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Living on campus is integral to the Holy Cross experience

Pictured are three male students in their dorm roomIn single rooms and shared apartments, Saints love living on campus because it provides an amazing opportunity to form close-knit friendships that will last a lifetime.

You’ll also find that living on campus places you at the heart of the action—just a short walk from your classes, St. Joseph Chapel, the McKenna Library, and the Pfeil Recreation Center, to name a few.

Choose from one of six single-sex on-campus residence halls or, if you’d rather live off-campus, University Edge offers co-ed apartment housing just one mile from campus.

Even the dining hall feels like home

Subpar food used to be a rite of passage for college students. Not anymore. The staff in Siegfried Dining Hall make delicious and diverse dishes—all while treating students like part of the Holy Cross family.

Enrollment in a meal plan at Siegfried Dining Hall is included in all on-campus housing. In addition, you can use Basil Bucks as an extension of your meal plan at locations ranging from our Ave Brew Cafe (proudly serving Starbucks) to eateries at the University of Notre Dame.

Living on campus is integral to the Holy Cross experience, we made it mandatory

In accordance with our mission, Holy Cross College requires that all full-time, first-year and sophomore students live on campus, unless exempted from this requirement. Learn more about the exception guidelines here.

New first-year and transfer students who have indicated that they will not be living on campus will complete a housing exemption form on their Holy Cross Applicant Portal. Requests are subject to approval.

Continuing students can request an exemption by completing this form.

All first-year and sophomore students who are not approved for an exemption must apply for housing and will be charged full room and meal expenses. Some students may qualify for additional need-based financial aid if they were originally packaged as an off-campus student and the exemption request is denied.

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