TX College Guidebook - Spring Semester 2019 - Page 104

Carefully Consider Housing Options
Campus housing has a direct impact on your happiness and success at college. It is
important to tour residence halls and off-campus housing (if that is an option for you).
Many students wish they had realized the benefits of selecting housing as early as
possible. Be realistic with your preferences, as well as budget.
On each Campus Guide page, we provide the percentage of undergraduate students
living on-campus. It is important for you to decide if you prefer more of a residential
or commuter campus. We also provide a link to on-campus housing options. Since UT
Austin and Texas A&M allow freshmen to live off-campus, we provide also have direct
links to off-campus housing options.
Many colleges have NEW on-campus housing requirements
Most Texas colleges require first-year students to live on campus unless they file
an exemption waiver. For many schools, this is a recent requirement. Typically, the
reasons first-year students may live off-campus include: marriage, children, health
issues, age, or living with nearby parents.
Take tours & apply as early as possible
When visiting a college, take time to tour first-year housing. If you are allowed to live
off-campus, research and tour nearby apartment complexes, too. Many off-campus
options are specifically designed for students. Remember, this is will be you home!
Use the Clery Report to check campus crime data
Because campus safety is a paramount concern, we provide a direct link to each
college’s Clery Report. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal statute requiring colleges participating in
federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and
security information.
“5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask” - College Parents of America Blog
Safest College Campuses in America -- Sort by state or search for campus
Campus Safety Comparison - Compare data for multiple schools
Campus Carry Texas FAQs - Overview of the Campus Carry law
Clery Center - Campus safety resources for Students & Parents
College Drinking - Fact sheets for parents and students


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