Meals are served by the Bon Appétit Management Company in the dining hall (Randall) seven days a week. Bon Appétit is dedicated to providing sustainable, nutritious food, and to the humane treatment of animals. A variety of foods are offered, all-you-can-eat style, including vegetarian and vegan options, during mealtime hours. On-campus students may choose larger or smaller meal plans.
The coffee shop, also hosted by Bon Appétit, is located in the basement of McDowell Hall. Snacks and meals can be purchased there all day and some evening hours during the week. They have pizza, sandwiches, coffee, and burgers and fries. There are also a variety of snack and drink machines on campus.
Health Center & Counseling Services
The on-campus Health Center helps students keep physically and emotionally healthy during their time here. Appointments are easy to make. Many health concerns can be addressed right on campus, or if not, the Health Center can connect students to applicable resources. Counseling is also available to students at no cost.
The Assistant Dean’s Office is a resource for any concerns student may have in regard to academic, residential, or community life at St. John’s. Located near the President’s Office in the center of Mellon Hall, students are welcome to come here with everyday questions regarding life on campus. The Student Activities department is also part of the Assistant Dean’s Office.
Be sure to stop by Career Services as soon as you can after arriving on campus. The staff there is dedicated to aiding students in cultivating and achieving their career goals. From the day you matriculate, you are welcome to visit and develop a plan to help you get to where you want to go (or just figure out where you want to go) in the world beyond St. John’s. Even once you graduate, Career Services will always be there to lend a helping hand in achieving your professional goals. Visit Agora, the St. John's College Career Services System for alumni-student career networking.
Students are encouraged to have cell phones, as the individual dorm rooms do not come with telephones or telephone service. There is, however, a college phone on every dorm floor; these phones can receive calls from off-campus but may be used to make calls only to other extensions on campus, or to contact Public Safety personnel 24/7 for emergencies. Pay phones are located in several places on campus, and students may use these for off-campus calls.
All dorms are all wired for Internet access. Wireless network access is available in common areas in Spector Hall, Gilliam Hall, Barr Buchanan Center, the Quad, Library, Mellon Hall Fishbowl, the Greenfield Library, the Library Plaza, and McDowell Coffee Shop. If students need assistance with computer-related issues, they can seek help at the Information Technology help desk. Students have 24/7 access to the Hodson Computer Center located on the lower level of the Barr Buchanan Center. It is equipped with Windows and Macintosh computers, laser printers, and scanners. The lending library also has a limited number of laptops that students can reserve for the semester.
Transportation & Parking
St. John’s is located at the heart of the Annapolis Historic District. Maryland Avenue, home to various restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, a record store, and clothing shops, is a one-minute walk from campus. Next door is Main Street, which features other convenient venues, including a CVS Pharmacy, which stocks many of the items that students need most frequently. A five-minute walk takes you to the center of tourism in Annapolis, the beautiful City Dock. Graul’s, the closest grocery store, is a 2-minute drive from campus. In addition, the college provides shuttles to local malls and shopping centers on a regular basis. The city of Annapolis itself offers a free Circulator bus that travels throughout the downtown area and an inexpensive bus system. Electric taxis, which only take tips, and regular taxi services are also available.
Annapolis is between two metropolitan areas, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which are accessible by regional bus, and commuter bus, respectively. For students needing to fly from their home state or country to St. John’s, the Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is the most convenient to and from campus. Reagan National Airport (DCA) is accessible by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metro – the New Carrollton Station is a 30-minute drive from campus, and can be reached using the Young Transportation bus service. Transportation to and from the Dulles International Airport (IAD) is usually a bit more challenging, but this airport is an option for those with personal vehicles.
Only juniors and seniors are allowed to park on campus. The city of Annapolis grants parking permits to residents of the downtown area, but this does not apply to students living on campus. Therefore, the college does not recommend that freshmen and sophomores bring cars. Some students pay a semester fee to park in the Naval Academy stadium, which is within walking distance of the campus.
Bicycles are a good method of transportation around Annapolis. There are several storage racks for bikes on campus, many of which are located inside of the dormitories.
Other student resources include: