Office of Residence Life

With varied living options—from traditional residence halls to apartments, both single gender and co-ed, throughout campus—and a central dining location, Southwestern offers a unique residential academic community to its students.

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Move-in Dates
Incoming First Year students will move in on August 18. Students should label all items with their name, residence hall building name, and room number. Residence Life staff will be available for move-in on Friday, Aug. 18 from 2-7 p.m. Your student’s resident assistant will be on hand to aid in the check-in process and help answer questions. 

To ease campus congestion, residence halls will not be accessible until the times listed below.

Last Names A-L: 2 p.m.
Last Names M-Z: 3 p.m.

Transfer students go directly to the McCombs Campus Center. Once there, proceed to the Student Life Office on the 3rd floor. This is where you will be able to pick up your room key. After getting your key, you can then go to your housing assignment and start moving in.

Returning students may begin checking in on August 25th, from 10:00AM to 7:00PM in the Bishops Lounge in the McCombs Campus Center. This is where you will be able to pick up your room key. After getting your key, you can then go to your housing assignment and start moving in. On Saturday, August 26th, check in will be in the Caskey Center from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. If you arrive outside of these times, you will need to call your building RA who is on duty. For Herman Brown, Moody-Shearn, and McCombs the phone number is 512-819-8809. For Lord Center, Dorothy Lord Center, PKA House, and KA House the phone number is 512-819-7809. 


EverFi Modules for Incoming First-Years

Southwestern University is dedicated to maintaining the safety and health of all students.  As part of our comprehensive prevention education program for students, Southwestern University has partnered with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention and sexual assault prevention through online courses. 

Southwestern University expects students to complete AlcoholEdu and Haven as part of our comprehensive prevention program for new students.  This online education will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your years at Southwestern and beyond.

Please visit the following link for instructions on completing the required modules.


2016-17 Housing Damage Assessment

In the event that you are charged fees for damages, you will have a means to appeal them through an online Housing Damage Appeal Form.  This form will be available to you from June 1st, 2017 until July 1st, 2017 on the Southwestern University Residence Life webpage.  If you are assessed damage fines, the Business Office will notify you of these fines in your June billing statement.  An itemized damage statement will be sent to you by your Southwestern email.

  • Damage appeals will be accepted online only.  Phone calls, text messages, office visits, or emails to the Residence Life Office or any other office will not be accepted as an official appeal.

  • Students will be notified of their appeal status by July 15th, 2017.

  • Students may choose to pay the outstanding housing damage balance prior to the outcome of the appeal.  If the appeal is in the favor of the student, those charges will be reversed and credited to the student’s account.

  • Partial reversals of charges are possible (i.e., some charges could stand while others may be reversed or decreased).

  • If you are appealing a charge reasoning that one or more of your room/suitemates are responsible for the damage/charge in question, you must, in addition to your own written appeal, contact your room/suitemate with this concern.  Your room/suitemate must write a separate letter attesting to his/her responsibility for the damage/charge in question.

  • Professional Residence Life staff members conduct final damage assessments.

  • All keys must be returned at the time of check-out.  If you return your key after your scheduled check-out date, the locks will be changed and you will be charged.

  • All decisions made by the Housing Damage Appeals Committee are final.


2017 Summer Housing

How do I sign up for summer housing?

To sign up for summer housing please fill out the summer housing form. Specific building logistics have not been worked out at this time; therefore you will not be able to choose a specific apartment. If you do not have a roommate you will be placed with another student.

Summer housing will be available in the Lord Residential Center. All apartments are furnished with a full kitchen. A meal plan is not available in the summer. There is one option for summer housing in the Lord Center apartments: 2 people per apartment at $15 per day per student.

2017-18 Housing Information
Returning Student Housing Selection Process 

Housing assignments are completed online during the month of February and March. An email will be sent to all students regarding the 2-step process for signing up for housing. Students must complete the Returning Student Housing Application in WebAdvisor whether they plan to live on or off campus or in a fraternity house. Sign-ups are according to the average number of hours of all those intending to sign up together and each group will choose a group leader. The group leader will be assigned a housing selection time based on the most recent high school graduation year and average amount of hours for roommate/suitemates. Only the group leader will have access to the room selection process.

Southwestern has a 2-year housing requirement therefore all first and second year students are required to live on campus.

Tuition and Fee Rates

Click here for a full list of tuition, housing, and meal plan rates for the 2017-2018 school year.

Meal Plan Information

Students living in the following halls are automatically assigned a default meal plan of 12 meals per week.

  • Brown-Cody, Kurth, Mabee, and Ruter residence halls
  • McCombs Residential Center
  • Moody-Shearn and Herman Brown residence halls

To add or change your meal plan visit WebAdvisor and click on the change meal plan link.  Please be sure to make changes for both semesters.  Changes will not automatically carry over to the next semester.  The last day to change your Fall meal plan is Friday, September 1, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

To cancel your meal plan (only students living in Lord Center, Dorothy Lord Center, off campus, and in fraternity houses are eligible) please email  Before emailing please check the add/change meal plan screen in WebAdvisor.  If a meal plan is not listed for 17/FA or 18/SP you are not currently assigned a plan.  The last day to cancel your Fall meal plan is Friday, August 25, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Resident Assistant’s are on duty from 7 PM to 7 AM. You can reach the RA on duty at the following numbers:

Brown-Cody: (512) 819-7351
Mabee/Kurth: (512) 819-7350
HB/MS/Ruter: (512) 819-8809
McCombs/LC/DLC: (512) 819-7809