Freshmen make themselves at home

Freshmen make themselves at home

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Freshman, Devyn Ybarra hangs photos of family and friends in her dorm. Photo by Sydney Hernandez

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) requires all students with less than 30 credit hours to live on campus for one academic year.

TAMUK has six residence halls where students can live and experience university life.

“This semester I’m looking forward to doing exceptionally well in all my classes and my first impression of the dorms was that the room was small, but in the end everything worked out great for my roommate and I,” said Samayra Gonzalez, freshman psychology and criminology major.

There has been an increase of students currently living on campus for Fall 2013.

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of Wednesday, Aug. 28, there are 2,200 students dispersed amongst the six facilities.

Students are allowed to decorate their dorms as they please and also may request a select roommate. TAMUK offers two or four bedroom options; students are also given the opportunity to apply for private rooms for an additional fee.

“In my dorm, I was going for an artsy photo collage look for my side,” said Deyvn Ybarra freshman psychology major. “I selected Kingsville because of location and my major. TAMUK has small class sizes and I love the culture this university holds.”

According to TAMUK housing, one of the best advantages to living on campus is the close proximity to classes and the ability to be more involved in campus organizations.

All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan unless living in Martin Hall A, Eduardo and Josefa Lucio Hall and Mesquite Village West for students 21 years of age or older and have at least 60 hours. There are several different meal plans ranging from only 10 meals a week to an unlimited meal program.

Each room has a bed, chairs and other furnishings along with each hall containing a laundry room, vending area, study area, lobby, and a kitchen. Cable television service is provided in all dorms.

“This semester I’m looking forward to making new friends and learning a lot in class,” said Ybarra. “I’ve met some neighbors and they are super helpful and friendly.”

Room and board rates vary for each dormitory hall and all individuals living on campus must be current students of the university and have their bacterial meningitis vaccination.

Exceptions for freshman living on campus include residing locally with a family member, having a military status, or being a parent of young children.

If interested in living on campus, contact the University Housing and Residence Life Office at 361-593-3419. They are available in Lucio Hall, room 119 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sydney Hernandez
Staff Reporter