Campus Housing

Location
Saint Peter, MN
Undergrads
2,484
Tuition
$37,660
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I may be a bit more generous rating here, but I've had a great experience with campus housing. As a freshman, I haven't had to the lottery running which applies to upperclassmen applying for quads or such, but Gustavus is by far better when it comes to expectations you'd have about housing than most colleges.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are really great residence halls and there are places you don't really want to live. The random room draw numbers students receive can make it hard for people to get into places they want to live, especially if they receive poor numbers two years in a row.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The set-up of Co-ed is the best for a dorm because it makes quick relationships between hall mates.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman year the best place to live if you really want to socialize is Norelius (otherwise known as CoEd) but if you like to have more alone time then Pittman or Sohre are better options

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Many options of housing on campus. This institution is a four year residence hall institution but does have the option for off campus housing

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 31st
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 62nd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 121st
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 232nd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Hometown
Moorhead, MN
Major
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
2012
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Though students are required to live on campus for four years, some students are permitted to live off campus during their junior or senior years. Some students view the housing situation subjectively—some crave the quieter dorms (South Side), while others would go crazy without it being louder (North Side). Students view the housing process (the process to determine where you will live next year) as easy but nerve- racking because students are assigned random housing numbers that determine the likelihood of a student receiving his or her first pick. 

As a first-year, the best bet is Norelius Hall (more commonly known as "Coed") because the setup is atypical in that each section has its own "pod" where sectionmates can get together to chat, do homework, or host activities. Even though the rooms are small and the closets are cubby holes, Norelius is the best way to meet people during your first year on campus (students who don’t live there usually regret it). Plus, the opposite sex lives just around the corner in your “sibling section.” For sophomores, North Hall or "Complex" is the next stop where almost your entire sophomore class will live. Juniors tend to get Uhler, which has the advantage of its proximity to the caf. Seniors can choose from a variety of College-owned apartments or suites that are usually regarded as the best housing because of their spaciousness and aesthetics. Gustavus knows that off-campus housing is limited and does its best to provide quality on-campus housing. The dorms have free laundry, Wi-Fi, computers labs, recreation rooms, custodial services (which will even clean your apartment), and simply a great community.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,032
Average Housing Costs
$5,710
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
81%
Freshmen Living On Campus
99%
Number of Dormitories
11
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Norelius Hall
  • Pittman Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Southwest Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Sohre Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Arbor View Apartments
  • Gibbs Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet/Wi-Fi connection
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Phone with voice mail
Also Available
  • Chapel View apartments are privately-owned apartments for Gustavus students who would like to live off campus but dread the trip up the hill-they are located directly behind the soccer fields and are a great intermediary between off campus and on campus.
  • Gustavus Adolphus also offers students programs like substance-free living and the Crossroads Program for international living in which students of many diverse nationalities live under one roof.
  • The Swedish House is also available for those who are studying Swedish and would like to live with other Scandinavian studies majors or Swedish international students.
Available for Rent
Lofts, microwaves, and minifridges

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Carlson International Center
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, laundry facilities, student lounges; home to international education office
Gibbs Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, Gibbs Tennis Lounge; formerly known as Link Hall
Norelius Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, main lounge with fireplace, student lounges; substance-free living areas available
North Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, student lounge, study lounge, TV lounge; popular with sophomores, athletes, and those who like their living experience to be a little bit louder
Pittman Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: In-room sinks/vanities, student lounge, study lounges, TV lounge
Prairie View Hall
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, student lounge, study lounges, substance-free living
Rundstrom Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchenette, computer lab, on-site chapel, TV lounge; one of the oldest dorms, it still has telephone booths in the hallways.
Sohre Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, in-room sinks, student lounge, study lounge, TV lounge
Sorensen Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, recreational lounge, TV lounge
Southwest Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles), two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include common area, kitchen (apartments only); building features laundry facilities, student lounges, study lounge
Uhler Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, quads)
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, outdoor courtyard for barbecues and Frisbee, student lounge; only way to get from one side to the other side is by a specific path through the basement.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Arbor View Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas
Custodial services will clean your kitchen and bathrooms once a week.
College View Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; building features computer lab, laundry facilities, student lounges
Custodial services will clean your kitchen and bathrooms once a week.

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