Residence Life FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about living on campus at Saint Xavier University.
Living in university housing provides each student with a multitude of opportunities for personal, social and intellectual growth. These experiences are sure to impact your life while on campus and extend many years after your college days are over. Recent research has indicated that students who live in university housing:
- Have higher graduation rates
- Have increased participation in extracurricular activities
- Assume more leadership roles
- Are less likely to fail a course
- You may have more reasons of your own, but consider these:
- No cars, buses or traffic jams to keep you from getting to class on time
- Wake up each morning only a few steps away from your class
- Have the opportunity to connect with friends and attend programs more frequently
- Can work and earn extra spending money without traveling
We offer four meal plans for resident students. The following is a summary of the Scarlet Plan, the minimum meal plan for our first-year residents, which costs individuals approximately $2,500 per semester and is required for residence on campus. The following are highlights of this plan:
- The balance of $2,500 is used similar to a debit system. Only the dollar amount spent at the time of a purchase is deducted from the total. (Example: if a student purchases a bottle of soda $2 is deducted, or if an entire meal is purchased, approximately $5.75 is deducted). This debit system allows students unlimited access to food service, up to the total dollar amount available on their food card.
- The meal plan is a very good value. The plan is budgeted at just $22 per day for food.
- The meal plan is designed with the student's health in mind, assuming that it is important for students to eat regular, healthy meals. We recommend that students eat wisely so that they can perform well both in and outside of the classroom.
- Meal plan dollars can be used in the SXU Diner, Rhubarb's, Coffee Cats, and Starbucks.
- Review the general budget (PDF) a student should follow over each week of the semester.
Upper-division halls (Morris, McCarthy and O'Brien) have open visitation provided that all roommates and suitemates are in agreement and have open access to their room. No visitor should have an extended presence in the room.
The residence halls close during the following University break periods and all residents are expected to vacate the halls during these closed periods:
- Thanksgiving Holiday
- Semester Break
- Spring Break
- Easter Break
- (Specific dates can be found in the Student Planner)
International students and students who live beyond 400 miles of campus may request to reside on campus during the Thanksgiving, Spring and Easter Break closed periods. Requests may be made through eRezLife and must be submitted 10-days prior to the scheduled closing. Residents approved to stay in housing during the breaks are billed $35/day per break. All approvals are subject to the discretion of the director of Residence Life.
University Housing closes for the summer on the last day of finals week.