Southern Methodist University is a private, non-profit research university in University Park, Texas. The school's primary campus is located on 121 acres about three miles west of downtown Dallas. It has an endowment of $1.1 billion and offers more than 350 degree programs across its seven colleges—including the Dedman School of Law, which is consistently ranked among the top 20 law schools in the country.
The large majority of students live on-campus at SMU's residential colleges. These five residential communities are organized into small subsections that function as a hybrid between dormitories and neighborhoods (think "Quad" meets "Hall"). Each one has its own dining hall with both hot breakfast items and casual lunch fare; they also have their own libraries, computer labs and recreation areas (e.g., fitness centers).
Students typically move off campus after their sophomore year, when they can apply for one of several apartment complexes located within walking distance from campus or within a short bus ride away from campus (there are three different bus routes around SMU).
If you're looking for an apartment near SMU, here are some areas to check out:
- University Park, Dallas: Located just north of campus, this area is known for its restaurants and shops as well as its proximity to the George Bush Presidential Library on campus. The area is home to many students living off campus and it's also within walking distance of several popular eateries such as Truluck's Seafood Steak & Crab House.
- Highland Park, Texas: This is a part of Dallas that's located just south of SMU and is known for its high-end shopping, upscale restaurants and proximity to campus. The area also has several apartment complexes close by the university.
- Preston Hollow, Texas: This part of Dallas has many apartment complexes located within walking distance from campus. It's also home to several popular dining spots, such as The Blue Fish and Zoes Kitchen. - University Park, Dallas: Located just north of campus, this area is known for its restaurants and shops as well as its proximity to the George Bush Presidential Library on campus.
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