2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Housing and Residence Life

Living in a residence hall is a vital part of being a Horned Frog. This is the time and place that you meet people from all over the world, develop lifelong friendships and get involved in a variety of activities. You will see yourself in a different light as you undergo personal and intellectual growth and engage in a community developed for your success. Residence halls are conveniently located throughout campus to give ample opportunity to hang out with friends, attend a concert or study!

More than half of the undergraduates at TCU live on campus. Through academic, cultural, intramural and social activities, students in each hall determine the hall's identity. Participation in these activities assists in the student's adjustment and development in a residential setting.

Residence hall rooms are designed for student comfort as double occupancy; however, some rooms will accommodate three students. All of the residence halls are air-conditioned, non-smoking facilities. A standard room contains a bed, a desk and chair, a chest and a closet for each student. We want your space to be your home away from home, so we encourage you to add decorative items to personalize it.

Residence hall staff are a primary resource. The hall director, a full-time live-in professional supervises the RA staff. Each hall has resident assistants (RAs) who are sensitive to student needs and alert to student concerns. Hall staff know the many University resources and can help students find needed assistance.

Residence hall communities at TCU assume that the most productive learning environment extends into all areas of a student's life. All residence halls offer a broad range of programs, which may include social, educational and cultural programs, physical activities, career information, study skills, personal management skills, spiritual involvement and self-help aids. Hall staff focus on creating a caring community designed to meet the distinctive needs and interests of the student population. Student involvement enhances the creation of a distinctive hall environment.

Residency Requirement

All entering students are required to live on campus or in other TCU authorized housing for their first two years after high school graduation, subject to the following exceptions:

  • Students who are 21 years or older as of the first day of classes for the fall semester;
  • Students who are married and/or have dependent children living in their home.
  • Students who will continue to live in Fort Worth or within 30 miles from campus with their parents or legal guardian.
  • Veterans.
  • Part-time (fewer than 9 credit hours).

Students enrolled for less than nine credit hours may live in a residence hall only with special permission from the Office of Housing and Residence Life. The Campus Housing License applies to the entire academic year. Students under 17 or over 25 are housed by special permission only on a space-available basis. Housing for incoming transfer students cannot be guaranteed; however, every effort will be made to accommodate as many as possible.

Housing Preferences

The right to make re-assignments is reserved by the University. The University makes room assignments without regard to race, creed, religion or national origin. TCU does not make assignments based on any information that may be found on Facebook, Twitter or any other external source.

Other housing information and current regulations are distributed to students at the beginning of each semester. Detailed housing information may be viewed at www.housing.tcu.edu and at my.tcu.edu under the Student Services link.