Campus Life

You are more than a major.

Just as SJU academics expand your mind, a wide-ranging student life experience broadens your being. One thing you should know about life at Saint Joseph's is that Hawks are happiest when they're in action. So don't expect to sit in your dorm room with nothing to do.


A campus committed to fitness and athletics, Saint Joseph’s offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to stay fit. Men and women’s sports teams are organized at the NCAA Division 1, club and intramural levels, and the University participates in the Atlantic 10 Conference and Philadelphia City 6 Extramural Classic. The Office of Student Life also organizes a number of fitness programs and group exercise classes, and the O’Pake Recreation Center is open daily, featuring a 25-meter indoor pool and a fitness center with the latest cardio and strength equipment.

Community Service

In keeping with the Jesuit mission of forming students into men and women with and for others, SJU offers a number of community service opportunities through Campus Ministry and the Faith-Justice Institute. Students can serve once a week at a local organization, such as Philabundance, engage in short-term immersion trips through the Appalachia Experience, or integrate service into academic coursework in a service-learning class. Freshmen are encouraged to join MAGIS, a yearlong weekly service program designed for first-year students.

Get Creative

Saint Joseph’s University offers a number of opportunities on campus for creatively minded students. A cappella groups 54th and City, City Belles and Hawkapella perform each semester and often hold auditions for interested students. The SJU Theatre Company has produced plays and musicals for over 80 years and has a rich tradition of fostering student talent for acting, directing and producing. The campus newspaper The Hawk and literary magazine Crimson and Grey are entirely student-run, offering publishing opportunities and production experience for students. Radio 1851, the on-campus radio program, gives students experience in hosting; producing and organizing their own radio shows.


Saint Joseph’s University has a variety of housing options for incoming and returning students. Students who choose not to commute from home are required to live on campus for their first two years at SJU, and many juniors and seniors continue to reside on in upperclassmen apartments. First year students can choose between double- or suite-style dorms, while upperclassmen may choose to live in on-campus houses, apartment-style dorms, or townhouses.

Multicultural Diversity

As a Jesuit institution, SJU is inclusive of all faith and cultural backgrounds Students come from 37 states, as well as Washington D.C., and 50 countries from around the world, bringing with them richness in diverse life experiences. Numerous campus organizations, organized through the Office of Multicultural Life, allow for students to share their backgrounds and histories with their peers.

Study Abroad

The Center for International Programs at Saint Joseph’s University offers both short- and long-term options for students interested in studying abroad. Semester- and year-long programs allow students to become fully immersed in a specific culture and area, while summer programs and study tours provide a shorter option, allowing for all students to fit travel into their academic schedule. The University maintains relationships with programs in over nineteen different countries across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia.


Philly is fantastic for students. Located on the edge of Philadelphia, SJU is the best of both worlds, combining the excitement and adventure of city life with the quiet atmosphere of the suburbs. Just a train ride away from Center City, students have access to the restaurants, art galleries, theaters and festivals in the United States’ fifth-largest city. With eight Fortune 500 companies, Philadelphia is ideal for internships. .

Dining (+ the Hawk Card)

Located in the center of campus, the Campion Student Center is home to a number of options for student dining. The dining hall allows students to swipe in for all-you-care-to-eat access, while the food court offers a number of snack and meal options, such as Subway, Grille Works and SJU’s signature Hawk Wrap. Meal plan options that combine swipes into the dining hall and Hawk Cash are offered to all grade levels. Hawk Cash is accepted at a number of locations on campus and within the surrounding area, including the food court, Starbucks, the campus convenience store and snack stations located within academic buildings, and is loaded directly onto students’ Hawk Cards.

Greek Life

Greek organizations are one of many opportunities Saint Joseph’s University provides for students to make friends and build connections. The University has two academic co-ed fraternities with long histories of excellence nationwide, as well as three social fraternities and five social sororities. Each Greek organization holds recruitment activities each semester, and members are able to take part in both social and philanthropic activities.  You could link hyperlink somewhere in here to our Greek life blog post to get the students’ perspective or any of the below topics!