The Catholic University of America

Gibbons Hall


Though an older, stately building, Gibbons Hall was last renovated in 2009 and the main entry lounge is currently being restored making this a charming location to live on campus. Aesthetic features both inside and out evoke the feeling of a traditional collegiate experience. The tower rooms with private baths on the fouth and fifth floors are accessible by a circular staircase and are highly sought after by students. 

The cornerstone for Gibbons Hall was dedicated on October 12, 1911 and named for the University's first chancellor, Cardinal James Gibbons (1834-1921). As Apostolic Vicar of North Carolina he attended the First Vatican Council; there he voted in favor of papal infallibility and was the second youngest bishop in attendance. He was Bishop of Richmond (1872-1877) and Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921). As Archbishop of Baltimore, he became the second American cardinal in 1886. Cardinal Gibbons was often seen as the spokesman of the Catholic Church in America. He was an advocate of the labor movement and the right of the working class to protect themselves. Every president from Andrew Johnson to Warren Harding was an acquaintance and Cardinal Gibbons was an adviser to several of them, especially Theodore Roosevelt. Cardinal Gibbons was one of the strongest advocates for the creation of The Catholic University of America.

Floor Plans

Campus Map

Gibbons Hall



Amenities & Features

Room Types

Approximate Room Dimensions

138 upper-class students;

all female

lounge with cable TV and foosball; laundry, study, and kitchen facilities; wireless internet access; located near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

traditional single, double, triple, and quad rooms; most with shared bathrooms in hallways

single: 13' x 9'

double: 15' x 12'

triple: 14½' x 17'


Panaromic Photo of a Gibbons Single Room


Panaromic Photo of a Gibbons Triple Room

Furnishings include a twin x-long bed frame, x-long mattress, dresser, desk, chair and wardrobe/closet per resident.


Individual Tours

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