The majority of undergraduate students at Texas A&M-Kingsville live on campus in one of several major dormitory buildings. Turner Hall, Bishop Hall, Martin Hall, Lynch Hall, University Village, and Mesquite Village West house approximately 2,300 students in a shared or private dormitory environment. In addition to traditional male and female dorms, Texas A&M University–Kingsville provides many apartment style residence halls and suites that house approximately 1,200 students. Many of the residence halls on campus provide distinct "Living Learning Communities" for students. This optional housing arrangement helps provide a fraternal residential atmosphere for students from diverse backgrounds, academic fields and interests. These communities currently include Fitness and Wellness, Music, Engineering, Agriculture and Wildlife, Fashionista, Leadership, Technology and Honors.
The university recently completed a new residence hall with 600 beds in a suite-style environment. The university recently broke ground on a new residence hall that will also house students in the Honors College.
During the fall of 2010, the university received state authorization to begin planning and construction for a third new residence hall, to be completed in 2012.
Another student dormitory, Mesquite Village West, opened in time for the Fall 2011 school year. At a cost of more than $18 Million, this 98,000 square foot building provides suite-style two and four bedroom apartments with a kitchenette, living room and one or two bathrooms per unit. It also provides three separated housing wings, including Fashionista, Technology and Honors themed communities.
Many students choose to obtain meals at the various university dining halls and restaurants. In addition to the restaurants located on campus, the university operates several large dining halls in the dormitories and Student Union Building. The university is also building a new dining hall that will be able to accommodate 378 students at one time. Along with this new dining hall, resident students can also use the cafeteria located in Turner-Bishop Hall, Martin Hall or at the various restaurants located in the Memorial Student Union Building. There is also a new cafe located in the James C. Jernigan Library.
The Memorial Student Union Building (commonly called the MSUB or SUB) is often referred to as the "living room of campus."  It is home to the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Activities, the Dean of Students, several ballrooms and meeting rooms. The building also houses a Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Taco Taco and a Subway. Dining services throughout the campus are provided by Aramark, operating as Javelina Dining. The building also hosts a large university bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble. The Memorial Student Union Building also accommodates a large game room with a dozen pool tables, ping pong tables, a computer and study hall section, several large flat screen televisions, and a video arcade room.