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There's a hall for everyone

Every residence hall at Holy Cross has its own unique culture, atmosphere, and distinctive features. Explore all of your options and decide which one is the best fit for you.

James Hall

James Hall crest

Motto: Smile, Pray, Be Kind
Patron Saint: St. Joan of Arc
Color: Lavender
Crest: Against a lavender background, the James Hall Crest centrally features the Sword and
Crown from St. Joan of Arc’s Coat of Arms. The hilt of the sword is festooned with
three sunflowers representing the three floors of James Hall and the Holy Trinity, also
signifying the continual turning towards Light. On either side are lavender hanging
banners, another nod to St. Joan: the left banner is adorned with the fleur-di-Lis
(linking James Hall to Holy Cross’s French roots and to its Brother Hall, Basil, whose
crest contains the same symbol) and the right banner featured the Cross & Anchor,
symbol of the Congregation of Holy Cross and of Holy Cross College. The Crest is
emblazoned with the Hall Motto: “Smile, Pray, Be Kind.”
Mascot: The James Jaguar

 

Perfect for residents who wish to be part of a close-knit community while maintaining their own space for sleep, James Hall features:

  • 44 women (including 3 RAs)
  • 42 single rooms, 2 doubles
  • 1st floor lounge

Most singles are 10’ x 12’ and feature a:

  • Bed
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Bookshelf over the desk

Most rooms also have sinks. Large lounges on the second and third floors provide space for studying, relaxing, and hall events.

Level 1 Floor Plan
Level 2 Floor Plan
Level 3 Floor Plan

 

North Hall

North Hall crest

Motto: Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
Patron Saint: St. Catherine of Sienna
Color: Blue Spruce
Crest: The North Hall Crest features a Blue Spruce shield on a clean mint background.
Emblazoned on the shield is the North Hall mascot, the Griffin, holding three lilies in
its mouth. Flanking the shield are two larger lilies. Together, the Griffin and five lilies
are a nod towards the Griffin family, who demonstrate an abiding love for and firm
commitment to the mission of Holy Cross College. The choice of lily is symbolic of St.
Joseph, because of the roots of the Brothers of Holy Cross as the Brothers of Saint
Joseph and the particular devotion St. Andre Bessette had towards St. Joseph, The
shield is topped with a Crown of Thorns representing the sacrificial love of Christ. The
whole shield rests atop the Cross & Anchor, symbol of the Congregation of Holy Cross
and of Holy Cross College. The Crest is emblazoned with the Hall Motto: “Be who God
meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
Mascot: Griffin

 

With multiple lounges and televisions, a fireplace, laundry facilities, study space, a kitchen on the first floor for use by residents, air-conditioning, and a prayer and reflection room, North Hall is a welcoming environment that features:

68 women (including 2 RAs). Double-occupancy rooms that include:

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Closets
  • 2 Desks
  • 2 Chairs
  • 2 Bookshelves over the desks
  • 1 sink

Space for extra furniture is limited, so wait to purchase additional furniture until after you’ve moved in.

1st and 2nd Floor Plans

Anselm Hall

31 men and two Resident Assistants (RAs) call Anselm Hall home! There is a wide range of different room configurations in Anselm hall including single, doubles, and triple occupancy rooms. Each room in Anselm provides the following for each resident:

  • Bed
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Bookshelf over the desk
  • Air conditioning

Most rooms have sinks. We recommend waiting until moving in to determine whether or not you’ll have the space to purchase additional furniture.

The Men of Anselm have a strong fraternity and community and were the winners of the first-ever Holy Hall Tournament in Spring 2021!

Level 1 Floor Plan

Basil Hall

58 men and three Resident Assistants (RAs) call Basil Hall home. Basil Hall has single and double occupancy rooms. On the second and third floors there are spacious lounges for studying, hall events and to hang out with friends!

In a Basil Hall room each resident is provided with:

  • A bed
  • Closet, wardrobe or chest of drawers
  • A desk with bookshelf
  • A chair
  • A sink in the majority of rooms

Basil Hall Residents are known as the Basil Hall Gladiators and live by the motto, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” -St. Thomas Aquinas.

Level 1 Floor Plan
Level 2 Floor Plan
Level 3 Floor Plan

Pulte Hall

19 men and 1 Resident Assistant call Pulte Hall home! Pulte offers apartment style living with 4 or 5 men in each apartment. Each apartment offers:

  • Two bedrooms
  • Two bathrooms
  • A Kitchen with a full-sized fridge/ freezer
  • Air Conditioning
  • A range/ stove

Each resident will have:

  • A bed
  • A desk with a bookshelf
  • A chair
  • A closet
  • A chest of drawers

The Pulte Hall Lounge provides a projector screen for watching games and movies and a large patio for cookouts.

Residents of Pulte are encouraged to bring some kitchen and cooking supplies; bathroom supplies such as a plunger and toilet brush; and other cleaning supplies. Residents of Pulte may also bring a microwave for their apartment.

Pulte Hall Residents are known as the Pilots and their Hall color is Kelly Green!

Level 1 Floor Plan

South Hall

44 men and 2 Resident Assistants call South Hall home! South Hall offers apartment-style living with 4 guys in each apartment. Each apartment offers:

  • Two bedrooms
  • Two bathrooms
  • A kitchen with a full-sized fridge/ freezer
  • Air Conditioning
  • A range/ stove

Each resident will have:

  • A bed
  • A desk with a bookshelf
  • A chair
  • A closet
  • A chest of drawers

The South Hall Lounge provides a pool table; TV and game consoles and plenty of seating.

Residents of South are encouraged to bring some kitchen and cooking supplies; bathroom supplies such as a plunger and toilet brush; and other cleaning supplies. They may also bring a microwave for their apartment.

South Hall’s mascot is a Lion the Hall’s motto is, “The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let is loose. It will defend itself.”- St. Augustine

Level 1 Floor Plan
Level 2 Floor Plan

University Edge

Apartment Floorplans
Apartment Locations

University Edge is an off-campus, co-ed, apartment complex located one mile from Holy Cross College. We lease one building from University Edge, and sublease the apartment units directly to students. This opportunity is available to only upper-classmen with a certain number of credits.

The apartments are four-bedroom units, and all Holy Cross apartments are located together to build a community off-campus. One RA and one coordinator are available on the premises.

More information about the fully-furnished apartments can be found on University Edge’s website.

Can I request a roommate before I move on campus?

Yes, as long as space allows, and all roommates mutually request one another. The Director of Resident Life and Housing has the final say in room placements.

What if I don’t get along with my roommate? Can I move?

If there are disagreements among roommates, hall staff will help resolve any issues. There are no room changes for the first 2 weeks of each semester. The Director of Resident Life and Housing does have the final say regarding room changes. In addition, there is a processing fee if a student moves rooms.

How big are the rooms?

Each room on campus is unique and varies in size. Most standard-size dorm rugs (a popular purchase for Saints) will fit in the rooms. We suggest waiting to purchase a rug until you settle in and take measurements.

What if something is wrong with my room?

Some rooms on campus are older than others and normal wear and tear are expected. If there is a concern with the quality or condition of a room, discuss with Hall Staff and mark on your Room Condition Report at move-in time. If an issue arises while you are living there, inform your Resident Assistant or Hall Director.

May I move furniture out of my room? May I purchase new furniture?

Any furniture in your room at move-in must stay in your room for the remainder of the year unless it is or becomes damaged. You may purchase new furniture for your room, but please consider space limitations. This purchased furniture must be removed from your room upon move out. You may donate it to the hall at move out, but you must discuss it with hall staff first.

I would like to showcase what dorm I live in. Is there apparel for each dorm?

Absolutely! Hall Directors have t-shirts and other merchandise for purchase for each dorm. Other products may, and often are, ordered throughout the year. Holy Cross loves to promote and embrace Hall Spirit and Identity!

What if I have an emergency on campus?

Hall Staff are trained to respond and take action if an emergency arises. They have been trained in CPR and basic First Aid. A security officer is available 24/7, and College Staff will ensure medical attention if necessary. The local hospital is only a few minutes away.

What is the alcohol policy on campus?

Holy Cross College is a dry campus and alcohol is not allowed to be consumed or possessed. Even if a student living on campus is 21 or older, they are prohibited from having alcohol in their rooms. Occasionally, there are campus events where alcohol is served. Consumption is monitored and limited at these events and is available only for students 21 or older.

May I have visitors in my room?

Of course! This is encouraged to foster community among our student population. Visitation hours/parietals are as follows:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 12 midnight – 10 a.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 1 a.m. – 10 a.m.

You may not have visitors of the opposite sex in your room within these hours. However, there are lounges available throughout campus to socialize during these hours.

*Visitation Protocols are adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see additional information here.

What is the best dorm to live in?

Each dorm has its own identity and comradery. It becomes your home while you are living there, and hall staff and other residents become like a second family. Living in a residence hall at Holy Cross is a unique experience, and we encourage all students to fully enter into that experience and make it their own.

The dorms of Holy Cross all take on unique character and qualities. You will fit right in as a Basil Gladiator, Anselm Slumdog, James Jaguar, North Griffin, Pulte Pilot, or South Lion!

Is there a good place to work out or go for a walk?

Absolutely! Right on campus, the Pfeil Athletic Center is a great place to work out, with various weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals, etc. The Pfeil Center is open most hours of the day to accommodate early-morning or late-night workouts.

Holy Cross students also have access to facilities at Notre Dame, and the Ladies of Holy Cross can work out at St. Mary’s College. The tri-campus community has many great outdoor trails and paths, outdoor sports facilities, and places to walk and run.

Holy Cross campus is conveniently located near the East Bank and LaSalle Trails in South Bend and Mishawaka. Students can walk close to 15 miles of paved path to downtown South Bend and the city of Mishawaka along the river, or up to St. Patrick’s park near the Michigan/Indiana state line.

What is there to do in South Bend and the surrounding area?

South Bend has a lot to offer as a midsized midwestern city:

  • The South Bend Cubs, the Chicago Cubs minor league affiliate team, play at Four Winds Field, just a few miles south of campus.
  • There are various museums and restaurants to explore, as well as plenty of places to go bowling or axe throwing or play laser tag or miniature golf.
  • In the winter months, you could ice skate at Howard Park or go tubing at St. Patrick’s County Park.
  • In the spring and summer, head up to Lake Michigan, which is about 45 minutes away, or Potato Creek State Park for canoeing and kayaking!