Residential living at Saint Vincent College is rooted in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition of community and hospitality and is an integral part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. The Residence Life Office is committed to advancing students' personal growth and academic achievement by providing quality housing facilities and programs that meet students' physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs. The Residence Life Office strives to create an engaging and comfortable residential atmosphere which is supportive to the academic mission of the College.


Saint Benedict offers community-oriented living for all first-year students. The building is organized into 21 “pods” or neighborhoods, each with 16-24 men or women living in double rooms. Each neighborhood has its own gathering lounge to foster a close-knit community. All rooms have wireless access to the Internet and an updated cable TV package with 111 channels. In addition to an elevator, central heat and air conditioning, the building also has a classroom, computer lab, game room and spacious main lobby. The Career and Professional Development Center offers evening hours here to help first-year students explore career options. Campus Ministry leads prayer sessions and Bible studies in the pods.

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On-Campus Living

Saint Vincent College takes great care to ensure that suitable on-campus housing accommodations are available for all students. Living in the residence halls is a two-semester commitment. First-year students who reside more than 50 miles from SVC must live on campus. Upperclass students are encouraged to continue residing in the residence halls for the duration of their academic studies, but may elect to live off-campus. Students with special requests or needs should contact the Dean of Students to discuss appropriate housing options.

Housing Accommodations at SVC

Approximately 1100 of the 1600 student body resides on-campus in six residence halls that are co-educational either by floor or pod. Each residence hall offers varying amenities and is open to different segments of our student population. All first-year and transfer residential students are assigned housing by the Dean of Students based upon information, which students are responsible for updating as necessary, provided by the student on the Residence Life housing application. Upperclass residential students participate in a housing lottery selection process in April. Students with special requests or needs are highly encouraged to speak with the Dean of Students to determine suitable housing arrangements. 

All residence halls include lounge areas, a community television and microwave, laundry facilities, vending machines, and smoke detectors. Each student is provided with a bed frame and mattress, dresser, desk, desk chair, and closet or wardrobe.

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Freshman Commuter Students

While Saint Benedict Hall houses freshman residential students, we hope that it will serve as a center for all first-year students—a place for camaraderie, study, seminar classes, lounging, and much more. To this end, we provide all first-year commuter students with access to Saint Benedict Hall. You may use your ID card to gain entrance into the building to take advantage of the lounge, classroom, computer lab, game room, and kitchenette.

Furthermore, all first-year commuter students have been assigned to a “home” neighborhood. Your home neighborhood is where you will meet for specified Orientation activities and is a good place to start meeting new people. The prefect of your home neighborhood is also available to assist you as a resource. Home neighborhood assignments will be mailed to commuting freshmen prior to August 1st.

If you are a commuter student, you may change to residential status at any time during the academic year, space permitting. The Dean of Students will work with the student to determine suitable accommodations.

Spend a Night

Interested in seeing what residence hall living is all about? If you would like to spend a night or two in the residence halls to get a better feel for residential living, we would be happy to pair you up with a host. Please call us at 1-800-782-5549 to find out more. 

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Move-In Information

Information will be sent in July specifying move-in procedures and times.

As you pack, be sure to write your name, pod, and room number on all of your boxes and items. This will help ensure nothing gets lost on move-in day.

We also offer an early move-in opportunity for students living close to SVC. You will receive information later in the summer. Students can apply for early move-in.

Packing List

In July, new students will receive further housing information that will include a listing of suggested items to bring. Be sure to communicate with your new roommate about what he or she will be bringing and what you can share. Room space is limited so you may want to only bring the essentials when you first arrive. Then you can bring anything you might need after you see how everything fits. 

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  • How do I get a roommate? What if I don't like my roommate?
    Students new to the college or those without roommates at the time of housing selection are assigned a roommate by the Dean of Students. Every effort is made to match students with common interests and behavioral habits. However, roommate pairings are not always successful even when the student selects his/her own. Students experiencing roommate difficulties should speak with their Prefect (resident assistant) and Residence Hall Director (RHD) to develop a plan to resolve the situation. In the event a conflict cannot be resolved, the Dean of Students will aid the student to identify other potential roommates. Room changes are not usually granted until the fourth week of the fall semester for first year students and the second week for upper class students. If a student finds him or herself without a roommate, it is the responsibility of the student to secure a roommate, adhere to the consolidation policy, or pay the $1,834 surcharge per semester to purchase the room as a single (space permitting).
  • Do I have to live on-campus? What type of housing is available?

    On-campus housing includes six residence halls that are co-educational either by floor or pod.  Freshmen who are under 21 years of age are required to reside on-campus or may live with a parent/legal guardian if within a 50-mile radius of the campus. All freshmen under 21 will be housed in Saint Benedict Hall, which serves as a center for the first-year student population with an on-site classroom, a computer lab, study areas, and a game room. Transfer students of sophomore status or above may choose to live in one of five residence hall designated for upper class students. Each year a lottery is held in April for current students to select rooms for the upcoming academic year. Saint Benedict (first year only), Bonaventure and Gerard Halls offer double occupancy rooms. Singles are available in Wimmer Hall only. Aurelius Hall features three-room suites for seniors and juniors. Rooney Hall features four-person suites with a private bath for seniors and juniors. Aurelius, Saint Benedict, and Rooney Halls are air conditioned. Rooney Hall also features apartments (usually seniors only) with four single rooms, two bathrooms, a common area, and a fully equipped kitchen.

  • What kind of food service is provided? Am I required to have a meal plan?

    Food service is available through the Community Center Dining Hall (unlimited seconds) and the Shack (a-la-carte). All students residing on-campus must have a meal plan. Freshmen residents are required to purchase a 15 or 19 meal plan, for at least the first semester. Upper class students are able to choose between several plans. Further information regarding meal plans will be sent to students during the summer.

  • What types of items am I permitted to have in my residence hall room?

    Incoming students will receive a list of items permitted in the residence halls with their room assignment in July. Students should speak with their roommate before arriving about what items can be shared versus those that each person should bring. It is also recommended that students bring only the essentials on the first day and see how much room is left for other things. Small refrigerators are permitted. Students in Bonaventure, Gerard, and Wimmer Hall may bring a private A/C unit which meets College specifications. Pets (other than non-carnivorous fish in 10 gallon containers or less), hotplates, indoor grills, toasters, and microwaves should be left at home. For a complete list, please refer to the Residence Life policies found in the Student Handbook.

  • Are there policies in the residence hall that I must follow?

    SVC has developed policies and procedures which are outlined in the Student Handbook and the Residence Hall Contract. Policies in the residence halls cover such issues such as alcohol/drug consumption and possession, visitation, quiet hours, pets, and other guidelines developed to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.

  • Who supervises the residence halls? Who do I go to if I have a problem?

     Each residence hall is supervised by a Residence Hall Director (RHD) who serves as the chief administrator for the building. He or she is responsible for the operations and staff of the assigned residence hall. One or two Assistant Residence Hall Directors (ARHD) work in each building to provide administrative and operational support to the Residence Hall Director. Each RHD and ARHD holds a bachelor's degree and most are enrolled in a master's degree program. Additionally, undergraduate students serve as Prefects (resident assistants) and are responsible for a designated floor or area. Each residence hall has between three and twenty-one Prefects who have at least sophomore class standing. All residence hall staff reside in their assigned residence hall and can be contacted by phone, email, or in person. A staff office is located in each building and should be consulted for contact information and schedules of availability. Additionally, at least one Prefect is on duty every night in each residence hall.

  • What is the Residence Hall Contract?

    All students residing on campus must sign the residence hall contract before taking occupancy of their room. The contract requires the student to live in the residence hall for one academic year, unless the student withdraws from SVC or falls below 12 credit hours. Deadlines for withdrawing from housing prior to the completion of the first week of the fall semester are outlined. It is important that the information in the contract is reviewed carefully by the students and shared with parents.