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Themed Communities

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St. Ambrose Residence Life offers Themed Housing Communities. This initiative is an exciting opportunity for students looking for a unique environment in the Residence Halls here at St. Ambrose University.

Below is list of the different communities offered for the 2015-16 academic year. If you have further questions contact the Residence Life Office at or 563-333-6258.

Application Process
  1. Download and complete the appropriate application and spokesperson form.
  2. Students must complete an essay for each community they would like to be considered to live in for Fall. 
  3. Applications MUST be submitted with the group you intend to live in the Fall.
  4. All applications are due to the Residence Life Office by 4pm on March 17, 2015

Academic Community

For information on the Academic Community in North Hall, please visit the Academic Community page.

Spiritual Community

The Spiritual Community provides a living and learning environment in which students deepen their spiritual lives and learn from the spiritualities of others. The community is intended for students desiring to fully embrace the Catholic mission of St. Ambrose University and further that mission in the process of paying attention to and maturing in their individual spiritual lives. The community will be comprised of students representing the various religious and denominational traditions which make up our residential population.

Direction and support for the community is provided through Campus Ministry at St. Ambrose University in collaboration with the Residence Life Office. The Spiritual Community will be housed in McCarthy Hall

International CommunityDiversity Logo

Want to experience world cultures without leaving campus, or meet American students who love all things international? The International Community at St. Ambrose is a new living experience for students who believe that the world is worth exploring! The community will consist of suites of American and international students and will include special cultural programming such as cooking evenings, movie nights, and culture talks.

Groups of two Americans may apply to share a suite with 2 international students. Other arrangements must be approved through a selection committee.  

Direction and support for the community is provided through the Center of International Education of St. Ambrose University in collaboration with the Residence Life Office. The International Community will be housed in McCarthy Hall

Themed Housing Community

Themed Campus Houses offer a unique opportunity for those in Preferred housing which enables students to grow into a more independent lifestyle while remaining active members of the campus community.

Students will work together in creating a theme in which they would like to explore and share with the campus through the form of two programs or service learning projects a semester. Examples of themes would include: art, music, sustainability, community service, etc. Students will pair up with a faculty or staff advisor who can help them accomplish their goals and give support.

Students accepted to become a themed house would receive first priority in house selection over priority points. Various houses have capacities for between two and five students, so students must plan to fully occupy the house when selecting.