Department of Residential Life

  • Prospective students

    Studying and playing volleyball
  • Prospective students

    Playing football
  • Prospective students

    Students in Coborn Plaza living room
  • Prospective students

    Students in room

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 academic success.

Students who live in our residential halls and apartments are more likely to . . .

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

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 SCSU ID and you ride free -- throughout greater St. Cloud -- on Metro Bus.

Are you wondering what to bring to college? This list (PDF) 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.
  • 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.