Boarding at Southwestern

Our campus dormitories offer a safe and fully supportive environment, supervised by resident counselors. These dorm parents live in adjacent apartments, and are responsible for the well-being of each student. Parents and students are given a list of dorm needs before the beginning of a school term.


  • Separate girls’ and boys’ dormitories with twin beds, desks, chairs, dressers or shelves, and closet areas
  • Television lounge
  • WiFi Internet connectivity throughout campus
  • Laundry facilities

Food Service

Our kitchens offer students a delicious, healthy diet. The menus are professionally planned with variety and nutritional balance in mind, and change on a regular cycle. Teachers and staff members eat family-style with the students. Our dining program includes:

  • Buffet-style meals
  • Daily salad and soup bars
  • Accommodation for special diets (such as vegetarian and vegan)
  • Student snack bars open in the afternoons and evenings
  • Monthly International Dinners featuring the student-planned and prepared cuisine

Things to Do Near the San Marino Campus

  • Shop in Old Town Pasadena
  • Wander through the famous Huntington Library and Gardens
  • See a movie
  • Take a tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Drink tea at the Bamboo Tea House
  • Go to a concert or sporting event
  • Ski and swim at our local mountains and beaches