For many years, it has been shown that living on campus contributes to the academic success of students. This can be related to a number of reasons including the close proximity to classes, the availability of learning communities and special interest floors that focus on group learning, and the sense of belonging that comes from involvement in college life.

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Am I required to live on Campus?
Students with less than 30 hours of academic credit (excluding dual credit and credit by examination) prior to the first semester of enrollment are required to live in university housing, unless exempted by the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

What are my living options?
In addition to the choice between the university’s 15 residence halls and one apartment complex, students have the opportunity to choose between a variety of theme floors and halls. Theme floors and halls offer residents an opportunity to live with others who have similar lifestyles and to participate in specialized programs and activities. Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources can choose to live in the CASNR Learning Community.

What is a Learning Community? Learning Communities provide specialized programs that increase access to faculty and to students working toward common interests and goals. The collaboration and involvement of faculty, staff and students within the learning community are key components to creating a valuable learning experience. Research shows that involvement in learning communities will contribute to:

  • Development of personal relationships with other students in the classroom
  • Increased GPA
  • More involvement on campus and in professional organizations
  • More likely to graduate in four years
  • Easier transition from high school to college
  • Increased class attendance

What are the benefits of living in the CASNR Learning Community?

  • Study lounge located on floor
  • Student staff to assist in the development of the community focused on agriculture and natural sciences
  • Close proximity to Ag Row classroom buildings, the Rec Center and athletic fields
  • Live among other dedicated agriculture and natural sciences students and create study groups

Where will I live if I am a member of the CASNR Learning Community?

  • The CASNR Learning Community is housed in first and second floors of the Stangel (women) and Murdough (men) complex.
  • The Stangel/Murdough Complex, located on the central western edge of the main campus, is near the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration and the Biology and Experimental Sciences Buildings. Stangel/Murdough has two sand volleyball courts on the south side of the building. A TV lounge, piano lounge, study lounges (2nd and 4th floors) and coin-operated and TECHexpress washers and dryers are available to residents.
  • Each room has built-in furniture consisting of chests of drawers, pullout beds, desks, closets with overhead storage, bookshelves and a sink.
  • The Market at Stangel/Murdough offers a wide variety of eat-in or carry -out food selections with a -la-carte pricing. Residents may also dine at Sams Place mini-market in Murray Hall for variety.
  • Dimensions: bed size: 39"w X 80"l (extra long sheets are required); Stangel: bolsters (2 per bed): 4 1/2"d X 13 1/2"h X 41"w; Murdough: bolster 4 1/2"d X 10"h X 82"w, floor space for carpet: 10ft 9"w X 14ft l (we recommend that the room be occupied before you purchase your carpet to determine actual size needed); closet space: 43"w X 30"d; bulletin boards: 81"w X 41"h; window size: 72"w X 55"h; and ceiling height: 8ft.

Are there additional costs associated with the CASNR Learning Community?
No. Students in the CASNR Learning Community can take advantage of all the additional services and programs associated with the Learning Community without having to pay additional fees!

How do I apply for the CASNR Learning Community?

  • Learning Community Applications are available on-line at
  • Students may apply after their acceptance to Texas Tech and as early as one year in advance of their enrollment. Students are encouraged to apply for housing as early as possible for the best opportunity to receive a room assignment in their hall choice.

Note: Students must be admitted to the university before completing the application for housing. Students must also establish their eRaider account prior to accessing the application for housing. Contact IT Help for Students at 806-742-HELP for assistance witheRaider accounts.