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  Confirm your Enrollment at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Review Your Options

You can learn about our room types and dining options by exploring our website or reading the Explore booklet. While our website has all of the information found in the Explore booklet, we are happy to send you a copy upon request.

Here are some specific webpages to look at when reviewing your options:

We are fortunate in that our campus has a strong Learning Community program for students. Learning Communities create a community in which students can live and learn together based on their area of study. For more information, click here. Since space is limited, we enroll students on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you apply and are accepted into a Learning Community, we will automatically assign you to the appropriate floor for your Learning Community, regardless of what you've listed for preferences on your housing application. Students interested in requesting a roommate in a Learning Community will both need to be accepted into the program.

Apply for Housing Beginning October 1

We do not begin accepting housing reservations until October 1, so you will not be able to apply until that date. When you apply for housing, you will have the opportunity to share the preferences you have for room type, residence community, roommate, etc. While we cannot guarantee we will be able to honor every request, we will do our best to assign you to a room that will meet your needs.

While applying for housing early may increase your chances for an assignment that meets your preferences, please also know that students currently living in the residence communities have the opportunity to choose a room between November and March. The rooms and room types we have available for new students depends upon which rooms are still available when we process incoming student room assignments in June.

There are two ways you can apply for housing and reserve a space:

  1. Apply for housing and make your $250 prepayment online.
  2. Send us your completed paper housing application, signed housing contract, and $250 prepayment by mail. You can request a paper housing application by contacting the Department of Residential Life.

You'll need your Minnesota State Mankato StarID/TechID to Apply for Housing
What is my StarID/TechID or StarID/TechID Password?

Read and Sign the Contract

Carefully read the entire Housing Contract before you sign it. Keep in mind that the contract covers the entire academic year. Sign and date the bottom of the contract or agree to the terms through the online housing application. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent/guardian must also sign the contract. If you are under 18 and apply online, print a copy of the contract, sign it, and have your parent/guardian sign it as well and send it in to usl. A copy of your signed contract is available upon request. Your application is complete once we receive your preferences, your prepayment, AND your contract.

Upon receipt of your application, contract, and prepayment, we will reserve a space for you and send you a postcard through the mail confirming your application is complete. We usually confirm applications within two weeks of receipt. Spaces are reserved in chronological order as we receive the reservations. Room assignments are also based on the order in which housing reservation applications are received. It is to your advantage to reserve a space as soon as possible.

Choose a Meal Plan

Between February 1, 2016 and August 14, 2016 choose a meal plan online or send your choice to us with your paper housing application. If you're looking for more information on Meal Plans, click here.

Roommate Matching

The Department of Residential Life will make every possible effort to honor your roommate and lifestyle preferences utilizing the information provided on your application. If persons wish to room together, all parties must write each other's name and TechID/Star ID number on the form provided. It is helpful if both requests for residence community and floor preference match. If they do not, it is possible that neither request can be granted. The deadline to submit roommate/suitemate requests is May 20. The Department attempts to assign smokers only with other residents who smoke; however, when space is limited exceptions must sometimes be made. More roommate information.


In the meantime, if you should change your mind and decide not to live on campus, $200 of the $250 prepayment is refundable if your cancellation is received (or postmarked) by July 1, 2016.