2021-22 HOUSING DATES & OPERATIONAL PLANS

UTSA is preparing for extensive in-person classroom instruction and a fuller array of on-campus activities and services this fall.

Living on campus is your best option for convenience, belonging, academic success and all that campus life has to offer.

Students who live on campus generally do better academically and stay on track to graduate.

Living on campus in your first year at UTSA makes it easier to make friends, get involved on campus, and feel a greater sense of belonging.

Nearly everything you need is within walking distance—food, gym, library, classes, labs, study sessions, tutoring, academic advising and support, counseling and health services, and much more.

Even if some of your classes in fall 2021 are partially or primarily online, living on campus ensures access to reliable high-speed internet, library resources, quiet study spaces, and a healthy mix of privacy within a community of your peers.

HOUSING CONTRACT DATES

Contracts for UTSA owned and managed housing communities are now available to review and complete. Contracts will be accepted on a rolling basis even after the deadlines listed below, if space is still available. The earlier you finalize your contract, the better your chances are to get your preferred space and roommate.

Applicant Category Signed Contract and Completed Housing Application 1st Round Room Assignments 2nd Round Room Assignments (if necessary)
New Residents
(Early Applicant Deadline)
Monday, April 5 Monday, June 14 Monday, June 28
New Residents
(Regular Deadline)
Monday, June 21 Monday, June 28 Monday, July 12
Returning Residents (Priority Deadline) Monday, April 5 Monday, April 12 Monday, April 19
Returning Residents (Regular Deadline) Monday, May 3 Monday, May 10 Monday, May 17
All dates subject to change at the discretion of UTSA Housing and Residence Life. As stated above, contracts will be accepted on a rolling basis (even after the dates listed above) as long as there is space available.

OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

UTSA’s on-campus living communities will again be open for the 2021-2022 academic year and we will continue to take precautions that follow the public health and safety directives issued by UTSA.

The housing assignment schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year is still being developed in response to the pandemic. Although Guadalupe Hall and Chisholm Hall are anticipated additions to our existing communities for the fall, we must remain flexible and cannot yet guarantee a specific living community, building, unit or room type at this time.

We understand that this uncertainty may be stressful, but please know that we will be in regular communication with all housing applicants as we make decisions about capacity in each facility.

For example, Chaparral Village and Laurel Village have apartment-style units with either two or four roommates who each have their own bedrooms and only share a bathroom with one other person.

These communities have been open during the 2020-21 academic year and, with a small “residential pod,” proved to be the safest options for our residents during the height of the pandemic. We are proud to have been able to create a controlled on-campus living environment that has successfully limited the spread of the virus.

Alvarez Hall is set up in suite format with two single-occupancy rooms joined by a shared bathroom. Chisholm Hall also offers a suite format with either double or single occupancy rooms with ensuite bathroom. Chisholm Hall double rooms are large and provide ample space for two occupants. For both communities, residents only share a bathroom with one other person.

Guadalupe, our newest hall, was designed to support student engagement and success with clusters of double-occupancy rooms around shared restroom facilities on each wing. While this hall is conducive to close-knit living/learning communities — and thus slated to be the new location for the Honors Residential Community beginning fall 2021 — it expands the “residential pod” and thus, capacity may have to be modified depending on the status of the pandemic.

What it's like living on campus

Photo of Tejas Narayanan

Student Perspective: Tejas Narayanan

Despite all of his classes being held online in Fall 2020, first-year chemical engineering major and UTSA Top Scholar Tejas Narayanan chose to live on campus for several reasons.

“I don’t feel like I would have been able to make the mental transition to being in college if I hadn’t made it physically, and leaving home was important for my personal growth and independence,” he said. “The other reason I chose to live on campus was because there are too many distractions at home. Living on campus motivates me to focus on my studies and pursue other opportunities outside of class, like being part of a research lab.”

Narayanan also welcomes the social interaction with other college students and has felt very safe on campus.

“It’s really easy to maintain social distancing the way the residential communities are laid out. Nothing feels cramped. Everyone here is very conscientious of the pandemic, and I think as a community we’re making great strides to do the right things to be safe,” he said.