There are many factors to consider when deciding where to live for college. Two of the most important are the total cost of the lease and the length of the lease. Miramar has 9 month leases that coincide with the academic year (August-May). Momentum Village has a 12 month lease (August-July). Don’t just look at the monthly cost, but the total cost of the entire lease and compare it to your anticipated budget.
Investigate what is included with the rent. Islander Housing communities include cable, high speed internet, water, sewer, trash, electricity* and even laundry in the total housing cost.
*Each Momentum Village resident has a $30-40 cap per month on electricity, depending on floor plan. Overages will be equally split between all roommates and billed each month, as needed. Overages can be avoided by conserving energy usage, such as adjusting the thermostat during the day/when no one is home, turning off lights, unplugging appliances & electronics when not in use, etc.
Miramar is the closest to classrooms. If you think you want the convenience of walking to class in 5-7 minutes, Miramar is a better option. If you have strong time management skills and prefer some distance between your home and classrooms, you might favor Momentum Village. There is a shuttle from Momentum Village to the Island Campus (during fall and spring semesters), so commuting to the Island is quick and easy.
Both communities provide opportunities to get to know your neighbors and participate in fun, engaging and useful activities. Miramar residence halls features community kitchens and laundry rooms so you can talk with other students while doing every day tasks. The apartments have their own kitchens to entertain new and old friends and there are also community laundry rooms to get to know others in the nearby units.
Momentum Village's apartments and townhomes feature in unit kitchens and laundry machines to promote roommate interaction. There are several recreational and community areas for residents to utilize.
Both communities have lounges and rec centers so you can gather to study or hang out with friends.
Miramar residents are required to purchase a residential meal plan through University Services. Momentum Village residents may purchase a meal plan, but one is not required. More information is available on the above link.
Islanders may apply for housing once they are accepted to the University. Housing is assigned on a first come, first served, space available basis. Students are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as they decide they want to attend TAMU-CC and live on-campus. Rooms are not guaranteed or held for freshmen because they are not required to live on-campus. Freshmen are strongly encouraged to live on-campus because on-campus residents tend to do better in classes, utilize campus resources more often, and develop a better support network.
Students wishing to select a specific room type or who have disability related accommodations should apply for housing as early as possible to have the most floor plan options available. Room availability tends to decline sharply in March for the following academic year, but this can vary from year to year.
The application is how a future or current student states their desire to live on-campus. The application also serves as a pre-qualification for a student to sign a lease. Submitting an application does not guarantee a room nor does it legally tie the student to living in Islander Housing.
The lease is a legally binding document that guarantees a student a room. Once the lease is signed, the student is legally bound to the terms and conditions of the lease, including cancellation and termination fees. Please read the lease before signing it so that you fully understand the terms and conditions. Housing staff is happy to answer any questions you have about the lease.
1. Go to www.islanderhousing.com and click on Apply Now. The fees are as follows: $100 non-refundable application fee, plus a $150 refundable security deposit. Each applicant must also have a guarantor (similar to a co-signor on a loan; guarantor is financially responsible for the student's lease.).
To complete the application, the following information is needed:
i. Island ID, password and Student ID (A) number
ii. Student’s state ID number (driver’s license number, state ID card number, or passport number)
iii. Payment method (debit card or credit card)
iv. Guarantor’s information: name, Social Security Number, address, email address and phone number.
2. Sign a lease for a specific floor plan electronically. After the application is reviewed and approved, the student and guarantor will be emailed a link to sign the lease. When the lease is signed, the student is guaranteed that floor plan. **Before signing the lease, make sure you review the full document, which is available in the online portal before you sign it. Once the lease is signed, you are bound to its’ terms and conditions.
3. Select a room and/or roommates. This step occurs after the student and guarantor sign the lease. During this step, you can search for roommates who’s profile is a good fit for you. It is very important that the student answers the Resident Profile questions so that it is an accurate reflection of the student. Parents/family members are strongly discouraged from completing this section.
4. Make your first payment. The first housing payment* is due August 1 for Fall move-in and January 1 for Spring move-in. Summer move-in payment deadline varies depending on when summer move-in occurs. Please contact the office for details. Although the payment is due on these dates, actual move-in day may be another day. Please see the Move-In page for additional information.
*Date may differ if student is approved to move-in outside of standard Fall and Spring move-in days. Payment due date is always included on the first page of the lease.