Department of Residential Life

Prospective Students in the Department of Residential Life

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College is a great time to meet new people and have new experiences. Living on campus is your best opportunity to get the most out of your college journey. That's why at St Cloud State University, all new entering first year students live on campus and carry a residential meal plan for two semesters.

We are excited by this because it helps create a vibrant campus community and gives you a better chance to find your place on campus and succeed in your first year. If you have circumstances that won't allow you to take advantage of this opportunity, some exemptions are allowed. 

Research shows that students who live in our residential halls and apartments are more likely to ...

  • Stay in college
  • Earn higher grades
  • Become involved in campus activities
  • Grow as an independent/well-rounded person
  • Be satisfied with the college experience

Key Dates - Fall 2023 Housing

Date Description
Beginning Oct. 2022 Complete Housing Application and Make $200 Prepayment.  Room selection order is determined by the date of your completed housing application and prepayment, so apply now!
Starting mid-March, 2023 Re-enter the SCSU Housing Portal through SCSU e-Services to enter hall and roommate preferences
March 31, 2023

Complete your hall roommate preferences by this date to participate in April Room Selection.  A completed application includes:

  • Signed Housing Application
  • $200 prepayment
  • Housing and roommate preferences questions completed
Mid-April, 2023 Fall 2023 Room selection begins. 
April 2023-Aug. 2023 Housing application and room assignment continues when students fully complete the housing application, hall/roommate preferences and prepayment 
Aug. 10-15, 2023 Drop-and Go dates for Fall 2023 residents
Aug. 17, 2023 Move-In day- New Entering First Year Students
Aug. 18-20, 2023 Move-In days- Returning Students
Aug. 17-20, 2023 Huskies First Four Orientation Weekend
Aug. 21, 2023 Fall Semester 2023 Classes Begin

On-campus living delivers


Living in one of our halls or apartments, you're a short walk from classes, professors, the library, academic resources, recreation facilities, a men's Huskies Hockey game and more. All halls and apartments are open during break periods. Students must sign up in advance to notify staff of their plans.


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

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


All classes are minutes away. Roll out of bed, brush your teeth and head to class. Flash your St. Cloud State ID and you ride free — throughout greater St. Cloud — on Metro Bus.

Are you wondering what to bring to college? The What to Bring (PDF) list suggests what to bring and what to leave home.


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.


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. (24 hours during Covid)
  • During the hours of 7 p.m.-8 a.m., residents must use ID card access, or an entrance key.
  • Community advisors make evening rounds in the building.

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