Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University considers the residential experience an integral part of a student's total education. Students who live on campus have a more productive and more satisfying college experience than those who live off campus. Research over the past 40 years indicates that college students who live on campus are more likely to:
  • Take full advantage of campus resources
  • Be more involved in campus activities and educational programs
  • Have stronger connections to peers
  • Take more credits per semester
  • Achieve greater academic success
  • Persist to graduation at a higher rate
  • Be more satisfied with their overall university experience
  • Residency Requirement

First-Year Students

First-time, first-year students are guaranteed housing. Students are required to live on-campus for four matriculated semesters (generally freshman and sophomore year). Students are assigned based on application and contract information. Students will not be assigned housing without a housing application, housing deposit, and tuition deposit on file.

Nearly ninety percent of first-year students at SLU live on campus, and our information shows that students who live on campus stay on campus and do better academically. First-year students at SLU live together in first-year housing, which offers lots of benefits:

  • Opportunities to socialize and get to know your fellow classmates
  • Proximity to classes and campus resources, including the library, recreation center, student center and dining facilities
  • Easy access to resources including study groups, campus ministry, career services and student health and counseling
  • Trained, caring professional and student staff to assist you with your transition to college
  • Lots of activities right where you live, including planned community service activities
  • Leadership opportunities in your building and all over campus
  • Opportunities to live in learning communities with students with similar interests or academic goals

Returning (Sophomore, Junior, and Senior) Students

Information and documentation for Room Sign-Up for returning residents will take place during the Spring of the preceding academic year (typically February) in which a student will live. Information regarding room sign-up procedures and deadlines will be e-mailed to each student living on-campus and posted on the Housing and Residence Life Department website.

Learning communities and Greek Housing typically have room sign-up processes that precede the regular room sign-up process. If a current, non-residency required residential student does not submit an application for housing for the following year it will be assumed that he or she will not be returning to campus housing for the following year.

Failure to complete necessary documents and procedures in a timely manner, may result in the loss of assigned and/or desired spaces, as well as possible financial consequences.

International Students

Living in a on-campus residence hall or apartment will provide you with a unique opportunity to study and socialize with domestic students. You will meet new people, learn about different cultures, and interact with the student community. Involvement with the university community will strengthen your SLU experience and help you better understand American culture. Your Resident Advisor will provide information regarding experiences, activities and dialogues that foster community and development. You are strongly encouraged to participate in these activities.

*All first-year and second-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus. You will not be allowed to move off-campus until after four semester at Saint Louis University*

Graduate and Professional Students

Housing and Residence Life offers two on-campus options for graduate and professional students: Robert May Hall (West Locust Lofts) and The Flats at Three Seven Four. Both The Flats and Robert May Hall are operated by the Department of Housing and Residence Life and have 12 month contracts. Students applying for these options are encouraged to contact our office. Billing for both properties occurs semesterly through the student's Saint Louis University account.