Staying up-to-date with what's happening in the res halls

  • Important dates
    DateEvent
    Oct. 1Benedictine Leadership Program Kick-off
    Oct. 3First year Friday
    Oct. 10First year Friday
    Oct. 13Leadership Lock-in, sponsored by NRHH
    Oct. 13-14Fall break, halls remain open.
    Oct. 17First year Friday
    Oct. 25Halloween in the halls
    Nov. 11Saint Martin's Day, halls remain open
    Nov. 20Resident assistant (RA) and Norcia mentor (NM) positions information session
    Nov. 23-15Winter closing meetings held
    Nov. 24RA/NM applications available
    Nov. 27-28Thanksgiving break, halls remain open
    Dec. 2Housing winter break extension requests due
    Dec. 5Fall finale
    Dec. 7Late night breakfast and study bucks/community saints cards drawing, sponsored by NRHH
    Dec. 8-11Finals week
    Dec. 12Halls closes at noon, except for apartments

Mail

Students reading mail

Due to the need for the University to communicate with students who live on campus, we are providing all resident students with mailboxes. Saint Martin's on-campus residents can have their mail sent to the following address:

Your Name
Saint Martin's University
SMU Box Number
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Mailbox assignment

Parsons or Spangler mail boxes are assigned to all incoming resident students. If you do not have a box, you cannot receive mail at SMU, all mail will be returned to sender. If you have not been assigned a mail box, open a box in Spangler Hall or Old Main.

  • General information and services
    • The SMU mail room is located in Old Main 207.
    • The mail room is staffed from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:15-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    • Students with boxes in the Old Main mail room may access their boxes from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
    • The mail room provides our community with the following services: send and receive mail, send and receive packages (1st class, priority, express, media rate, and international), intercampus mail, purchase postage.
    • The SMU mail room is not capable of: registered letters, Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.), or money orders. Lacey Post Office is located near campus, and can provide those services.
    • Student mail boxes are located in Old Main, Parsons, and Spangler Halls.
  • Mail forwarding
    • At the end of fall and spring semester, each box owner needs to submit a mail forwarding slip to the mail room.
    • After graduation, residents should provide the SMU Mail Room with a forwarding address, if they wish to continue to receive mail being sent to their SMU box.
  • Parcel slips

    When a resident receives a parcel (any mail that does not fit in the mail box) they will find a parcel slip in their box. In order to retrieve this parcel, they must present this slip and photo identification to the Old Main mail room.

Packing for college

Student studying in dorm room

The challenge of deciding what to bring to college often leads to bringing either too much or too little. Select the things that will make you feel at home — but don't forget the essentials! We've provided a list of what — and what not — to start you on the way.

  • What to bring
    • School supplies
      • Binders, folders, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, index cards, tape, stapler, scissors, calculator, backpack, computer
    • Alarm clock
    • New extension cords (UL listed) and surge protectors
    • Emergency preparedness kit and the following items:
    • Sewing kit: buttons, pins/safety pins, needles, thread
    • Envelopes and stamps
    • Toiletries:
      • Shower caddy (to carry toiletries), shower shoes, towels, shampoo/conditioner, soap, razor, bathrobe
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Clothes for any temperature/occasion
    • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, bleach, laundry basket or bag
    • Bedding
      • Extra-long twin size sheets and comforter, pillows and pillowcases
    • Room Supplies
      • Desk lamp, fan, small trash can, room decorations with removable adhesive
    • Kitchen items
      • Water filter/bottled water, dishes (just a few): cups, plates, bowls, silverware
    • Please bring no more than one per room of the following items: TV, DVD player, and small stereo
  • What not to bring
    • Large furnishings: beds, mattresses, desks, dressers
    • Open heat source appliances: Hot pot, hot plate, toaster oven, halogen lamps
    • Candles, incense, fireworks, or hookahs
    • Weapons (including, but not limited to: BB guns, pellet guns, or knives with longer than a 3” blade)
    • Pets (other than fish in a 5 gallon tank)
    • Dartboards (magnetic darts are acceptable)
    • Alcohol and drug paraphernalia
    • Amplifiers, subwoofers, or speakers larger than 6”
    • Refrigerator*
    • Microwave*

    *All resident rooms are equipped with at least a mini fridge and a microwave. All apartments have full kitchens and large fridges.

    For additional information or answers to frequently asked questions, please consult our Student Handbook.

Residence hall linens program

Outfit your dorm room with linens fitted to match!

Saint Martin's University has been offering the Residence Hall Linens program since 2014. Students at Saint Martin's University require specially-sized sheets, mattress pads and comforters to fit campus mattresses (extra-long twin). These beds, which are longer than 76 inches, are intended to maximize student comfort.

Incoming resident students should have received an envelope in the mail to order linens from our sponsoring company, Our Campus Market.  This is a great choice for all residents, especially those traveling a great distance, as the linens can be shipped directly to your room and available upon your arrival! As an added bonus, the company sends our Residence hall leadership program a portion of the sales to benefit leadership development opportunities for our residents! Use the link below to begin shopping for your linens and bedroom amenities.

Guarantee your first choice today!

We recommend that parents and students respond early, in order to have the widest selection of college bedding to choose from. Doing so will guarantee your first choice color or pattern and help you make great progress on your college shopping checklist. The deadline to order linens and have them delivered to your room by the time you arrive is August 12, 2016.  If you are an early arrival for a college program you should order them even sooner.

FAQs

  • 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 three and five community bathrooms per floor, each one serving between 12 and 16 first-year residents. Community bathrooms feature three separate areas: sinks and counters, toilet stalls, and private shower facilities.

  • 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. Washers and dryers were replaced fall of 2015. Students use debit or credit cards with a quick and easy swipe to begin their load.

  • 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 a 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 will 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.

  • Can you choose your own room?

    While students cannot choose their own room, we make sure that students get a room that best fits their preference. Students fill out a housing application and contract and we work to give every student their first preference. If you need a specific accommodation please contact housing@stmartin.edu.

  • Is it possible to change the meal plan?

    Meal plans may be changed by submitting the meal plan change form anytime before the University's add/drop date for the respective semester, but no changes will be made thereafter.

    Residents who live in non-apartment spaces and have not fulfilled their housing requirement must purchase a traditional (gold, silver, or bronze) meal plan. Traditional board plans do not include meals during vacation periods (winter, spring, and summer breaks). In most cases, food service is available on a cash basis during vacation periods. Residents who live in campus apartments are not required to purchase a meal plan; however, meal plan options are available for apartment residents.