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NDSU Apartments offer a variety styles, floor plans and price points—while providing all the benefits and perks of NDSU living. If you are interested in living in an apartment, you may apply at ANY time. And you do not have to wait to apply until you are eligible, as long as you meet eligibility requirements before you move in. Learn more below, and apply today!

NDSU Apartments: 3 BIG Changes

NDSU Apartments now offer roommate matching, online applying and co-ed living. Learn more, here!

Apartment Options

Click on the specific apartment pages below to view floor plans, pictures, 360° tours, featured amenities, mailing/address information and rent.

 Apartment 1701     Bison Court     Niskanen Expansion     University Village  

Benefits, Eligibility, & FAQs

Benefits of Living in NDSU Apartments:

  • Affordability: Our apartments continue to beat the prices of off-campus options, while still providing the amenities and features important to you. No matter your price point, we provide more for your money.
  • Student-Friendly Contracts

    • NDSU Apartments only require a $200 application fee, which goes toward the first month’s rent. Most off-campus apartments require the first month’s rent, last month’s rent, and a security deposit.
    • If you are sharing rent with roommates, each person is billed individually—one person is not responsible for rent collection and payment.
    • Rent is billed monthly and due by the 10th of each month.
    • NDSU Apartment contracts can be as short as a semester, or as long as you need. Versus off-campus options who require at least a six month contract, and those are typically more expensive than the 12 month lease.
    • You can apply for an apartment at ANY time, simply provide your desired occupancy date and submit!

  • Convenience: NDSU apartments are all walking distance from campus, but also offer onsite bike share stations and bus stops for quick and convenient travel.
  • Security: The safety and security of our tenants is of top concern which is why we provide secure entrances, security cameras, campus police access and coverage, and onsite staff who are dedicated to your security, safety and overall well-being.
  • Management and Staffing:

    • NDSU Apartments have onsite maintenance managers who can fix almost anything, in almost no time at all. Same-day service and repair is almost unheard of with off-campus options.
    • Onsite custodial staff who take pride in keeping your building clean; and
    • The entire Department of Residence Life who is here to answer any and all of your questions, and are dedicated to meet your needs


All occupants of an apartment must fall under one of the following categories:

This includes any student who is currently enrolled at NDSU, and is not required to live in a residence hall under the on-campus living requirement by the time of occupancy.

This includes any graduate (masters or doctoral) student who is currently enrolled at North Dakota State University, and has completed a bachelor’s degree program.

This includes any post-doctoral research fellow with written verification of a fellowship.  Verification must be provided prior to assignment and every semester thereafter.  Post-doctoral research fellows are eligible to live in University Apartments for no more than five years from the date of occupancy.

Faculty, staff, and visiting scholars/researchers working at North Dakota State University are eligible to live in University Apartments for no more than one calendar year from the date of occupancy.  Verification of employment must be provided prior to assignment.
Licensees who meet the eligibility requirements in sections 2.d.i, through 2.d.iv may have spouses and dependent family members reside with them for the duration of their occupancy.  A copy of a marriage certificate and/or proof of dependency must be presented prior to occupancy.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I’d like to apply for an apartment but have not been accepted to NDSU yet. Am I able to do so?
Yes, you may place your name on the waiting list for an apartment at any time.  Payments will be processed once an NDSU ID number has been assigned. 

How do I apply?
Click here, then submit a $200 application fee at   

How can I pay my application fee?
The fee may be paid by cash, check, money order or credit card.  To pay by credit card, click here.

Is the application fee refundable?
Yes, the reservation fee is refundable if you don’t get an apartment or change your mind and want to be removed from the waiting list.  In order to get this money back you must make the request in writing by e-mailing, mailing or filling out a form with the Residence Life Office. 

If I cancel my application, how long before I receive a refund of my application fee?
Once a credit has been placed on your account it can take Customer Account Services up to 3-4 weeks to issue a refund.  Accounts with outstanding balances will be paid before refunds are issued.  Depending on payment method, refunds will either be in the form of a check or credit back to issuing credit card. 

What is the length of the contract?
The apartment license agreement is effective from June 1 to May 31 each year.  Students may vacate an apartment at any time, with a 60 day vacating notice. Tenants are required to sign a new license contract prior to June 1.  Failure to do so may result in a hold being placed on the student account.  Even though the contract ends on May 31, tenants are still required to provide Residence Life with a vacating notice if planning to leave at that time.  

Does each person/tenant fill out a contract and submit the $200 application fee?
Yes, each tenant in the apartment is required to fill out the contract and submit the application fee.  The application fee goes toward the first month's rent.

Can you help find me a roommate?
Residence Life provides NDSU Students with an online roommate matching program called My College Roomie. Click here to learn more! 

Can I live with someone of the opposite gender? YES! NDSU Apartments now offers co-ed living! As long as all tenants are NDSU students, there are no gender requirements! 

Can I remain in the apartment even if I’m not registered for the summer?
Yes, any student may reside in the apartments over the summer as long as he or she is registered for fall semester.

Do the apartments have a waiting list?
Yes, a waiting list is established by the date that the application and application fee are received.  No additional priority is given to an applicant based on University status/classification.  

Do I need a NDSU permit to park in the apartment lots?
Yes. Permits can be purchased online via Campus Connection. Questions about parking permits may be addressed by contacting the Parking Office at 701.231.5771.

Is internet provided?
Yes, internet is provided through a cable modem (for University Village) or through a designated port (for 1701, Bison Court and Niskanen Expansion) and there is no charge to the tenant.  When you check into your apartment you will be given instructions about how to set up your internet service. 

What documents do I need to provide you proof of my marriage or dependents?  
You must provide the Residence Life Office with a marriage certificate or birth certificate, depending upon what your case may be.

Does each apartment have a bathroom/stove/refrigerator?
Yes, each apartment has each of these things.  

Can I have a fish tank in the apartments?
Yes, fish tanks up to 10 gallons in size are permitted.  

Is there laundry service available?
Yes, coin-operated laundry rooms are provided in each of the apartment courts and buildings.  

Is there telephone service provided?
Telephone service is provided through NDSU Telecommunications, located in Thoreson Maintenance. Telephone service is provided at Niskanen Expansion.

Can I use financial aid to pay for my rent?
Yes. Work with NDSU One Stop for details. 

How do I pay my rent and when is it due?
Rent is due by the 10th of each month.  Rent can be paid at One Stop located in the Memorial Union or online.

What is my address?
Detailed mailing address information may be found here.  

Can I have a guest?
Guests are permitted for a maximum length of 30 days within a calendar year.

Am I responsible for replacing my light bulbs?
Tenants in University Village are responsible for replacing all light bulbs in their residence. Tenants in Niskanen Exapansion are responsible for replacing all light bulbs in their residence, except the long florescent bulbs in the kitchen. Tenants in Bison Court should contact Residence Life to replace all light bulbs.  

How far in advance do I need to give notice before leaving?
When vacating, licensee must furnish the Department of Residence Life with a written notice of Intent to Vacate 60 days in advance. Failure to provide a written notice of Intent to Vacate 60 days in advance of vacancy will result in a penalty fee of one of the following:

1.     Licensees that are short 10 days or less of the required 60 day notice will be assessed rent through the end of the 60 day period.

2.     Licensees that are short between 11 and 30 days of the required 60 day notice will be assessed a $250 fee.

3.     Licensees that are short between 31 and 60 days of the required 60 day notice will be assessed a $500 fee.

What do I have to do after submitting my vacating notice?
At least 5 days before you vacate you must contact your complex manager to schedule a  check out. Click here for the check out procedures.

Renters Insurance

North Dakota State University assumes no responsibility and provides no insurance or financial protection for the personal property of students. As a campus resident, you are eligible to protect your belongings through GradGuard’s exclusive student renters insurance program.  For about $11 per month, the plan will include the following features: 

• Theft & Fire Protection. For your laptop, bicycle, cell phone, etc.

• Homeowners Insurance Alternative. No credit checks and a lower deductible. 

• Worldwide Coverage. Your belongings are covered anywhere in the world. 

• Liability Protection. Coverage if you accidentally damage your place of residence. 

• Replacement Cost. If your old property is stolen, you will be covered for the new version. 

• Preferred Rates and More! 

Click here to protect your belongings with College Renters Insurance by GradGuard.

NDSU is not compensated for providing this student benefit, but the University strongly recommends renters insurance. This preferred rate is available to you because you are an NDSU student. If you have any questions about the GradGuard plan, please contact them directly. 

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7557 / Fax: (701) 231-7599
Campus address: Bison Court West 
Physical/delivery address: 1415 14th St N, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 3430 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Department of Residence Life

Last Updated: Monday, April 08, 2019 10:59:07 AM
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