A vital part of the Benedictine educational experience is living in community. Through residence hall living, you'll learn what it means to live, work and play among your fellow students. 

Saint Martin's University: Student and Residence Life

Saint Martin's University: Student and Residence Life

Residence halls at a glance:

Exterior Baran Hall

Baran Hall

Who are eligible? Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students.
What type of housing? Traditional residence hall with single rooms and community baths.
Highlights? Computer labs, laundry facilities, wireless internet

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Exterior Burton Hall

Burton Hall

Who are eligible? Juniors, seniors, graduate students, and those over 21.
What type of housing? Apartment style living.
Highlights? Full kitchen, living room, two baths.

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Exterior Parsons Hall

Parsons Hall

Who are eligible? First-year, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
What type of housing? Double rooms (first-year) with shared community baths, single suites with private or shared baths.
Highlights? Espresso stand, convenience store, fitness room.

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Exterior Spangler Hall

Spangler Hall

Who are eligible? Returning residents, at least sophomore status (not Running Start).
What type of housing? Two- to four-person suites, studios, and four-bedroom apartments.
Highlights? Fitness room, prayer room, conference room.

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National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

NRHH was founded on the pillars of leadership, recognition, service, and scholastics. The members of this group provide programs for students throughout the residence halls and serve as advocates for the community.

Our current executive board members are:

Madison Herbst, president
Jennifer Walker, vice president
Danner Linhart, secretary
Megan Hamilton, treasurer
Lauren Diuco, public relations
Irakl "Izzy" Uong, National Communications Coordinator (NCC)
Astrid Serrano, National Communications Coordinator In-Training (NCC-IT)
Heather Nicole Saladino and Janie Sacco, Advisors

Interested in being a part of NRHH? To find out more, stop by our weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the Parsons Conference Room.

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You can also email us at NRHH@stmartin.edu.

About our learning communities

Norcia dinner

Norcia Leadership Community

Designed to pair Saint Martin’s emerging student leaders with first-year students committed to following in their footsteps, the Norcia Leadership Community will feature:

  • Mentoring relationships with established leaders.
  • Leadership oriented activities, community development projects, and programming.
  • Weekly community dinners.
  • Participate in annual service projects and retreats.

First-year students who apply and are selected to live on the floor will be assigned to single or double occupancy rooms in three-person to four-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.

  • Norcia requirements

    We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Norcia Leadership Community! In order to be eligible, applicants must:

    • Complete an application highlighting interest in leadership or other community/school service and activities.
    • Commit to being an active member of the floor community.
    • Commit to participating in the Benedictine Leaders Program.
    • Demonstrate enthusiasm, character, maturity, and dedication.
    • Have school spirit and a desire to make your mark on the Saint Martin’s community.
  • Norcia experience

    I am a much more open and hospitable person than I was before experiencing life on the Norcia floor. My neighbors are always willing to offer their support, invite me into their lives, and encourage spontaneous outbursts of fun. Perhaps not everyone can list and define the Benedictine values, but Norcians are living out those values every day.” Annabel Warnell, c/o 2016

    "For me, Norcia is more than just a floor. It's a family. I'm so thankful for the amazing friends and memories I've made as a member of the Norcia Community." Amy Pollard, c/o 2016

    "People sometimes say college is a home away from home. What makes that true is whether or not you can find a sort of family away from family. Norcia has been the best second family I could have hoped for, and has truly made St. Martin's into a home." Hope Chamberlain, c/o 2017

    "I love living in Norcia because it is a small community of instant friends and mentors. I have learned a lot about myself as a leader; how I can become a better one, identifying how others lead, and adapting to working with others' leadership styles. I think Norcia has helped me understand the Benedictine values, and how to incorporate them into my life, in ways that a normal floor couldn't." Maddie Knecht, c/o 2017

Oikos Residential Learning Community students on service project

Oikos Residential Learning Community

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.

  • Oikos features
    • Students must be enrolled in the Oikos UNI 101 in order to be placed on the floor
    • A UNI 101 course co-taught by two faculty committed to exploring the concepts of sustainability, justice and service
    • 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
  • Oikos requirements
    • 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
Going Global Residential Learning Community

Going Global Residential Learning Community

In the spirit of Saint Ambrose, the patron saint of beehives, Saint Martin’s Global Residential Learning Community (RLC) as it reflects the beehive community balance of togetherness, individual exploration, and contribution to one another.

Students share First-Year Seminar, English 102 and a floor environment together, and encouraged to venture out via study abroad to gather new worldly insights and then return to our Saint Martin’s home to share the wealth of global knowledge they have gathered while abroad.

The values of community and respect for persons are integral features on the Saint Martin’s campus. This learning community aims to highlight these values as students learn about global issues and the art of mindful international travel. The intention is broadening both the self and their community.

Through this process, students will be encouraged to discover, learn and serve people from other cultures and countries and how this enriches their own social group. Accordingly, the Going Global RLC is a living space for residents who are interested in expanding their understanding of worldly cultures and preparing for journey of study abroad, on and off the floor.

  • Going Global features

    Courses and residential activities will focus on international events, travel and learning, with the intention of this community is to help students ultimately study abroad, either independently or together, during their sophomore year. Essential to the experience is then returning to campus to share their insights from abroad.

  • Going Global requirements
    • 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 cultures, travel and languages


We are committed to providing accessible housing for students — and provide it at an equitable rate. Generally, cost may be adjusted according to the room’s price before the accommodation was made. For example, if the accommodation requires a single room, the individual may be housed alone in a double room space, and be charged for a double.

Interior of dorm room

Housing accommodations

In order to have a successful understanding of the necessary accommodations, please be prepared to present a recent evaluation conducted by a qualified professional that describes your disability and supports the need for the specific accommodations you are requesting.

Students needing housing accommodations due to disability need to register with Disability Support Services. This registration can be done by contacting the disability support coordinator, Geoff Brown by email at gbrown@stmartin.edu or phone 360-438-4580.

  • Service animal policy

    All service animals (those that may attend class, or live in residence) must be registered with the disability support services coordinator. A doctor’s note saying what the animal was prescribed for and what tasks the animal performs to assist with the disability is required. Animals being trained as service animals are not welcome in residence.

  • ADA accommodations

    Spangler and Parsons Halls have ramp access, automatic opening doors, elevators, and sound and strobe fire alarms. Spangler and Parsons Halls also have rooms and restrooms that are designed to accommodate persons in wheelchairs.