Facts & Figures

FACTS & FIGURES ABOUT NOTRE DAME
UNDERGRADUATE RESIDENCE HALLS

The following facts and figures should provide you with a general understanding and familiarity with the rich tradition of Notre Dame's undergraduate residence halls. If you have any questions (especially historical information), please contact our office.

FACILITY FACTS
  • All 29 undergraduate residence halls are located on-campus.
  • All residence halls are single-sex; 15 male halls, 14 female halls.
  • There are approximately 3600 residence hall rooms on campus with space for over 6,400 students.
  • Only ten residence halls have air conditioning. Air conditioning is typically operational only in August, September, and May for academic year students.
  • The tallest residence hall is Morrissey Hall. It is the only residence hall with a 5th floor (although, no residence hall rooms are higher than the 4th floor in any building).
  • Five residence halls have student rooms in basements (Sorin, Fisher, Pangborn, Lyons, Farley).
  • Badin Hall has the largest percentage of single rooms (approx. 60%) available for students, while (St. Edward's Hall is the only residence hall to have no single rooms (aside from hall staff rooms).
  • Every residence hall has a chapel. Keenan and Stanford Halls share the largest chapel on campus.
  • All residence halls have laundry facilities on-site (see "inside common areas" pictures in our residence hall photo gallery for pictures of laundry facilities). Most machines operate using an ID card reader. All machines are coin operated.
  • Every residence hall operates on a card reader system. Students swipe their ID card to gain entry to their residence hall 24 hours a day and during designated hours in other residence halls.
RESIDENT FACTS
  • Approximately 80% of undergraduate students live on-campus.
  • Residence hall occupancy is typically 100% in the fall semester and over 95% in the spring semester (due to a higher percentage of students studying abroad in the spring semester vs. the fall).
  • Most students live in the same residence hall for all four years (a.k.a. "stay-hall" system).
  • Largest residence halls are Dillon Hall (male, 328) and Lewis Hall (female, 273).
STAFF FACTS
  • Every residence hall is staffed with one Rector, 2 Assistant Rectors, and 4-9 Resident Assistants.
  • The Graduate Communities (Fischer O'hara-Grace and University Village-Cripe Street) are staffed by one rector, 2 ARs, and 2-4 Community Assistants.
  • The Rectors are comprised of 11 priests, 1 deacon, 7 nuns, and 12 lay staff.
  • Over 26 priest and brothers (mostly C.S.C. priests) live in-residence 21 different residence halls.
  • Lyons hall is host to a Faulty-in-Residence program.
ASSIGNMENT FACTS
  • Residence hall assignments are made on a random basis, generated by computer.
  • First-Year student (freshmen) room and roommate assignments are available in mid to late July.
  • Non-married freshmen not living at home are required to live on-campus.
  • Transfer students are placed on a waiting list after they have confirmed their enrollment - housing is not guaranteed for transfer students.
  • In recent years, a waiting list has been maintained throughout the fall semester.
  • Special roommate/hall requests from incoming students are not accepted.
  • The only cost differential between room types is single vs. multiple occupancy.
COMMUNITY LIFE FACTS
  • Every residence hall has a chapel where weekly Mass is held.
  • Every residence hall fields a variety of intramural sports teams, including: full contact football (men), flag football (women), basketball, soccer, hockey, cross country, and much more. Visit RecSports for more information.
  • Every residence hall is represented in Student Government with one elected senator.
  • Most every residence hall has co-presidents which collaborate through the Hall Presidents Council (HPC) student organization.
  • Mail is delivered to mailboxes within each residence hall every weekday while classes are in session.
HISTORICAL FACTS
  • The Main Building's (Golden Dome) original purpose was to be the central educational facility for the institution, including the west wing serving as a dormitory for preparatory students (Carroll Hall) and the east wing serving as a dormitory for college students (Brownson Hall). The Main Building is no longer used as a residential facility.
  • Constructed in 1882, St. Edward's Hall is the oldest building currently being used as a residence hall. Sorin Hall, built in 1888, was the first facility constructed as a residence hall still in use today as a residence hall. Sorin Hall was also the first residence hall in Catholic higher education to offer single rooms to residents.
  • The most recent residence halls are Duncan Hall (Male,2008) and Ryan Hall (Female,2009)
  • Four residence halls were originally constructed for purposes other than undergraduate residence facilities. These four buildings were later renovated to become residence halls. Badin Hall was originally St. Joseph's Industrial School. Carroll Hall was formerly a seminary for Holy Cross priests. St. Edward's Hall was a boarding school in the 1800's. And Lewis Hall served as a residential facility for religious women pursuing graduate degrees.
  • Various campus facilities were once used as residence halls, but are no longer. Holy Cross Hall was demolished in 1990. Grace Hall and Flanner Hall were converted to office space in 1996 and 1997, respectively, after the construction of the four residence halls on West Quad. Villa Angela, located on the property of St. Joseph High School (on the west side of campus), was used as a temporary residence hall for females in 1980-81. Brownson Hall was once a student residence hall, as was Corby Hall (presently a residential facility for C.S.C. priests and brothers).
  • Eight residence halls have been converted from male to female residences (Badin, Breen-Phillips, Cavanaugh, Farley, Lyons, Howard, Pangborn, Walsh).
  • In 1972, Badin Hall and Walsh Hall became the first residence halls for female students.
  • Two residence halls have been converted from female to male residences (Knott, Siegfried in 1997).

NOTE: Additional information about each hall can be found on our Hall Profiles.