Residential Life & Dining

Please find below adjustments to residential life and dining for January and Spring 2021. 

For the latest information of Jan Term and Spring Term 2021, please visit here


General Housing

Residential Occupancy: Reduced Density

Residential occupancy has been modified to reduce density on campus (for updated housing pricing, click here). Should any student need to live on campus, please contact to secure a room! 

Shared restrooms will be modified to promote physical distancing. In rooms where occupancy has been reduced, some furniture will be removed. 

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, the requirement of facial coverings, and guidelines for cleaning. 

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.

Visitors & Guests of Residence

Visitors and guests of residential students are allowed on campus, as long as they adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Residence Hall Visitor Policy for Residential Students. In Contra Costa County's purple “Tier One - Widespread,” visitors/guests are registered via the Gael Visitor/Guest Registration form 72 hours prior to arriving to campus, and must be approved by the Office of Residential Experience. Visitors/guests are expected to follow the College guidelines. When the County progresses to Tiers Two, Three, or Four, certain allowances (no sooner than January 3, 2021) can be made for residents to visit other residents, or for commuter students and non-student guests to visit residents.  The Office of Residential Experience will communicate with residents in advance with the process and appropriate registration forms to register visitors/guests.  Please contact the Office of Residential Experience for any questions/concerns:; (925) 631-4236.

residence hall Visitor Policy

Isolation & Quarantine Planning

Saint Mary's has a comprehensive Residential Care Plan to isolate or quarantine residents who become ill with or are exposed to COVID-19.  Our Care Management Team will work with students who choose to safely return home for their isolation/quarantine or stay on-campus.

 Residential Care Plan Includes:

  • Room relocation to include a private restroom.
  • Regularly scheduled health checks.
  • Emotional support.
  • Meal delivery.
  • Support services as needed.

Students are not permitted to leave their room during isolation/quarantine (this includes attending in-person classes, going for food pick-up or accessing campus resources).  Any exceptions must be approved by the Health & Wellness Center staff or assigned Care Liaison.

a resource guide for quarantine and isolation


Dining Services

Residential Dining | Hours of Operation

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.