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Living Well on Campus
Santa Clara has 10 on-campus residence halls, most with traditional double rooms and large common bathrooms, others with suite arrangements conducive to more informal living. Across from the main campus, juniors and seniors can apply for townhouse-style living in the 138-unit University Villas. All residences are close to classrooms and the student center, and you’re never more than a short walk from the library or that 9 a.m. class.
Even though we don't require you to live on campus, nearly 95 percent of first-year students choose to do so. You can learn more on the Housing Office website.
Connect with Residential Learning Communities
Students in Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) live together, have common interests, and share some of the same classes. You can select an RLC based on your interest in topics such as natural history, diversity, sustainability, or social justice. The RLCs provide a holistic educational experience by bringing together the academic, residential, and social components of campus life.
Learn more about the individual learning communities on the RLCs at a Glance webpage.
Eat Well on Campus
You'll have many dining and food options at Santa Clara. On campus, you can choose from three different cafés for coffee, pastries, and quick meals, or dine in the central Marketplace for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The dining hall resembles an upscale food court with numerous stations including: The Bistro, La Parrila, California Deli, Sauté, and more. For a more informal experience, The Bronco is the University's late-night venue, serving beverages and pub-style food. With these choices and an on-campus convenience store, you can always find something great to eat from 7 a.m. to midnight.