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We encourage all international students to arrange your housing prior to your arrival to MSU.


On Campus Housing (Living on campus dormitories/hostels)

Please beware that on-campus housing fills up quickly. So if you are planning on staying on-campus, you must reserve a room with the Office of Residential Life and make a pre-payment as soon as possible. Pre-payments may be refundable in extreme circumstances such as visa denials. Refunds are determined on a case by case basis. Please visit campus housing for more information.

To apply for housing on campus, follow the directions online. If you have questions about on campus housing, please contact the Department of Residential Life:

Department of Residential Life
Minnesota State University, Mankato
111 Carkoski Commons Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Phone: 507-389-1011

If you have reserved On Campus Housing and are planning to arrive prior to August 19th, please fill out the Early Arrival Form.


Early Arrivals

Students who have completed and submitted the housing contract and made the $250 housing deposit and who are planning to live on-campus may be granted temporary housing prior to the first day of residence hall moving in day.

You will receive an email with more information regarding early arrivals and the cost pertaining to moving in to the dorms earlier than the regular move-in date once that information has been finalized each semester. Please note that university residence halls dining services will not be open till the first day of meal plan. But other locations will be open for your food needs. (i.e. Student Union)

Students planning to live off-campus will not have access to temporary housing on-campus. Off-campus students must be prepared to live in a hotel/motel until they find an apartment. Unfortunately, we do not have temporary housing to families and friends who may accompany you. Please visit the hotels page for more details.

Please note:  Residential Life Department does not operate 24/7 so if you can arrive Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm it will make your move into the Residence halls easier.


Off-Campus Housing

(living outside of campus, for example in an apartment/flat—$250-450/month)

Looking for off campus housing from your home country can be difficult, but it is not impossible. There are several resources available to you online and several communities that can offer some help. Make sure to pay attention to the word utilities when you are looking for a place to live. This can include water, heating, cable, phone, internet, electricity, etc. Utilities may or may NOT be included in your rent. If they are not included in your rent, you will need to budget for them—a typical monthly utility cost may range from $50-150 depending on how many roommates you have and where you live.

This office on Minnesota State University, Mankato maintains a website for student that are looking for new roommates and apartment/flat complexes looking for people to move in close to campus. You can locate and review adds online.

The Free Press maintains a listing of off-campus apartments in the Classified section.

The Rad Renter lists free rental listings around southern Minnesota Areas. If you are looking for an off-campus apartment, please feel free to visit Rad Renter for more details.


Important Information on renting an apartment

Article: "First Time Renting? What to Know"