Saint John’s University Residency Requirement

Saint John's University is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts school, where nearly all students live on campus or are engaged in international studies.

As a Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college, Saint John's University promotes individual development within the context of living and learning in community. The University creates a supportive learning environment that encourages respect, stewardship, and tolerance while assisting students in their vocational discernment. By living on campus, students benefit from connections with others, opportunities to develop a balanced lifestyle, use of campus facilities, and the continued reflective exploration of their faith. Therefore, we seek to provide a living, learning environment that enhances individual growth and development intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, all within a just and caring community.

Saint John's students must live on campus, unless granted permission from the Residential Life and Housing Office, to live at home (with parents) or off-campus. Students requesting to live off-campus must file a Residency Requirement Exemption Request with the Residential Life and Housing Office. We determine, based on specific criteria, which students to grant an exemption to live off-campus. See our Off-Campus Release Process for details.

Saint John’s University advises all students not to sign a lease for an off-campus rental property without receiving an official Exemption from the Residency Requirement. Committing to a lease agreement with an off-campus rental property is not grounds for nor merits an Exemption from the Residency Requirement.

For questions related to the Saint John's Residency Requirement, contact us at [email protected]