Student Housing and Residential Life

4373 Wheeler Street, Suite 130

Student Housing & Residential Life is a department within Student Affairs consisting of three primary areas: Residential Life, Operations, and Housing and Conference Services. Approximately 8,008 students live in seven distinct housing areas that provide a comprehensive student services program. These areas are managed by full-time, live-in staff members, including professional residence life coordinators, faculty-in-residence and resident assistants (student staff).

University Housing

Cougar Village I, specially designed for first-year students, is a ,1152-bed facility featuring four-person suites with two people sharing a room and two rooms sharing a bathroom. Each unit comes equipped with a mini fridge. Building amenities include a computer cluster, two kitchens, two study rooms, multipurpose rooms, classrooms plus social lounges on every floor. In addition, Cougar Village I has a Cougar XPress convenience store and is close to the Fresh Food Company, a campus dining Hall.

Cougar Village II is one of our newest residential facilities and the second specially designed for first-year students. With 1,144 beds, Cougar Village II is similar to its sister facility featuring four-person suite-style double rooms, but this complex has compartmentalized bathrooms (separate areas for shower tub, toilet and sink) that allows the suite mates to use the bathroom units at the same time. It's also home to the Student Housing & Residential Life staff offices.

The Quadrangle, or "Quad" as it is commonly called, is located within a courtyard area and can accommodate approximately 834 residents in four coed halls: Bates, Law, Settegast and Taub. Typically, four students reside in suites with two rooms sharing a bathroom. The Quad is the closest residential facility to the Cougar Woods Dining Hall and Cougar Xpress convenience store. This facility is home to residents who are at least at the sophomore level.

Moody Towers, or " Towers," are two, 18-story buildings accommodating approximately 1092 residents. Each single-gender floor shares a community bathroom and lounge. A standard room has moveable furniture and a mini-fridge. The majority of rooms house two occupants. A main lobby called "the Commons" serves as a student lounge/study hall. This residential facility houses the university's flagship food venue, the Fresh Food Company, which offers made-to-order meals from nine serving stations.

Cougar Place houses residents who are sophomores and up in 799 beds. The suite-style single rooms have full-size beds, compartmentalized bathrooms, a small living room area and a kitchenette with a full refrigerator and a microwave. Sitting in the site of the original Cougar Place residential complex, residents of Cougar Place have easy access to the Cougar Woods Dining Hall across Cullen. Cougar Place also has two student classrooms where academic sessions will be scheduled.

Bayou Oaks is a 490-bed facility located on Calhoun next to the bayou for residents who are sophomores or higher. This unique community consists of two distinct living areas: individual townhouses occupied by sororities and fraternities and apartment-style residential living. The complex includes a multi-use room and study/conference rooms.

Calhoun Lofts can house 984 students in furnished and unfurnished efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. This facility is great for graduate and professional, students.  Student must be juniors or higher and/or21 years of age and older. Building amenities include a theater room, private courtyard, special-event kitchen, two roof terraces, a sky lounge, Barnes & Noble Bookstore and a Cougar Xpress Market.

NOTE: All university housing facilities offer fitness rooms, computer labs, free laundry and Wi-Fi service throughout.

University Partnership Housing

Cambridge Oaks Apartments, a partnership between the University and Campus Living Villages, is located at the southwest corner of campus. This facility provides 634 beds for students and staff. Cambridge Oaks offers limited-access gates, fully modern kitchens, walk-in closets, a sparkling swimming pool with tanning deck, barbecue grills, laundry facilities, an updated DVD and video library, a volleyball court, easy access to university and public transportation, and a variety of floor plans. Cambridge Oaks offers several units that are barrier-free for physically challenged students and also hosts the 24-hour Attendant Care Service in cooperation with the University Health Center. Preference is given to upper-level, married, graduate and professional students. This community offers the luxury of an off-campus lifestyle with on-campus convenience.

Cullen Oaks, a partnership between the University and American Campus Communities, is located on Cullen between Wheeler and MacGregor. This facility provides 879 beds. Cullen Oaks offers a variety of living plans that ensure each student has a private bedroom in a fully furnished apartment. Utilities, ethernet, phone and cable services are included. A fully functional business center and computer facility is available 24 hours. TV/community lounges, workout rooms and laundry facilities are located conveniently throughout the complex. The community also offers a lighted basketball court and barbecue pavilion for casual and organized functions. This facility provides staffed entryways as well as card and key-access entries. The complex has ample gated parking, and the university provides a shuttle service frequently throughout the day.

Residence Halls Association-RHA


The Residence Halls Association (RHA) is a student organization that focuses on improving the on-campus experience by putting on programs and providing leadership opportunities to all residents.  All students living in Moody Towers, Quadrangle, and Cougar Village I, Cougar Village II, Calhoun Lofts, Cougar Place and Bayou Oaks are members of RHA. Hall Council, the next level of residence hall governance, serves as the governing body of a building area. The Hall Council brings resident issues and concerns such as food service, new facilities or other living area needs to the Residence Halls Association, along with planning programs for their hall. There are several ways to become involved in the Residence Halls Association. Students run for election to sit on the executive board in the spring, apply for a position in Hall Council, or work on many of the programs or events offered by RHA. Students with comments or concerns about any aspect of residence hall living can call or come by the Residence Halls Association office.

Student Housing and Residential Life Offices' Directory

Executive Director 713-743-6002
Housing Services 713-743-6000
Fax 713-743-5999
Bayou Oaks 713-743-6594
Calhoun Lofts 832-842-5638
Cougar Place 713-743-6994
Cougar Village 1 832-842-6020
Cougar Village 2 713-743-6432
Moody Towers (main) 713-743-6050
North Tower Desk Number: 713-743-6057
South Tower Desk number: 713-743-6056
Quadrangle Main Number: 713-743-6040
Cambridge Oaks 713-748-2606
Cullen Oaks 713-748-3707