In making the decision to live with us this year, you have just taken your college experience to the next level. The convenience and added amenities of the Residence Life program will prepare you for a fully engaged and top-notch experience.
The Office of Residence Life has developed a student-focused plan for Spring 2021. This plan is subject to change due to guidance from state and federal agencies.
Three Things to Know:
Please note: We ask all members of our St. John’s community to recognize and accept that we may need to change our plans based on public health concerns, changes in NYC and NYS guidelines, and for other considerations.
The residential experience for students in St. John’s University spring semester housing will continue with the public health requirements in place last semester to help us manage community safety as our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to monitor and adjust our plans in accordance with guidance from the city and state. The Office of Residence Life remains committed to creating an environment that promotes the health and well-being of our community, while offering programs and services, many virtually, that will help students build community in new ways. With the help of you, our students, we were successful in maintaining on campus housing and in-person classes last semester and we know that we will all work together equally as hard this semester to continue our success!
As each of you confirms your spring plans, we ask that you and your families discuss and commit to your own health and safety, and well as that of your peers, your faculty members, the staff of our residence halls and dining facilities, and all members of our St. John’s and local communities. By electing to come to campus, you commit to taking these steps:
The reopening of St. John’s University housing for the Spring 2021 semester will meet the requirements and guidance provided by New York State and the City of New York. We will notify you in the event their guidelines require us to make changes to move-in plans, and will continue to update the “Move-in Survival Guide” with Information and instructions. Reminders will be sent to students’ St. John’s email account, so please monitor your email daily.
Move-in will take place by appointment (by building or affiliated group) over a 9-day period, which will be staggered to reduce crowd surges on campus from Wednesday, January 13th to Friday, January 22nd. Classes will begin on Thursday, January 28th. To schedule your move-in appointment, please visit the Move-in Scheduler Application. Early or alternate arrival requests will not be able to be accommodated under any circumstances.
New York State Department of Health revised its interim guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving to New York State (NYS). These changes require modification to the move-in process for resident student in January 2021. New York State guidance may change again over the coming weeks; if this happens, we will notify you of revisions to the timeline and plan. The information below ensures compliance with NYS guidance and takes additional measures beyond those required by NYS to create a safe environment for our students as we begin the spring semester.
St. John’s University Move-in, Testing, and Quarantine Process
St. John’s University will require all resident students to be tested and to quarantine on campus for a minimum of 4 days (NO EXCEPTIONS) prior to the start of the semester. (This requirement applies to all students, including those from New York and those from contiguous states exempt from the travel advisory. This action is in place to increase the well-being of our community by reducing the risk of infection through asymptomatic transmission.)The process is as follows:
2. All students will need to review and electronically acknowledge the Johnnies Care Commitment and fully comply with each element of the public health actions it describes.
3. Resident students must schedule an appointment to check-in. Appointments will be staggered to allow for social distancing and designated by building. Students can only check in at the date and time of their pre-scheduled appointment.
4. Students (and family members arriving with them) must complete the COVID screening pass on the St. John’s app prior to entering campus. Only students and family members that receive a green pass will be able to enter campus.
5. Resident students will take a rapid COVID-19 test on their scheduled move-in day, prior to moving in. This test will be administered on campus at no charge. Students will receive results approximately 90 minutes after completing the test.
b. Students who receive a negative test result will be notified by email and then will proceed to the check-in table for move-in.
c. Students who receive a positive test result will be notified by phone. We will assist these students in temporarily moving into a space in St. Vincent Hall for the isolation period as prescribed by Student Health Services.
6. Resident students with a negative rapid COVID-19 test result will check into their room and proceed to quarantine for 4 days.
7. In accordance with the schedule below, on the fourth day of quarantine, students will receive a second test. We will administer this COVID-19 PCR test on campus with results expected to arrive within 24-36 hours. The cost of this test will be submitted to your health insurance. The vast majority of health insurance plans cover this test. The University health insurance should cover this cost.
b. Students who receive a negative test result will receive an email notification informing them they can leave quarantine.
c. Students who receive a positive test result will receive a phone call and we will work with these students to provide them a room in St. Vincent Hall for the isolation period as prescribed by Student Health Services.
Unfortunately, students who do not follow these instructions will not be able to move-in to the residence halls. The University has provided the following accommodations for students while they quarantine on campus:
Move-in will take place by appointment only. Unfortunately, students who do not have an appointment will be turned away. Appointments are staggered to ensure appropriate social distancing and so that entire buildings can quarantine on the same schedule. Students can schedule their appointment using the Move-in Appointment Scheduler Application. Please schedule your appointment based on the chart below:
Check-in and First Testing Day
Buildings Moving In
Second Testing Day
Wednesday, January 13
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Students returning from International Travel
*Subject to NYS Guidance Changes
Monday, January 18
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, January 14
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday, January 15
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19
DePaul (Grad), Goethals, Seton
Saturday, January 23
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20
Henley, Founders Village, Donovan
Sunday, January 24
Thursday, January 21
DaSilva, Hollis, Carey
Monday, January 25
Friday, January 22
9 .a.m.-5 p.m.
2 p.m.-5 p.m. (SI)
O’Connor, Century, Arlo (SI)
Tuesday, January 26
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (SI)
St. John’s students can elect to order a microfridge unit for their room from our preferred partner, University Logistics. To learn more about microfridges, please view this short informational video, or visit their website at www.mymicrofridge.com. To contact by phone, their call center can be reached at 1-800-525-7307.
Donovan Hall rooms do not have microwaves and refrigerators. If you do not have a microwave or refrigerator in your room, we will temporarily reassign you to a location in another building for quarantine that has these amenities. If you are in need of alternate accommodations for quarantine period please contact the Office of Residence Life at 718-990-2417 during business hours (Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).
*Note for students quarantining on campus: be sure to order your microfridge by Friday, January 8th to ensure it is in your room prior to arrival.
For added convenience, St. John’s has developed the Move-in Survival Guide online which contains information including packing lists, mailing addresses, arrival times, and answers to frequently asked questions about move-in in one location.
Thank you for your continued cooperation with the processes put in place for the well-being of you, and our community, during these unusual times. We look forward to the future when we will be able to lift the restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic. We are so proud of you and the care you have shown for each other and the greater St. John’s Community.
Before coming to campus We have prepared a supplement to the packing list in our Move-in Survival Guide. Please contact your health care provider to discuss what you should bring to campus.
Before arriving on campus, please get your flu shot! A flu shot is an important step in protecting your health. Per New York State, Department of Health guidance for higher education during the COVID-19 public health emergency, anyone with flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms will be required to self-isolate for as many as 14 days.
To help, we have developed the following list of items you should bring to help you stay healthy:
All students returning to New York from countries abroad will be required to follow the NYS travel advisory guidelines and Covid-19 testing as noted above. Knowing that visa appointments and travel arrangements can be difficult to adjust in a short time span, the move-in date is 15 days prior to the start of classes. You will be allowed to quarantine for the shorter period required by NYS. However, if the requirements change, you will have enough time to quarantine for 14 days and still start classes on time. Once you complete quarantine, you are free to resume a normal schedule and will simply have an extra week on campus to relax and prepare for the spring semester.
Note: If you are an international student and you remained in the U.S. over the winter break, you will follow the same rules as other students arriving from within the U.S. and will not move-in on January 13th. Instead, you will move-in on the date indicated for the building you are assigned to, as shown in the chart above.
Campus Dining will continue its adapted operations to the new reality of social distancing, enhanced sanitization protocols, and modified service style. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, Campus Dining is fully committed to providing healthy and nutritious meal options. We are proud to continue the following enhancements to our dining program for the 2020-2021 academic year:
Due to ongoing planning and state and federal guidance for social distancing due to the COVID pandemic, Campus Dining Services has put together many changes in an effort to provide a safer on campus dining experience. Some of the food service options have changed as all self-service items were eliminated and replaced with either pre-packaged or associate served items. And only single service items will be used for dressings, condiments, dressings, soft drinks and dining utensils. Seating capacities will be reduced to comply with new social distancing guidelines and new signage will remain in place to assist with adherence to these new guidelines, and if indoor dining is banned in the NYC, or the surrounding area; Dining Services will switch over to a takeout meal service model. Protective barriers are in place in many stations where a social distancing cannot be achieved otherwise.
A new point of sale system is in place with contact free Stormcard tap and go technology at all dining locations, and Montgoris Dining Hall has two self-tap in stations at the entrance. The use of Boost Mobile Ordering will continue to help reduce lines and Boost is now integrated with the Stormcard as an added convenience. Face masks are expected to be worn by all Campus Dining Services Associates and a new practice will be implemented to ensure that a wellness check is conducted with each associate as they begin their work day.
Montgoris Dining Hall will feature a late night menu addition to Montgoris Hall will include pancakes, specialty burgers, sandwiches, salads along with other nightly specials, the extended hours at Montgoris will allow for greater flexibility for all resident meal plan participants who will now be able to dine in a location better suited for social distancing into the late night. Resident students will be able to use their regular board swipes and not have to utilize additional points or other payments to access the late night menu options as this will be included with the existing resident meal plans.
With an expected drop in retail dining due to reduced seating capacities on campus; Campus Dining Services has closed some of the low volume concepts to better align with the expected new seating capacities. However a lunch time meal exchange will be now allowed at the Marillac Food Court to help accommodate students on resident meal plans. For the most up to date Campus Dining information please visit the Dining Services website.
Following public health guidelines, resident students are provided with one reusable cloth face covering and are required to adhere to social distancing protocols. In-person gatherings are expected to be limited, and we are working on alternatives for large meetings and events.
Face coverings will be required in public areas and whenever social distancing is not possible. Please wash your face mask every day, and single-use face masks should be properly disposed of after each use. We encourage students to bring additional reusable face coverings.
The University has implemented increased cleaning and sanitization protocols to meet CDC and DOH requirements. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout campus. There is signage posted prominently across campus to remind everyone of the importance of proper hygiene practices.
The University will continue to implement guest restrictions this Spring in order to encourage social distancing in the residence halls.
Please Note: We ask all members of our St. John’s community to recognize and accept that we may need to change our plans based on public health concerns, changes in NYC and NYS guidelines, and for other considerations.
Students who have not already received their StormCard should visit the Public Safety Building on Goethals Avenue prior to Move-in to have their picture taken and to receive their StormCard. If you are an incoming resident student, please make this location your first stop before arriving to Gate 4 for testing and move-in.
The best thing you can do before you move in is prepare. Residence Life would like to familiarize you with the move-in process and some of our policies and procedures so you will be off to a great start.
Please arrive on campus during your scheduled move-in appointment date and time, and you will need to have:
Please enter campus at Gate 4 and proceed to the appropriate parking area as directed by Public Safety.
University bills must be paid or the appropriate financial arrangements must have been made prior to move-in. Even though Student Financial Services may be available on Move-In Day, we strongly urge students to make sure that bills are paid in advance of arrival to campus. If a bill is not paid, students will not be able to complete the check-in process. University bills include tuition and housing charges, as well as other University fees.
Spring term bills are due by Monday, December 14, 2020. You can view your bill in MySJU, and we suggest you double-check your account before you depart.
You are about to move into a new home, so you need to bring necessities and a few items to make your stay in campus housing more comfortable and enjoyable. We hope these lists of “Things You Can Bring” and “Things You Cannot Bring” help you make informed decisions about what to pack.
As you are gathering your items, keep in mind that you will have roommates and/or suitemates who will also bring a carload of belongings. Please refer to the Residence Life Handbook for clarification on any items.Cancel
Things You Can Bring:
Things You Cannot Bring:
Please note: Bedrooms are designed for one television and one 4.0 cubic foot refrigerator.
A St. John’s University identification card is necessary in order for students to move in. While there will not be an opportunity to obtain a StormCard during Move-In, we strongly urge students who are able to come to campus prior to move-in to do so in order to get their StormCard.
On the Queens Campus, StormCards are processed at the Public Safety Office located on Goethals Avenue outside Gate 6. If you are near campus and wish to obtain your StormCard, please visit Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have questions about your StormCard, please contact Public Safety at 718-990-6257.
On the Staten Island Campus, Stormcards are processed at the Public Safety Office, located in Spellman Hall. If you are near campus and wish to obtain your StormCard, please visit anytime or day. If you have questions about your StormCard, please contact Public Safety at 718-390-4487.
It is important that we have all the necessary contact information in the event of an emergency. Residence Life requires students to register emergency contact names and phone numbers and missing person contact names and phone numbers.
This information must be submitted in UIS using the emergency contact person link. Students should designate an emergency contact person and a missing person contact. In addition, students are required to disclose health insurance provider information (either St. John's or private plan).
St. John’s requires that each students submits an emergency evacuation plan. This plan will assist students in the event of a campus evacuation by predetermining a person, location, and mode of transportation in that emergency that can assist.
New students are expected to submit their MMR vaccination information to the St. John’s University Health Office prior to arrival. Students may not remain in residence without proper vaccinations and documentation. For more information, please see Required Health and Immunization Forms.
Please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for residence hall living. The Residence Life Handbook is available online. Your resident assistant will review some of this information during your first floor meetings. However, it is your responsibility to read and review all policies and procedures.
The Office of Sustainability has provided each suite/room with a small blue recycling bin to be used to collect your recyclables. Large recycling bins are available in the trash rooms on each floor of most of the residence halls. Residents should place non-recyclable trash in the appropriate trash receptacles.
Please keep the Student Emergency Brochure (PDF) handy so you will know how to respond in the event of a problem.
Public Safety Contact Information:
If a fire alarm is activated or Public Safety initiates an emergency evacuation of your building:
For more information about what you need to know about hurricanes in New York City, please visit Know Your Zone (NYC.gov).
Procedures During a Hurricane:
SpectrumU TV is a video streaming service available to resident students that delivers a wide variety of live TV, entertainment, news and sports programming, including on-demand television shows and movies.
How to Use St. John's SpectrumU (PDF)
St. John's SpectrumU Channel Line-Up
A&E HD East
Disney XD HD East
Nicktoons Network HD East
Starz Kids & Family HD East
ABC (WABC-DT) HD
DIY Network HD
History Channel en Espanol SD
NYC TV CUNY SD
E! Entertainment Television HD East
History HD East
NYC TV Drive SD
SuperCanal Caribe SD
American Heroes Channel HD
El Rey HD East
NYC TV Government HD
Animal Planet HD
ESPN Classic SD
NYC TV Life (WNYE-DT) HD
TBN (WTBY-DT) HD
Antenna TV (WPIX-DT2) SD
ESPN Deportes HD
NYC TV SD
TBS HD East
Arabic TV SD
ESPN Goal Line & Buzzer Beater HD
Impact Network HD
NYC TV World SD
TeenNick HD East
BBC America HD East
Outdoor Channel HD
Telemundo (WNJU-DT) HD
BBC World News HD (101449)
ESPN News HD
Investigation Discovery HD
Ovation TV HD
Telemundo SD East [National]
beIN SPORTS en Espanol HD
ION (WPXN) HD
beIN SPORTS HD
ITV Gold SD
Oxygen HD East
BET HD East
Estrella TV (WASA-LD) HD
KBS World SD
PAC-12 National HD
TeleXitos (WNJU-DT2) SD
BET Her HD East
Korean Broadcasting Network SD
Paramount Network HD East
Tennis Channel HD
BET Soul SD
Leased Access - BQN SD
PBS (WHJN) SD
The Olympic Channel HD
Big Ten Network HD
Food Network HD
PBS (WLIW-DT) HD
The Weather Channel HD
Bloomberg TV HD
FOX (WNYW-DT) HD
Lifetime Movie Network HD East
PBS (WNET) HD
TLC HD East
FOX Business HD
Live Well (WABC-DT2) HD
PBS Kids (WNET-DT2) SD
TNT HD East
FOX Deportes HD
LOGO HD East
Travel Channel HD East
Buzzr (WWOR-DT3) SD
FOX News Channel HD
MeTV (WJLP-DT) HD
Queens Public TV 34 SD
truTV HD East
Fox Sports 1 HD
MLB Network HD
Queens Public TV 35 SD
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) HD
Cartoon Network HD East
Fox Sports 2 HD
MLB Network Strike Zone HD
Queens Public TV 56 SD
TV 10-55 (WLNY-DT) HD
CBS (WCBS-DT) HD
Freeform HD East
Queens Public TV 57 SD
TV Dominicana SD
CBS Sports Network HD
TV Land HD East
China Central TV (CCTV4) SD
MTV Classic SD East
RAI Italia SD
TV One HD
CMT HD East
FX Movie Channel (FXM) HD
MTV HD East
FXX HD East
MTV Live HD
CNN Espanol SD
FYI HD East
MTV Tr3s SD
SEC Overflow HD
UniMas (WFUT-DT) HD
Galavision HD East
SET Asia International SD
Comedy Central HD East
Showtime 2 HD East
Universal Kids HD
Cooking Channel HD
Gem Shopping Network SD
MyTV (WWOR-DT) HD
Showtime Beyond HD East
Univision (WXTV) HD
Cozi TV (WNBC-DT2) SD
GetTV (WFUT-DT3) SD
Nat Geo Wild HD
Showtime Extreme HD East
Univision Deportes Network HD
Create (WLIW-DT2) SD
Golf Channel HD
National Geographic Channel HD
Showtime HD East
Great American Country HD
NBA TV HD
Showtime Next HD East
Univision tlnovelas SD
CW (WPIX-DT) HD
GSN HD East
NBC (WNBC-DT) HD
Showtime Showcase HD East
Destination America HD
Hallmark Channel HD East
NBC Universo HD East
Smithsonian Channel HD East
USA Network HD East
Deutsche Welle A SD
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries HD
VH1 HD East
Discovery Channel HD
HBO Comedy HD East
New Evangelization Television
Stadium (WRNN-DT2) HD
Viceland HD East
Discovery en Espanol SD
HBO Family HD East
Newsmax TV HD
Start TV (WCBS-DT2) SD
WAPA America SD
Discovery Familia en Espanol SD
HBO HD East
NFL Network HD
Starz Cinema HD East
Discovery Family HD
HBO Latino HD East
NFL RedZone HD
Starz Comedy HD East
Willow Cricket HD
Discovery Life SD
HBO Signature HD East
NHL Network HD
Starz Edge HD East
Disney Channel HD East
HBO Zone HD East
Nick Jr HD
Starz HD East
Womens Entertainment (We) HD
Disney Junior HD
HBO2 HD East
Nickelodeon HD East
Starz in Black HD East
World (WLIW-DT3) SD
Zee TV USA SD
Residence Life is pleased to announce that the Energy Star-rated MicroFridge Combination Appliance is available for rental. This service is provided by University Logistics.
MicroFridge is the original 3-in-1 refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination appliance. It has a 0° real freezer and a state-of-the-art touchpad microwave, all in an Energy Star-rated package that substantially reduces the amount of electricity required to operate the unit.
These units offer more efficient freezer storage space with a separate door offering true freezer capability compared to basic single door units. The units we offer meet all University requirements for energy consumption and space allocation.
How to Order a MicroFridge or Safe:
University Logistics is proud to offer St. John's residents electronic safes for purchase. Please visit www.universitylogistics.com or call toll free at 800-525-7307 for more information and to place your order.
Please make an appointment to pick up your mail/package using the link embedded in the email received from Donovan Hall mailroom. The Residence Hall Mailroom located in the Public Safety/ROTC Building room 218. If you are expecting large items, please come with a cart.
When shipping large packages if possible, please have them packaged prior to arriving to the Residence Hall Mailroom. We provide packaging tape and will process your item for a discounted fee when using DHL, FedEx, or UPS. If you have any questions, please email them to [email protected].
Each suite is issued a mailbox located in the lobby of each residence hall. You will be given a key to access the mailbox.
To ensure that your mail is delivered to your residence hall in a timely and efficient manner, please provide your address in this format:
St. John's University, Suite & Room No.
Queens, NY 11439-[Building Zip code below]
Henley Road Complex
172-14 Henley Road, Apt. (insert apt no. here)
Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
152-11 Union Turnpike, Apt. (insert apt no. here)
Flushing, NY 11367
147-(insert building no. here) Union Turnpike, Apt. (insert apt no. here)
Flushing, NY 11367
164-(insert building no. here) Goethals Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
St. John's provides a modern and vibrant residential community, offering home-like environments for studying, with the appeal of a Big East University.
If you need assistance or any other information, please contact the Office of Residence Life.
At St. John’s, we take full advantage of our financial and metropolitan resources—passing these benefits along to students who live on campus. For instance, we offer discounted tickets to major New York City events including Yankee games, museums, and Broadway shows. The living conditions you’ll find at St. John’s are second to none. We offer:
Campus Dining offers students a number of dining options and healthy choices. Montgoris Dining Hall is an all-you-care-to-eat facility conveniently located in the center of the Queens campus. Here, you can help yourself to an assortment of fresh food, including grilled specials, pasta, Asian dishes, salads, sandwiches and enticing entrees. Find out more about the Meal Plan options at St. John's.
Safety and Security
A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the building. Each time a resident enters a building, students present their StormCard at the front desk. Commuter students must be accompanied by their residential host, show their storm card, and sign-in to the building. Every room is equipped with state-of-the art life protection systems, including fire sprinklers. St. John’s also has its own on-campus security force, which is in direct contact with the New York Fire Department and the New York Police Department. Additionally, emergency call boxes are always nearby. To contact the Public Safety office, call 718-990-6281 or 718-990-5252 in the event of an emergency.
Laundry and Vending Machines
Each hall offers residents free access to washers and dryers, located in the basement of the building. If a washer or dryer malfunctions, please inform your residence hall staff immediately or Contact ASI at 1-800-734-8851, or visit http://servicerequest.coinmach.com/. Vending machines are also located in the basement and in some lounges of each residence hall.
The cleanliness of the residence halls is very important to all residents and staff. Housekeeping is responsible for the cleanliness of the common areas of the building (e.g., hallways, lounges, stairwells). Residents are responsible for the cleaning of their own suites/rooms, including their bathrooms. As a community member, you have the right and responsibility to help keep your residence hall clean and orderly. .You also have the opportunity to report concerns about cleanliness to your residence hall staff. Ongoing concerns about the condition of common area facilities should be reported promptly to your Residence Director.
The university provides maintenance and repair services to all residence halls and apartments.It is important that you request repairs on a regular and timely basis, so that we may properly maintain our facilities. If you have a maintenance request or other concern regarding the physical upkeep of your room/suite (plumbing problem, broken heater, broken dresser, light bulb replacement, etc.) you should complete a Facilities Work Order Request. You may also contact Facilities Services at 718-990-6254. After office hours, emergency maintenance problems should be reported immediately to Public Safety at 718-990-6281.
Residents must purchase a Resident Parking Permit from Public Safety in order to park a car on campus. Only residents in their junior or senior year and graduate and law students are permitted to purchase residential parking stickers. Parking stickers are limited in availability and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Please know that limited parking is available, but parking is not guaranteed. Overnight guests who are parking with vehicles must obtain a temporary parking pass from Public Safety.
Exercise and Recreational Sports
Campus Recreation offers on-campus weight and exercise rooms, fitness classes, and personal training. Students can also take advantage of the many intramural and club sports organized each semester. You can enjoy live broadcasts of St. John’s athletic teams as they compete in the Big East. The Henley Road Complex also features a fitness room.
Due to summer conferences and space limitations, St. John’s is not able to store anything over the summer. Please check out summer storage places in the area.
Please note that St. John’s does not take responsibility or liability for these places but only offers them as some possible suggestions.
Please see Public Safety's important message regarding kitchen cooking and fire safety.