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How to Save Money

Top Ways to save dough

1.  Live in a vintage residence hall like Lipscomb.
2.  Preference a double occupancy room (2 beds per bedroom).
3.  After your first year, apply to be a Resident Assistant for great housing & meal plan benefits.
4.  Split a 4 bedroom apartment with 3 other students- Do the math here.
5.  Live in a vintage apartment complex like University Village or Center Point
6.  Be realistic about your meal plan meals - check out our options.


Living on campus is a great way to save. Residence halls and on-campus apartment communities offer several amenities that you might pay extra for if living off campus. Several UT Arlington apartments and residence halls are all bills paid, and all communities receive free unlimited laundry. Other cost-saving features we offer include: cable TV, high-speed wireless and Ethernet connections, as well as furniture in our residence hall communities. Our apartment communities offer free clubhouse use as well as access to swimming pools and recreation areas, such as sand volleyball courts and barbecue grills.

By staying within walking distance of all of your classrooms and labs, you also reduce commuting costs and save time trying to find a parking spot. Inexpensive entertainment is only a few steps away, with gaming equipment available in every hall or an intramural basketball game in the Maverick Activities Center.


Whether living on campus or commuting, UT Arlington offers several convenient options for dining in or even grabbing a quick snack between classes. With a meal plan, students receive a discounted meal rate for the Connection Café, the all-you-care-to-eat residential dining hall. Students can find out which plan is best for their schedules. With a meal plan, students don’t have to worry about carrying around cash or credit cards; the whole plan is built into the Mav ID.

Most of our dining locations remain open all day long, so there is no need to waste gas going off campus to grab a quick bite. Whether you’re craving Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Subway, Moe's Southwest Grill, or just want a Starbucks coffee, It’s All Here.

The Commons



The Commons, UTA's newly opened dining hall and student center, is conveniently located next to the Maverick Activities Center and West Hall. The all-you-care-to-eat cafe includes indoor and outdoor seating areas. Additional retail dining options include Starbucks, 2mato brick-oven pizzeria, and Za’tar Mediterranean Grill. Group meeting rooms and study and lounge areas are also available.