Residence Life: Overview

The Residence Life program at the University of Mary strives to create a balance that translates into a fantastic college experience for all students. This balance includes fun, academics, involvement, leadership, support, challenge, and outreach. Living on campus can improve your grades, help you make friends, and improve your overall quality of life while in college. Take a moment to review through these highlights that articulate the advantages to living on campus:


When you live on-campus, there is no need to spend time grocery shopping, cooking, or driving back and forth to campus. While off-campus students are getting up early to scrape the frost off their car windows for the long, cold drive to campus and looking for a place to park, you will be sleeping in a bit longer because your classes are just a short walk away.

Great Value

Living on-campus is also a great value. When you consider that on-campus students get high-speed Internet service, Cable TV, local phone, heat, electricity, computer labs, and free use of laundry facilities, living on-campus is indeed a great value. It is also important to add in savings you will realize from not having to commute, buying gas, buying groceries, and eating out (on average, commuter students eat fast food meals six to eight times a week).

Student Success

In comparison to students who live off-campus, students who live on-campus are much more likely to:

  • Get better grades
  • Meet more friends!
  • Participate more in campus life and extracurricular activities, such as dances, intramurals, religious activities, student athletics, student organizations; music; drama; student leadership positions; volunteer activities; and informal study groups
  • Develop leadership skills through leadership positions in campus activities, student organizations, and service projects
  • Are more likely to graduate and do so in four years

Events and Fun!

Our alumni and current students tell us living on-campus was a big part of the fun they had as a student. They often tell us that by living on-campus, they met a lot more people and in the process made many lifelong friends through participation in events on campus and in the residence halls. Studies confirm that students who live on-campus report they enjoy college more than commuter students.

Residence Life: What you need to know

Residence Hall Assignments

  • The University of Mary Residency Requirement requires traditional undergraduate students to live on campus for a minimum of five semesters or until the semester after the student turns 21 years old. Please see the On-Campus Residency Requirement page for more information.
  • You will receive your residence life assignment either when you attend a SOAR session or during the summer
  • You can request a particular roommate, but both of you need to request each other on your individual forms. We try our best to place you in your most preferred hall and in the type of room that you request. Apply early to increase your chances
  • If you do not have a roommate, we base your placement on the information you submit on your Roommate Finder form. Please fill this out honestly and as thoroughly as possible as this will be the only information we have to base your roommate placement upon
  • Prospective students will frequently ask, "What is the best hall to live in?" Quite honestly, each hall offers a different feel but each is a welcoming community. Most incoming students love the hall they live in not because of the layout, amenities, or facilities, but rather the friendships and connections made. Arrive to school with a willingness to be part of a community and you will flourish in any building!
  • Single rooms are available, but these are primarily offered to returning students and are less available to first year students. Having a roommate can serve to be the best support you receive in college!
  • Traditional residence halls close during Christmas break, but if you need housing over that time period, you can arrange break housing with the office. All halls remain open during other breaks throughout the school year, but meal services might be limited

Living on campus vs. off campus

Prospective and current students alike will frequently ask us, "Is it cheaper to live off campus?" You can answer for yourself by referring to this chart:

Description Monthly cost on campus Monthly cost off campus (estimated)
 Rent  $290 (dbl. room average)  $375 (dbl. occupancy split w/ roommate) 
 Electricity / Heat $0 $80
Gasoline for commute $0 $125
Water $0 $50
Cable TV $0 $50
Food $320 (14 meals per week +/-)  $400
Laundry $0 $25
Internet $0 $20
Total Estimated $610 on campus $1130 off campus