University Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services

Thomas D. Martin, Executive Director of University Housing and Residence Life
Lucio Hal Room 119

Applying for University Housing and Residence Life

Students applying for housing must first be admitted to the University. Housing applications are available online at: Blue and Gold Connection. A $150 deposit must be submitted at least two weeks before move-in. Applications are processed in order of the date they are received and/or by the date of the verification of their Bacterial Meningitis vaccination. Contact the Department of University Housing and Residence Life Office at (361) 593-3419 for more Housing information. Students are encouraged to read the agreement along with the terms and conditions carefully before signing and submitting it to the university. Once the agreement is submitted online or signed and submitted to our office, it becomes a binding agreement between the student and the university for the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters) and while the student is enrolled at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Texas State Law – SB 1107 now TEC 51.9192

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination is required for all new, transfer and returning students (who have had a Fall or Spring semester break in their attendance at an institution of higher education.) This law went into effect on October 1, 2013.

The State of Texas has passed a new law (SB 1107 now TEC 51.9192) that will require all new, transfer and returning students (who have had a fall or spring semester break in their attendance at an institution of higher education) to have a vaccination against bacterial meningitis. All first-time freshmen, transfer and returning students wishing to live on campus after October 1, 2013 must provide to our office the following before being assigned to campus housing:

  1. Valid Proof of Vaccination
    1. The signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee or public health personnel on a form which shows the month, date and the year the vaccination dose or booster was administered.
    2. An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority.
    3. An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.
  2. Valid Proof of Vaccination Exemption
    1. An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physicians opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well being of the student.
    2. An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the State of Texas Department of State Health Services must be used and can be found at Vaccination Affidavit Webpage
  3. Students to whom this New Law Does Not Apply
    1. Student is 22 years of age or older by the first class day of the start of the semester.

Students are strongly encouraged to visit with their primary care physician or area health clinic as soon as possible to receive the appropriate vaccinations.

Room Reservation and Damage Deposit

The $150 room reservation and damage deposit is retained throughout the period of residence of the student as a guarantee against damage and unwarranted depreciation. The deposit will be returned to the student after termination of residence with the amount assessed for damages or any other university debt, if any, deducted from the $150. The deposit will be forfeited if the student:

  1. cancels the room reservation after the stated cancellation deadline for the semester or session for which it was made;
  2. moves from the residence hall before the end of the academic year (fall and spring semesters);
  3. does not check in by the last day of regular registration for the semester or session for which the reservation was made; or
  4. does not officially check out of the residence hall upon termination of residency.

Cancellation Dates

Should there be a change in your plans to enroll at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, written notice of cancellation must be received by the Department of University Housing Residence Life on or before the following deadlines in order to receive a refund of $100 of the Housing Deposit.

Semester Date
Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester December 1
Summer I May 1
Summer II June 1

Written cancellation requests may be received in person, by mail, or email to:

Department of University Housing & Residence Life
700 University Blvd., MSC 108
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202

Notification submitted to other departments other than the Department of University Housing & Residence Life does not comply with this requirement; and thus requested action cannot be assured.

Termination/Cancellation after the Semester Deadline for 1st Time Applicants and Returning Residents: A Housing Exception Request Form must be submitted and if approved, the $150 housing deposit will be forfeited.

Effective Date of Cancellation Cancellation Charge
On or Before Semester Deadline $501
After Semester Deadline (Between 1-30 Days) $5502
After Semester Deadline (After 30+ Days) $6503

Residence Halls

Rooms in each residence hall accommodate two students. Each hall has a laundry room, vending area, small kitchen and common lobby available for student use. Cable television and internet service is available in each student room. Students eat their meals in one of three cafeterias located on campus. Housing rates are listed at the end of this section. Rules governing residence hall living and dining room conduct are set forth in the University Housing and Residence Life Guidebook. All residence halls are smoke-free.

James E. Turner-Carrie Lee Bishop Hall is a three-story, air-conditioned complex accommodating 368 women and 392 men. The complex is located on the west end of the campus. Men live in Turner Hall, and women live in Bishop Hall. Each side of the complex has its own study room, lounge, computer lab and television room. Central bathroom facilities are located on each floor. Turner Hall has a courtyard equipped with a barbecue pit, picnic table and basketball half court. Bishop Hall has two courtyards, one of which features a volleyball court. Room furnishings in both halls include pull-out beds, built-in desks and bookshelves. Also provided are two bulletin boards, two chairs, two chest-of-drawers, two closets and two Ethernet ports.

John F. Lynch Hall is a two-story, air-conditioned hall for 200 women. It is located across the street from the Memorial Student Union. The hall has a large lounge/TV area, computer lab and a study room. Room furnishings include two height adjustable twin beds with lofting capabilities, desks and bookshelves, two chairs, a chest-of-drawers, two closets and two Ethernet ports. Lynch Hall has a sundeck available for its residents. Its two-person, suite-style design provides students with the opportunity to share a bathroom with suite mates connected to the adjoining rooms.

J. C. Martin Jr. Hall (B Side) is a three-story, air-conditioned residence hall for 204 men. Martin Hall is located across the parking lot from Turner-Bishop Hall on the west side of campus. The hall has a large lounge/TV area, a computer lab and a study room. Room furnishings include two beds and a chest of drawers, a built-in desk and bookcase, two closets, two chairs and two Ethernet ports. Central bathroom facilities are located on each wing. Martin (A side) can house up to 190 male students and up to 65 upperclassmen male students (21 years of age or who have 60 or more credit hours). Martin Hall has an outdoor courtyard which includes a basketball half court.

Mesquite Village West – Home of the Honors College is a 300 bed co-ed complex located across from Lucio Hall, with all the extras students require. The residence hall offers first priority to Honor students who have been accepted into the Honors Program. Students are assigned to a 2-bedroom, 1-bath or a 4-bedroom, 2-bath unit and share a living room area with a small kitchenette. Room furnishings will include a large, twin size bed, chest of drawers, a desk and chair and a closet. Each will have one or two bathrooms depending on the unit choice. While bedrooms will be private, residents will share a common living area and kitchenette. In addition, cable television and internet services will be provided in each room and living room. Residents will also have access to wireless internet, study labs, a large lounge and meeting rooms. On-site mail boxes and a conveniently located Dean’s office are also located in this residence hall.

Eduardo and Josefa Lucio Hall is a 600 beds co-ed complex located across from Martin Hall, with all the extras students require. Students are assigned to a 2-bedroom, 1-bath or a 4-bedroom, 2-bath unit and share a living room area with a small kitchenette. Students under 21 years of age or less than 60 hours will be required to have a meal plan. Room furnishings will include a large, twin size bed, chest of drawers, a desk and chair, and a closet. Each will have one or two bathrooms depending on your choice of unit. While bedrooms will be private, residents will share a common living area and kitchenette. In addition, cable television and Internet services, will be provided in each room and living room. Residents will also have access to wireless internet, study labs, a large lounge and meeting rooms. On-site mail boxes, and conveniently located administrative offices.

Meal Plans

Students younger than 21 years of age will be required to have a meal plan. When applying for housing and during the fall and spring semesters, the student may select from a variety of meal plans on the housing agreement. Any changes to the student's initial meal plan selection must be made within seven days after check-in. (This does not include the block plan, which cannot be changed.) Requests for changes to the meal plan are handled at the University Housing and Residence Life Office.

Payment must be made for both the room and the meal plan. No credit will be allowed for nights not spent in the hall or meals missed. Meal plans are not transferrable from one person to another. Students who purchase a meal plan will be issued meal privileges on their student ID card. It is the student's responsibility to promptly make arrangements to pay room and board fees in order to obtain and maintain meal privileges. Failure to obtain an ID card/meal privileges does not exempt the student from the obligation to pay the full amount for room and board fees due. The student will be charged a replacement fee for the loss of the ID card. Replacements are obtained at the ID Center located in the Memorial Student Union.

Housing Payment Procedures

Upon being assigned to a residence hall, the housing fees will be added to the student's account (which includes tuition and other student fees). It shall be the student's responsibility to make prompt arrangements for payment.

The student may pay the full amount due or arrange to pay under the university's deferred payment plan. The first payment is equal to one-fourth of the charges due plus a $30 administrative fee and is due on or before the designated payment deadline. The remaining amount is due in three quarter payments. Students selecting the deferred payment plan must arrange for and sign the payment plan at the Business Office. Make sure that all classes and housing charges are included as only one plan is allowed. The following policies and procedures will apply:

  1. Students receiving university-sponsored financial aid are expected to pay all financial obligations owed the university at the time they receive the financial aid.
  2. The Business Office will send invoices to the student’s billing address. Hall payments must be made on or before the due date, or a $15 late fee will be assessed.
  3. If a scheduled payment becomes 10 days delinquent, notification will be forwarded to stop meals. The student will still be responsible for paying for meals which have been stopped because of non-payment. Students who have their meals stopped for non-payment are encouraged to meet with the business services manager, whose office is located in the Business Office at College Hall, to discuss payment arrangements.
  4. A “hold” will be placed on the student’s records for delinquent payments. A student will not receive his/her grades, transcript or be allowed to register for future semesters until such hold is cleared. Non-payment will also result in loss of future housing privileges.
  5. Failure to pay account in full by the end of each contracted semester or session will result in the student’s account being referred to the University Collection Department to begin collection procedures. If satisfactory payment arrangements are not made with the University Collection Department, the account will be sent to an outside collection agency. The student will then be responsible for paying additional collection agency fees of up to 33% of the unpaid balance.
  6. Refund of unused room and board fees due to early check-out will be paid in the following order when applicable:
    1. Financial Aid refund;
    2. outstanding university debts;
    3. remaining portion to the student.


Students withdrawing or terminating from the university during a semester or term will receive a refund of housing fees prorated on a calendar basis up to the semester midpoint (and in accordance with financial aid guidelines where applicable). Students withdrawing or terminating from the residence hall after mid semester point will not be eligible to receive a housing and board refund. (Refer to housing agreement for further information.)

Miscellaneous Housing Information

  1. The university will make all residence hall, room assignments and reassignments as necessary. The university cannot guarantee assignment to a particular hall or a specific roommate. First preference is given to students who resided in the halls the previous long semester and contracted to return to the halls. New applicants are assigned on a space available basis, according to the date that the housing contract is received and provided that the student has been admitted to the university and cleared by the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination requirement. Not placing a deposit or submitting incomplete application forms can also delay the assignment process.
  2. All students are initially assigned a roommate at the beginning of the semester. Should a student’s roommate not check- in to the hall, that student will be requested to consolidate with another person.
  3. Specific roommate requests are accommodated as possible. Students with roommate preferences must mutually request each other on the housing agreement, request the same hall and include their prospective roommate’s ID number. Both agreements must also be received by the June 1 priority deadline (for fall semester assignment). Not being admitted to the university, not placing a deposit or submitting incomplete forms can also delay assignment.
  4. Due to space limitations, private rooms cannot be reserved in advance. Private rooms are assigned from a waiting list after the 12th class day if space is available. There is an additional charge for a private room. The university does reserve the right to place two people in a room that has been assigned as a private room if space is needed. A refund will be made to the person who has paid for a private room (prorated from date the private room is relinquished).
  5. In signing a housing agreement, the student agrees to reside in that room for the time specified in the agreement. This agreement is personal and may not be transferred or assigned to another person. If the student fails to enroll at the university, advance notice of residence hall cancellation must be provided in writing. Under the terms of the housing agreement, moving from the residence hall without an authorized release from the agreement will not terminate the student's fiscal obligations.
  6. Residence halls and dining halls are closed between the fall and spring semesters and during university holidays. The residence hall calendar and the housing and food service contract show the specific times that the residence halls are open and when meals are served. During periods when classes are not in session, housing may be made available if the university determines there is sufficient demand. In such instances, additional rent may be required of each student desiring accommodations. The amount will be determined by the Residence Life Office, and students will be consolidated into one hall.

Residence Hall Association

Composed of student representatives from each residence hall, the association represents the entire residence hall population. Each residence hall has its own house council. Its purpose is to:

  1. provide effective lines of communication among the house councils and with the Residence Life Office;
  2. to coordinate the programs, activities and government of the individual residence halls;
  3. to arbitrate any disputes pertaining to house council operating procedures; and
  4. to recommend policies affecting all residence halls.

Armark Dining Services

Jackie Flores, Interim Food Service Director
Memorial Student Union 212

Aramark Food Service is the sole provider of food services on campus. Javelina Dining Hall, located on the corner of Engineering Avenue and Retama Street is an all you care to eat for one price facility and the servicing location for the multiple board plans available, including continuous meal service. It is open daily when school is in session. Additionally, there are retail operations including a Pizza Hut Express, Chick-fil-A Express, Starbucks, Subway and Taco Taco Cafe in the Memorial Student Union. Most meal plans include specific dollar allocations for retail purchases as well as regular meals. You can also purchase Aramark Dollars put on your ID that can be used at any Aramark location. Aramark also operates a full-service catering operation that can handle everything from coffee service to full service dinner banquets to large wedding receptions and even special events off campus. Aramark is also the concessions provider for any games at Javelina Stadium. There are many opportunities for student employment in food services.