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Where To Find Houston Rooming Houses


In this article, I will talk with you about Houston rooming houses.

Rooming houses provide private housing to individuals who typically have limited income.

They serve as an important housing option for clients when shelters are full, someone can’t afford rent at an apartment, or pass a background check.

Once you are finished reading this article you will be familiar with the following:

  • What a rooming house is
  • Where Houston rooming houses are located
  • The weekly rent at a Houston rooming house

Before telling you about the locations of each Houston rooming house, I will provide an explanation of what a rooming house is.

What Is A Rooming House?

A rooming house is a private home where rooms are rented to individuals on a long-term or temporary basis.

Houston rooming houses are good alternatives to homeless shelters in Houston.  If you have a limited income (part-time job, SSI benefits, etc) and would prefer your own room as opposed to staying at a shelter, a rooming house could be an option for you.

In most cases rooming houses consist of:

  1. A person renting one room in contrast to an entire apartment
  2. You live with additional renters in an apartment-like setting

The individual renting the rooming house could be either a landlord, owner, or simply a manager of the property.

Other features of rooming houses include:

  • daily/weekly rent payments
  • a shared bathroom
  • a shared kitchen

Now that you know what a rooming house is I will provide you with that listing of Houston rooming houses.

Houston Rooming Houses List

If you are seeking affordable housing in Houston, consider this list of rooming houses. 

  1. Woodlyn Rooming House (Mesa + Tidwell)
  2. Sherman Rooming House (East End)
  3. New Orleans Rooming House (5th Ward)
  4. Hardy Rooming House (Near Northside)
  5. Wayside Rooming House (Magnolia Park)
  6. Harrisburg Rooming House (East End)
  7. Magnolia Rooming House (Magnolia Park)
  8. Wilmer Rooming House (East End)
  9. Terry Rooming House (Near Northside)
  10. Ramin Rooming House (Kashmere Gardens)
  11. Cesar Chavez Rooming House (East End)
  12. Bayou Rooming House (5th Ward)
  13. Campbell Rooming House (5th Ward)
  14. Wayne Rooming House (5th Ward)

Below you will find a listing of Houston rooming houses.

Most of these Houston rooming houses are located within the 610 Loop. Many are located in the East End or north of downtown Houston.

You will have to contact each rooming house individually to learn more about current weekly rates and availability.

Woodlyn Rooming House

Here rooms start at $165 per week. Rooms are fully furnished, have all utilities paid, and a laundry room on site. 

This location is close to the bus line, shopping center, library, and community center. 

Background checks are required. 

This peaceful, Christian rooming house in Houston located at 8602 Woodlyn Road, Houston TX 77028. You can learn about availability by calling them at 281.964.5563

Sherman Rooming House

This rooming house is located in the heart of the East End neighborhood. The house is less than two blocks from Harrisburg and a  Metro Light Rail Station. The address is 7026 Sherman Houston, TX 77011 – 713.926.9551

Rent is $100 to $150 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

New Orleans Rooming

This Houston rooming house is located in the 5th Ward neighborhood. It’s near the intersection of Waco St and Lyons Avenue. There is a Walgreens, Fiesta Mart, and Burn’s Meat Market located within a 15 minutes walk. The address is 4411 New Orleans Houston, TX 77020 – 713.657.9288

Weekly rates are $100 and up.  There is a $25 deposit along with a $10 application fee.

Rooms in New Orleans Rooming House are privately furnished and all bills are paid.

Hardy Rooming House

Hardy Rooming House is in Houston’s Near North Side neighborhood.  The home is located on Hardy Street near Quitman. The address is 2103 Hardy Houston, TX 77026 – 713.225.0238

Rent is $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

This location has privately furnished rooms and all bills are paid.

Wayside Rooming House

You can find Wayside Rooming House in the East End neighborhood.  The closest intersection is Wayside and Navigation.  The address is 1101 Wayside Houston, TX 77011 – 713.921.6150

Rent is $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Harrisburg Rooming House

You can find Harrisburg Rooming House in the 2nd Ward neighborhood.  The closest intersection is Harrisburg and Altic. The address is 5315 Harrisburg Houston, TX 77011 – 713.926.3846

Rent is $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Magnolia Rooming House

You can find Magnolia Rooming in the Magnolia Park neighborhood.  The closest intersection is Broadway and Lawndale. The address is 7725 E. Magnolia Houston, TX 77012 – 713.928.6771

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Wilmer Rooming House

Wilmer Rooming is in the Second Ward neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is Harrisburg and Lockwood.  The address is 4309 Wilmer Houston, TX 77003 – 713.926.0676. 

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Terry Rooming House

You can find Terry Rooming in the Near Northside neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is Quitman and Hardy.

The address is 2305 Terry Houston, TX 77009 – 713.225.4511. 

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Ramin Rooming House

You can find Ramin Rooming in the Trinity Gardens neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is Laura Koppe and the 59 Easttex Freeway.

The address is 8917 Ramin Houston, TX 77012 – 713.556.0540. 

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

There are privately furnished rooms here and all bills are paid.

Cesar Chavez Rooming House

You can find Cesar Chavez Rooming in the East End neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is Cesar Chavez and Navigation.

The address is 1114 Cesar Chavez Houston, TX 77011 – 832.267.3460. 

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

Your Houston rooming house is privately furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Bayou Rooming House

You can find Bayou Rooming in the Fifth Ward neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is Gregg St and Lyons Ave.

The address is 1406 Bayou Houston, TX 77020 – 346.201.2058. 

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Campbell Rooming House

You can find Campbell Rooming in the Fifth Ward neighborhood.  The closest major intersection is Gregg St and Liberty Rd.

The address is 3019 Campbell St Houston, TX 77026 – 346.302.3967. 

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Men, women, retirees, and couples welcome at Campbell Rooming House.

Wayne Rooming House

You can find Wayne Rooming in the Magnolia Park neighborhood.  The closest intersection is Broadway and Lawndale.

The address is 4007 Wayne Street Houston, TX 77026 – 832.208.9952. 

Rent starts at $100 a week. In addition to this, there is a $25 deposit and a $10 application fee.

The rooms are all private furnished and all bills are paid at this location.

Men, women, retirees, and couples welcome at Wayne Rooming House.

Conclusion

Rooming houses are often overlooked, however, these places make for a good option for anyone seeking affordable housing in Houston. 

If you work part-time or receive SSI there is a good chance you make enough to stay in one of the Houston rooming houses.

Rooming houses are good alternatives to shelters and also provide private housing options for those who cannot quite afford to rent an apartment.

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18 thoughts on “Where To Find Houston Rooming Houses | Good Alternatives To Shelters

  1. Vickie Williams Reply

    Very needed resource, with housing in Houston is at an all time high.

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      I agree Vickie, housing prices are exceeding peoples wages. Its very tough right now. New Hope Housing is a step up from this option although they sometimes have waitlists.

  2. Addie Scott Reply

    Hi. Looking for shelter for my
    Brother who’s moving to houston. Single,no kids

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Addie, right now it’s going to be difficult to find placement in a shelter. Many of the shelters are extending the stays of current residents and not allowing new residents to enter to protect the people already there.

      Here is a list of men’s shelters in Houston, Star of Hope might be your best option. If they can’t help consider calling United Way at 211, they may have an updated list of shelter options.

      https://houstoncasemanagers.com/homeless-shelters-for-men-in-houston/

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Sharon, I have not visited one of these in about a year, but at that point I saw women residents at them. Call them and see if they have availability.

  3. Sean B. Reply

    Hello,

    I have a male who will be released from jail soon. He is unable to live with his girlfriend until the court changes the order but this will take up to 3 months with pandemic restrictions in place. Is it possible to get him a room at a boarding house tti satisfy his bond requirement?

    Thank you for your help!

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hows it going Sean? Its possible to get him in, although I wouldn’t make the call on that. Use the list above and just start calling to see who has availability. Money talks, so if you/he can pay a few weeks/months in advance theres an even better chance that they work with him. I don’t know all the details of a bond but if he has money to pay for a boarding house, a motel might also be another option until he can move in w his girlfriend.

      • Elizabeth Reply

        Hi! I am considering opening a rooming house, can you please let me know where is the best place to post our availability is?

        • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

          Hi Elizabeth, I would say Craigslist would be a good place to market a rooming house. Also consider starting a Facebook page that way you can update followers on your availability as it changes. Lastly, once you get up and running I’m happy to post the details of your biz here, just let me know. Best of luck to you on this!

          Nick

  4. Martin Goran Reply

    Hello,

    I am looking for a rooming house closer to the University of Houston, Downtown, closer to the light rail (red line) or Bayou. I have heard about it and do not have its name.

    I plan to make a trip to Houston this coming September 2020.

    Please reach me at kherve41@yahoo.com

    Have a nice day!
    Cheers,
    Martin

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Martin, hope all is well!

      Checkout the map above to see if the Terry and Hardy locations are the ones you are referring to. They aren’t too terribly far, away, but then again I’m someone who likes walking so check out the locations for yourself! Again I’m thinking Terry or Hardy locations may be the closest to UH Downtown. Best of luck my man and stay safe!

      Nick

  5. Cassie Reply

    Hello Nick

    I have a rooming house with available rooms in the northeast Houston area and was wondering how do I get on the list that you provided here.
    Thanks for any help.

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Thank you for reaching out Cassie! Housing is so difficult to find right now, so this definitely helps.

      Just send me the following information and I will add your rooming house to the list:

      * Address
      * Phone number
      * Weekly or monthly rent
      * Website if available
      * Any other relevant information that client might find helpful or make your place stand out

      Thanks again!

      Nick

      • Cassie Reply

        Thank you Nick for your response
        Woodlyn Rooming House
        8602 Woodlyn Rd. Houston, Texas 77028
        281-964-5563
        Rooms start at $165 wk. Fully furnished/ All utilities paid/ Laundry room available on-site
        Close to bus line, shopping center, library and community center-Background checks required
        Senior Citizens- Veterans- Men & Women are Welcome (Peaceful, Christian Home)

  6. Bianca Reply

    I’m looking for somewhere to go because of my moms mentally and emotionally abusive drug addict husband

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Bianca, I’m sorry to hear that you are in that situation. If you are considering a Houston rooming house, just call the numbers that are listed above to see if they have space for you.

      If you or your mom experienced abuse, there are domestic violence shelters in Houston that may be able to take you in. These shelters can help get away from an abusive situation like the one you are describing. The link below will take you to a list of Houston domestic violence shelters. Especially look for Houston Area Women’s Center, they are a really good shelter.

      https://houstoncasemanagers.com/womens-shelters-houston/#Domestic_Abuse_Womens_Shelters_In_Houston

      If you need more advice on what your options are, contact any one of those shelters in the link above and they can better help you. I know Houston Area Women’s Center has a helpline to talk help guide you during your next steps.

      Be safe out there.

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