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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Our four standard room types are Basic Rooms, Renovated Rooms, Semi-Suites, and Apartments. You can learn more about each of these room types by exploring the links the below or viewing our Explore Booklet. We would be more than happy to send you a copy of the Explore Booklet, please click here.

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 (and there is no additional cost). For more information, click here. Since space is limited, students enroll 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 same Learning Community program.

We begin accepting housing reservations for incoming students on October 1. When you apply for housing, you will have the opportunity to share your preferences 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 (note that we house primarily first year students so there will be space available for the incoming class).

There are two ways you can apply for housing:

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

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

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 Housing Contract, sign it, and have your parent/guardian sign it as well and send it in to us. A copy of your signed contract is available upon request. Your application is complete once we receive your preferences, your prepayment, AND your signed Housing Contract.

Upon receipt of your application, Housing 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.

Between February 1, 2017 and August 13, 2017 choose a meal plan online OR send your choice to us with your paper copy of the housing reservation application. If you're looking for more information on Meal Plans, click here.

Residential Life will make every possible effort to honor your roommate and lifestyle preferences utilizing the information provided on your application. If students wish to room together, all parties must write each other's name and TechID number on their housing application. It is helpful if both roommates 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.

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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, 2017. For more information on how to cancel your reservation, click here.

Residential Life collaborates with the LGBT Center to offer roommate matching services for LGBTQIA students. If you're interested in finding an LGBTQI-friendly roommate, please fill out this form so that we may help pair you with another student who has the same interest. Students who choose to take advantage of this service still need to complete the housing application process (as described above).

Please note that completing the form does not guarantee a positive living experience, however it may help provide an environment that is friendly to your gender and sexual identity. Also, you may experience some wait time between filling out the form and getting information about a potential roommate depending upon how many students choose to be paired through this service.