Housing and Residence Life

The residence halls and apartments at Howard Payne University provide students with a “home away from home” and a supportive framework for intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Students are required to live at least four semesters on campus. Students transferring to Howard Payne University from another institution will be granted one semester of residency credit for every 15 hours of approved coursework that transfers.

Following is a brief overview of the residence halls and apartments at HPU. Students who are admitted to the university will receive more detailed information and housing policies from the Office of Student Life.

Deposit and roommate requests – Before students may be placed in a residence hall, they must make a $100 housing deposit, in addition to their $100 tuition deposit. Upon receipt of the deposit, the housing staff will make room assignments. HPU strives to honor special roommate requests.

Resident directors and assistants – A resident director lives in each hall to ensure the smooth operation of the building and assist students with needs that might arise. Resident Assistants (RA) are upperclassmen who live on each wing. These students are trained to help with emergencies and problems.

What to bring – Students may bring a small fan, television (one cable hookup per room), iron, refrigerator (36″ tall max), stereo, hair stylers and an electric blanket. Students must provide their own towels as well as sheets, pillows and blankets suited for an extra long twin bed. Each room has a telephone jack, and a voicemail box is provided to each room. However, students will need to provide their own phone.

Room furnishings – Each room is furnished with twin beds, a double dresser and two desks with chairs. Students may bring carpet for their rooms and hang curtains for extra privacy (all curtains must hang on tension rods). Each hall is equipped with a microwave oven and soft drink and snack machines.

Internet – Wireless Internet access is available everywhere in all residence halls! Computers must have wireless networking cards. Instructions for accessing the wireless Internet are available on the HPU IT Services page.

Each student room is also wired for Internet access. This access is provided to students as part of their activity fee for educational purposes. An Ethernet hub or switch may be purchased to allow students in the same room to be on the Internet at the same time.

Housing for the holidays – Residence halls close for certain holidays and university breaks (i.e., Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break). Residents are responsible for their own housing during these periods if they choose to remain in Brownwood.

Renter’s Insurance – Students and parents are strongly encouraged to purchase renter’s insurance or check on the transferability of coverage from their home owner’s insurance to cover the student’s personal belongings and safety. Precautions are taken to maintain adequate security in the residence halls; however, the University is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property or personal injury/safety in University housing by fire, water, theft, vandalism, or other causes. Rental insurance policies may vary from one company to another, so it makes sense that students shop around to find the policy that best fits their interests. The following link will direct you to a third-party entity which has conducted extensive research on home owner’s/renter’s insurance policies: The University does not officially endorse this service and is in no way affiliated with this third-party entity.


Veda Hodge Hall (women) – Veda Hodge Hall has room for 294 students. Room Dimensions: Room ­ 13′ x 16′; closet ­ 3’3” x 6’7″ (2); window ­ 4′ x 5’3″

Jennings Hall (men) – Jennings Hall provides facilities for 203 men. Room Dimensions: Room ­ 12′ x 15′; closet ­ 4’4″ x 8′; window ­ 4′ x 6′

Thomas Taylor Hall (men) – Taylor Hall provides facilities for 143 students. Room Dimensions: Room ­ 12′ x 16’2″; closets ­ 2’1″ x 7’11″ (2); window ­ 2’8″ x 4’9″ (2); wardrobe ­ 4′ x 2′ (2)


Upperclassmen are eligible to apply for on-campus apartments.

Newbury Place Apartments – The Newbury Place Apartment Complex houses two-bedroom (4-person) apartment units and can house a total of 96 single students.

Smith Bell Duplexes – These eight duplex apartments, housing 20 students, are located on Center Avenue, across from the Mabee University Center. They include built-in carports for residents. The duplexes were renovated in the summer of 2007.