All undergraduate full-time students are required to live on campus for the first two years of study, but many older students also live at Saint Louis University. Living on campus gives you easy access to all that SLU has to offer, including dining and academic assistance.
You’re brand new to SLU and it might be your first experience living away from family. The prospect of living in community with your classmates could be a little intimidating at first, but the residence halls that are home to most of our first-year students are designed specifically to make you feel at ease and prepared to succeed both socially and in the classroom.
More than 90 percent of Saint Louis University freshmen live in one of six residence
Griesedieck Complex (made up of Griesedieck, Clemens and Walsh halls)
About half of these first-year students sign up to live in a learning community, a supportive group of fellow students with common academic interests who share many of the same classes for their first year at SLU, which can be a great source of support and advice as you navigate similar challenges. Other students find that the shared concerns and interests of theme housing, which does not have any associated coursework requirements, enhances their sense of community.
The staff in these residence halls are specially trained to help promote a sense of community and learning within their communities and assist with your transition to life as a successful college student.
Once you have a year or two as a Billiken under your belt, you may be ready for a taste of more independent living. You don’t have to leave campus to move into your first apartment though, as Saint Louis University offers four apartment-style living options for undergraduate students:
These partially-furnished residences feature full kitchens, so you can take responsibility for making your own meals...or you can ease into the business of groceries and cooking by purchasing a dining Flex Plan that gives you a set amount to spend at on-campus dining facilities.
DeMattias Hall is a traditional on-campus residence hall geared towards the needs of students who are members of recognized sororities, fraternities and multicultural Greek organizations.
Along with community lounges on each floor, there are fraternity and sorority chapter rooms, as well as space for outdoor socializing.
Saint Louis University offers loft apartments for graduate students, conveniently close to north campus with easy access to the Billiken Shuttle:
Theme Housing Communities
Theme Housing is an opportunity for students to live together centered on a common topic or values. Students in theme housing experience a connection to one another through engaged extra-curricular experiences related to the theme of the community.
Why Join a Theme Housing Community?
- Explore leadership development opportunities
- Connect with students with similar academic and personal goals
- Explore career options
- Get connected to campus life and University resources
- Volunteer through community service projects
- Explore St. Louis through field trips
Fraternity and Sorority Life Community
Join an all-Greek residence hall that provides a great opportunity for sorority and fraternity members to live together on campus. Located in DeMattias Hall, you will live with more than 200 students who are members of Greek organizations. You must be an active member of a SLU chapter in order to live in this community.
Major Exploration Community
Located in the Griesedieck Complex, the major exploration community is highly recommended if you are actively looking for a major at Saint Louis University. This community provides an opportunity to work with career development specialists, major exploration advisors, and program directors from various majors on campus. You will gain the support and encouragement of peers who are also searching for a major.
Located in Marchetti Tower Apartments, this community provides a supportive environment for transfer students to successfully transition into the Saint Louis University community. The transfer community will connect you with other transfer students and the university to help ease the transition. We want all transfer students to feel the inclusion and pride associated with being a Billiken.
The wellness community, located in the Grand Forest Apartments, is designed to help you instill lifelong habits of wellness. This community focuses on fitness, physical wellness, nutrition and mental health. Through this community, you will be supported to reach goals in all aspects of wellness. Activities include organized fitness groups and challenges, community cooking opportunities, workshops to further assist with wellness understanding and goals, and more. You will have the option to take DIET 1000: Hot Topics in Nutrition, in order to enhance your healthy residential experience.
This community is designed for juniors and seniors living on-campus.
Roommate Requests and Theme Housing
If you request to live in a theme housing community and also submit a mutual roommate request, both you and your requested roommate must select the same theme housing choices.
A theme housing request will take priority over a mutual roommate request and over any building preference request.