Everyone lives here. Yes, St. Paul's is one of very few boarding schools in the country with no day students – all students and faculty live on campus. A typical day might include breakfasting with friends, dinner with your adviser's family, finding your math teacher in the evening, working with your lab partner at any hour, hanging out with dormmates in your house, or cheering your friends at sports.
Your house (dorm) is likely where you will feel most at home. We have 19 residential houses on the grounds – nine girls, nine boys and one gender-neutral – that range in style from the 19th-century Gothic architecture of Coit to the contemporary style of Con/20 and Kehaya. About 30 students live in each of our houses along with an average of three faculty members and their families. The gender-neutral house is smaller, with fewer students and faculty in residence. Two or more faculty advisers are also associated with the house.
Each house has a large common room, which adjoins the resident faculty apartments. The common rooms are comfortably furnished, provide kitchen facilities, and often have fireplaces. Students and the faculty resident together organize life in their own houses, planning everything from daily maintenance to fun activities. When you check into your house at night, a faculty adviser or the head of house welcomes you and asks about your evening.
Each house has its own character, but every house is populated with students from all forms. Rooms are single, double, or triples. In your first year you will most likely be placed in a double room with a roommate. Your room is fully wired for phones, voicemail, and high-speed connections to the internet and the School's intranet and e-mail system.
It is in the student houses that many of the strongest friendships are forged. One of the distinct features of boarding school life is the way everyone lives and learns together in community. Dorm life includes everything from Friday-night pizza feeds to watching movies in the common room to interacting with the faculty families who live in the apartments attached to your house. Your house truly is a home away from home.