Caldwell Hall, the oldest building on campus, was dedicated on May 24, 1888 by Cardinal John Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), and Grover Cleveland, President of the United States (1885-89; 1893-97), and was named for Mary Gwendolyn Caldwell (1863-1909), the first donor to the University. The original letter dated April 10, 1887 from Pope Leo XIII approving the University's founding is sealed in the cornerstone. Mary Gwendolyn's sister, Mary Elizabeth, later donated funding for construction of the chapel. The residential area of Caldwell Hall was renovated in 2014 and 2015. Caldwell Hall is home to approximately 42 sophomore, junior, and senior students.  

  • Hall Information

    Style: Traditional (shared hallway bathroom)

    Campus locations in close proximity: Pryzbyla University Center, Mullen Library, Ward Hall 

    Features: Air conditioned; Community lounge foosball (2nd floor); Elevator; Kitchen and Laundry facilities (2nd floor); Wireless internet access; Vending machines; Located near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; The House - Residence for the Student Ministers responsible for outreach to the freshman students. 

  • Room Information

    Room Types: Single, Double

    Furnishings include a twin x-long bed frame, twin x-long mattress, dresser, desk, desk chair, and wardrobe/closet per student. One minifridge with microwave unit per room. 

  • Making Caldwell Your "Home Away From Home"

    Students are encouraged to decorate their room to reflect individual style and personality!  Housing Services has partnered with a few vendors to help make the decorating, planning, and packing process fun and easy!  Students are also encouraged to use the printable packing list to make sure they bring everything they might need (and leave prohibited items at home). 

    Linen Program: Select your style and have a linen package shipped directly to campus!  With over 40 Value Pak combinations, students can create their room style to include bedding, towels, storage bins, accent pillows, and more! 

  • Residence Hall Staff Information

    Each residence hall is part of a larger community neighborhood on-campus.  The residence hall staff oversees the daily operations of the hall and provides engagement opportunities for students throughout the academic year!  

    Neighborhood: Central

    Residence Hall Office (RHO) Location: Gibbons Hall

    Office Phone Number: 202-319-5850


Individual Tours

Students and their families wishing to see a typical residence hall room are encouraged to participate in an Admission Tour, view the panoramic tours of rooms in the Campus Map, and visit the Housing Services website for more information regarding the various housing options at Catholic University.