This study surveys the existing features of the boarding houses and documents the corresponding lifestyles of the student renters in Davao City to describe their living conditions as college students. This assessment is a significant effort in order to promote policies and guidelines that will address the growing concerns of these clients living in boarding houses/ dormitories. The physical and environmental attributes of these temporary shelters could influence the holistic well-beings of the students. Data elicited through survey involving 571 student boarders and focus group discussions (FGD) with 30 purposively selected student boarders reveal that the stay of a student in a boarding house/ dormitory has significant contributions to his/her personal, social, academic and emotional growth, but has nothing to do with the development of his/her spirituality. Results demonstrate further, that they have recognized their boarding houses/ dormitories possessing good features especially on basic housing facilities; however, they felt the lack of the provisions for safety and security facilities implying that most operators have violated some requirements stipulated in the Building Code of the Philippines.