Living on campus means that you’re a short walk from everything you could possibly need: No matter where you live, you’re a short walk from resources such as the Health & Counseling Center and the recreation center. And meetings with professors, advisors and student organizations are convenient at nearly any time of day. If you work on campus, you’ll have, quite possibly, the shortest commute in Austin.
Beyond that, there’s additional support and personalized attention within the respective communities. Resident assistants (RAs), who are specially trained upper-class students, live in the halls and help keep the buildings secure while also making them feel like a home. They develop activities to foster community and help students get to know one another, their school and their city. Students meet some the school’s best role models, who often become the first point of contact when residents need help or simply someone to lean on.
But how do you decide where to live? While all of the residence halls at St. Edward’s offer similar programming and access to the same resources, each has its own personality. The following are testimonials from students and RAs who have lived in the halls around campus to help you decide what hall is right for you.
Basil Moreau Hall
“BMH has a home-like style with surrounding greenery. The hall is a bit quieter and more reserved. The RAs set the tone for each hall with the decorations and programming. They play a big role in fostering community and connecting residents to each other.” —Elizabeth Ucles ’19, Resident Assistant
Personality in three words: Homey, quiet and reserved
Layout: Suite-style (two-person room, one shared bathroom) or traditional two-person room with community bathroom
Programming highlight: Cookouts in the courtyard. RAs prepare games and grill delicious hamburgers and hot dogs for a fun, relaxing community activity
Best feature: The courtyards. Basil Moreau is surrounded by gorgeous courtyards that are tucked behind the building under a canopy of local Austin flora. They are an excellent, private place to study or hang out with friends while appreciating nature.
“Teresa is full of energy. I’m very proud of the fact that T-House is one of the older halls so it’s full of character: fun ghost stories, vibrant community, inviting RAs and more.” —McKenzie Dahlia ’19
“Living in Teresa was great. There was always someone to talk to or play pool with. Everyone’s personality fits there; I never saw anyone left out.” —Elizabeth Benavides ’21
Personality in three words: Energetic, spirited and welcoming
Layout: Traditional two-person rooms with community bathroom
Programming highlight: Movie marathons in the lobby. On rainy weekends or quiet nights, RAs will run movie marathons of favorites such as the Harry Potter series, Disney classics or Star Wars. Movies are always accompanied by popcorn or hot chocolate.
Best feature: The lobby. Teresa’s lobby is the ultimate community gathering space — the perfect place to hang out and meet new people. RAs make excellent use of the lobby for movie marathons or wii tournaments that keep the community engaged and interacting with one another in constantly exciting ways.
“The hall was really engaging, especially when the RAs had activities and cool things to do together like a cookout or a game night or even karaoke. People were always in the lobby watching TV, playing pool or just hanging out with one another.” —Caitlyn Gonzales ’21
“Dujarié is very homey. Everyone in Dujarié sort of knew one another. As a freshman, we all wanted to make friends and hang out with new people, so having the communal living space to walk through was nice.” —Alexandra Hartin ’20
Personality in three words: Relaxed, comfortable and neighborly
Layout: Suite-style (two-person room with shared bathroom) or traditional two-person rooms with community bathroom
Programming highlight: Jacques Jams. Every year, the Dujarié RAs put on a concert or open mic night for residents to show off their musical talents. Sometimes the concerts are holiday-themed and accompanied by an ugly sweater contest or hall decorating activities.
Best feature: The game room. Equipped with a fully functioning kitchen, smart TV, and ping-pong and pool tables, this space is designed to host awesome activities including karaoke nights and the famous Jacques Jams concerts. It’s a lot like a family game room or living room where everyone gathers to enjoy each other’s company in a comfortable space.
The Village (Hunt and Le Mans halls)
“I got to meet a lot of my neighbors by hanging out in the common areas and going to game nights occasionally. It was really chill and laid back for the most part.” —Stefani Maltos ’21
“The Village had a good balance between being able to stay in your individual space and being able to hang out with larger groups in common areas. It's the kind of place where if I needed help with something, I could go to the common area and someone would point me in the right direction and where people always hold the elevator for you.” —James Harrison ’19
Personality in three words: Vibrant, friendly and comradely
Layout: Suite-style (two-person rooms, one shared bathroom)
Programming highlight: Themed dance nights. RAs encourage students to dress up and have fun with themed dance nights (think 90s decade dance, Halloween dance, etc.). RAs provide snacks and great music that get residents out and relaxed from the rigors of school.
Best feature: The lounges. The Village has several scattered lounges and one large lounge on the fourth floor. These spaces allow for more personal community building and give students a chance to interact closely with one another. From study groups to community service groups to movie-lovers groups, everyone is welcomed and given a space in this building.