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Residence Handbook

The residence handbook is your guide to the residence community and accommodations around campus. The most recent revision of the Residence Life Handbook can be found by clicking the link below.

Residence Handbook


Life in Residence

Life in Residence is your guide for learning about how to get involved in residence this year. 

Life in Residence Fall 2022


The First Week on Campus

After moving in, residence students should get a chance to meet their RA and fellow floor members. Your first-floor meeting will take place during the move-in weekend in your floor lounge. Rice students, your floor meeting will be held in your RAs room. Make sure you don’t miss this floor meeting as you will get to meet other students living on your floor.

Apart from your floor meeting, the residence will be hosting events like Welcome to Res, where you get a chance to meet the residence staff and get to know about the residence policies through a skit prepared by your RAs. Also, Residence Life organizes RAD Cup where teams from Loyola residence, Vanier Residence, Rice Residence and Off-Campus compete with each other via taking part in fun games that will bring out your competitive and creative skills.

Apart from residence events, Student Affairs and Services and SMUSA organizes several weeks of welcome events, designed to welcome you to campus. You’ll get to meet other students, learn more about SMU and make lifelong memories. Make sure to attend these events as it is a great way to make friends.

Dorm Don’ts

Provided Items 

Every bedspace will include the following:

  • A desk, equipped with a phone, and hook-ups to the University Network and Internet.
  • Chair for your desk.
  • Closet space
  • Wooden filing cabinet/bed-side table

Apartment Style Residences will also include a refrigerator and a stove.

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