Facilities, Services, and Maintenance

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/policies/facilities/facilities.html

Facilities                        Services                          Maintenance (MR)

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

Bicycle racks are located near entrances of each residence community. In addition, bicycles may be kept in student rooms. Bicycles may not be stored in hallways, laundry facilities, lounges or floor kitchens. Students will be held responsible for any damage caused by their bicycles; therefore, exercise caution in bringing them into buildings. The University assumes no responsibility for the theft of or damage to, any personal property. This includes bicycles. Bikes left in other areas may be removed and stored by the University. Bicycles left at the end of the academic year will be considered abandoned property and will be removed by the University.

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.
More information.

Cooking Facilities

Food can be prepared in the air-conditioned kitchen located on every floor in Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears and Preska. Floor kitchen amenities include a sink, microwave, stove/oven, table and chairs. Stadium Heights kitchens include a sink, stove/oven, dishwasher and seating.
More information.


Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy and Preska 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)


Washer and dryer use is included in your room and board rate. Manufacturers recommend the use of liquid "he" approved detergent for our equipment.  3-in-1 detergent-softeners are not allowed.

Clothes washers and dryers are available in the following locations:

Crawford: Lower level laundry room (use stairwell across form C Hall entrance)
Julia Sears: On each floor
McElroy: Lower level laundry room and on each floor
Preska: Lower level laundry room and on each floor
Stadium Heights: Third floor laundry room

More about laundry, how to access, how to request maintenance and additional information. 


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.
More information.

Motorcycle Storage

Motorized bicycles, mopeds, or other motorized vehicles are not allowed in the residence halls at any time. A personal assistive mobility device (e.g. motorized wheelchair, Segway, etc.) may only be used in order to accommodate a disability or on University business or to be moved directly to and from storage or recharging areas. Outdoor parking is available on a limited basis in designated areas.


Residents of Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears and Preska:
Motor vehicles may be parked in designated University parking areas after being officially registered with the University. Permits may be obtained at The Cashier's Office (128 Wigley Administration Center). Students are not permitted to plug their automobile into any residence hall room or outside building outlets.  Residents can puchase "Green" permits to park their cars in designated lots.

Most residence hall students are allowed to park their cars in parking lots immediately adjacent to or near the residence halls. A Parking and Traffic Regulations booklet is available and contains important information about parking at Minnesota State Mankato.

One-day visitor parking permits for guests who are not Minnesota State Mankato students are available from the front desk of Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy and Preska.

Residents of Stadium Heights:
Motor vehicles with a Stadium Heights parking permit may be parked in designated parking areas on the Stadium Heights property. Residents of Stadium Heights may request a permit through the Property Owner office. Students are not permitted to plug in their automobile to any Stadium Heights indoor or outdoor building outlet.

Information about guest parking at Stadium Heights is available from the Property Owner office.

Residents leaving Stadium Heights must return their Stadium Heights permit to the Property Owner office. Residents moving to Stadium Heights are required to return their "Green" permit to the Cashier's office (if applicable). A prorated refund will be issued.

More information including Parking Rates and Shuttle Services.

Pay Phones

Pay telephones are located in teh Crawford and McElroy main hallways near the vending machines.


All University-owned furnishings must remain ni the assigned student space. The Department of Residential Life does not provide storage space outside your room for personal belongings.Off-campus storage of University property is prohibited.



Bike Repair Stations

A free standing bike repair station is located between Preska Residence Community and Carkoski Commons. It has all of the tools needed for basic bicycle repair, including air pumps.  Bicycle repair stations across campus are accessible 24 hours per day.  [PDF] Bike Repair Pole Detailed Description (176 KiB)
More information.


Please note all televisions manufactured prior to 2006 may or may not have a Q Qam tuner.  If your television does not have a Q Qam tuner you will need a Charter Communications converter box or a newer model in order to receive cable programming. 
More information.

Convenience Items

Grilled, frozen and refrigerated foods, in addition to convenience items, can be purchased in both Chet's Place (located in Carkoski Commons behind the Dining Hall) or in The 1872 Grill (located on the main floor in Julia Sears) using Flex Dollars, cash or credit card.

All students living in the residence communities have Flex Dollars or meals that can be converted to Flex Dollars.  Using Flex Dollars, you can make purchases in all University Dining Services locations.  Whenever your balance runs low, you you can add Flex Dollars to your account.

Front Desk

The front desk is the information center of each residence community. The desk is staffed throughout the day and evening. Students who have questions or need assistance and cannot determine to whom they should direct their inquiry should seek assistance at the front desk.
More information.

The hours for Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy and Preska Front Desks:
Sunday - Saturday 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(Break periods may have different hours.)

The hours for Stadium Heights front desk:
See calendar posted at the desk.

Internet Service

Residents in all communities are able to access the Minnesota State Mankato computer system and the Internet from outlets in their room.  In most cases, there is one wired jack and one wireless access point in each room. To get connected to the wired network in your room, you will need a computer with an Ethernet adapter or card and a Cat 5e network patch cable.  There is no additional charge to use this system.  See below for an example of what a wired jack looks like.

To access the Internet through a wireless connection in the public areas of the residence communities and in student rooms, your computer will also need a wireless network card or adapter.  The wireless access point (WAP) in each room is just for wireless access and the four jacks on the bottom of the unit are not operational because they are not serving as wired jacks.  Plugging any device into the wireless access point will not gain Internet access.  See below for a picture example of a wireless access point.



Washer and dryer use is included in your room and board rate. Please use only liquid "he" detergent. Please do not use the 3-in-1 laundry sheets in the residence hall washing machines.  They get caught in the washer drains, and then the washer is out of service. 
More information.

Light Bulbs

If a light bulb in your room burns out:

Residents of Crawford and McElroy:
Remove the bulb and take it to the front desk where it will be exchanged for a new bulb. You must have the old bulb to get a new one. If a light bulb in your room burns out and you are not able to change the bulb or reach the light fixture, submit a maintenance request (MR) online at www.mnsu.edu/reslife and a maintenance worker will bring a new bulb to your room and install it for you.

Residents of Julia Sears and Preska:
Submit a maintenance request (MR) online at www.mnsu.edu/reslife.

Residents of Stadium Heights:
Submit a maintenance request (MR) online at www.mnsu.edu/reslife.

Living Green/ Recycling

At Minnesota State University, Mankato, Residential Life practices a "green" philosophy when it is safe and economical for our residents and community.  Students are also encouraged to "Live Green." We recycle aluminum cans, tin cans, plastic, cardboard, glass, and paper (all types).  Recycling containers are located throughout the residence communities. 
More information.

We do:

  • We sort and process trash so that less than 2% of our residential community and dining trash goes to a landfill!
  • Over 20,000 plastic water bottles per month are no longer being deposited in landfills because of our water bottle filler stations available in each residential community lobby.

You can:

  • Save energy by turning off your lights when you leave your room.
  • Let you laptop hibernate when not in use.
  • Unplug your chargers when not in use.

Lofts and Loft Adjustments

All beds in Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears, Preska and Stadium Heights double rooms will be lofted when you arrive on campus.  All beds in these rooms have adjustable heights and may be bunked.  Stadium Heights full-size beds in single rooms cannot be lofted.

Wooden Bed Instructions - Please complete a maintenance request (MR)

Metal Bed Instructions - Please complete a maintenance request if you are unable to make your bed modifications.

Lost and Found

Individuals who have lost an item should check with the front desk in their community to see if the missing item has been found. Similarly, an item found in the public areas of the community should be brought to the front desk.

Mail and Packages

Each residence hall room has an assigned mailbox which is located in the front lobby of the residence community. Address all mail using the student's name as listed in the University directory and a complete address using the proper format, room number, and street address. Address formats for each residence hall, including their unique street numbers and zip codes, are available here.

If a student hasn't received some mail you sent them:

  • For parcels, the student should contact the shipper using appropriate tracking or insurance numbers
  • Address all mail using the student's name as listed in the University directory.  This is particularly important when mailing items purchased from another vendor, such as an online merchant.
  • Do not use parents' or others' names in the "Ship To" field on such parcels.
  • Please refer to the address information above for specifics on how to address packages to student residents.  

 More information.

Maintenance Request (MR)

Students can use the online Maintenance Request form through our website to make a request or report a concern.  Your assistance in reporting maintenance or custodial conditions in a room or common area is very important to us!

Repair workers and General Maintenance Workers (GMWs) ensure buildings are maintained and public areas are kept clean.  They also work to resolve maintenance requests.

Submit a request at mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/current/mr.html


MavPrint stations are located in the residence communities near the front desk.
More information.

Telephone Services

Most students use cellular phones for their personal communication needs. Local (wired) phone service can be made available in rooms through the local telephone service company.

For details and rates, please visit:

View additional information about phone service under “Residential Services."