About Residential Life

The Residential Life Program at Sewanee involves a very high percentage of the student body. Over 98% of undergraduates live in the dormitories and as a result our facilities have been consistently filled at capacity for the past few years. Housing options for undergraduate students currently include: 14 coeducational dorms, two all male dorms, two all female dorms, a women's center, four language houses, two special halls for student emergency personnel (EMTs and firefighters),  several theme houses (Community Engagement House, Green House, Gender and Sexual Diversity House) and Greek housing. The dorms are configured in a variety of arrangements, ranging from traditional doubles and singles to an assortment of suite setups.

Ecce Quam Bonum

"Behold How Good!" is the short form of the official University Latin motto taken from Psalm 133: 1: "Ecce Quam Bonum Et Quam Iucundum Habitare Fratres In Unum." or "Behold How Good and Joyful a Thing it is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity."  This motto is the principle upon which Residential Life at Sewanee is built.

Room Assignments

Students are not assigned to dormitories according to class, fraternity or sorority affiliation, athletics, academics, or other groups or organizations. A mix of classes exists in all residence halls and houses. All undergraduate housing assignments are made through the Residential Life Office. Upperclassmen will go through a lottery process for housing selection, with priority based on seniority and membership to the academic honor society, the Order of Gownsmen.  Incoming first year students and transfer students are carefully assigned roommates and housing based on the responses to the Learning and Living questionnaires.  Under normal circumstances all assignments are considered to be a year-long commitment.  Housing assignment changes are made at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Residential for Housing.


There is an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the residents and the security of student and University property.  As a result, all doors to enter and exit dormitories are locked year round, 24 hours a day, and are staffed daily from 9:30 p.m to 8:00 a.m.  Students must have their Student ID cards to gain access to the dorms.  Call boxes, located on the exterior of every dorm, provide instant emergency connection to the police and add more security to the dormitories. To better secure the dormitories during closed breaks, a system of interchangeable locks are installed.

Damages and Repairs

To maintain and to improve the physical living environment of the residence halls, the Residential Life Office oversees the reporting and follow through of maintenance problems in the dormitory and special interest facilities. With the help of Area Coordinators and Head Residents, the Residential Life Office also participates in a room safety inspection each semester.  Residential Life staff also assess the condition of rooms at the end of the school year.  This end of the year inspection permits the University to collect fines for damage to or loss of dormitory furnishings. The Residential Life Office is also involved in ongoing discussions with the University's Physical Plant Services (PPS) to improve the maintenance services to the dormitories.

Submitting Work Orders: Students needing to submit a work order, need to contact their Area Coordinator, Head Resident, or Proctor.  Common work orders may include leaky sink or shower faucets, clogged toilets, burned out overhead lights, pest control, wi-fi, and door/lock repairs.  Work orders are completed  as quickly as possible; however, work orders are prioritized when necessary.