Living in Beaumont
Many students choose the convenient option of living on campus or within walking
distance of campus. Cardinal Village is a series of four on-campus residence halls
that offer private bedrooms and the luxury of modern facilities in buildings that
have all been constructed since 2001. For more information on leases and amenities
please visit the Cardinal Village web site.
Students who choose to live in an apartment or house off campus should find a
residence that is within walking distance or on the bus route unless they plan
to purchase a car. To aid in property searches outside the University’s
residence halls, we have listed several property management companies who
can assist in finding rental units. This list is not exhaustive and none
are endorsed by Lamar University. For housing and roommate wanted listings
in the area check
southeasttexas.com. To see a map of apartments, you can check this site: myapartmentmap.com .
Independent Property Rentals
Burns Properties, Inc.
290 Dowlen Road
Beaumont, TX 77706
4630 Collier Road
Beaumont, TX 77706
Lexington on the Lake
6195 North Major Drive
Beaumont, TX 77713
Parigi Property Mgt, LTD
445 N. 11th Street
Beaumont, TX 77702
The Village at Lamar
5230 South Martin Luther King Parkway
Beaumont, TX 77705
Lamar University’s location in Beaumont, Texas shares latitude with Florida
and enjoys a lush, subtropical climate. The city of Beaumont is 30 miles from
the Gulf of Mexico and 85 miles from Houston. The average rainfall is 59 inches
(150 cm) per year.
Average Seasonal Temperatures:
||52F - 11 C
||68F - 20C
||82F - 28C
||70F - 21C
Functioning efficiently in the United States involves making transactions by
cash, check, or credit cards. In most situations that do not involve large sums
of money, cash is sufficient. In other situations where there is a large sum of
money or where additional identification is required, credit cards and checks are
much more convenient.
There are several banks to choose from in Beaumont. Each bank offers different
services, so it is important that you compare these services. Most international
students prefer to handle their needs through the Beaumont Area Educators Federal
Credit Union. All students, faculty, and staff of Lamar University are eligible
to join the Credit Union.
To open a savings or a checking account at any bank, the student will need two
pieces of identification, such as a Lamar University ID, Texas State Identification,
driver's license, or passport. Students do not need a Social Security number to open
a bank account.
Students need only to provide proof that they are accepted as students of Lamar
and secure $25.00 in a savings account in order to qualify for checking and other
services. The main branch of the Credit Union, often referred to as the "Teachers'
Credit Union," is conveniently located across from the University at 4695 Rolfe
Types of Accounts:
A savings account enables students to save money and accumulate interest on their
savings. Interest is paid either monthly or quarterly. Although students can withdraw
money from their savings account, this service limits, the number of monthly withdrawals
permitted without penalty.
Banks offer different types of checking accounts designed to fit individual needs.
The cost of having a checking account varies from bank to bank. Some banks charge
per transaction, some have a basic monthly fee, and others offer free services for
those who maintain a certain minimum balance in their account at all times. A list
of all the account activity will be sent in a monthly statement. Students should
carefully record every check they write, every withdrawal and deposit, and any transaction fees in order to avoid having checks returned and incurring additional
charges. "Bouncing" a check (writing a check for more money than is actually in the
account) can cause a major expense and a great deal of trouble. Some banks provide
Interest Bearing Checking Accounts
Regular checking accounts do not earn interest. However, an interest bearing checking
account combines the features of both a checking account and a savings account. This
means that students may write checks and also collect interest on the money in their
account. This type of account usually requires a high minimum balance at all times.
To cash a check two pieces of identification are needed. The primary piece of ID must
be a driver's license or a State of Texas ID card. The second piece of ID is usually a
major credit card.
Some stores will cash a check for students who shop there regularly and have a
proper ID. Some stores may not accept the temporary checks that most banks issue to
new account holders. In fact, most stores require that checks have name and addresses
professionally printed on them.
Non-drivers can be issued a State of Texas picture ID card at the Texas Department
of Transportation, This ID is available to individuals who do not have a driver's
license. A valid passport is required for verification of person and date of birth. The
State of Texas ID card is an accepted form of identification throughout Texas and is
valid for four years. It can be used for identification when cashing a check or when
opening a bank account.
Many banks issue cards that make deposit and withdrawal services available 24 hours a
day by use of an automatic teller machine (ATM). These machines, frequently located
outside the bank, are very convenient and allow access to cash after the bank closes
or in an emergency. However, there is often a service charge of approximately $1-$2
for using ATM's from another bank.
A Note of caution: To prevention assault, users of ATM's should
be cautions when withdrawing funds after dark.
Credit cards are convenient, especially to cover unexpected major expenses.
Medical fees, airplane tickets, and car repairs can be paid for by with any major
credit card. But credit cards are seductive. It is very easy to get deeply into debt.
Be sure to understand all of the terms of a credit card before signing anything. Most
credit companies charge an annual fee of $20 to $40. Some waive this fee while others
do so with a minimum number of annual transactions. The company will send a monthly
statement. By paying the full balance, additional finance charges (usually 18%) may
be avoided. The credit card company will then assess a finance charge on unpaid balances.
That charge will appear on the next month's statement.
A note of caution: The issuing company should be notified about
lost credit card A new card with a new account number will be sent. Also call the
police department so that it may have the information needed in case of any illegal
activity any old account.
Health and Safety
Medical insurance is an absolute necessity in the
United States since individuals are responsible for their own medical care costs.
All international students are required to have health and accident insurance for
themselves and any family member accompanying them in the United States. Insurance
must be purchased at the University during the registration period. Lamar University
requires all students to purchase the University student insurance plan provided by
Academic Health Plans (AHP). The rate per semester for one student is $371 as of the 2010-11
academic year. For more details on insurance rates and coverage go to:
If you are not feeling well, have a minor injury or are experiencing depression or
other psychological difficulties, the on-campus Student Health Center
provides care administered by a physician, nurse practitioner or mental health
counselor. The center provides basic care for all enrolled students while the
university is in session.
The best way to experience student life is to get involved on campus. Lamar
University has over 150 active student organizations of social and professional
orientation. For a list of and links to these organizations,
A wide variety of university related activities are hosted on campus and in the
community. For a listing of these events, click to see the university
Calendar of Events.
Lamar students benefit from modern campus amenities like the Sheila Umphrey
Recreational Sports Center. Click for more details on our
campus facilities and student services.
For Beaumont bus routes and schedules visit:
Students who live in the area around the university find the campus shuttle
a safe and convenient means of transportation after dark. The shuttle runs
in the evenings from 5:30pm to midnight or 2:00am (whichever time the library
closes that day). The shuttle departs every 15 minutes from the library and
will take students back to their apartments. Or for transportation from their
apartment to the library, students can call 880-2241 for pick up.
The campus shuttle also runs a special weekend service on Saturdays and Sundays
from 11:00am to 3:00pm transporting students from the library to Wal-mart and then
from Wal-mart back to each student’s apartment. If you have any suggestions or
complaints about the campus shuttle service, please notify Belinda Cooper at 880-2264.