Department of Residential Life

Prospective Students

On-campus living is a key to college success.

Alexander Astin, one of the world's most-cited higher education researchers, has found that on-campus engagement, including living in university-operated housing, paves the way for school success.

Students who live in our residential communities are more likely to . . .

  • Stay in college
  • Earn higher grades
  • Become involved in campus activities

On-campus living delivers

Access

Living in one of our seven residential communities, you're a short walk from classes, professors, the library, academic resources, recreation facilities, a men's Huskies Hockey game and more.

Communities

Live with like-minded people in one of 11 communities built around major, interest area and identity.

Off-campus housing can't begin to offer options like these.

Convenience

Flash your SCSU ID and you ride free -- throughout greater St. Cloud -- on Metro Bus. All classes are minutes away. Roll out of bed, brush your teeth and head to class.  Are you wondering what to bring to college?  This list (PDF) suggests what to bring and what to leave home.

Support

Our staff members will ease your transition to college life with support, assistance and advice.

We offer programs that improve study skills, time management and academic growth. Social activities and entertainment offerings help you meet new people and gain new perspectives.

Security

Public Safety officers and Residential Life staff members provide 24-hour assistance.

Specific safety measures include:

  • Rooms are equipped with peepholes.
  • Common area bathrooms have security locks.
  • Residential community entry doors are locked at 7 p.m.
  • During the hours of 7 p.m.-8 a.m., residents must use ID card access, an entrance key or fob. Guests with photo identification may be admitted through a check-in process.
  • Community advisors make evening rounds in the building.