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Residences in Santa Fe

All freshmen live on campus and are guaranteed housing. Upperclassmen are encouraged to live on campus, but some may choose to find housing off campus in apartments, shared homes or casitas. There are 19 residence halls, plus eight suites and nine two-bedroom apartments. Each residence hall is a mix of single, double, and triple rooms, and many boast balconies with stunning views. There are common laundry, kitchen, and living areas for students to access in all three residential areas. The newest dorms in the Winiarski Center (2012) have shared living and kitchen areas within them.

Residential Areas

There are three main residential areas on campus: The Lower dorms, which include the Winiarski Center (affectionately referred to as “Belowers”), the Upper dorms, and Suites/Apartments. The Upper and Lower dorm areas are separated by the heart of campus and both are constructed around courtyards, inviting students to spend time outside and participate in the larger St. John’s community. Some dorms may also become designated as “special interest” so that students may live with those who are like-minded with respect to study habits, gender, or noise levels.

Each room is furnished with a box spring, mattress and mattress cover; a desk, chair, study lamp and waste basket; and a book shelf, dresser, mirror and closet. While students may have a roommate in a double or triple, two students are never sharing one room.

The dorms are non-smoking. Each building houses 12-18 students on two floors. Most dorms are co-ed, but single gender by floor, unless enough students have requested a gender-specific dorm. Dorms are not separated by class year, giving students opportunities to form close friendships with students outside of their class. One Resident Assistant is assigned to each building.

Housing Lottery

Freshmen are assigned to campus housing based on responses to a questionnaire sent out in the spring. All other students, including students transferring from Annapolis, choose rooms according to seniority: rising seniors, then juniors, then sophomores, and by lot number within each group.

Though a senior with a good lot number has the pick of available rooms, the college also designates certain dorms green, single-sex, substance-free, and gender-neutral. Anyone choosing to live in those dorms must also fit the description or agree to live by the expectations set for that space.