Residence Life

Residence Halls
On-Campus Residency Requirement
What to Bring and Know

Welcome to Residence Life at Holy Cross!

Being a member of our on-campus community means so much more than being assigned a “dorm” room. Here at Holy Cross College, inspired by our commitment to the education of the whole person, the Office of Residence Life is committed to fostering an engaging, Catholic, living-learning community while also providing the highest quality residential, dining, and student life experience. This is accomplished through an environment where one achieves an examined life through challenge, responsibility, academic inquiry, and service. We believe open, honest, and regular communication between students and residence life staff members is crucial in building a formational and safe residential experience.

Our Residence Halls

There are six, single-sex residence halls on the campus of Holy Cross College: James Hall, Basil Hall, Anselm Hall, North Hall, South Hall, and Pulte Hall. These halls provide an array of housing options for students, from single rooms to shared apartments. In addition, Holy Cross offers a luxury apartment living complex to upperclassmen through a partnership with University Edge, an apartment complex located one mile north of campus.

The close proximity of the residence halls to classrooms, St. Joseph Chapel, Pfeil Recreation Center, McKenna Library, Siegfried Dining Hall, Hammes Bookstore, computer labs, and faculty offices provides an ideal collegiate environment for residents. Learn more about our residence halls.

Included with on-campus housing is enrollment in a dining hall meal plan for use at Siegfried Dining Hall. Meal plans also include Basil Bucks, which serve as a flexible extension of the meal plan. You will be able to use Basil Bucks for food and drink purchases at our Ave Brew Café (proudly serving Starbucks coffee) as well as other eateries at the University of Notre Dame. Students can upgrade to an any-campus meal plan to access Notre Dame’s dining halls as well. Learn more about campus dining.

On-Campus Residency Requirement 

Because we believe so strongly in the formational value of being a member of our residential community, we require all first year and sophomore students to live on campus. Upperclassmen are encouraged to live on campus, and it is a testament to the experience we provide that so many juniors and seniors choose to remain a part of the on-campus community.

Some first year and sophomore students are exempt from the on-campus living requirement. For example, those who will live with parents/guardians and commute daily to campus are encouraged but not required to live on campus. Learn more about our residency requirement.


Securing a room on campus requires both the payment of a housing deposit and the submission of a housing contract. The housing deposit serves as a down payment on room and meals charges, and the contract outlines the rights and responsibilities of being a member of our on-campus community.

New first year and transfer students will follow directions for paying the housing deposit and submitting the housing contract as provided by the Office of Admissions in the new student enrollment process. Learn more about the housing lottery and rooming assignments.

Continuing students can view directions for submitting the housing deposit and completing the contract here.

What to Bring and Know

Ready to begin packing for your new home at Holy Cross College? Read carefully our list of items you should and should not bring to campus with you.

Note: Holy Cross College cannot accept and store packages prior to your arrival to campus. Families have found success shipping packages to a hotel or a local UPS/FedEx location just prior to their arrival.