Living on campus is one of the most important experiences any college student can have. Many newcomers become friends with their roommates, floormates, and classmates as they bond over all-nighters, afternoon coffee breaks, even the long hike up the stairs to Lone Mountain. And as any on-campus resident can tell you, living on campus is the most convenient living situation a student can hope for. You’re just five minutes from class or the cafeteria at all times. At USF, freshmen are required to live on campus, unless they are current residents of San Francisco or the Bay Area. Since the vast majority of USF students is not from the area, the amount of underclassmen on campus is very high. There are two residence halls designated as freshmen-only, which is great for meeting people. USF is also home to many living-learning communities, which allow students to live with fellow classmates that have similar goals and interests.
There are many residence halls for sophomores and upperclassmen, so virtually anyone who wants the comfort and ease of living on campus can. In each residence hall, students benefit from a predictable room-and-board cost with all utilities included, engaging social activities, educational programs, and student leadership opportunities at the floor, hall, and campus-wide levels. The biggest complaint about campus housing at USF is the quality of the older dormitories, like Hayes-Healy, Gillson, Phelan, and Fromm. But by the time junior and senior years come around, students can always move off campus or live in upperclassman housing. Most students rave about the quality of life in Loyola Village because the buildings are newer, furnished, and in better condition than any apartment you’re likely to rent just out of college. Wherever you choose to live, know that campus living is a big part of the college experience.