Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to college?

When do halls open?

What items should I leave at home?

Can I have a gun?

What are the "Community Standards"?

What are my dining options?

Where are places I could live off campus?

Who will be responsible for me during my stay at A&M Commerce?

Should I get insurance for my belongings?

Who is responsible for my property?

What safety measures are takeen in the residence halls?

Is a room or residence hall change possible?

What is the visitation policy?

Are there any special meal plan requirements for beginning undergraduate students?

Do I need approval to move off campus during the semester?

Is there a policy regarding commuters?

What cable channels do we receive?

How good is the tap water provided in Commerce?

Are wireless routers allowed in the halls?

What size are the mattresses?

How can I swap my room or get on a wait list/request a room change?

What should I bring to college?

Residents are encouraged to personalize and make their room a "home away from home." Please keep in mind that you will be rooming with another student and space is limited. No open burner or major cooking appliances are allowed in the residence hall rooms; however, small microwaves are allowed. Suggested items to bring are:

  • Computer, printer, surge protector

  • Posters, pictures, room decor, tension rod for curtains

  • Sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets (extra long if staying in Pride Rock, Phase II, or Phase III)

  • Small microwave, mini-fridge, coffee pot

  • Shower caddy, shower shoes/flip flops
  • Toiletries, towels, toilet paper

  • Room & bath cleaning supplies

  • Radio, TV, and/or stereo, camera

  • Alarm clock

  • First-aid, flash light, batteries
  • Iron, ironing board, sewing kit

  • Office & school supplies
  • Small fan, lamp, small vacuum

  • Nice outfit for interviews, speaker events, & career fair
  • Laundry bag or basket, hangers, detergent

  • Umbrella, rain wear

  • Broom, mop, small vacuum, cleaning supplies
  • Cards, Dominoes & other games

  • Phone numbers for home & friends

  • Family Physician's phone number

  • Waste basket & trash bags

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What items should I leave at home?

  • Weapons (even for hunting purposes)

  • Candles & Incense, potpourri pots, oil lamps & wax burners

  • Multi-plug adapters

  • Candle Warmers

  • Fireworks

  • Extension Cords

  • String Lights (unless battery operated)

  • Pets (Other than fish, which are allowed in a maximum 10 gal. aquarium)

  • Hotplates (other appliances with exposed heating elements)

  • Toasters, toaster ovens, etc.

  • Wireless router

  • Pets

  • Dug paraphernalia, shot glasses, drugs and alcohol.

  • Halogen Lamps

  • Refrigerators more than 2 amps and/or 4 cubic feet in size

  • Microwaves over 700W

  • Coffee pots that are not single serve and/or do not automatically shut off

  • Any other type of appliance not listed

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Who will be responsible for me, during my stay at A&M Commerce?

In short, you will be responsible! All students are considered adults and will be treated accordingly by all University staff. We strive to provide a Living-Learning Environment; a Residence Hall that is not only comfortable, but one that provides opportunities for community living and academic, personal and social development.

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Who is responsible for my property?

Although precautions are taken to maintain adequate security, the University cannot assume responsibility for the loss of or damage (due to water leaks, fire, theft, etc.) to student possessions. Students or their parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses. Residents are encouraged to keep doors closed and locked with the room key in their possession. Other suggestions for protecting valuables include having a lock box, engraving name, etc., on items of value, not leaving money or jewelry out in the open, and promptly reporting maintenance concerns.

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What safety measures are taken in the residence halls?

Security Precautions:

  • The A&M-Commerce University Police Department regularly patrols the entire campus, including residence hall areas.

  • A night security attendant comes on duty at 10:00 PM and remains on duty depending on the hall until 2:00AM or 4:00AM the following day. Night security attendants go on rounds approximately every hour to ensure that there are no disturbances. All common area entrances are locked 24 hours a day and only residents and staff are given access.

  • There are fire, theft, weather and other procedures in place for the safety of the residents. These procedures are explained to the residents and are included in the Residence Life Handbook.

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Is a room or residence hall change possible?

A room change request form or hall transfer request is made on the housing portal within the current application.

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What size are the beds on campus?

Mattresses in most residence halls are standard twin size. Pride Rock has extra long mattresses. Prairie Crossing has full-size mattresses. Residential Living and Learning has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students and families with a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have everything you need for life in our residence halls. The Residence Hall Linens program has it all, from sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items.

Proceeds from this program are used for programming in the residence halls. There's free shipping on all Value Pak orders, and there are more than 23 color combinations available. Plus, linens are delivered to your home during the summer so you don't have to venture out to the retail stores.  Order now for the best selection - popular colors can sell out quickly! Please visit the RHA website.

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What is the visitation policy?

For the most up-to-date information, please check the community standards.

RLL recognizes the value of visitors in a vibrant, educational community. The shared concerns and wishes of the roommates and community are of paramount importance and determine what are acceptable or unacceptable visitation privileges within a specific room or community. Guests and visitors are defined as any individual who visits an A&M-Commerce residence hall with the invitation of one of the assigned residents. Any individual who is under 16 years old may not stay overnight in the residence halls. Hosts are responsible for the behavior of their guests at all times and for informing guests of all University and residence hall procedures. Residents may not have guests more than two days, consecutive or nonconsecutive, within a 15 day period. A host must secure permission of their roommate to house a guest. 

Guests and visitors are expected to be escorted at all times. All guests and visitors will be responsible for carrying picture ID with them. At no time should a guest or visitor be left unattended while the resident is out of the room, suite, or apartment. Guests or visitors left unattended or unescorted may be asked to leave the building. Each resident may have group visitation (such as study groups or dinner gatherings) as long as they do not disturb others in the community. However, each resident may have no more than two guests in the room or apartment after 10:00 pm. 

Specific visitation plans outline the maximum hours during which visitors or guests may visit. Berry, Smith, Whitley, Pride Rock, and F-Halls have visitation hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 am every day. No guests or visitors of the opposite sex may visit between 2:00 am to 10:00 am. West Halls, New Pride, and Prairie Crossing have open visitation as long as the rights of the roommates and other hall residents are respected. 

Extension or suspension of visitation privileges for an individual, a floor, or an entire residence hall may be issued by RLL with just cause. Violations of this policy will be documented and handled judicially. 

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Are there any special meal plan requirements for beginning undergraduate students?

Yes, because Texas A&M University - Commerce is committed to its students and believes that it is responsible for the physical, mental, and emotional well being of its student, the University requires that all single, beginning undergraduate students living on campus are required to purchase an unlimited meal plan for the full academic year. However, this policy only applies to students who are starting college the same year as their date of graduation from high school, and are choosing to live on campus. It does NOT apply to beginning to students who are commuting from the home of their parent of legal guardian, or graduated from high school previously.* Meal plans are optional for other classifications. Meal plans are sold for the entire academic year, and are not transferable to another student. Students may change to a meal plan with fewer meals in between semesters and during the first five class days of either semester.

* Students who graduate early from High School and begin attending the University in the spring semester will be expected to live on campus the next academic year, which would be their regular freshman year, even if they have obtained sophomore status. Students who start college with credits taken while in high school will be expected to complete the academic year contract, regardless if sophomore status is attained at the end of the Fall semester.

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Do I need approval to move off campus during the semester?

Because all room and meal plans are contracted for the entire school year, moving off campus before the end of the academic year constitutes breaking the housing contract and requires approval from the Coordinator of Assignments & Student Contracts of the office of Residential Living and Learning.

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Is there a policy regarding commuters?

All students who wish to commute rather then live in on-campus housing must complete the Commuting Authorization Request Form within the housing application found in myLEO for approval. Once a student is enrolled at the University, housing and meal plan charges will be added to their student account. Upon approval of the Commuting Authorization Request, these charges will be removed. Falsification of records will result in disciplinary action.

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What cable channels do we receive?

The channel listing as well as show times can be found here.

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How good is the tap water provided in Commerce?

 Though personal taste and enjoyment of Commerce water varies from person to person, a detailed water report has been provided online for your convenience.

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Are wireless routers allowed in the halls?

The use of routers are not allowed in the residence halls. However, students in Berry Hall do not have University Wireless access, and may create a personal wireless hotspot. For more information, please read the information provided by IT Services.

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What size are the mattresses?

All residnece halls with the exception of Prairie Crossing and Family Housing come with twin beds. Twin XL beds can be acquired through request by work order. Prairie Crossing and Family Housing come standard with full size beds.

How can I swap my room or get on a wait list/request a room change?
Once you have selected a room, Room Swap will open. This option allows you to look at other rooms available without losing your current selection.  Room Swap works in the same fashion as Room Selection. If wishing to pursue a room swap, highlight the room desired, select “save & continue”. On the next page, choose the A or B room and then swap rooms. You can continue to use the Room Swap during the allotted time for your classification.  Room Swap will end and the waitlist/room change request will open on the first Tuesday of August.