Life at SJC

Experience the comfort and confidence of finding yourself in the right place. Life on campus provides a sense of belonging, a safe and welcoming place, and the empowering opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself — a close-knit community of people ready to make a difference. What’s more: voted one of the 15 best cities for young adults by Forbes Magazine, and #1 foodie city by People Magazine, Portland, Maine, is a stone’s throw from campus.

  • Get outside: Explore the beauty of quintessential Maine. On Sebago Lake, our campus offers lakefront activities, firepits, plenty of green space, and wooded trails to explore.
  • Eat in: Our two dining halls offer locally sourced meals made from scratch — there’s also a grab-and-go coffee window on campus.
  • Get involved: Over 30 clubs on campus give students a chance to pursue passions new and old, from the Esports lounge and dance team to philanthropic groups and the Gay-Straight Transgender Alliance+ organization.
  • Work out: The Fitness Center offers free group classes, a rock-climbing wall, an indoor track, pool, and access to both the gym and the outdoor track.
  • Live comfortably: With ten residence halls and 80% of students living on campus, we offer a variety of housing from traditional dorms to townhouses and apartments with kitchenettes. With that comes free laundry, campus safety, Resident Advisors, a Counseling Center, Health and Wellness center, and more.
  • Explore: On and around campus you’ll find the perfect balance of city and nature. There’s skiing at Shawnee Peak, hiking in the White Mountains, picturesque Sebago Lake, and the famous Maine coastline.
  • Proximity to Portland: Known for award-winning restaurants, art galleries, and--of course--lobster rolls, you’re only a short drive from the neighboring city of Portland, Maine.


St. Joseph's has everything from clubs and activities to intramural and weekly events, as well as a strong social life. To me, and I know for most people, the big difference that sets St. Joseph's apart is where you get to study and live.

I really think it's beneficial where our campus is placed because we're so close to Portland. Portland is about 30 minutes from here. And a lot of us travel there, mostly on the weekends. There's a lot of food right on the water. The cobblestone and the character that is in the city is amazing.

So one of the great parts about St. Joseph's is we've got Shawnee Peak just over half an hour away. It's a great place to learn to ski. You still get that kind of big mountain feel.

Having the lake right next to us, it's a huge advantage. During the summer, of course, our students come here a little bit early. And they take advantage of the lake. The have a beach area in the winter. Sometimes you see them ice skating down there, even ice fishing. There's always something around us which is amazing.