Residence Halls, Houses, Townhouses

We offer a safe, supportive, and empowering community that will challenge and support you.

Living on campus as St. Ambrose University is about as good as it gets.

Live in modern residence halls (some of the best in the Midwest), and enjoy sweet suite living, apartments, and close access to everything you need to succeed in college.

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SAU Residence Life

All the Amenities of Home (almost)

24/7 Security, Weekly Housekeeping, Campus Wifi, Dozens of Clubs and Service Activities

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General Housing Information

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Explore cost, different types of living arrangements (themed communities, off-campus, summer, and graduate), and requirements of living on campus.

If you attend classes full-time you can apply for housing. You will be placed in a residence hall based in either traditional (typically freshmen and sophomores) or preferred (typically juniors, seniors, and graduate students) housing.

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How do I sign up to live on campus?

First, you must be admitted as a student. If you are accepted, you will receive correspondence from us that includes housing registration and further information.

We assign rooms based on the date you sign your contract and what building you indicated as your preference. (In other words, the earlier you sign your contract, the better chance you have at getting your first preference.)

Enrolled students will receive their housing placement via their SAU email address in early July.

Please Note:

  • Full-time students are required to live on campus until they have completed two years of post-high school studies at St. Ambrose or another accredited institution of higher education (community college, college, or university).
  • Students who live with a parent or legal guardian within 50 miles of campus can be exempted from the residency requirement.
  • Students who begin college more than one year after graduating from high school may be eligible for a residency requirement waiver.
Living Off-Campus

Criteria to live off-campus

  • Full-time students are required to live on campus until they have completed two years of post-high school studies at St. Ambrose or another accredited institution of higher education (community college, college or university).
  • Students who live with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus can be exempted from the residency requirement.
  • Students who begin college more than one year after graduating from high school may be eligible to have the residency requirement waived.  


  1. Institutional Aid. Each institutional grant or scholarship has individual criteria for amounts awarded and some may have GPA requirements to stay eligible. We have an off-campus institutional cap. If you move off campus, your award will be revised accordingly. Please contact Student Financial Services at 563-333-5775 to discuss how your award would be modified.
  2. Your meal plan. Meal plans are optional for off-campus students. Contact Sodexo Food Service at 563-333-6360 to learn about options for commuter students.
  3. Interested in moving back on campus? Submit a housing contract and a non-refundable $150 housing fee. Housing is granted by availability and preference is given according to the date contracts and deposits are received.
  4. Off-campus housing options. See off-campus housing list. Please note that listings are not in affiliation with St. Ambrose University. While SAU checks with the city of Davenport to verify that each property is in good standing with the City Inspector's Office, the institution does not endorse anything further.
  5. Tenants' rights. As an off-campus resident, it is important you are familiar with your rights as a tenant. We've provided more information on tenants' rights (pdf) and a list of things to keep in mind while looking at properties (pdf). Additional information will be available at the Off-Campus Housing Fair. St. Ambrose values neighborhood relations and wants you to know how to do your part.
Graduate Housing

St. Ambrose University offers housing for full-time graduate students in certain SAU-owned houses. Housing is billed a daily rate in order to provide flexibility for graduate academic schedules. Please see Residence Life in the Rogalski Center or email Residence Life with any questions on availability.

Current graduate housing options are listed in the SAU portal. 

2023-24 Graduate Housing (House)



  • Applications are available in MyHousing.

Requirements For Graduate Housing:

Top Features
  1. Single room option
  2. Fully furnished
  3. Patrolled by security
  4. High-speed wi-fi and utilities included
  5. On-campus location
  6. Weekly housekeeping
  7. In-facility laundry
  8. Walking distance to CHSE
  9. Conveniently billed to your student account (with daily billing option for "lease" flexibility)
Summer Housing

Current SAU students

Cost, information, and contracts are available on MySAU Portal.


  • FREE: parking (monitored by 24/7 security); utilities; fast Wifi
  • Access to the SAU Library, Wellness and Recreation Center, sand volleyball court (right outside Hagen and Tiedemann!), game room, Starbucks in the Beehive
  • Secure living: card-only access and security at front desks 
  • Receive mail and packages securely on campus
  • Weekly housekeeping for bathrooms
  • Summer Housing Assistants in each hall are there to help you, conduct nightly security rounds, and plan great events

Call the Residence Life at 563-333-6258 or email

Visiting Interns

Please Note: Current SAU students will find summer housing information on the ResLife Summer Housing Portal page.

Visiting Interns

This rate is for non-SAU college students who are working in the Quad Cities.

Hagen or North (Single): $28/day
Housing Deposit: $150

Available dates for Visiting Interns are May 27th through July 30th. This schedule allows our housekeeping and maintenance teams to clean and prepare rooms for the upcoming semester.

The preferred deadline for submission is May 8th, 2023. Submit your deposit and contract here!

Any questions, accommodation needs, or roommate requests can be sent to

Academic Housing Community


The Academic Community selects well-rounded First Year students who set a high priority on academics and community involvement. Students accepted into the Academic Community are graded on a comprehensive 80-point scale.

Apply to live in Academic Housing

Applications due:

  • May 15 (to get housing placement by June 1)

The scale is based on the following criteria:

  • In addition to academic success, students will be evaluated on their community involvement.
  • Each student will have to submit written responses to several essay questions.

The entire selection process aims to find students who align their personal traits and study habits closest to the mission of St. Ambrose. Students applying for/accepted to the Honors Program may request North Hall, but no application is guaranteed to be accepted.

Take a sneak peek of North Hall ... We're more than just smart kids!

Expectations and Outcomes

As a result of the activities and services provided by the Academic Community, residents will:

  • Invest in their community 
  • Display habits and attitudes that enhance their leadership abilities
  • Consider multiple points of view
  • Recognize a connection between their living environment and academic success
  • Become aware of academic support services and use them
  • Participate in Residence Life Programs
  • Recognize the impact of their participation in connection with their personal and academic success
Housing Eligibility


    • For First and Second Year students
    • Students in their third or fourth year may choose to live in traditional housing but will be held to the University Policies of traditional housing.
    • Suite-style living with groups of 4 students, with 2 students per room and 2 rooms joined by a bathroom


    • For students in their Third Year or more
    • Groups of 4 in apartment-style living. Four single bedrooms with kitchenette, common area, and bathroom.
    Academic Housing Application

    Please note: THESE ARE NOT HOUSING CONTRACTS. Students must be accepted to SAU and have a housing contract turned in to be eligible for Academic Housing.

    First-year and Transfer students

    This community fills quickly, and spots in the Academic Community are not guaranteed.

    Apply to live in Academic Housing

    North Hall

    North Hall, home to our Academic Community, is our newest hall and provides both traditional and apartment-style housing for traditional/preferred housing students.

    Each preferred apartment features four single bedrooms per unit, a common living area, kitchen, and bathrooms. Traditional housing is suite-style with double rooms connected by a full bathroom. Total resident capacity is 204.

    Watch a Hive Tour of an apartment in North Hall or a suite in North Hall.


    • Private bathroom and shower in each suite and apartment
    • Dressers, closets, and desks
    • Carpeted floors
    • Air-conditioning
    • ADA Accessible Rooms
    • Wireless and ethernet hookups
    • Community laundry facilities

    Room Dimensions


    Residence Life
    Rogalski Center, 2nd floor
    518 W. Locust St.
    Davenport, IA 52803
    563-333-6256 fax

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