Living on Campus
Ready. Set. Move In!
We understand moving away from home and into a college dorm comes with a blend of emotions—and a lot of questions! Living on campus, you’ll find a whole new level of independence, make friends that will last a lifetime, and have a lot of fun along the way! Residence life is a unique opportunity where you’ll be surrounded by a supportive group of peers and feel a sense of belonging to a close-knit community. Your dorm room at Saint Mary's is one of the most exciting parts of your college experience, and we will help you find the best fit.
Undergraduate housing is only available for traditional, unmarried women students. Undergraduate students must be 17 years of age before move-in and no older than 24 years of age to live on campus. Non-traditional students age 25 or older are not permitted to live on campus.
Where Do You Want to Live?
Our five residence halls each have their own unique character that continue to develop each fall as new Belles move in. We do require that all* students live on campus for their first six semesters which helps ensure that you get the most out of your college experience! (Exceptions are made for students with permanent residence already in the local area.)
Learn about each of the halls!
Choose the type of room that fits you best: single, double, triple, or quad. Whichever hall and room type you prefer, you can expect the following amenities:
- Standard twin bed (not extra long)
- Wardrobe or closet
- Desk and chair
- Secured residence areas
- Staffed front desks
- High-speed internet & campus-wide WiFi
- Cable access
- Access to a chapel or worship space
- FREE Laundry facilities
- Vending and ice machines
- Mail service
- Smoke-free environment
Our Tobacco-Free, Smoke-Free Campus
In November 2020, the College took an important step in advocating for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff by becoming 100 percent tobacco and smoke free. This means the use of tobacco or tobacco-related products (such as vaping and snuff) is prohibited on any Saint Mary’s or Sisters of the Holy Cross property, including residence halls, academic buildings, all grounds, and inside any vehicle. We are proud to be part of this national movement to address smoking and tobacco use at college campuses, and to create a culture where our students can reject tobacco and be free from secondhand smoke.
+What are the housing options offered by SMC?
Saint Mary’s College has five residence halls. McCandless Hall and Regina Hall are first-year only housing. LeMans Hall and Holy Cross Hall are open to upperclass students. Opus Hall is apartment-style housing for seniors only.
+What comes in the room?
All rooms have beds, dressers, closets or wardrobes, desks, chairs and blinds. Beds are regular twin-sized (not extra long) on a three foot adjustable bed frame. Students can opt to purchase a loft kit for the year, which will make the bed approximately 5ft tall.
+When is Room Selection?
Room selection for first year students is June 2 & 3, 2020. Students who have confirmed attendance with their deposit will receive information via their Saint Mary’s College email.
+How do I select a roommate(s)?
All students, both new and returning, have the opportunity to choose their roommate(s) and go through the housing lottery process to select their own room.
+Am I required to have a meal plan?
Yes, all students living on campus are required to have a meal plan.
+What are my meal plan options?
New this year! Notre Dame's Campus Dining Meal Plan offers Saint Mary's students expanded options within the tri-campus community. The cost to the student is $2,560 each semester for a total of $5,120 per academic year.
- Returning students receive 15 meal swipes per week plus $250 in Flex Points each semester. This plan ensures sufficient meals for all students with the built-in options, increasing the number of Flex Points (formerly Munch Money) that were previously offered under the Sodexo plans.
- New/Incoming students have a choice between two plans. They may receive 19 meal swipes weekly plus $100 in Flex Points each semester OR 15 meal swipes per week plus $250 in Flex Points each semester.
- Additional Flex Points can also be purchased by all students.
You can find additional information and FAQs on the Dining on Campus page.
+How do I connect to Wifi?
All residential areas on campus have access to the campus wifi, Resnet. Students are able to register up to four different devices on the campus wifi system.
+What is my mailing address?
All students living on campus will receive their individual mailing address in early July.
+May I stay in my hall during College breaks? May I come back early or stay late?
The residence halls remain open during all College breaks except for winter break. Students are not permitted to remain in their residence hall during winter break. Students who wish to return early or stay late on campus, must complete a request for this accommodation. Information is sent out to your Saint Mary’s email address.
+Can I have Visitors or Overnight Guests?
Guest policies and visitation hours were established to provide a safe and respectful environment for all who live in the residence halls. Because of this, please communicate with your roommate(s) when you plan to have visitors.
Visitation hours are: Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m.–midnight, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 a.m.
Before having an overnight guest, students must receive permission from their roommate to host the guest however, students are not permitted to have overnight male guests. All overnight guests must be female and at least 5 years old.
+Are pets allowed in the residence halls?
No pets are allowed are allowed in residential halls other than fish in tanks 30 gallons or less. Approved service and emotional support animals are allowed. Students must contact the Disability Resource Office and follow all regulations for the accommodation.
+What if I need a housing accommodation?
Students requesting housing accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Office.
+How does the College supervise the residence halls?
The Office of Residence Life carefully selects student leaders to be resident assistants (RAs) for each residence hall. The primary role of an RA is to assist in creating a living-learning experience for all residents. RAs help promote acceptable standards of living, community responsibility, and group interaction within the residence hall. They serve as a liaison between students and the College administration and share directly in the responsibility of upholding College policies and regulations. RAs serve a part of an on-call rotation, wherein each area of campus has at least two RAs on-duty every night of the week. While they enforce policies in the halls, students are expected to be considerate of one another, respect public and private property, and practice self-discipline. College policies are in place for the growth, development, and protection of all students and to provide an atmosphere that has a positive role in the student’s total educational experience.
In addition to RAs, each Residence Hall has a residence hall director. This individual is a live-in, professional staff member who coordinates and supervises the overall operation of the hall. The general mission of the Hall Director is ensuring the security of the hall, its residents, and guests, as well as the maintenance and cleanliness of the facility. Hall Directors also serve as judicial hearing officers in conduct hearings for code violations.
+What kind of security is there?
Campus Safety is located across from Holy Cross Hall. The department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please visit the Campus Safety web page for more information regarding the services provided through their office.
Each hall has a resident assistant on call every night starting at 8 p.m.. There is also always a hall director on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. In the case of an emergency situation, please contact Campus Safety at (574) 284-5000.
+With the change in the semester dates, is there an adjustment to the housing contract dates?
The occupancy period for the spring semester begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 27 (for select populations). Meal plans begin with breakfast on Thursday, January 27. The residence halls close at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, May 20 for all undergraduate students. The residence halls close for all graduating seniors at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, May 23.
+If Saint Mary’s cancels on campus classes, will our daughters be reimbursed for their room and board charges for the fall semester?
Refunds will be offered only in the case of residence hall closure and only to students no longer receiving any degree of residence life service at or near Saint Mary’s College. Refunds will be prorated based on the date of the student’s move-out, only for students included in the College-evacuated population of students. Voluntary leave, for any reason, is subject to the College refund policy posted in the College Bulletin. Should classes go online, residence halls may remain open. In this situation, no refund will be available.
+If my daughter contracts COVID-19, will she be allowed to reside in her residence hall?
Students who have possible exposure confirmed through contact tracing, or who contract COVID-19 and wish to remain on campus, will be required to temporarily move to our isolation/quarantine housing, the Mother Angela Care Center, located in Regina Hall South. Students must abide by the policies and restrictions of this space or they will lose the privilege of living on campus. Students will be monitored by the Health and Counseling Center and will only be allowed to leave isolation/quarantine housing with approval from the Interim Director of Health and Counseling. There will be no fee or refund associated with a relocation to isolation housing.
+My daughter has an approved emotional support animal. What happens to the animal if she is required to move to isolation/quarantine? Can the animal remain with my daughter?
Unfortunately, health and safety standards prohibit animals of any kind from being in quarantine/isolation housing. Because of this, emotional support animals (ESAs) are not able to stay with their students. Any student who has an approved ESA and must relocate to isolation/quarantine is responsible for contacting their ESA emergency contact to pick up the animal. All students who have an approved ESA on campus must have an emergency contact on file with the Residence Life Office. This contact in an emergency situation must have the ability to come to campus within 12 hours to pick up and care for the animal while the student is temporarily relocated.
+Can the College force my daughter to move rooms?
The College reserves the right to move a student out of her room and into a new room on campus for the purpose of maintaining community standards and/or ensuring a student’s health, safety, or well being. The College also reserves the right to move students to and from rooms in order to consolidate spaces.
+My daughter and her roommate(s) do not agree on proper safety precautions surrounding COVID-19, what should she do?
Your daughter should immediately contact her Residence Hall Assistant (RA) or the building’s Hall Director. The RA and Hall Director will work with both residents to complete a Roommate Agreement, which will discuss safety concerns and help foster a safe and healthy room environment.