There is no simple answer to this commonly asked question. All halls provide a unique living environment. Some students prefer halls closer to their classes, while others prefer halls connected to a specific dining center. Some want a bathroom shared with suitemates, while others want a hall with the newly renovated bathrooms that offer privatized stalls and showers. View all of our halls by taking a 360 tour.
Residence hall selection/assignments are based on your application date; the earlier you apply the more likely you are to get one of your top choices.
Yes! If you are a first-year student, housing is guaranteed. If you aren’t, Residence Life still has options available for you.
Anything and everything you need to know prior to moving in can be found at Preparing to Move In web page. This page will guide you to hall amenities and features, room floor plans and measurements, bed/lofting/linen information, packing guidelines and more.
Students match up with roommates via a third-party platform, MyCollegeRoomie. After submitting a housing application, students receive an email invitation to their ndsu.edu address, inviting them to log in. Create a profile, respond to some questions, and the system will offer roommate suggestions for you. Even if you already know the person you will be rooming with, MyCollegeRoomie is a great site to network and meet other incoming students.
Yes, if living in a residence hall. Contact Residence Life staff for additional details.
Learning to share a living space is a life skill we help our students develop. To lay a healthy groundwork, our staff facilitates the completion of a Roommate Success Plan. This agreement addresses common areas for potential future conflict such as the cleaning schedule, guest visitation and sharing belongings. This reduces common potential disagreements and gives each roommate an equal voice in determining the expectations in their room.
The residence hall contract is for the full academic year, so even if you are eligible to live at home, once you move in you are responsible for the full academic year.
Every residence hall has its own unique amenities and features, but all halls offer on-site mail, coinless laundry, cleaning supplies, cable and free video streaming services, rec lounges, study lounges, community kitchen, wifi, hall office with games/videos/entertainment options and secure keyless card entrances. View the amenities of a specific hall.
Each residence hall has its own unique bed size and lofting option. NDSU also offers custom linens that will fit XL mattresses. Learn more about beds, linen and loft options.
Safety is a priority in Residence Life. NDSU residents (and their families) can feel at ease with 24-hour keycard secure entrances, entrance security cameras and university police access and coverage. All residence halls also have annual safety inspections by the safety office and fire inspector, plus monthly testing of all fire extinguishers.
Each residence hall has its own hall director (professional staff) and multiple resident assistants (student staff) per floor who support learning, facilitate community development and are dedicated to student security, safety and overall well-being.
There is a 24-hour escort policy for all guests (regardless of gender). An overnight guest of the same gender is allowed, but only with approval of the roommate(s).
One way is through leadership roles in hall government, residence hall association (RHA) or the national residence hall honorary (NRHH). These groups, and the floor RAs, organize many events and activities that students can attend and participate in. Additionally, there are more than 300 student organizations, leadership development programs, study abroad options and service-learning opportunities at NDSU.
Residence Life is committed to providing a safe and inclusive living environment for all of our students — including those in the LGBTQ community and their allies. As part of this commitment, we have established an LGBTQ and Ally Roommate Matching service.
There are four major differences. Halls bill per semester; apartments bill monthly. Halls are only open during the academic year and close during semester and holiday breaks; apartments are open year round. Halls are fully furnished; apartments are not furnished. In halls, roommates can be chosen or Residence Life will assign them. In apartments, Residence Life is not involved with roommate selection or assignment.
Sometimes our apartments will have wait lists. These are established by the date the application and application fee are received. Priority is not given based on university status/classification. Having a flexible move-in date, however, may help get you into your apartment sooner than others.
You can apply to live in our apartments ANYTIME. You do not have to wait for residence hall sign-up. Apply today! Plus, the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get the unit of your choice!
A huge benefit of NDSU apartments is that contracts can be as short as four months or as long as you are a student. A 60-day notice to vacate is required.
- My significant other? Yes, as long as you are both students or married.
- My sibling? Yes, as long as you are both students.
- A non-NDSU student? Only NDSU students can live in our apartments, unless they are a spouse or dependent.
Yes. Work with NDSU One Stop for details.