University Housing closes on Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon for the Spring 2021 Semester. All students must plan to vacate their rooms before Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon.

We ask that students limit the amount of people they bring with them to check out of their room/apartment to three in order to practice social distancing.  Please follow CDC guidelines and do not ask those with compromised immune systems or are sick to assist.

All guests must wear face coverings over nose and mouth in all residential facilities and outdoor locations in which it may be difficult to adequately social distance in accordance with MSU Texas COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Spring 2021 Checkout

Resident Assistants (RAs) in each area/complex will reach out to their residents to sign up for a checkout time the week of April 26th. Multiple time slots will be available Monday, April 26, 2021 through Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon. This allows for residential students to complete a social distanced Checkout process and have minimal contact with other students during the process. All students will complete an express checkout and follow the steps below:

  1. Sign up for a Checkout time with their RA.
  2. Complete the move-out and cleaning process.
  3. Turn in room key/s at the Legacy Commons Desk.
  4. Fill out an envelope with their information and acknowledgement that staff will assess cleaning and damages at a later time.

A student may complete an in-person checkout with their RA upon request. Student and guests may be asked to step outside of the residential space or in the doorway while the staff member completes the in-person checkout for the safety of all parties involved.

Students who do not properly checkout of University Housing are subject to improper checkout charges of at least $50.00.

Cleaning Guidelines

Limited cleaning supplies are available in all residential desk areas when open and at the Legacy Commons 24-hour desk area to be checked out. Due to high demand during closing periods, we ask all students to bring their own packing, moving, and cleaning supplies to limit germ transference from people repeatedly handling the same objects.

General items available for checkout include general-purpose cleaner, paper towels, trash bags, vacuum cleaners, swiffers, brooms, and dollies. Due to high demand, you may experience longer wait times for items.

Dumpsters are located adjacent to the residential buildings. All students are encouraged to take their trash to these designated locations. Improper trash disposal could lead to fines assessed to the student’s account.

Ways to Reduce Checkout Charges:

  • Kitchen Range: The range should be free of all grease, grime, and soap residue. The top, front, and sides (if the sides are accessible without pulling out the range) should be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Cupboards/Cabinets: Remove all personal items including shelf paper, and clean inside and out with an all-purpose cleaner. Rinse with clear water to remove soap residue. Please use non-adhesive shelf paper, not contact paper, to line the shelves.
  • Counter Top: Clean with all-purpose cleaner and rinse with clear water to remove soap residue. Please do not use abrasives or abrasive cleaners.
  • Sink: Clean the sink using a general-purpose cleaner or stainless-steel cleaner if necessary. Do not put grease down the garbage disposal.
  • Vent Cover and Range Hood: Clean and degrease using a general-purpose cleaner or degreaser. Vent cover and range hood should be free of grease and dust.
  • Bathroom Sink, Tub, and Wall Tile: Clean with tub and tile cleaner, general purpose cleaner or mild abrasive cleaner if necessary. Sink, tub and tile should be free of all dirt, soap scum, rust, etc. Fixtures and pipes should be cleaned and polished.
  • Toilet: Clean inside of bowl with toilet bowl cleaner and the outside with general purpose cleaner.
  • Medicine Cabinet: Remove all personal items and clean cabinet with a general-purpose cleaner and the mirror with a glass cleaner.
  • Vent Cover: Clean, using a general-purpose cleaner. The cover should be free of all lint, dust, grime, etc.
  • Furniture: Furniture should be free of all dirt, dust, etc. All drawers should be cleaned and free of personal items.
  • Tile Floors: Tile floors should be clean and free of all dust, dirt, grime, etc. Clean with general purpose cleaner and rinse. It is not expected of the residents to wax the floors before vacating.
  • Carpet: Vacuum thoroughly.
  • Baseboards: Clean, using a general-purpose cleaner. Baseboards should be clean and free of all dust, dirt, grime, etc.
  • Ceiling Fans: Clean, using a general-purpose cleaner. All sides of the ceiling fan should be cleaned.
  • Faucets: Vinegar will help to remove lime deposits. There are special cleaners available for this purpose in retail stores.
  • Soap: All-purpose cleaners will streak less and reduce the amount of rinsing required.
  • Plumbing: Always avoid pouring grease into any drain or disposal. Most clogged drains are a result of grease buildup. Do not pour any chemical into any drain to unclog it. Such chemicals may cause considerable damage or injury. If you have difficulty with any plumbing item, complete a maintenance request online and for emergencies contact 940-397-6600 24 hours a day.

Room Damage Charges

Residents are responsible for any costs the University incurs in returning a living space to its original condition. In the event of damage, missing furniture, or excessive trash, Residence Life & Housing incurs specific costs to ready rooms for the next occupant. Our goal in sharing this information is to encourage all residents to take care of their rooms and to vacate rooms in good condition to avoid damage charges.

Residence Life & Housing staff assess damages to student rooms using the ICE (Intentional, Careless, or Excessive) principle. Damages identified using the ICE principle are intentional damage or vandalism, damage caused by careless use, or excessive wear and tear.

Please keep in mind that move-out room inspections look for damages that are beyond normal wear and tear. Housing fees incorporate the cost of repair and upkeep for normal wear and tear from living in the space. Damage billing charges apply only to damages deemed intentional, careless, or excessive. A partial listing of damage charges can be found in the 2020-2021 Residence Life & Housing Handbook.

Storage Availability

Limited outdoor storage units are available in Sunwatcher Village Apartments at $50.00 per summer term for students returning for Fall 2021. Students are encouraged to sign up early for outdoor storage in the Residence Life & Housing Office with Tanya Jordan. Storage fees will be charged to the student account.

Apartment residents who are returning to the same apartment for Fall 2021 may sign up for “Same Room Storage” otheir Housing Portal. “Same Room Storage” is $75.00 per summer term charged to their student account. Same room storage is only available to apartment residents due to summer camps and conferences in the residential facilities in the summer months.

Break Housing

Students seeking an exception to remain in University Housing past Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon must complete the Break Housing Request Form on MustangsLink no later than Monday, April 26, 2021. A decision will be communicated through your MSU Texas email account from MustangsLink regarding your request.

Please note that should your request for an exception be granted, depending on the length of stay you may be required to move to a different residential facility in order to ensure appropriate levels of staffing. Students who do not have a Summer I University Housing assignment will be subject to a $20.00 per night charge to their student account.

Dining Options

University Dining will close on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and reopen for Summer I on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Students will be responsible for their own dining needs when University Dining is closed.

Additional Dining information can be found at:

Emptying your Mailbox and Forwarding Mail

Plan to empty your mail from your campus mailbox and retrieve any packages that may have been delivered before leaving campus. You can manage your future correspondence by submitting the forwarding address form online and submitting the official USPS Change-of-Address. For additional information you can email the MSU Texas Post Office at or call 940-397-4241.

Contacting University Housing

University Housing is anticipating a high volume of calls and emails during closing. All efforts will be made to respond as quickly as possible; however, there may be delays in that response time. University Housing can best be reached through email at

The Legacy Commons will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout the break period and Summer I & II terms. For assistance, stop by the Legacy Commons or call 940-397-6600. On-call staff will be available to assist with residential emergencies through the break and summer terms.