Campus Housing

Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
6,246
Tuition
$39,840
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: For your first year, living in the dorms is excellent! They are very close to classes as well as the dining hall and library, which made late night studying fairly easy. Also, I met some of my best friends in the dorms which made attending USF so much fun! The housing process is also fairly simple; all it requires is selecting the sort of room you would like, and most of the time you are given your first choice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I haven't lived on campus yet, as I am a transfer student in her sophomore year. I am not required to live on campus. I have been given a tour of the dooms available and they look much nicer then the dorms available at public universities.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: USF dorms are pretty small compared to other dorms, they're quite small and average. The dorms appear to be old and uninviting. However, living in the dorms is the best way to be social and meet people. It's also very convenient to get to classes and access all buildings because the dorms are on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depending on what dorm you live in, the living situation is completely different. I've lived in both Fromm and Phelan, and Fromm was the worst. It's an all-girls situation, the rules are very, very strictly enforced, and it's deadly quiet. Phelan was much more fun and laid back, and everything was nicer. The showers were almost never hot, but it is cool that they have changing rooms attached to each stall. I've heard that Gilson is as undesirable as Fromm. Hayes is average, and LoMo is nice and spacious, depending on what floor you live on. All the dorms are great for making friends, especially if it's your first year. It's very expensive to live on campus, but I believe it's worth it for the convenience. The chances of nabbing a spot go down significantly after freshman year, so looking for off-campus housing is a smart option.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm life can break or make your college experience. It is important to remember that you shouldn't be confined to your dorm room. There are many other places on campus to study, relax, and meet other people. My advice is to not sit in your dorm room all day, but instead, to explore the campus you have access to.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 23rd
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 390th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 522nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1179th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Hometown
Huntington, New York
Major
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
2013
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Living on campus is one of the most important experiences any college student can have. Many newcomers become friends with their roommates, floormates, and classmates as they bond over all-nighters, afternoon coffee breaks, even the long hike up the stairs to Lone Mountain. And as any on-campus resident can tell you, living on campus is the most convenient living situation a student can hope for. You’re just five minutes from class or the cafeteria at all times. At USF, freshmen are required to live on campus, unless they are current residents of San Francisco or the Bay Area. Since the vast majority of USF students is not from the area, the amount of underclassmen on campus is very high. There are two residence halls designated as freshmen-only, which is great for meeting people. USF is also home to many living-learning communities, which allow students to live with fellow classmates that have similar goals and interests.

There are many residence halls for sophomores and upperclassmen, so virtually anyone who wants the comfort and ease of living on campus can. In each residence hall, students benefit from a predictable room-and-board cost with all utilities included, engaging social activities, educational programs, and student leadership opportunities at the floor, hall, and campus-wide levels. The biggest complaint about campus housing at USF is the quality of the older dormitories, like Hayes-Healy, Gillson, Phelan, and Fromm. But by the time junior and senior years come around, students can always move off campus or live in upperclassman housing. Most students rave about the quality of life in Loyola Village because the buildings are newer, furnished, and in better condition than any apartment you’re likely to rent just out of college. Wherever you choose to live, know that campus living is a big part of the college experience.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,189
Average Housing Costs
$8,490
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
38%
Freshmen Living On Campus
92%
Number of Dormitories
6
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Hayes-Healy Hall
  • Phelan Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Lone Mountain Hall
  • Loyola Village
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Fromm Hall
  • Gillson Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Fromm Hall
  • Phelan Hall
What You Get
  • Bed (twin extra-long)
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable (but no TV)
  • Closet and/or dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Ethernet access
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • Mirror
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • All residence halls are non-smoking.
  • Each residence hall or dormitory contains at least one lounge, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. Every hall is secured with a 24-hour desk staff. Community programs and activities are planned by resident advisers, resident ministers, residence hall council, and Residence Hall Association.
Available for Rent
Microwaves Mini-refrigerators
Did You Know?
USF originally built Loyola Village to house faculty members and their families. Fortunately, it did not sell out, and the University converted the rest of the townhomes into excellent and convenient student housing.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Fromm Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Three student lounges, communal kitchen, laundry room, cable TV connector in each room, flat-screen TVs in lounges, piano, special living option for all females: no male overnight guests for residents on the fifth floor
Gillson Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Cable TV connector in each room, two student lounges, communal kitchen, flat-screen TVs in lounges, foosball, piano, laundry room, wood-burning fireplace
Hayes-Healy Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Cable TV connector in each room, two student lounges, a communal kitchen, flat-screen TVs in lounges, pool table, pingpong table, piano, laundry room, wood-burning fireplace, the Martín-Baró Scholars living-learning community
Lone Mountain Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Four student lounges, two communal kitchens, laundry room, cable TV connector in each room, flat-screen TVs in lounges, piano, permanently lofted beds on second and third floors of Lone Mountain North
Pedro Arrupe Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Two student lounges, communal kitchen, laundry room, cable TV connector in each room, flat-screen TVs with surround sound in lounge, gaming systems in lounge (Xbox 360, Wii), pool table, global residential community, one mile from campus
Phelan Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Six student lounges, communal kitchen with refrigerator, laundry room, cable TV connector in each room, flat-screen TVs in lounges, pingpong table, the Esther Madriz Scholars living-learning community, the Saint Ignatius Institute (SII)

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Fulton House
Floors: 2
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, single sex (determined by year)
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Apartment (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, oven, and microwave, laundry room, cable TV connector in each room, flat-screen TV in main house living room, two floors in main house, one floor in cottage
Loyola Village
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Kitchen with refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and garbage disposal, communal laundry room, cable TV connector in each room, and a fully furnished common area within the apartment (couches, tables, and an entertainment unit).
Loyola Village provides housing for students, faculty, and staff.

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