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Living On Campus as an International Student

Supporting Your Student Experience

We strongly encourage new international students to live in On Campus Housing their first year in St. Louis and at Fontbonne University.

The first year is a critical time to become acclimated to your new environment and make a successful start in your courses and your academic career.

Click here to learn more about our On Campus Housing Opportunities.

Space is limited on campus. To better your chances of receiving the housing assignment of your choice, submit your application paperwork as soon as possible.

All Residence Halls require a meal plan. 

Learn more about our meal plans and food service here.

10 Reason Why You Should Live On Campus

  1. Better Grades – Students Who Live On Campus Have Better Grades!

    • Studies have shown that students living in On Campus Housing have better grades because they do not have to hassle with the extra stresses that off campus living requires
  2. Leadership – Build Leadership Skills and Opportunities!

    • By living On Campus, students can focus on their studies and being involved in campus activities and leadership roles.
    • When a student is On Campus, he or she has more opportunity to be exposed and get to know people better, which can be critical when it is time to ask for letters of recommendations from faculty and staff
    • Being involved helps build the student’s resume when it is time to look for internships and job opportunities.
  3. Security – Live safely and securely!

    • Safety and security are a priority at Fontbonne University.
    • Fontbonne is located in a beautiful, affluent and safe community.
    • Card access and cameras in the residence halls along with Public Safety and Residence Life staff available 24 hours a day make an already safe area feel even more so.
  4. No Hidden Costs – It is all included!

    • All of this is included in your housing costs:
      • All utilities (water, electronic, et cetera)
      • Cable television
      • Internet (WiFi and Hard Wire)
      • Air conditioning
      • Laundry facilities on site
      • Computer Labs
      • Lounges with Televisions
      • Study Lounges and Space
      • Game Room
      • Fitness center
    • At first glance, living off-campus seems like a good option but many students forget all the “hidden costs” associated with life off campus – like first and last months’ rent, additional deposits, water, electric, gas, cable, internet, phone service, furniture, food, gas for car, car, car insurance, bus passes, renters insurance.
    • Is it really worth all the hassle and disconnection from campus just to save a few dollars and live off campus?
  5. Independence – Make your transition to independent life and living simpler in the US!!

    • Living on your own and making key decisions for yourself is an important step in the development process.
    • Learning to balance freedom and responsibility in a protected environment like a residence hall makes this process more educational and much easier.
  6. Convenience – Spend less time commuting and more time engaging in campus life and studies!

    • If you live On Campus the need to obtain a car or learn to navigate the public transportation system is not immediately necessary.
    • You do not have to search for a parking spot or arrive early for class in order to do so.
    • Not having to commute allows for that critically needed few extra minutes of study or sleep.
    • If you live off campus and do not have a car or easy access to public transportation, you will have to depend on others for rides to and from school and will sacrifice your independence and ability to get involved if your driver is busy.
  7. Close to Everything – Fontbonne is at the center of everything!

  8. Extra Support – The Fontbonne Family at its best!

    • By living On Campus, you obtain an extra level of support. College and graduate school are transitional times and can sometimes be difficult when family and close friends are so far away.
    • By living On Campus, you will have not only your faculty and International Affairs to support you, but you will also have the entire staff of Residence Life there to help you on your journey.
  9. Community and Friends – Meet new people, make new friends and open up your network!

    • Living On Campus, you open yourself up to meeting people from all over the world and outside of your major.
    • From roommate, to suitemate, to floormates – you will meet people of all ages, majors, academic levels, countries and interests.
    • All of you are on the same academic journey and help build an extra level of support and friendship.
    • Lifelong friends are often made in the On Campus living experience
  10. Connection – Feel like you are part of something bigger!

    • Students who live On Campus build a strong connection to their peers, staff, faculty, and the institution and, more often than not, are more successful upon earning their degree due to this network of people they have built strong relationships with and feel more strongly that their educational investment was worth it.

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