Skip to main content

Residence Life

If we said there are a million good reasons to live on campus, you probably wouldn’t believe us. But what if we said there are 999,999? Here are just a few of those great reasons plus a few tips for living with someone else in our Roommates 101.

Our Newest Residences
Welcome to The Villages, the newest student housing at DeSales. The third Village, Guerin House, opened in 2017.

It will help you stay healthier (and the environment, too).

  • Walk everywhere! When you live here, all our campus buildings are just a lovely stroll away.
  • Go greener. Less driving = less pollution.
  • You'll have more green in your pocket, too.
  • Save money. Most commuters spend at least $100 a month on transportation.
  • One bill (paid twice a year) includes all utilities, housekeeping/maintenance services, internet, local telephone, cable, and furnished room.
  • Living off campus can have hidden costs, for 71% of rentals aren't furnished.

It will help in your quest to be an academic superstar.

  • Students who live on campus have a cumulative GPA that is on average 5% higher than their commuter classmates.
  • Instructors are close by discussion, or questions .
  • The Academic Resource Center, career services, and advisors are just a walk away.
  • There are a ton of great places for study groups to meet.
  • Computer labs, faculty offices campus resources close.
  • Research shows that students who live on campus bond better to the institution, which leads to happiness, success, and a greater likelihood to complete their degrees.

You'll make friendships that can last a lifetime.

  • Living on campus gives you endless opportunities to meet new people and develop lasting friendships.
  • Get to really know your classmates. All of our first-year students live on campus (except commuters). And, 2/3 of all DeSales undergraduates live on campus.
  • Don't worry mom and dad, it's safe here. DeSales is recognized as one of the safest Universities in the country (see Crime Statistics).
  • The campus features: foot- and vehicle-patrols, plus late-night transportation/escort service; emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled resident hall access. Residences are secured 24/7, with on-call residence life staff.

It's easier to get involved.

  • When you live here, it's easy to attend club meetings, sports practices, and study groups.
  • Resident advisors host on average 300 programs per year.
  • Student Activities hosted approximately 125 events each year.

We take care of you.

  • Housekeepers clean your bathroom and community areas once a week.
  • Maintenance staff available 24/7 for emergency repairs.
  • Resident advisors (RAs) and professional residence life staff are available 24/7

You can bring a car.

  • All students are welcome to bring their cars to campus (parking permits are required.)
Roommates 101

Finding a Roommate

How are you assigned a roommate?

Our housing application software has a matchmaking function that will help find the right person to live with for your first-year college experience. Or, you can request a specific roommate when completing your housing application. He or she must be a deposited freshman of the same gender and must request you, too.

Room with a friend or make a new one! It’s up to you.
Tips for Living with a Roommate

Contact Us

Student Life
Dorothy Day Student Center