Lamar University students study on an attractive 270-acre campus filled with new facilities designed to make campus living comfortable and fun. From the campus in Beaumont, students have easy access to numerous entertainment and recreation options throughout Southeast Texas.


More than 2,500 students live on campus in modern, apartment-style residence halls known as Cardinal Village. Each two-person furnished dormitory unit features two private bedrooms, each with its own locking door, and a shared bathroom and a living area with mini-refrigerator and microwave. Cardinal Village residents also have access to a swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, community centers, meeting rooms and on-site laundry facilities.

Dining Facilities

LU’s gourmet dining hall offers food-court-style service to provide students, faculty and staff with an assortment of delicious meal options daily. Chartwells Dining Services operates the dining hall and four other on-campus eateries. Mirabeaus and the Cardinal Nest in the Setzer Student Center serve fast food favorites, including Starbucks coffee. Locations inside Cardinal Village and the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center provide convenient dining options near two of the hubs of campus life. Off-campus options near LU include Subway, Sonic and locally owned Kampus Korner.

Students in dining hall


Students can have fun and stay fit at the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center, a showplace facility with a 43-foot climbing wall, indoor walking track, all the latest workout equipment and courts for basketball, racquetball, volleyball and more. It’s like an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Recreational Sports also offers a game room and lounge, indoor pool, group fitness classes, a golf driving range and a variety of intramural sports.

Off-Campus Activities

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures – a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and lakes, or hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Nearby shopping and entertainment options abound with theaters, museums and live music venues. The region is also home to several golf courses.