Seton Hall University Housing and Nearby Apartments


Seton Hall University offers its undergraduate students on-campus housing, or college-owned-and-maintained housing, within eight residence halls. Eighty percent of all incoming Seton Hall freshman live on campus, in either Boland (a traditional dorm, with single, double, and triple rooms arranged along co-ed halls with a shared bathroom), or Aquinas Hall, which has suite-style living arrangements. Both freshman dorms offer students wireless internet, cable TV, laundry facilities, air conditioning, recreation rooms (with pool tables, air hockey, video games, big-screen TVs, etc.), and communal study lounges. Upper-class Seton Hall students seeking housing can choose from among Xavier (at seven stories, the University's tallest building), Neumann, Serra or Cabrini Halls on campus; or they can opt for the apartment-style residences at Ora Manor and Turrell Manor, both fully-owned and operated by the college and located near campus in South Orange. But even with all these options, only about 40% of the entire student body live on-campus, leaving thousands of undergraduate and graduate students seeking Seton Hall off-campus housing each year. Most students and faculty start their search for Seton Hall off-campus housing in South Orange itself, and there are also many opportunities in the nearby communities of Maplewood (the two towns are linked in many ways, including a shared school district), Orange proper or, across the South Mountain Reservation park, in Short Hills and Millburn. For those seeking a more urban setting, remember that South Orange is only about 15 miles from New York City, and is accessible via NJ Transit buses and trains. And Newark is even closer.

About Seton Hall University

Seton Hall has been a part of the New Jersey landscape for a long time now. In fact, with a founding date of 1856 (by Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley, who was consecrated as the first Bishop of Newark just three years prior, in 1853), Seton Hall is both the oldest of all of New Jersey's Catholic universities, as well as being the most venerable diocesan university in the entire country. And the superlatives don't end there: with nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending Seton Hall's eight different schools and colleges, spread out over 58 acres of New Jersey's suburban South Orange community, this is also the largest Catholic university in the state. And all of this with the kind of early setbacks and more recent terrible tragedies that might have slowed down growth, tempered enthusiasm, or even closed another institution all together. Seton Hall actually began its life in Madison, New Jersey, with only five students, though by the end of that academic year their ranks had swelled to a full 60 undergraduates. Within four years, Seton Hall had moved to its present home in South Orange, with the student body expanding accordingly, year after year. But several devastating fires on campus have threatened the school's future over the decades, starting in 1867, when Seton Hall's first building was destroyed; and then twenty years later the university's main building burned to the ground; and then around the turn of the century, in 1909, yet another huge blaze took down a building filled with classrooms as well as several dormitories. More recently, and most horribly, in January of 2000, a fire was deliberately set by two students in Boland Hall, one of Seton Hall's freshman residences, killing three and injuring 54 students, all of whom had been asleep. Despite these terrible events, Seton Hall University is stronger today than ever. The comfortable campus in South Orange fits nicely into its suburban surroundings, and the University is presently in the midst of $150 million building construction and renovation boom. The eight schools that comprise Seton Hall--seven of which are physically located on the South Orange campus; the school of law is in nearby Newark--offer more than 60 majors to nearly 6,000 undergraduate students, with well-regarded graduate programs available in the School of Education, the Law School, and the Stillman School of Business. Scroll down to view apartments near Seton Hall University.