• Private Rooms Available

    Private Rooms Available

  • Outdoor Activity Areas

    Outdoor Activity Areas

  • Modern Residence Halls

    Modern Residence Halls

  • Private Rooms Available

    Private Rooms Available

  • Live on Campus

    Live on Campus


Lamar University requires all first-year, full-time students to live on campus. LU provides students with meaningful living-learning experiences, and it is a time of significant transition for a first-year student. Institutional and national research shows that students who live on campus are significantly more inclined to remain in college, achieve higher GPA’s, and graduate with a degree in comparison to students living off campus.

Who Qualifies for This Requirement?

  • A full-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has graduated from high school and has fewer than 30 earned college credits.

Housing Guarantee

  • First-year, full-time students are guaranteed housing on campus.

  • Students attempting to live off campus who have not been granted an exemption by Housing & Residence Life will be required to move into a residence hall and will be billed for the full academic year.

Duration of Living on Campus Requirement

  • First-year students enrolling for the first time in the Fall must live in the residence halls for the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • First-year students enrolling for the first time in the Spring must live in the residence halls for the  Spring  semester.

Deadline to Apply for Housing and Meal Plan: July 30, 2020

  • If a first-year student does not complete the Housing Contract OR submit a Housing Exemption Request on or before July 30, a charge for the Fall semester housing and meal plan will be placed on the student’s LU financial account. The student is required to complete the Housing Contract and move into their assigned room. The charges will remain on the student’s LU financial account regardless of whether the contract is completed.

  • First-year students admitted to LU after July 30 will have housing and meal plan charges automatically placed on their LU financial account. The student must complete the Housing Contract or submit a   Housing Exemption Request before the first day of Fall classes.

Meal Plans

  • Students will select a Meal Plan from the available options when completing the Housing Contract.

  • Freshman Housing Contract/Meal Plan Selection begins February 4, 2020.


  • On-campus housing is 2-person suite-style, with each student in a private bedroom and sharing a living room and bathroom with their suitemate.

  • Cardinal Village is owned and managed by Lamar University Housing & Residence Life. 

Student Housing On-Campus Amenities


  • Individual housing contract
  • Convenient access to Student Health Center
  • Controlled card access entry
  • Close to Recreational Sports Center with evening and weekend hours
  • Live-in professional staff
  • Convenience store with Papa John's Pizza
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • 24-hour security monitoring
  • Swimming pool
  • Full kitchens for residents' use
  • High-speed wired and wireless internet and cable TV
  • Study areas and community activity centers
  • All-inclusive cost
  • Special activities and events just for residents