Frequently asked questions
How and when will I receive my housing paperwork?
- Once you have paid your enrollment deposit through the Office of
Admissions, you will receive a Student Guide in the mail which
includes information on housing options, deadlines, a housing
application, and roommate preference form. For new students, all
housing paperwork should be submitted through the Office of
Admissions. Commuters, returning students, international students,
or midyear applicants may request housing documents in person at the
Spangler or Parsons offices, by e-mailing
or by calling (360) 412-6163.
What is the residency requirement?
- All single undergraduate students are required to live on campus
while enrolled for classes at Saint Martin’s University unless they:
- Have reached junior status (60 or more hours of approved
university credit which does not include Running Start credits)
prior to registration for fall or spring semester classes;
- Are twenty-one years of age or older on or before the last
official day of registration for the fall semester;
- Are residing at home within 30 miles of Saint Martin's
University with parent(s) or legal guardian(s);
- Have lived in a university residence hall for four or more
- Are taking eight or fewer credit hours during the semester
International students, including English-as-a-second-language (ESL)
students, must follow the same policy; however, they are granted the
- They are living with a prearranged host family for the duration
of their stay;
- They have a letter of permission from their country's
In all cases, an exemption form and proper documentation must
be on file prior to registration for fall or spring semester
What does it mean to have a 12-month contract?
- During spring re-application, students selecting apartments
have the option to reserve that space from May of that year
through May of the following year. The cost of a 12-month
contract is calculated by adding the rate of the apartment for
the regular academic year plus the full cost of summer housing.
What does it mean to have a community bathroom?
- When planning for the construction of Parsons Hall, a group of
students were included in conversations with the building design
team. Based on their experiences in Baran Hall, these students
insisted that community bathrooms were an important part of the
freshmen bonding experience. Consequently, Parsons Hall includes
between 3 and 5 community bathrooms per floor, each one serving
between 12 and 16 first-year residents. Community bathrooms feature
3 separate areas: sinks and counters, toilet stalls, and private
How do residents do laundry on campus?
- No quarters needed for laundry here! There are laundry
facilities (washers, dryers, and folding tables) in each residence
hall. Debit or credit cards are used to purchase and reload laundry
cards from vending machines in Spangler and Parsons Halls. Money can
be added to the laundry card as needed using a debit or credit card.
When laundry time rolls around, just swipe the card!
How do I receive mail and packages while I'm at SMU?
- SMU has its own mail service, fueled by a member of our monastic
community. “Monk Mail” is delivered to the residence halls daily,
except on holidays and during some break periods. If you receive a
package, you will get a parcel slip in your box and will need to go
to the mail room, Old Main 250, to pick up your package. Mailboxes
will be assigned to all resident students when they arrive on campus
each fall. Mailrooms are located in Spangler and Parsons Halls.
Can I change my room or roommate?
- Living with a roommate is an essential part of the college
experience and a great opportunity for personal growth. While we
recognize that roommate conflicts can be challenging and do take
room and roommate change requests seriously, we will also encourage
students to take all reasonable steps to work through their
differences before resorting to a change. As a general rule, no room
changes are approved within the first two weeks of any semester, but
we will utilize in-depth roommate agreements and provide mediation
assistance when necessary. If other means of resolution have been
unsuccessful, room change requests will be reviewed by an Assistant
Director or Residence Director. No room changes are guaranteed, but
if one is approved, a $25 fee will be assessed and the moving
arrangements will be coordinated through the Office of Housing and
Residence Life. Unapproved or improper room changes will result in a
$50 fine and the residents' return to their original assignments.
Can I have my own room?
- All first-year students are housed with roommates unless
accommodations are requested for a disability requiring a private
room. For such accommodations to be considered, the student must
have proper documentation and be registered with the Office of
Disability Support Services; however, neither of these conditions
guarantees that the request will be granted. Residents who will be
returning to housing after attending SMU for a semester or more will
have the opportunity to participate in room selection towards the
end of the spring semester each year. At room selection, students
will have the opportunity to select their own rooms, and many will
be able to select a suite- or apartment-style single room (if
eligible). Single rooms are limited, however, and are available on a
first-come-first-served basis. Eligible residents interested in
single rooms or apartments may be added to the waitlist for any
building by visiting the Spangler or Parsons offices.
Do you have quieter or more thematic housing options?
- Currently, there are three designated
communities for students looking for a community with focus.
- The first floor of Spangler Hall features our newest special
interest community. Named after Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of
Saint Benedict, the Norcia Leaders Community is a partnership
between Housing and Residence Life, the Benedictine Leaders Program,
and the Benedictine Institute. Designed to pair Saint Martin’s
emerging student leaders with first-year students committed to
following in their footsteps, the Norcia Leaders Community will
feature uniquely crafted leadership programming, activities, service
opportunities, and community development projects. First-year
students selected to live on the floor will be assigned to
double-occupancy rooms in 3- to 4-person suites with a shared
bathroom. They will be matched with student mentors also living on
the floor who have demonstrated their commitment to leadership and
academic achievement at Saint Martin's and wish to nurture
leadership potential in other students.
- Parsons Hall’s third floor is a Quiet Community, perfect for
those interested in peace, tranquility, reflection, and high
- Finally, we have developed a “Bridge to Stewardship” for
first-year students seeking a more intentional and community-focused
experience. The third floor Parsons “bridge” will house students
who’ve identified an interest in promoting and cultivating
responsibility, leadership, civility, and respect.
If you are interested in any of these options or have suggestions for
additional theme communities, please contact us!