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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All the building are clean and fun to live in

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't stay at dorm

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally loved it and made friends with almost everyone on my floor. Most of my my closest friends came from the dorms. We have nice amenities in each room (fridge, microwave, sink, cork board) and there is a pretty decent kitchen in each lounge. Campus is small so all the dorms are convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is good at Seattle University. The school let in more students than they could house, so housing has becomes somewhat a problem.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in Bellarmine for freshman and sophomore years. Its location was perfect, but both years my RAs were basically nonexistent when it came to rule enforcement. People were very loud all through the night both years, and the RA never ever told them to quiet down. I got very little sleep for these two years. There was a time sophomore year that I had to tell my RA to quiet down in the hall at 1 in the morning on a monday night. So it's appalling that part of our rent goes to paying for these RAs to do a job that they literally are not doing.

The social atmosphere my freshman year was great. Most of my friends either lived on my floor, or I met through someone on my floor. The lobby was great to do studying for easy classes in because everyone around was a familiar face. The basement study area is also really nice, but people at this school tend to not be quiet literally ever, so at almost all times there WILL be someone talking very loudly and it will be difficult to concentrate in the common study areas.

Dorms are about $700/month, not including the (exorbitant) required meal plan.

Bellarmine is great for location (right in the middle of campus); Campion is a bit more social, I think, and has a convenience store in the basement, and some people like living farther from main campus; Xavier is a really tight-knit community with gross rooms but REALLY nice study areas and common areas. So all three freshman dorms are perfectly fine. For sophomores, Chardin is fine if you really need a lot of space, but it seems like kind of a waste of money to me.

Juniors and seniors can no longer live on campus, which makes a lot of people angry, but it's pretty standard among universities of this size and off-campus housing can be a lot cheaper if you do it right. I'm happy to be living off campus now, but I had a decent experience in the dorms.

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It really can’t be said that there is a bad dorm at Seattle University, though opinions about which is the “best” and which is the “worst” do vary. You are required to live on campus during your freshmen and sophomore years, though sophomores are sometimes able to get exemptions that allow them to move off campus, and many would probably like to see this requirement lifted as a means of reducing the housing problem on campus. And it can be a problem, as it is rare for a floor in any dorm not to have to have its lounge turned into a quad for half of the year. There are rarely any hard feelings because of this, however, as students who live there are mostly required to let people have access to the cooking facilities. It’s up to residents to clean their own rooms, and the maintenance staff are not your nannies. Frequent damages or problems get added to a bill that everyone on the floor has to contribute to at the end of the year when the person directly responsible can’t be identified.

As for the dorms themselves, Bellarmine is generally rated the highest due to its centralized location on campus. Campion is generally seen as the “social dorm,” with its large population and greater propensity to party than elsewhere. Xavier is seen as off the beaten path, and its residents tend to form their own sub-community with rather intense social bonds. Chardin is still a bit new to have any hard perceptions about it, but some would say the people there tend to be a bit quieter than elsewhere. And for upperclassmen there are always the Murphy Apartments and Logan Court, which offer the independence of apartment living but are still connected to campus. The dorms all come well equipped, and many people end up bunking their beds so they’ll have the room to put in anything from a couch to a large TV. The bathrooms can be interesting, especially when people stumble back from a party at 1 a.m. on a Saturday, but they are almost always clean and well-maintained (thanks to the amazing support staff). You might look forward to getting out on your own, but once you leave, you’ll realize how important dorm life is to the Seattle University experience.

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On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
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Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Bulletin board
  • Cable TV
  • Closet with drawers
  • Ethernet connection
  • Local phone service
  • Sink and mirror
Also Available
  • Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) include the Body Electric, Beauty in a Just World, Citizens in a Diverse Just World, Faith and the Great Ideas, Science for Survival.
  • Theme floors include the Arts, Eco-Awareness, French Experience, German Experience, Spanish Experience, Global African Studies, Japanese and Chinese: East and West—Bridging Them is the Best, Outdoor Adventure and Leadership, and Wellness.
Did You Know?
  • Xavier Hall, once the only dorm on campus without an elevator, finally received one in 2008. The building might not be that high, but now you won't have to lug heave furniture up flights of stairs anymore!
  • Guests of a different gender from their on-campus host aren't allowed to stay overnight in residence halls.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Archbishop Thomas Murphy Apartments
Bathrooms: private
Residents: juniors and seniors
Room Types: apartments
Bellarmine Hall
Floors: 7 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: MicroFridge, TV lounge, computer lab, study lounge, private study rooms, laundry
Campion Hall
Floors: 12 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 650
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: TV lounge, study lounge, computer lab, kitchen, chapel and prayer room, convenience store, laundry
Chardin Hall
Number of Occupants: 148
Bathrooms: private
Residents: sophomores and juniors
Room Types: There are 4-person suites that include 2 double rooms adjoined by a private bathroom.
Special Features: Cable TV Full kitchen Microfridge Multi-media center Service and leadership programming Student lounges
Logan Court Townhomes
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: 3-4
Residents: juniors and seniors, 21 and over only
Room Types: Double bedrooms
Special Features: Cable TV Fireplace Furnished Internet Phone Washer and dryer
Xavier Hall
Floors: 4 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 185
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: MicroFridge, lobby and basement TV lounge, computer lab, laundry, close-knit community

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Archbishop Murphy Apartments
Floors: 5 buildings
Number of Units: 325
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors, seniors
Room Types: Single, double, triple, quad, studio
Special Features: Kitchen, living area, independent living
Logan Court Townhomes
Room Types: 3-story townhouses
Special Features: furnished, Internet, cable, phone, utilities included, independent living, 21 and over only

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