Housing & Dining

Living on campus will be the highlight of your time at Trinity.

You’ll make friendships that shape and form your life, create memories that will stay with you forever, and have more fun than you can imagine, all while living in the residence halls on our beautiful campus. Find out more about what you’ll eat at college, tour our residence halls, find out what it’s like to live on campus.


Living in the residence hall guarantees great memories and lasting relationships. It’s one thing to go to class or sit in chapel with someone; it’s another to live with them and build close, day-to-day community.

Trinity pairs students up as roommates based upon individual personalities and preferences. The people who end up as your roommates or suite-mates are often the people that stand next to you in your weddings, the people that carry you through hard times, and the people that make Trinity the best experience for you.

There are so many things going on in the residence halls that it is harder not to be involved than it is to find things to do. Life in the halls is great. The development of close community is something we care deeply about, and there’s not a much better way for that to happen than by living on campus.

Living Off Campus

So you want to live off-campus? Before you go sign the lease, make sure you meet the following requirements below. Trinity believes that residence hall living fosters social and emotional development, so it is required that full-time students live on campus unless they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Those living with their parents
  • Seniors within 30 hours of graduation
  • Students having permanent line-in job situations
  • Students twenty-one years of age or older
  • Married Students

Any student who does not qualify to live off campus may submit a written request to the Assistant Dean of Students to be considered for off-campus approval. The Housing Office maintains a list of off-campus housing opportunities to assist you in your search for accommodations.


Dining On Campus

Hawkins Dining Hall

How’s the food? Simply put: Amazing. Trinity has great food every day throughout the school year. Hawkins Dining Hall offers buffet-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to students on a meal plan. A fresh salad bar is available for lunch and dinner as well as a variety of hot entrees, fresh paninis, gourmet sandwiches, and great deserts. You’ll have no problem finding something great to eat.

And here’s a tip… try the brick-oven pizza. It’s awesome. Just ask your Admissions Counselor about it.


A community favorite, Fresh is your stop for a quick, healthy meal between classes or for an evening snack. Sandwiches, soups, and gourmet salads are all made to order and packed for you to take to-go. You can also pick up handcrafted espresso drinks and fresh smoothies for a great-tasting pick-me-up before heading to your next class.

Current Parent

“We have been blown away by the personalized care that TIU has provided our daughter. She meets weekly with head chef Sergio to go over each week’s meal plan to figure out what meals might work for her, and how the kitchen staff can tweak and provide meals that work for her specialized diet.”

Santiago Valesquez

“As a new student, I was shocked at the constant variety of food options from the Creative Dining team. I always look forward to eating with friends in Hawkins because of the food selections”

Try it for yourself

If the photos and descriptions of our food are making you hungry, you should schedule a visit to try our food for yourself. Your Admissions Counselor would love to show you around and answer your questions.