Choosing to live on-campus provides students with a unique opportunity to be involved in the dynamic and diverse setting of the St. John's experience. The Office of Residence Life wants you to feel at home on campus and works hard to provide you with an optimal living environment.
The Office of Residence Life offers cost efficient on-campus housing for St. John's students. The 105-acre Queens campus features both residence halls and university-owned apartments close to campus. These facilities offer modern and convenient on-site amenities. View our virtual tour.
St. John’s Staten Island campus offers low-cost, garden-style apartments that allow you to reap the rewards of college life while enhancing your potential for academic success.
Resident students living on the Staten Island campus have the unique opportunity of living in apartment style housing. The Office of Residence Life is made up of several full-time and part-time administrators who are on call 24-hours a day. The resident facility consists of garden-style apartments in the Grymes Hill section of Staten Island. They are adjacent to the Staten Island campus and are maintained by the University Facilities Department and patrolled hourly by Public Safety.
Currently, Residence Life leases 79 student apartments, with the capacity to house 231 students. Just under half of all resident students are freshmen, while the rest are sophomores and juniors and a small number of seniors who select to remain in University housing their last year. All first-year students are housed in the Courtyard located on Arlo Road.
Each apartment is furnished (see Residence Hall Services below) with a bed, desk, desk chair and dresser per student. Common furniture includes a couch, coffee table, lounge chair, dining table and dining chairs. Every apartment has a bathroom and full-service kitchen complete with refrigerator, microwave and stove. We also have 11 reserved parking spots for rent which are located on Arlo Road. In addition, a meal plan and wireless internet and cable connection are provided in each apartment. To ensure that students are involved and active, we offer special programming targeted to resident students to enhance their college experience and create a greater community feeling.
35 Arlo Road Apt 1A
Staten Island, New York 10301
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer Fridays: Closed
Residence Life Administrators
Assistant Director for Student and Residence Life[email protected]
All resident apartments are provided with digital cable, including premium movie and sports channel. All you need is a cable-ready TV and DVD/VCR and a connector cable about six feet in length. All apartments are also equipped with high speed wireless internet service and all St. John’s laptops are already set to receive the wireless signal in the apartments. Resident students are not permitted to contact the cable/internet provider directly to alter the service already provided by the University. Any student experiencing problems with their cable and/or internet service must contact the Office of Residence Life to report the problem.Telephone
All resident apartments are provided with local/regional telephone service. Resident students are not permitted to contact the telephone provider directly to alter the service already provided by the University. Students experiencing service problems must report it to the Office of Residence Life.
No janitorial services are provided for individual apartments or hallways. Students are responsible for the cleanliness of their apartment and common areas. Some supplies are available in the Office of Residence Life.
Garbage rooms are located behind 23 and 41 Arlo Road and in the courtyards between 460 Howard Ave. and 476 Howard Ave. and in front of 504 Howard Ave. (Failure to properly recycle will result in fines from the NYC Sanitation Department). If you are unsure of the nearest garbage bins, contact the Office of Residence Life. Garbage and litter in the hallways and the public areas may result in disciplinary action. Resident Directors will issue a 24-hour warning notice to remove all garbage and litter, if an area is deemed unsatisfactory (including disposing of refuse outside of you door or windows).
All maintenance requests must be submitted, in person, on a Maintenance Request Form available in the Office of Residence Life. Maintenance requests can only be processed during the Residence Life Office hours. If the work is not completed within 48 hours, please contact Residence Life. The University, along with Grymes Hill maintenance, reserves the right to enter any apartment at any time for repairs. Maintenance requests will be handled in order of urgency. For weekend or evening emergencies, please contact Public Safety at 718-390-4487 and a Resident Director will be contacted.
Students can also request additional exterminator service in addition to weekly service.
There are three laundry facilities available for you to do your laundry at the Grymes Hill Apartment Complex (behind 504 Howard Avenue, in the driveway next to 14 Arlo Road and next to 41 Arlo Road).
The Campus Dining Services are located in the Campus Center Cafeteria.
The Cafeteria serves grilled items, soups, salads, deli sandwiches, pizza, snacks, muffins, bagels, cereals, and beverages as well as catering services. Hours will vary so please visit for specific hours.
A limited number of reserved parking spaces in the parking lots around the complex are available through the Office of Residence Life. Parking spaces will be assigned by seniority and a first come first serve basis. Failure to comply with the terms of the parking agreement can result in the loss of your space without reimbursement.
Students who are awarded reserved spaces will have the space from September 1 through May 31. Students cannot sublet their space to another student. Students must display their parking decal on the back driver side window. Students must park in their assigned space. If your space is being used illegally, please contact Public Safety who will contact a Resident Director. Any car parked illegally will be towed at the owner’s expense. The resident reserved parking permit does not allow students to park on any St. John’s campus. Residents are not permitted to leave their cars in the University parking lots after hours without special approval from Public Safety. Contact Pubic Safety for information pertaining to campus parking permits at (718) 390-4487(8) or visit us at Spellman Hall, Room 116.
Residents are permitted to park free on Howard Avenue and Arlo Road. As with any city street, the availability of parking varies and certain restrictions are enforced. To purchase a parking permit and designated parking space through the Grymes Hill apartment complex, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 718-390-4080. There is no guarantee of a parking space.
Resident students are responsible for maintaining their mail service. If you wish to receive mail from the University, you must contact the Registrar’s Office at:
Office of the Registrar
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 1 (888) 9STJOHNS [toll-free][email protected]
Otherwise your mail will be sent to your home address. If you are changing apartments, you must contact the appropriate correspondences (i.e. phone, cable, credit card, magazines, friends, etc.) and get a change of address form from the US Postal Office.
Safety and Security Devices
Students must make sure that the doors and screens are always properly locked to ensure safety. Tampering with or misuse of security screens, locks, or fire safety equipment will result in disciplinary action.
The development of the whole individual is our priority within the foundation of our residence life program. The goal of the Residence Life program, in addition to providing a place to sleep, is to supplement learning and provide a variety of educational, social and recreational activities.
Becoming a member of the St. John’s residential community involves students in the special opportunity to live, learn and grow together. This necessitates the creation of set expectations and community standards in order to develop a respectful, thoughtful and educational environment. Our community is a place where a developed sense of integrity and the ability to make good decisions is highly esteemed. It is a place where we celebrate diversity and expressly repudiate discrimination. Also, we are interdependent for the fulfillment of certain needs, and therefore, living in the St. John’s residential community asks each of us to adopt an active understanding of the Residence Life Policies.
The policies are designed to create an optimal environment for every member of the community and those who visit. The policies establish clear and consistent behavioral expectations. Infractions of these policies will be documented and adjudicated in order to preserve and protect the integrity of our community.
The community values set forth are reflective of the Vincentian Mission of the University. St. John’s University strives to promote justice, instill personal and moral values and create a healthy learning environment. In the event that a student is found responsible for violating a section or sections of the Residence Life Policies or the Code of Conduct, a sanction may be assigned. Sanctions imposed through the judicial process are intended to facilitate the aforementioned goals. The judicial process is an essential part of the educational setting, as it stresses personal accountability and respect for others.
The Office of Residence Life at St. John’s University is committed to the safety and well being of all community members. We strive to create an environment that is free of acts of violence, harassment, and infringement of rights of privacy and property. The Office of Residence Life is one of many service offices in the University that assists students. As a staff, we will support students by identifying resources which, based on personal needs, will further support them.
The residence program is comprised of students that come from a wide variety of geographical locations and cultural backgrounds. Experiences with students will enhance one’s learning while exposing them to different perspectives, stressing tolerance and acceptance, respect for others, and regard for the standards of good citizenship.
The Director, Assistant Director, Residence Directors, Resident Assistants and the Office Support Staff are responsible for administering the entire residence hall program which includes, but is not limited to, assigning rooms, helping students with interpersonal conflicts and training staff.
Office of Residence Life
35 Arlo Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
Hours of OperationFall/Spring Semester
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.