Skip to Main Content

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.

Lower Dorms

There are seven original Lower Dorms named after The Muses: Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania, plus three residences in the new Winiarski Center named after Shakespearian characters: Ferdinand, Ariel, and Miranda. Most rooms are singles, with a few double rooms per dorm. The Lower Commons features a full kitchen, a pool table, a foosball table, a fireplace and plenty of comfortable chairs and couches.

Upper Dorms

There are nine Upper dorms: Meem, Driscoll, Murchison, Kirby, Huffman, Anderson, McCune, Wagner, and Jones. Each building is named after one of the original donors that helped establish the Santa Fe campus. Though there are a few single rooms in the Upper Dorms, most rooms are doubles or triples. The Upper Commons offers a full kitchen, a pool table, a fireplace and plenty of areas for both lounging and studying.

Suites and Campus Apartments

There are eight suites available to students, each with five single rooms, an oversized bathroom and a shared living area. In addition to the standard room furnishings, the living rooms come equipped with built-in shelving, seating and a table, and several have new kitchens. Upperclassmen may select a suite together with their friends based on combined housing lottery results. All suites are single gender.

There are nine two-bedroom campus apartments designated for married students, students with special dietary or medical needs, and a few lucky seniors whose housing lottery numbers qualify them for these spaces. Like the suites, they are fully furnished, but students would need to bring their own items for the kitchen. Like the dorms and suites, campus apartments are only available for the academic year.

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.