Villa Maria Hall | University of Portland

Villa Maria Hall

3D Tours: Double Room, Triple Room, Hall Lounge


Hall Staff

Hall Director: Joshua Bode

Assistant Hall Director: Position Open

Pastoral Resident: Fr. Charles McCoy


Life in Villa Maria Hall

Hall Motto: Villa Viri Superbi (Proud Men of Villa)

Hall Mascot: Tommy the Gorilla

Nickname for Residents: Villans

Signature Events:

  • Villa Drum Squad: The Drum Squad has been the heart and soul of the student section since 1988. They attend all home and some away soccer games. It is made up of Villans and friends in kilts who play drums, lead the cheers, and bring an unrivaled energy to UP events. They are nationally known as one of the best college soccer supporter sections.
  • Sunday Night at the Races (SNATR): Since the infamous race of 1995, this is a weekly race where each wing competes for honor and glory! Usually, 80+ residents come out to watch. Races vary from couch hurdles to spicy wing competitions and much more. All races are created by Villa suggestions at our weekly Town Hall meetings. One of the best Sunday homework breaks you could ask for!
  • Villa Maria Auction: Since 1998, Villa has hosted the most successful fundraising event on campus. Each year, groups of 2-5 Villans get together and think of a dance, comedy skit, or talent they perfect for months. In November, the campus is invited to a night of fun as Villans perform their act to raise money for Holy Cross charities. Attendees can bid on each act, and the money has gone to schools in Peru, hospitals in Tanzania, and other worthwhile charities.
  • Villa Dad's Weekend: Since the Spring of 2015, Villa welcomes about 50 Dads (and any parental figures) to experience Villa for a weekend! The dads get to see the city, have a nice barbeque, spend quality time with their sons in Villa, and even participate in a SNATR.  

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Villa Maria is named for the University's patroness, the Virgin Mary, and opened in 1957 as the first women's residence hall on campus. Its location on the far northwestern reaches of campus was chosen deliberately because the provincial superior at the time of its construction mandated that the hall be built as far from the men's dormitory (Christie) as possible. The hall became a men's residence in the 1980s and today houses more than 200 residents in 89 rooms. The building has a central lounge with a big screen television, a basketball court behind the building, and a chapel. It has a computer lab, a game room, and two study rooms.

Room Layout

What is the average size of a Villa Maria Hall room?
Villa Maria Hall is one of our older residence halls and thus does not have uniform room sizes throughout the building. The approximate size of a double room is 185 square feet, though individual rooms may be larger or smaller than this, and some are designated as extendable, meaning they can hold two or three students. Standard triple rooms are approximately 320 square feet, and there is one room designated as a quad (four students) that is approximately 364 square feet.

How is a double room in Villa Maria Hall laid out?
Beds can stand alone and are movable; wardrobes are built in. Most desks are movable; however, there are some that are built in. Rooms have tile flooring (uncarpeted).


Hall Stats

Hall Type: Male Facing

Eligibility: All class years

Total Rooms: 89

Floors: 2

Elevator: No

Room Types: Single, Double, Triple