Residential Life & Dining

Understand ways you must help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during move-in, as a resident of our community, and as you dine on campus.

Move-ins  |  General Housing  |  Dining Services 


Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming First-Year Student move-in is Wednesday, August 19, 2020. In order to promote physical distancing during move-in, incoming students will select an appointment time to arrive on campus. A limited amount of guests will be allowed to accompany the student.

New Transfers & Returning Students

New transfer & returning student move-in is Saturday, August 22 & Sunday, August 23, 2020. In order to promote physical distancing during move-in, students will select an appointment time to arrive on campus. Complete information will be provided to students closer to move-in week. 


General Housing

Residential Occupancy: Reduced Density

Residential occupancy has been modified to ensure single-occupancy rooms (for updated housing pricing, click here). Priority housing will be provided to:

  • First-year students
  • High Potential Program students
  • International students
  • Pell-eligible students
  • Students requiring on-campus disability accommodations
  • Students requiring on-campus courses for which there are not remote options
  • Students who are experiencing housing insecurity and/or technology constraints

Shared restrooms will be modified to promote physical distancing. In rooms where occupancy has been reduced, some furniture will be removed. Information regarding off-campus housing opportunities are also available upon request. Please email if you are interested in off-campus housing options. 

Floor, Roommate & Suitemate Agreements 

Professional and student live-in staff will build upon the existing practice of roommate agreements to develop community guidelines and expectations for each hall. Community agreements will align with the Gaels Wellness Pledge. 

Health & Safety Inspections 

Professional and student staff will build upon existing health and safety inspections to conduct health and safety inspections more regularly to ensure appropriate actions are being taken by students to promote physical distancing and personal health. 

Lounges, Common Spaces, & Hall Kitchens

Residence hall lounges, common spaces, and hall kitchens will be modified to promote physical distancing. Students will be expected to follow posted rules for these spaces, including limited occupancy, requirement of facial coverings and guidelines for cleaning.

Isolation & Quarantine Planning

Saint Mary’s staff are developing a comprehensive plan to isolate or quarantine residents who become ill with COVID-19 and are unable to travel home. This will include procedures for health checks, emotional support, meal delivery and other support services.

Keeping Connected to Each Other

Saint Mary’s residential staff will continue to engage and connect with residents through virtual and unique programming. Regular opportunities will happen for staff to connect with residents and create social events.


Dining Services

Residential Dining 

Sodexo food services, the contracted food service provider for Saint Mary’s, is partnering with College personnel to develop and modify existing dining services and facilities. Meal plans will be adjusted to best serve student needs. Dining facilities will be modified to promote physical distancing and ‘grab & go’ options will be increased. Café Louis and The 1928 Pub will also see modified operations to promote physical distancing and encourage healthy practices.