Frequently Asked Questions

When can I move in?

Move-in Day details are still being confirmed. Tentative plans are to hold move-in day from 8am - 1pm on Saturday, August 21, 2021. 

When do the dining centers open?

The West Dining Center will open on Sunday at 4pm and will remain open until 9pm. All dining centers will resume academic-year hours on Monday. Remember to download the NDSU Dining App which will always have the most up-to-date hours and full menus.

Can I move in early to avoid the rush?

Students associated with designated early move-in groups (athletic teams, band, on-campus employees, etc.) should coordinate directly with their group sponsor/coach/supervisor.

For fall of 2020, we redesigned move-in day so no one experienced a major rush or congested crowds. Details for this year's move-in day will be released at the end of July and will be posted to our website and our social media.

What should I pack? What should I leave at home?

View a complete list of what you should bring, what you can bring, and what is not allowed in the halls. 

I received mail about dorm room linens from New Jersey, is this legit? 

Yes! NDSU partners with a company from New Jersey, called OCM. All proceeds help fund events and scholarships in your hall. OCM specializes in making your room, your home. From bed sets designed for XL mattresses to wall decor that is hall-approved, you can get everything you need and want. 

What about a parking permit?

If you will be parking on campus during the school year, a valid parking permit is required.  The cost for the academic year is $185 and is charged to your student account in the fall.  Parking permit sales begin in mid-July.  Permits are available ONLY at the Parking and Transportation Services website

Note: You must be registered for classes at least 24 hours prior to accessing the system.

How are rooms assigned?

All first-year students are guaranteed housing through the Department of Residence Life. Students who applied by March 1, 2021 were eligible to participate in the room self-selection process (they choose their own rooms online). Students who apply after March 1, or students who are part of groups like Learning Communities or athletics, will receive their assignment from Residence Life prior to attending orientation. All students will receive an email once their assignments have been made. 

What if my roommate cancels?

If your roommate has decided not to attend NDSU, have them call the Residence Life Office at (701) 231-7557 and cancel their contract if this has not already been done. The next person in line by priority date will be assigned to your room.

How can I make a room change?

If you wish to make a room change prior to spring semester begins, contact the Residence Life Office at (701) 231-7557 or If you wish to make a change after the academic year has begun, please contact your hall director. 

What is a triple/quad room?

If your assignment is in a triple/quad room, you will see it listed in your Housing Portal.  A triple/quad room is much larger than double room, and easily accommodates three or four people.  Generally, there are only three people placed in one of these spaces.  If we are in an overflow situation (not enough regular rooms for all students needing housing) then an additional student will be added temporarily, until a permanent room is available for that student.

Do I need to rent a loft? How do I know what kind of bed I have?

Each residence hall has its own specific bed type and lofting options.  
Click here to view the specific type of bed in your room.

Can I cancel my license agreement?

All first year students are required to live in a residence hall, according to the Living on Campus Policy. Cancellations are not permitted once a student moves in.

What is my new mailing address?

Click on your specific hall's webpage and find mailing information. 


When do I pay my bill for room and board?

2021/2022 Academic Year
For fall semester, payment is due by Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
For spring semester, payment is due by Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

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Transactions may be done online via Campus Connection at any time or in person at One Stop during business hours. 
Checks made payable to NDSU may be mailed to:
One Stop, NDSU Dept. 2836
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

What about hall dues?

A yearly charge, maximum $100, for your hall dues is placed on your NDSU account on or before the first day of classes. The hall dues pay for activities and events planned by hall government and the Residence Hall Association (RHA). Hall government can also use them to purchase items for the hall, such as sports equipment, cooking utensils, games, etc. Activities and equipment are available to all residents of the hall and all students are encouraged to participate in hall government. Lastly, your hall dues pay for the coinless laundry service in your building, as well as RHA Cinema.

What's next?

In August, you will receive more detailed information about moving in and Welcome Week Activities. You will also receive a letter from your Hall Director and Resident Assistant (RA), who will introduce themselves to you as you prepare to move to campus. Don't forget to follow @ndsureslife on Facebook and Instagram, and continue checking our website for additional information about assignments, residence halls, and move-in weekend.

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