The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Housing and Residence Life

The Department of Housing and Residence Life provides convenient and affordable housing to enrolled students attending UTRGV. Living on campus is a great way for you to get connected, meet friends, and be involved. UTRGV Housing and Residence Life offers a wide array of housing options designed to meet your needs and provides an environment that supports academic growth and community respect by offering opportunities for leadership, involvement, and connections for residents that live it up on campus. Students living on campus will also be able to participate in social and educational events hosted by the Residence Life staff.

UTRGV offers student housing at the UTRGV Brownsville Campus featuring apartment style living at Casa Bella. At Edinburg, TX we have three Residence Halls: Unity, Heritage & Troxel and The Village Apartments.

UTRGV offers both suite style residence halls and apartment style housing conveniently located in close proximity to university resources such as the University Library, Recreation Center and classrooms. Residence halls provide an opportunity for you to meet people and get involved in a close-knit community that combines all the comforts of home with all the excitement of the traditional college experience.

In an effort to enhance the first-year college experience, UTRGV adopted a First Year Student On Campus Housing Requirement (refer to section below). First year students are encouraged to live on campus to realize numerous benefits. The experience of many students indicates that adjustment to University life is often easier for those who live on campus. Research indicates that students who live in residence halls are more fully involved in academic and extracurricular activities, earn higher grade point averages, more frequently exceed predicted levels of learning and personal development, and more frequently complete their college education within four years, as compared to students who live off campus.

Apartments provide an opportunity for you to live a more autonomous lifestyle with the opportunity to still be involved in campus life, stay connected to campus resources and the apartment community while living only minutes from your classes. Students who live on campus will also have a meal plan that will provide meals at the University Dining Hall or other on-campus venues through the use of Dining Dollars.

Scholarships, grants and loans are available through the Financial Aid Office to assist you in your housing cost. Our office offers affordable pricing and payment plans with no credit checks to meet your financial needs. Our contracts work with the academic year and semesters so that you are only in housing while attending classes.

Contracts and Deadlines

Contracts for on-campus housing may be submitted upon formal admission to the university. Contracts for on-campus living are for the entire academic year. There are cancellations deadlines and fees applied dependent upon the date of cancellation. See the contract terms and conditions for specific cancellation details.

Steps to apply:

  1. Visit and Log in with your UTRGV Credentials.
  2. Click on the Student Housing Icon which will reroute you to the Housing Application Portal
  3. Click on the Application Link and select the semester you will live on campus and submit application
  4. A $100 refundable security deposit and $50 application fee will be posted to your student account.
  5. Wait for email from on room assignments and further instructions.

If you have trouble with the Housing Application Portal or if you are an individual with disabilities who requires assistance or special accommodations, please contact 956-665-3439 or email

The Department of Housing and Residence Life policies can be referenced in the Resident Handbook.

UTRGV First Year Student

On Campus Residence Requirement Effective Fall 2018 Description:

In support of the educational mission of the university and the value of on campus residency to the academic success and social development of students, the university requires students to live on campus in university housing facilities for the first academic year. Compliance with the university housing policy is a condition of enrollment. All first year students at UTRGV, who graduated from high school within the preceding 24 months of the semester of their admission, are required to live on campus. A


Students who meet one or more of the following criteria are exempt from the first year housing requirement, subject to verification and authorization by the university.

  1. First year students residing in the following counties are encouraged to live on campus but not required:
    1. Cameron County, Texas
    2. Hidalgo County, Texas
    3. Starr County, Texas
    4. Willacy County, Texas

    Proof of parental or guardian primary residence is required.

  2. Married or has dependent children living with the student
  3. A student presents sufficient evidence of an extreme medical condition, as documented by her/his treating physician for which on-campus accommodations cannot be made.
  4. A student presents sufficient and satisfactory evidence of extreme or unusual financial hardship that will be intensified by living in the residence halls.
  5. At least 20 years of age or over on or before the first day of classes of the initial semester of enrollment.
  6. Completed over 30 semester credit hours (excluding Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment and AP credit hours)
  7. A student enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in fall or spring semester
  8. Other (Note: Please provide a detailed explanation and appropriate supporting documentation that demonstrates your need to be exempted from the mandatory First Year Housing Policy)

All students requesting exemption must submit a Housing Policy Exemption Request form no later than July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Requests to be exempted from the First Year Housing Policy must be supported through documentation.

Housing and Residence Life
2651 FJRM Ave.
Casa Bella
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956-882-7191
1201 West University Dr. University Center, Rm. 305
Edinburg, TX 78539 Phone: 956-665-3439