There’s a lot more to college than the classroom. At Seattle University, we bring together an amazing group of students in a close-knit community. Living on campus, you’ll have the chance to explore your interests together and make friends for life.
We guarantee you housing in campus residence halls your freshman and sophomore years. Many students stay on beyond their sophomore year. Juniors and seniors can also live on campus at the Archbishop Murphy Apartments, which provide greater flexibility for upper-class students. Each residence hall is its own unique community with a distinct personality.
Residence halls and apartments are safe, secure and comfortable social hubs. You’ll enjoy a whirlwind of activities within the briefest of walks—a movie on one of several big screen TVs, open mic in the Hawk’s Nest Bistro, a late-night ice cream run to the Cave in Campion. Be warned: it is possible to have too much to do. Not recommended but possible: getting from bed to class in five minutes.
Learning in Community
We believe learning happens all the time and everywhere. Learning Communities (LCs) provide students with an opportunity to weave together their in class and out of class experiences to make meaning of what they are learning. Every first year student (commuter and residential) and many second year students will have the opportunity to participate in a learning community. Students will be able to connect to other students with similar interests, take Core courses together, participate in fun and exciting activities, and explore what it means to be a Seattle U Redhawk!
LCs allow students with similar interests to develop common bonds with each other. Continual dialogue with peers and faculty enhance students' personal and academic meaning making, and deepen intellectual development. The LLCs are a great way to make friends quickly and they're also fun! Take some time and learn about the LCs offered at SU so that you will know what to sign up
for when completing your new student preference form.
Our Campus - an urban oasis
If location is everything, then we have it all. Seattle University is a beautiful backyard sanctuary (really!) tucked into an urban neighborhood. On campus, our facilities are state-of-the-art. Here’s some of what you have to look forward to in your surroundings at Seattle University:
- The completely redesigned Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, with a high-tech information commons so you can collaborate whether you’re working with someone in your residence hall or across the planet; and a multimedia development center with production, editing, and screening facilities for creating your work and research
- A new 64,000-square-foot Student Center, an active hub of student life, built using eco-friendly design and materials; in 2005, working in conjunction with Seattle City Light, four of our senior engineering students equipped the building with solar energy
- Lee Center for the Arts, a new 135 seat showcase for theatre and musical performances with a prop room, dressing room, costume shop, and support for professional lighting and sound booths where arts students can build their technical skills
- Award-winning landscaping with tree-lined malls, colorful Japanese gardens, rare plants, and plenty of green space, all maintained in an environmentally friendly way that relies on beneficial insects instead of pesticides
- A 20,000-square foot laboratory at the James Tower Life Sciences Building, part of Swedish Medical Center’s Providence campus just steps from our campus, where nursing students train with the latest health care equipment while caring for patients in a real-life health career environment
- The Chapel of St. Ignatius, the university's spiritual center, is a creative and riveting structure that draws visitors from around the world; the understated, elegant, award-winning architecture evokes a contemplative environment that draws the faithful and the curious to prayer