Campus Life


During the admission process, students submit a housing application. Graduate housing for lay and religious men and women enrolled in graduate programs is available in Emmaus Hall, on the edge of campus near Lake Sagatagan. Male monastics usually live with the monks of Saint John’s Abbey. Current housing rates and information on summer housing are available from our admission office. For details about rooms, room assignments, and amenities, visit Graduate Housing and Residential Life.

Meal Plans and Dining

Dining Service at Saint John's offers traditional dining in an informal environment. Graduate students on meal plans may dine in the main university Refectory or in the Emmaus Hall dining room. Sexton Commons, the campus student center, serves an ala carte menu of sandwiches and snack items. Meals at the above facilities may also be purchased on a cash basis. More information is available at the Saint John's Dining Service Web site.

All students living in Emmaus Hall are required to purchase one of the meal plans. The current rates for meal plans are listed on the Rate Card. Meal plan punches may be used for any meal, any day of the week throughout a given term.

Room and meal packages are available to students living in the monastery.

Health Services and Insurance

HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics - Saint John's Campus is a primary care clinic serving students from SJU and CSB, faculty, staff, and the monastic community.

The clinic is located on the first floor of the Quadrangle (QUAD) and is staffed by a physician assistant and certified medical assistant (CMA). We are here to deliver personalized care, focused on improving the health and well-being of each patient.  We welcome all major insurances. Visit the Health Center Web Site for more information.

Exercise and Outdoor Recreation

Saint John's campus offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Warner Palaestra features an Olympic-size pool, indoor track, weight rooms, basketball and racquetball courts. The pristine beauty of the campus draws many to outdoor exercise. Saint John's Abbey maintains many miles of trails in the woods surrounding the campus, providing a lovely setting for long, quiet walks or for cross-country skiing. Canoeing, swimming, and fishing are enjoyed on Lake Sagatagan, the largest of several lakes at Saint John's. Biking is popular on the back roads of Stearns County which surround the campus.

Performing Arts and Culture

Painters, musicians, poets, actors, visiting scholars and distinguished guests from around the world and from all walks of life are invited to campus. The Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, with its apron stage and seating for 500, provides a forum for chamber musicians, string quartets, ensembles, and small theater productions. The Benedicta Arts Center at the College of Saint Benedict is one of the largest arts centers in the Upper Midwest. Between Saint Benedict's annual Lively Arts Series and Saint John's Performing Arts Series, several dance, music and theater performances are brought to campus each year. Saint John's Art Center, an innovatively designed facility, is a focal point for visual arts not only on campus but in Central Minnesota.

Links to Other Resources

Saint John's Life Safety Services: for information on emergency services, campus security, traffic and parking, student ID cards, etc.

Saint John's University Bookstore: for bookstore hours, online ordering, and information about available books and merchandise

Liturgical Press: for showroom hours, online ordering, and information about available books and resources