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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Bathrooms (Community)

Community bathrooms are found on all Crawford, McElroy and Preska I Hall floors.  Community Bathrooms are to be used by men only or women only as posted. Utilizing a bathroom of the opposite gender is considered misuse of University facilities. Public rest rooms are available in each lobby.

Community bathroom diagram   We provide this diagram as community bathrooms are not shown on campus tours in order to respect the privacy of our residents.

Bicycle Storage

Bicycles may be kept in racks located near each residence community or in student rooms. Bicycles may not be stored in hallways, lounges, kitchens, or maintenance closets.

Carkoski Commons

Carkoski Commons connects Crawford, McElroy and Preska residence communities and houses the Residential Life offices, Chet's Place Grill and convenience store, Student Health Services, Health Education, ResTech Services, computer lab, MavPrint station  and the Carkoski Dining Hall. The RHA and NRHH offices are also located in this building.

Cooking Facilities

There is an air-conditioned kitchen on every floor in Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears, and Preska where food can be prepared.  Kitchen amenities include a sink, microwave, stove/oven, and table and chairs.


All residence communities have elevators essential to the operation of the residence halls.  Misuse is strictly prohibited and disciplinary actions will be taken against anyone misusing an elevator.  A malfunctioning elevator should be reported immediately to the front desk.  If stranded in an elevator, do not climb out.  Use the emergency alarm or telephone to request assistance from University personnel.

Ice Machines

Ice machines are located in the Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears and Preska Residence Communities. There is no additional charge for ice.

Kitchen (See Cooking Facilities)


There are clothes washers and dryers available in the basement areas of Crawford, McElroy and Preska. In Julia Sears, Preska I, J, K, L, and McElroy H each floor area has a laundry room. Washer and dryer use is included in your room and board rate. There is no additional charge to use the washers and dryers in the residence communities.

"he" approved detergent is needed for our laundry equipment.  3-in-1 detergent-softeners are not allowed.


There is an air-conditioned lounge on every floor in Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears, and Preska.  Lounge amenities include chairs, couches, tables and chairs, and a wipe-off board.

Motorcycle Storage

Motorized bicycles, mopeds, or other motorized vehicles are not allowed in the residence halls at any time. Outdoor parking is available on a limited basis in designated areas.


Vehicles may be parked in designated University parking areas after being officially registered with the University. Permits may be obtained at The Hub in Wigley Administration Building or online. A Parking and Traffic Regulations booklet is available and contains important information about parking at Minnesota State Mankato. Students are not permitted to plug their automobile into any residence hall room or outside building outlets. Most residence hall students are allowed to park their cars in parking lots immediately adjacent to or near the residence halls.

One-day visitor parking permits for guests are available from the front desk of each residence community.


Storage space outside your room for personal belongings is not available. Off-campus storage of University property is prohibited.