First Year Residence Halls

During their first year at Saint Mary's College of California, students live in our residence halls with other new students.   

First Year Residential Experience

Saint Mary's College strongly believes in the value of the on-campus residential experience for first year students.  Numerous studies have shown students who live on-campus during their first-year at college:

  • Earn better grades, have higher GPA's, and finish college sooner
  • Develop stronger ties to the college and have a greater sense of belonging to the campus community
  • Report having greater opportunities to interact with faculty and feel more connected to their educational experiences
  • Build more meaningful and lasting relationships with their peers.

Residence Hall Information

Typically, first-year residence halls accommodate two students within a double room,  though several halls offer triple rooms.  Students share common restroom and lounge areas on each single-gender floors. 

These rooms are furnished with extra-long twin beds, small 3-drawer dressers, desks, chairs, closets and sinks.

Accommodations do vary slightly in size, shape and arrangement from building to building.  Due to the variety in size, we are not able to supply exact room size measurements.

To take a virtual tour of a standard first year room, click here. (Note: Aquinas Hall is the only suite style First Year Residence Hall so is not represented in this virtual tour)

Aquinas Hall

Aquinas Hall

Aquinas Hall houses both first-year and upperclass students. It is a suite style building, in which four rooms of students share one bathroom. It is composed of single, double, and a few triple rooms. The hall housed sophomore men for 40 years, and was the original birthplace of the 1959 photo booth stuffing that appeared in Life magazine and the opening credits of the TV program Happy Days. Aquinas is one of two halls with an elevator.

Assumption Hall

Assumption Hall.

Assumption Hall is home to the Science Living Learning Community and the Honors Living Learning Community. Each individual room has its own unique style; room types are primarily doubles, with a few triples. During the 1940's, when Saint Mary's hosted the Navy Pre-flight school, civilian students called Assumption Hall home.

Augustine Hall

Augustine Hall.

Augustine Hall houses four floors of first-year students—three floors of women and one floor of men. The hall, built in 1928, was one of the original Saint Mary's residence halls. In addition to residences, Augustine houses the Health and Wellness Center, Counseling Center, the Women's Resource Center, and the New Student and Family Programs Offices on the ground level. Augustine Hall is one of two halls with an elevator.

De La Salle Hall

De La Salle Hall.

Named after the founder of the Christian Brothers, John Baptist De La Salle, De La Salle Hall houses one floor of men and two floors of women. Room options include singles (women only), doubles, and triples. The hall is also home to the Campus Activities Board, Residence Hall Association, Hagerty Lounge, a game room, administrative offices, and a snack shop.

Justin Hall

Justin Hall.

Justin Hall houses two floors of first-year students and sits next to a sand volleyball court, basketball court, and barbeque pits. Because of its proximity to Mitty Hall, these tight-knit communities often participate in hall socials and activities together. All rooms are doubles or triples.

Mitty Hall

Mitty Hall.

Mitty Hall houses two floors of first-year students and sits next to a sand volleyball court, basketball court, and barbeque pits. Because of its proximity to Justin Hall, these tight-knit communities often participate in hall socials and activities together. All rooms are doubles or triples.


First Year Residence Hall FAQ's

When can I apply for housing online?

Incoming first-year housing applications will be available online for students to fill out starting in early March.

To apply for housing you must login to your and select StarRez.

Am I considered a first-year student?

For housing purposes Saint Mary’s College considers you a first-year student if:

  • You graduated from high school the previous May/June.

  • You graduated from high school prior to the previous May/June, however you have not earned any college credits.

If you have earned college credits you are considered a transfer student and you should review the instructions for transfer students.

How is housing assigned?

Incoming first-year students will log into their online housing application through the StarRez housing portal to select their own room. Further information and guidance will be emailed to students about the room selection process.

Please note that there is a very limited number of singles available for first year students, so please plan on having a roommate or two. Also, preferences are not guaranteed and will be based on what is available at the given appointment time.

Am I required to live on campus?

All full-time first year students (16 years of age and older) are required to live on-campus. Students may apply for an exemption to this requirement. All freshman who are under the age of 16 will need to fill out an exemption to living on campus as Saint Mary's does not permit students under the age of 16 to live on campus.  Please be advised that, because of the strong foundation that an on-campus experience provides for new students, few exemptions to the live-on requirement will be approved. "Financial concerns" and "distance from home to campus" typically are not reasons for an exemption. Students who anticipate having difficulties with college expenses, including housing costs, should contact the Financial Aid Office (925 631-4370) for determining eligibility for assistance with the cost of attendance. Additional information and the appeal form can be found below. 

Download the Housing Exemption Form >

What's a housing Pre-Payment and when do I pay it?

The non-refundable $350 Housing Pre-Payment secures a room assignment on campus. This non-refundable Pre-Payment is included in the initial $650 deposit that first-year students pay after committing to Saint Mary's. In subsequent years, the housing Pre-payment is seperately paid after participating in the housing selection process.