Saint Mary's Insider

Get the inside scoop on Bay Area food, where to buy the best Saint Mary's gear, current staff and students, and more!

Local and Leisurely Things to Do While at Saint Mary's

Campus BBQ

Once you get acclimated to the campus community, try venturing off St. Mary’s Road to study, take a break, get fresh air, or get to know the local area more!  Here are a few things and places to try:

Hiking the Lamorinda Trails

Kayaking on Lake Merritt in Oakland

Farmers Markets

Moraga Commons Park for Disc Golf or Bocce Ball

Free Music in the Park

Lesher Center for the Performing Arts in Walnut Creek

Cool Coffee Spots

Green Move-In Strategies

At Saint Mary’s College, we aim to promote a sustainable culture on campus. As you approximately 1,600 students move to our beautiful campus, let’s make your move-in as green as possible!

Yard Sale

Still need a lamp or mini-fridge? Check out the #GreenGaels Yard Sale.  Donated during last year's move-out, items range from furniture, electronics, and kitchenware to clothes and school supplies. Learn how to get involved with sustainability on campus.

Student Profile

Savannah Mattox '18

Savannah Mattox '18

Major: Communication                  
Minor: Ethnic Studies
Class Level: 4th Year
Activities/Jobs on Campus: Resident Advisor; Gael Guide in the Office of Meetings, Events, & Conference Services; Member of the Bias Incident Response Team; Member of the Black Student Union

If you had one thing to do-over when you were a first-year student, what would you do?  

I would absolutely go to more athletic events and socialize more with my neighbors in De La Salle Hall.

What is one Saint Mary's office that you think a new student needs to be sure to know about and visit during their first month here?

Every first-year student at SMC should know visit our lovely Intercultural Center (IC) and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Where's your favorite place on campus to go to relax and unwind?

My favorite places to go and relax on campus are the Library balcony (facing the SMC parkway), and the fountain in the Cassin Student Union Quad.


Get Your Gael Gear!

Students pose at the Gonzaga game on campus.

You're officially a Gael—now show your school pride! Check out these websites to sport everything from tanks to shorts. 

Good Eats in the Bay

SMC students are foodies! Are you? Here’s a quick guide to good eats—on and off campus.

Oliver Hall

Three male students laugh around a table in Oliver Hall.

Oliver Hall is the main dining hall on campus. Choose from a variety of cuisines and snacks before class, after your workout, or during late-night studying.

Cafe Louis

Cafe Louis is a campus hotspot featuring Starbucks and Jamba Juice, along with sandwiches, snacks, drinks, and more. Grab and go on your way to class!

Gael Pantry

Students pose with canned goods in the Gael Pantry.

The Gael Pantry is an on-campus food pantry located between Soda Center and Siena Hall available to any Saint Mary's student.

Gael Flex Dollars

Load up your points and eat off campus (as well as on campus)!

Participating off-campus locations:

  • Mountain Mike's Pizza, 504 Center St., Moraga, 925-377-6453
  • Loard's Ice Cream, 1480 Moraga Rd. Moraga, 925-388-0695
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, 3518 Mt Diablo Blvd. F, Lafayette, 925-282-3977
  • Pennini's, 1375 Moraga Way, Moraga, 925-376-1515

Spoon University: Saint Mary’s Chapter

Spoon University is the everyday food resource. This is the first time many are navigating campuses or kitchens on your own, and Spoon University: Saint Mary's College is here to simplify and celebrate that.

10 Reasons to Eat in the East Bay

The East Bay is where you'll find everything from burgers with beef tongue to genre-bending Korean-Japanese creations to wood-fired bagels. Leave the city and head to cities like Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Berkeley. You won't be disappointed with what you find.

Off the Grid

Food trucks in the Bay Area—need we say more? Enter "Moraga, California" to see what’s nearby!