resident’s account balance with the university must be current and
  5. The resident must occupy a room in university housing when the credit is applied.
Residents who have a university or academic scholarship or an athletic scholarship from LU are not eligible for the housing credit. The credit will only be applied to room rent in university housing. The credit will not be applied to meal plans, tuition, fees, books or other university charges nor will the resident receive the credit as cash or cash equivalents.


Phone: (409) 880-8550
Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Email: housing@lamar.edu

Contact Staff or Residence Halls


LU Police: (409) 880-7777

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