Living in a Saint Louis University residence hall is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You can become a member of the Residence Hall Association (you'll call it the RHA), your Hall Council or through student employment opportunities available in the residence halls and apartments.
SLU’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the second largest student organization on campus, after the Student Government Association (SGA). In fact, if you live on campus, you are automatically a member. The RHA is the voice of all resident students and expresses concerns to the University administration. It also coordinates educational, cultural and social programs.
Each SLU residence hall, apartment building or complex has its own council comprised of an executive board and representatives from its floors or buildings. Each council sends representatives to the RHA’s General Assembly — generally the council president and one liaison for every 200 residents. An SGA senator is also part of each council.
SLU’s National Residence Hall Honorary is comprised of the top 1 percent of student leaders living on campus. Rooted in scholastics, leadership, recognition and service, it provides recognition for outstanding individuals who work to improve life within the residence halls.
Each learning community at SLU has two mentors — sophomore, junior and senior students who return to the learning community as role models for incoming students. Learning community mentors work one-on-one with students to foster a sense of commitment to academics, service and their individual learning community.
The Learning Community Student Advisory Board is made up of representatives from each of SLU’s learning communities. This group creates programming and ideas to bring the learning communities together and plays a vital role in the continued development of the learning communities.
Resident advisers, also known as RAs, are peer educators and student staff members who create a sense of community on the floor, help resolve roommate problems and facilitate community experiences. RAs are trained to handle emergencies and to maintain health and safety standards. RAs also assist you as you move in and out of your building and ensure that SLU’s campus Code of Conduct is upheld.
Students are expected to swipe their SLU ID at the front desk to gain entry to all residence halls. These desks are staffed 24 hours a day by desk workers or RAs who check the identification of visitors and ensure they are met by a host. Desk workers also provide residents with information about the campus, checkout equipment and issue replacement keys. Federal Work Study status is required for this position.
Desk managers are junior or senior student staff members who work closely with residence hall coordinators to run the front desks and maintain an accurate audit of resident room keys, including lockouts and lock changes.
SLU’s furniture crew is a student staff team that performs minor furniture repairs or coordinates replacement, and assists with furniture moves on campus.
Office assistants work in the housing and residence life central office. Duties include typing, duplicating, filing, processing forms, completing inventories and delivering materials on campus. Federal Work Study status is required for this position.