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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 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 taken 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 do I get my service animal or emotional support animal approved to live in the halls?

Are wireless routers allowed in the halls?

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.  Suggested items to bring are:

Bedding (mattress cover, sheets, pillows, comforter)
Towels and washcloths
Shower caddy, shower shoes/flip flops
Toiletries, tissues, toilet paper (TP provided in Phase III)
Cleaning supplies (for room and bathroom), small vacuum
Small microwave, mini-fridge, coffee pot
TV (small/medium size)
Alarm clock
First-aid, flash light, batteries
Computer, printer, surge protector
Office/school supplies, backpack
Small fan, lamp
Clothes (nice outfit for interviews, speaker events, & career fair)
Laundry bag or basket, hangers, detergent
Umbrella, rain wear
Prescriptions, Insurance Card, Family Physician's phone number
Trash can and liners
Posters, pictures, room decor, tension rod for curtains
Cards, Dominoes & other games

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What items should I leave at home?

Weapons (even for hunting purposes)
Candles, incense, potpourri pots, oil lamps, wax burners, candle warmers
Multi-plug adapters
Fireworks
Extension Cords
Electric blanket/space heaters
Electric balance/hover boards
Motorized scooters (unless it can be left outside)
String Lights
Pets (one 10 gallon tank with fish allowed)
Hotplates (other appliances with exposed heating elements)
Toasters, toaster ovens, rice cookers, crock pots, deep fryers
Traffic signs
Wireless router
Drugs, alcohol, drug paraphernalia, shot glasses, etc
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?

Personal responsibility is one of the most important lessons that can be learned at college. All students are considered adults and will be treated accordingly by all University staff. Residential Living and Learning will strive to connect students to the many resources available for a student to accomplish their goals. Students must take an active part in their academic and personal success by letting our staff know if they need assistance in a particular area.

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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.
  • The hall desk staff are available to assist residents 24 hours a day in the traditional-style halls and from 10am-10pm each day in the apartments.
  • 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?

If a resident is interested in living in another room or building on campus, they are welcome to use the Room Swap function in the housing application until mid-August.  After that, the Waitlist opens in the myLeo housing portal and residents can put their name on one waitlist.  If a spot becomes available in the desired hall, we will contact the student on the waitlsit.

If students have a roommate or facility concern, they should contact their hall staff for assistance instead of using the waitlist to move.

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What size are the beds on campus?

Pride Rock-XL Twin
Whitley-XL Twin
Phase III-XL Twin
Phase II-XL Twin
New Pride- Twin
West-Twin
F-Halls-Twin
Prairie Crossing-Full

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What is the visitation policy?

Guests are defined as any person who does not live within the same assigned residential community space. This includes other students/residents, or non- students. Residents are not permitted to host guests from outside their assigned hall within their assigned hall or space due to health concerns related to COVID-19. For example, a Whitley resident can visit another Whitley Hall space, but a Phase 3 resident cannot enter Whitley Hall- they can only enter Phase 3 and visit Phase 3 spaces. This Community Standard keeps risk of exposure to COVID-19 between residential areas as low as possible.

It is important to note that for residents that choose to host guests from within the same community into their assigned spaces (meaning a New Pride resident invites over another New Pride resident), hosts are responsible for accompanying any guests while the guest is in their assigned space (for example, do not leave a guest in your space and go to class, etc.) and hosts are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Guests from within the same hall/ area should not stay overnight more than 2 nights/ 3 days per semester. No resident should have more than 2 guests within their space at a given time (for an apartment with multiple residents, it is encouraged that residents do not all have 2 guests at the same time).

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 the 19 Convenience + $400 FLEX Meal Plan 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. Second year students are required to have a meal plan of their choosing. Meal plans are optional for other classifications. Meal plans are sold for the entire academic year, and are not transferable to another student. 

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

All housing and meal plans contracts are for both Fall and Spring terms, therefore students must submit a Contract Release Request if they wish to cancel the contract.  Due to the nature of the contracts, a majority of requests are denied, therefore, students should not make alternate plans to live off campus until they have received an approved request.  The Contract Release Request can be found under Other Apps in the myLeo housing portal. 

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Is there a policy regarding commuters?

A Commuter Authorization Request will be honored if a first year student is living with a parent or legal guardian within a 50 mile or less than one hour drive time from campus. Once a student enters a housing contract during their first year, they may not complete the Commuter Request for their second year. The Commuter Authorization Request may be located in the myLeo housing portal under Other Apps.

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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 do I get my service animal or emotional support animal approved to live in the halls?

Students with a service animal or emotional support animal are required to contact Student Disability Resources and Services to get the animal approved before the animal is brought into the residence halls. Students may start the process by emailing StudentDisabilityServices@tamuc.edu.

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Are wireless routers allowed in the halls?

The use of routers are not allowed in the residence halls. 

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