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Spangler Hall (main office for Spangler, Baran and Burton) 360-412-6163
Parsons Hall 360-923-8727


Fax: 360-486-8470

Saint Martin's University
Office of Housing and Residence Life
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Oikos residential learning community

Taking care of yourself, one another, and this place.

In keeping with the Benedictine value of community, the residence halls serve as a second home to hundreds of students from all walks of life. Greek for ‘home’, Oikos (pronounced EE-koss) is the theme of Saint Martin’s residential learning community (RLC), in which first-year students share both a UNI 101 class and a floor environment. At Saint Martin’s the values of service and stewardship are integral features of the community, as students are encouraged to serve others and empowered to take personal responsibility for the place that they call home and their experience of it. Accordingly, the Oikos RLC is a living laboratory for residents who are interested in expanding their understanding of sustainability through in-class learning and practical application through service on and off the floor.

With the theme of “home” resonating through coursework, service, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, the Oikos residential learning community will help residents develop sustainability literacy that can be practiced throughout their lives, both as members of the floor community and as local and global citizens. A partnership between the First-Year Seminar (UNI 101) program and the Office of Residence Life, the Oikos residential learning community brings the classroom into the halls and the floor community into the classrooms.


  • UNI 101 classmates living together in a floor community
  • A UNI 101 course co-taught by English and Psychology faculty committed to exploring the concepts of sustainability and hope
  • Programming, service projects, and coursework dedicated to investigating and resolving contemporary world problems
  • Peer mentorship in the form of Resident Assistants and UNI 101 peer mentors who provide academic assistance and co-curricular programming on the floor
  • Out-of-the-classroom learning and bonding opportunities, including retreats, dinners, trips, service projects, workshops, and cultural activities
  • Community study sessions and discussion groups


  • Enrollment in the corresponding UNI 101 class
  • A desire to collaborate with classmates and contribute to group discussions and projects
  • A commitment to being an active and engaged member of the floor community
  • Interest in community service, sustainability, and/or human rights and the ethical dilemmas associated with such topics