Residential life at St. Anne's-Belfield offers a rich blend of studying, relaxing, playing, and enjoying outings and activities with friends and faculty -- a combination of hard work and a great deal of fun.
In the dormitory, older students serve as role models and informal advisors for new and younger students. Faculty members are also an integral part of dorm life, as all dorm staff live in apartments within the dormitories. They are routinely available to students for extra academic help, but their doors are also open for treats or a chance just to chat. The personal interaction between and among faculty and students helps create a meaningful family atmosphere.
During the academic week, students are busy with classes, sports, and other extracurricular activities, but on the weekends, the boarding staff provides social events and outings for all of the students living on dorm. Activities include: trips to University of Virginia sporting events, cultural trips to Washington D.C., concerts, ski outings, visits to local lakes for swimming and fishing, mountain biking, bowling, ice skating, etc.; the list is endless and varied! In addition, St. Anne’s-Belfield offers a Host Family program, in which boarding students are welcomed into the homes of local families on a regular basis for meals, celebrations, holidays, and the occasional overnight.
Students contribute to the upkeep of their rooms and common spaces through daily and weekly times dedicated to tidying up. The students and faculty also help keep the dining areas clean, and may be involved in food preparation if they so desire.
While every dorm room is furnished with the basics, students quickly decorate their rooms to reflect their own personalities, cultures, and styles. Of course, living in shared space comes with challenges – from sharing the laundry facilities to learning to live with a roommate – but rising to these challenges lays the foundation for meaningful and lifelong friendships.