First-Year Housing

We are so excited to have you join the Horned Frog community. Please review the information below:

Submit your one-time, non-refundable $500 Enrollment Deposit via TCU has a two-year residential and dining requirement. Housing & Residence Life uses your high school graduation year to determine your classification for housing.

All incoming students must comply with the following vaccination requirements to enroll at TCU:
1. Bacterial Meningitis (MCV4 or MPSV4) administered within the past five years. (Students over the age of 22 are exempt from this requirement.)
2. Two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination or proof of immunity to Measles and Mumps. (Students born before 1957 are exempt from this requirement.)

Both dates and records must be submitted on the TCU Student Health Portal. Students must enter the dates of their vaccinations and upload supporting documents.

For more information, visit the TCU Health Center’s website or email

All housing communication will be sent directly to students’ TCU emails. Please begin to check your email multiple times per week.

Incoming First-Years can complete their housing application via The Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 housing application is open May 1 – June 1, 2021.

Please review our Rates & Applications page for tutorials and more information.

Housing & Residence Life uses the student’s high school graduation year to determine classification for housing placement.

Incoming First-Years are guaranteed on-campus housing at TCU. Students will receive their room assignments prior to their move-in date in August.

Each student will receive a Housing Selection time slot 3-5 business days prior to Housing Selection. Time slots will be sent to students’ TCU emails. Time slots are randomly generated for all students regardless of when they completed their housing application.

On Housing Selection Day (June 19), students will be able to log in to their Housing Portal and select their own room for Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 year.

Some students may not be able to select a housing assignment during Housing Selection; however, the housing assignments team will assign all incoming first-year students prior to the August 2021 Move-In.

Fall 2021 Incoming First-Year Room Selection Tutorial

Waitlist Information: 

Please note that on housing selection day, June 19, some first-year students will log in to select a room and find that spaces are no longer available for selection. These students will automatically be placed on a waitlist for room selection. The following accommodations are already underway to accommodate students on the waitlist and ensure as many first-year students as possible are able to live on campus:

  • Our largest double-occupancy rooms will be converted to triples. These rooms easily accommodate three beds and have done so comfortably in the past.
  • Select lounge areas will be converted to bedrooms with double or triple occupancy, depending on size.
  • Some first-year students may share a room or suite with returning students. This will not be uncommon, as nearly every residence hall on campus will house some first-year students.
  • Some returning students are invited to live off-campus, which will lead to more space for first-year students.

Should you be placed on the waitlist for room selection, Housing & Residence Life will contact you directly.

Please note that a number of students will be impacted by extended housing. Our goal is to alleviate extended housing prior to move-in; however, we will communicate with students during the academic year as more opportunities become available.

Every effort is made to accommodate student preferences; however, placement in a particular community or with a particular roommate is not guaranteed.

Housing & Residence Life uses high school graduation year to determine classification for housing placement.

Incoming First-Years are guaranteed on-campus housing at TCU. Students will receive their room assignments prior to their move-in date in August.

First-year students must select the Ultimate Flex 19 meal plan via their TCU housing application.

Learn more about Meal Plans.

Students who have a dietary restriction and feel they need a dietary accommodation can work with Student Access and Accommodation. Please contact them at (817) 257-6567 or

Moving on campus is an exciting time, but it can be challenging as you prepare.  We have created a comprehensive list of suggested items to bring, items Housing & Residence Life provides and items you should leave behind. Learn more about what to bring to your new home.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Coordinate with your roommate(s) on which items you will bring. Some students even like to coordinate room decorations!
  • Room descriptions, approximate dimensions and photos are provided on our Residence Halls page. We are unable to provide exact measurements of your room or furniture. Please plan to take measurements of our tour rooms while on campus.
  • Students can ship items to campus as soon as they secure a TCU Post Office Box. Many students ship items to campus prior to moving in to minimize the amount of items they bring with them on Move-In day. Some students choose to purchase items after they move in. Do what is best for you and your family!
  • Don’t overbuy! Less is always more. You can always purchase items after you move in.
  • We also suggest getting renters’ insurance for your room.

Please confirm move-in dates and times before making travel arrangements. Early arrivals are not permitted. Students must move in on a designated Move-In day. 

Parents & Families: We suggest booking return flights for the day after move-in to allow enough time for you to get your student settled. It will be a busy day, and we want you to enjoy the experience rather than be rushed.

Information about specific move-in dates, times and locations can be found on our Move-In page.

Your bed has the capability to adjust from approximately 18 inches to five feet. With a little help, you can find the perfect height of your new bed. Learn how to loft your bed.

Students that live within a 30-mile radius of TCU with a parent or legal guardian are eligible to commute. Please complete the Commuter Exemption Request Form if you are interested in commuting from home.