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.
Investigate what is included with the rent. Islander Housing communities include all utilities* and laundry.
Miramar residents are required to purchase a meal plan. Momentum Village residents may purchase a meal plan, but one is not required. More information is available on the link at the left.
Miramar is the closest to classrooms. If you think you might lack motivation to drive to class or catch the shuttle, Miramar might be a better option. If you have great motivation and time management 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 features in unit kitchens and laundry machines to promote roommate interaction. Both properties have lounges so you can gather to study or hang out with friends.
*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 in the unit, such as adjusting the thermostat during the day/when no one is home, turning off lights, unplugging appliances & electronics when not in use, etc.
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 held for freshmen because we do not require them to live on-campus.
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 room options available. Room availability declines sharply in March for the following academic year, but this can vary from year to year.
An 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 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. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the lease.
4 Steps to Secure Housing
These steps are in a slightly different order for Miramar and Momentum Village. For questions regarding the steps, please contact the community's office directly.
1. Click the community you wish to apply for: Miramar or Momentum Village. Please note that you have to pay a non-refundable application fee for each community you apply at, so it is recommended to apply to only one.
To complete the application, the following information is needed:
i. Island ID and password (Miramar) or Student ID number (Momentum Village)
ii. Student’s state ID number (driver’s license number, state ID number, Visa or passport number, etc.)
iii. Payment method (electronic check, debit card, or credit card)
iv. Guarantor’s information: name, Social Security Number, address, email address and phone number. A guarantor is financially responsible for the lease should the student neglect to make payments on time.
2. Select a room and/or roommates. Room selection for new applicants typically becomes available in January for the next academic year. 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.
3. Sign a lease electronically through the online system. Once you select a room, you have 24 hours to sign your lease before your room is released. The signed lease confirmation will be sent to your Islander email account. Keep the lease confirmation for your reference.
Before signing a lease, make sure you review the lease, which is available before you sign it. Additionally, there is a sample lease available on the housing community’s website. The sample lease may change from year to year, so be sure to review the current lease available through the online portal. Once the lease is signed, you are bound to its’ terms and conditions.
4. 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 call 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 normal move-in days. Payment due date is always included in your lease confirmation.