Current Residents - Please see your Room Selection Schedule
Application Process For All New On-Campus Housing Applicants:
1. Confirm your Enrollment at Minnesota State University, Mankato
(Close Enrollment Confirmation tab before continuing to apply for on-campus housing.)
2. Review the Options
You can learn about our room and dining options by exploring our website or by reading the Explore Residence Communities booklet. While our website has all of the information found in the Explore Residence Communities piece, we are happy to send you a copy upon request.
Learn more about:
Options in the MSU Residence Communities
Residence Community Contract Terms
3. Consider a Learning Community (Fall Semester Registrations Only)
If you would like to live in a Learning Community, complete a Learning Community Enrollment Form and mail it back to the Office of New Student and Family Programs. Since space is limited, we enroll students in Learning Communities on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about Learning Communities is available through the Office of New Student and Family Programs website
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. Students interested in requesting a roommate in a Learning Community will both need to be accepted into the program.
4. Apply for Housing and State Your Preferences
Whether you are using the online application or the paper application, you will have the opportunity to share with us the preferences you have for residence community, room type, 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 October and April. The rooms and room types we have available for new students depends upon which rooms are still available when we process room assignments in June.
Please be sure to number your preferences at least through 10. Mark your first preference as 1.
There are two ways you can reserve a space:
- Apply for housing and make your $250 prepayment online
- Send us your application, community, floor, and room preferences, housing contract, and $250 prepayment by mail. You can request a paper housing application by contacting the Department of Residential Life.
5. Read and Sign the Contract
Carefully read the entire Housing Contract before you sign. 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. A copy of your signed contract is available upon request. Your application is complete once we received your preferences, your prepayment, AND your contract!
6. We Will Reserve a Space for You
Upon receipt of your application, contract, and prepayment, we will reserve a space for you. If space is no longer available, we will automatically place you in our waiting pool and return your prepayment. Spaces are booked 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.
7. We Will Confirm Your Completed Application
Once we have received your application/preferences, your $250 prepayment, and your signed contract (whether you have submitted these online or on paper), we will send you a postcard through the mail confirming your completed application. We usually confirm applications within about two weeks of receipt. If, after a couple of weeks, you haven't received your confirmation through the mail, we encourage you to contact us to make sure we have received all of the pieces of your application. We will also let you know when you can expect your room assignment, information about your roommate, and Move-In Day details. And, if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
8. Choose a Meal Plan
Between March and August choose a meal plan online, or send your choice to us with your paper housing application.
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 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. Roommate/Suitemate requests should be submitted by 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...
A portion of the prepayment may be refundable if you cancel your reservation in writing, online, or by e-mail with the Department of Residential Life on or before the cancellation refund deadline.
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