Saint John’s University Residency Requirement

Saint John's University is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts school, where nearly all students live on campus or are engaged in international studies.

As a Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college, Saint John's University promotes individual development within the context of living and learning in community. The University creates a supportive learning environment that encourages respect, stewardship, and tolerance while assisting students in their vocational discernment. By living on campus, students benefit from connections with others, opportunities to develop a balanced lifestyle, use of campus facilities, and the continued reflective exploration of their faith. Therefore, we seek to provide a living, learning environment that enhances individual growth and development intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, all within a just and caring community.

Saint John's students must live on campus, unless granted permission from the Residential Life and Housing Office, to live at home (with parents) or off-campus (during their junior and senior year). Students requesting to live off-campus must file a Residency Requirement Exemption Request with the Residential Life and Housing Office. A committee determines, based on specific criteria, which students to grant an exemption to live off-campus.

Why did Saint John's make this decision?

Saint John's believes strongly in a residential, liberal arts education. By having a high percentage of students live as part of the on-campus community, we intend to foster more meaningful relationships and connections to Saint John's. Living on-campus is a unique experience that is a valuable part of attending Saint John's.

How can students apply to live off-campus?

Students must live on campus or be participating in the study abroad program. However, juniors and seniors may apply for a residency exemption for consideration to live off-campus. The University annually determines the number of residency exemptions granted. A housing committee reviews the applications.

For questions related to the Saint John's Residency Requirement, contact us at [email protected]