Scenic view of Le Fer Hall

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Le Fer Hall

Student studying in dorm room

Le Fer Hall may look like a castle, but it is complete with the modern conveniences you need to live, learn and work at SMWC in Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana. Housed in this 1923 old-world French renaissance structure are the basic comforts of home — air conditioning, hardwood floors, cable TV, desks, beds — plus amenities such as 24-hour computer lab, laundry facilities, student lounges and much more! Le Fer Hall is home to undergraduate students.

Immerse yourself in the full college experience.

Students who live on campus at SMWC find it easier to engage in the campus community which often means better grades and a happier student. And, there is the convenience of walking to class, watching a movie on the large screen television in The 1840, and having your friends close by when you need help with a class project.

Services and Amenities

A student using Le Fer's free clothes washers
  • Technology bars and free printing
  • Wireless internet
  • Full kitchen on every residential floor
  • Free laundry facilities on every residential floor
  • Lofted beds (most rooms)
  • Mailroom
  • Air Hockey, ping pong and pool tables
  • Bicycle rack
  • Pomeroy Bike Share Program
  • Recycling
  • Vending machines
A student working on a computer in a dorm room

The rooms feature hardwood floors, high ceilings, closets, air-conditioning, ceiling fan and blinds. Each occupant will enjoy the following:

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Dresser
  • Stackable twin bed
  • Mattress

Community Kitchens

Each residential floor has a community kitchen for students to use. The kitchen has a full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, and toaster. Students should label all items they put in the fridge. Students must provide their own cookware and utensils. Students must clean their own dishes and the kitchen after use.


Triple layout with shared bathroom
Triple Shared Bath with Double
Triple layout with shared bathroom
Triple Shared Bath with Single
Triple Private Bath
Double layout with community bathroom
Double Community Bath
Double layout with private bathroom
Double Private Bath
Double layout with shared bathroom
Double Shared Bath with Double
Single layout with community bathroom
Single Community Bath
Single Private Bath

Les Bois Hall

The new residence hall, opened August 2021, features apartment-style suites that are available to graduate students, as well as undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours. The suites feature several living options including a single or double bedroom, living room, kitchenette, closet and bathroom. Free laundry is available on each floor. The kitchenette includes an apartment-size refrigerator, microwave and sink. Students living in the new residence hall have a meal plan with the dining hall located on the first floor along with a market for quick to-go items and snacks.

Services and Amenities

  • Dining hall
  • Wireless internet
  • Kitchenette in each unit
  • Free laundry facilities on each floor
  • Bicycle rack
  • Pomeroy Bike Share Program
  • Recycling
  • Vending machines


Quad Suite
Double Suite

A view of the front door at the SMWC guest house.

The Lake House

These double rooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom on Le Fer Lake are conveniently located near Club ’64 and The Woods Cafè. The common area living room is the perfect place to relax or study, and The Lake House is equipped with a full kitchen.

Services and Amenities

  • Wireless internet
  • Kitchen
  • Common area living room
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Bicycle rack
  • Pomeroy Bike Share Program
  • Recycling
  • Vending machines


Double with Shared Bath Floor 1
Double with Shared Bath Floor 2

Learn more about what to bring, what not to bring and more in the lists below. If you have additional questions, please contact Student Life.

What to Bring


  • Laptop or iPad
  • School supplies
  • Surge protector
  • USB flash drive
  • Headphones / ear buds
  • Backpack
  • Desk lamp
  • Planner
  • Stapler
  • Three-hole punch
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers
  • Notebooks


  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower caddy
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush and holder


  • Sheet set (standard twin-size)
  • Comforter
  • Pillows & pillow cases


  • Detergent
  • Laundry basket or hamper
  • Mesh laundry bag for delicates
  • Iron (with automatic shut-off) or steamer
  • Stain remover

Personal & Wellness

  • Hygiene supplies
  • First aid kit / Band Aids
  • Cold medicine
  • Pain reliever / fever reducer
  • Thermometer


  • Alarm clock
  • Extra blankets
  • Coffee pot or Keurig (with automatic shut-off)
  • Area rug
  • Bulletin board
  • Blue painters tape to hang items in room
  • Command strips to hang items in room
  • Closet organizer
  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Small refrigerator (3.0 cubic feet maximum, U.L. approved)
  • Shoe rack
  • Extra storage containers
  • Television (cannot be wall mounted)
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Filtered water pitcher
  • Water bottle
  • Umbrella
  • Small tool kit
  • Can opener; limited cookware
  • Snacks
  • Trash bags
  • Keychain
  • Scissors
  • Tape

What NOT to Bring

  • Candles / incense
  • Full-size refrigerators
  • Microwaves, waffle makers, air fryers, Instapots, fondue pots, etc.
  • Extra furniture
  • Weapons
  • Pets (other than fish in a 5 gallon or smaller tank)
  • Wireless or wired router
  • Alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Halogen lights
  • Multi-arm lamps with plastic shades
  • Loft beds
  • Any exposed heating elements (electric grills, toasters, or toaster ovens)
  • Electric skillets
  • Hotplates

Other Room Details

Walls and ceilings

TVs are not permitted to be hung on the walls. You can only hang posters or paper items with Command removable adhesive strips or hooks.


You should always lock your door when leaving your room, even if you are leaving for just a few minutes. Make sure to carry your key and SMWC Student ID with you at all times.


Your room charge includes the following amenities: laundry, electricity, gas, water, heat, AC, and internet

Frequently Asked Questions

A closer look at the wall of mail boxes

What’s the mailing address?

Student Name
Le Fer Hall
1 St Mary of Woods Coll
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN 47876

All residential students pick up their mail at the Le Fer Front Desk.

How do I pick my room?

As a new student, you are placed into a room based on your housing/roommate preference form. For the rest of your time at SMWC, you will enter a housing lottery to select your desired room. Rooms in Le Fer are unique with many layout options, and Le Bois offers both single and double rooms.

What do students often forget to bring?

  • Full-length mirrors
  • Pillows
  • Command strips
  • Laundry detergent/fabric softener
  • Mattress cover/pad
  • Laundry basket
  • Trash can
  • Cleaning supplies

Can I mount / hang stuff on my walls?

All posters and décor must be hung using command strips. You may hang curtains, but cannot install curtain rods unless you use the spring-loaded poles.

Should I bring a TV?

You should talk with your roommate to determine what each of you will bring so that you have enough space in your room for both of your belongings. This will prevent you from bringing doubles of items such as fridges or televisions.

Any additional questions can be directed to Campus Life staff at

“Our room is big. I live in a balcony room so I have a full view of the school. In the winter, I get to see all of The Woods. But I think my favorite part of living in Le Fer is definitely getting to live with my best friend. It’s just nice to know that if you ever need anything, there are people who will gladly help you.”
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