Apply for Housing and/or Meal Plans or Submit a Residency Exemption Request

All available applications and exemption forms are accessed through MyNMSU.


  • First-Year Housing and Dining application (Academic Year – Fall & Spring) 
    • Students who are first-time, full-time undergraduate students admitted to the Las Cruces campus. If you completed college coursework concurrently during high school and entering NMSU for the first time you are should complete this application. The contract is for the academic year which is fall and spring. *If a student has already completed the housing application, the housing application takes priority over the housing exemption request.

  • First-Year Residency – Request for Exemption (Academic Year – Fall & Spring) 
    • Students who are first-time, full-time undergraduate students admitted to the Las Cruces campus and have rare circumstances may submit a request to be exempt from the residency requirement. *If a student has already completed the housing application, the housing application takes priority over the housing exemption request.

  • Waiver First-Year Housing and Dining application (Academic Year – Fall & Spring)
    • Students who meet certain financial criteria may be eligible to fill out the Waiver application in which the housing deposit and application fee are billing directly to their student account at the time of application and payment up front is not required.  Please note, students must meet certain financial requirements in order to be granted access to the application.  If the student doesn’t meet the financial requirements, access to the waiver application will not be granted.
    • In order to qualify for the Waiver application, the student must first send a copy of their Financial Aid Award letter to housing@nmsu.edu.
    • The criteria is based off of the NMSU estimated cost of attendance.  A minimum of $9,726 per semester in Financial Aid Awards, for the 2022-2023 academic year, must be awarded and accepted in order to qualify for the Waiver application. Work Study funds do not count towards the total amount of financial aid, only grants, loans and scholarships.   
    • If approved, the student will then be granted access to the Waiver application through their MyHousing portal.
      Tuition & Fees $8,405
      Residence Hall $6,507
      Dining Membership $4,900
        TOTAL:  $19,812 academic year
        Per Semester:  $9,726

  • Upperclassmen Non-Traditional application (Academic Year – Fall & Spring) 
    • Students who are transfers, current residents, exchange students should complete this application. The contract is for the academic year which is fall and spring.

  • Family Housing application (Academic Year – Fall & Spring) 
    • Students who are married, married couples with children, single parents with dependent children, domestic partners, and domestic partner with child(ren) should complete this application. 

*If the student is under 18 at the time of the application, they need to provide a parent’s email address. A code will be emailed to the parent to complete the under 18 form electronically.


Here’s how to apply for Housing

To complete a housing application follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your MyNMSU account with your NMSU username and password.
  2. Click on the Student tab. The Banner Self-Service panel appears in the middle of the screen.
  3. Select MyHousing.
  4. Once in MyHousing at the top of the screen, you will see the Application drop-down menu.
  5. Select the application in which you qualify under. (For example: 2022-2023 First-Year Housing and Dining)
  6. Once you have selected your option, you will review the terms of the agreement. Once you have signed the agreement, hit Continue.
  7. Complete the application questions and hit Continue.
  8. Select your housing option requests and hit Continue.
  9. Select your meal plan and hit Continue.
  10. You will then be directed to pay the application and deposit fee. Your application will not be complete until the payment is submitted. If you close out of the application before completing it, you will need to re-apply.

Once you have made the payment, you will receive a message to your NMSU email account verifying your application has been submitted.

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