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Residence Life

Live and learn in a place you will love to call home.

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Your home away from home

Welcome to Residence Life

It’s so much more than a dorm room. It’s sharing a coffee at Rosie’s Cafe and chatting over lunch at the Public Market. It’s attending residence events that help you develop deep bonds with your neighbors. It’s forming friendships you will have for life. It’s a living and learning environment you’ll love calling your home.

Living on campus is not only a great time, but studies have shown that students who live on campus have an especially positive college experience. This is a unique opportunity to form friendships and build strong ties with other residents from a variety of backgrounds. It’s also a fun way to find your place at HNU.

• Be a member of an open and welcoming residential community
• Learn more about the resources available to enhance your HNU experience
• Develop invaluable communication and conflict resolution skills

Complete the 2020-2021 Housing Application

Click here to apply for 2020-21 On-Campus Housing

New students applying for housing for the 2020-2021 academic year can expect to receive their housing assignments in late July via email.

Submit Your $100 Housing Deposit

Choose from the following payment options:

  1. Pay online (selecting Housing Deposit as your payment option)
  2. Mail a check or a money order to:
    Office of Housing and Residence Life
    Holy Names University
    3510 Mountain Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619
  3. Turn in your cash, check, or money order at the Housing and Residence Life Front Desk in Durocher Hall

Note: If your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is zero, you may be eligible for having the housing deposit waived. To be eligible to waive your housing deposit, please provide proof (the SAR section of your FAFSA or confirmation from your admissions counselor) to either

New students only: Submit your immunization records

Records should include tetanus, MMR, TB, Hepatitis B and meningococcal immunizations.


  1. Submit electronically (PDF or JPEG file) to
  2. Submit by mail to:

    Office of Housing and Residence Life
    Holy Names University
    3510 Mountain Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94619

  3. Submit in person at the Housing & Residence Life Front Desk in Durocher Hall

Linens Program

In addition to checking out our list of what to bring and Frequently Asked Questions, parents and students are encouraged to visit the Residence Hall Linens Program page. This page has affordable options for high-quality bedding, bath and storage supplies for students guaranteed through graduation. This is the easiest, most convenient way to make sure a student has everything they need for their new “home away from home.”

Also, please check out for some great mattress toppers for our extra-long twin beds! For every 3 mattress toppers they sell to HNU students, they donate 1 to a shelter in the Oakland community.

Move-In Information

New student move-in will take place starting at 10 am on Saturday, August 17 at the entrance to Dunn Hall.

Continuing student move-in will take place starting at 9 am on Sunday, August 18 at the Housing & Residence Life Front Desk in Durocher Hall.

Additional information about move-in will be provided to all students via email with their room assignment.

Any other questions?

Feel free to contact the Director of Housing and Residence Life, Justin Vacca, with any questions or concerns at or (510) 436-1500.