Campus Housing

Location
Decorah, IA
Undergrads
2,421
Tuition
$36,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really like my room mate and my floor mates. It makes it real easy to fit in the social atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really like the on-campus housing. You are able to meet new people every year and be involved every day with the people around you and to have a great social life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is hard to get an off campus housing acceptance but other than that it all comes down to credits and it is far, I think.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really love all of the halls. However, I just wish the one I lived in wasn't 10 minutes away from all of my classes compared to the 4 minutes it was last year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't mind living here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 270th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 309th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 347th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 533rd
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Hometown
Wausau, WI
Major
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Campus housing is a bookend kind of deal—most of the living arrangements are very solid freshman and senior year, but things get a little musty in between. Brandt and Ylvisaker, the main freshman dorms, have great locations, nice facilities, and allow for easy transition from living at home. All Ylvisaker rooms house two students, while Brandt rooms are for three students, except the “Penthouse,” which houses four students and is the nicest freshman living arrangement if you’re selected to live there. Towers is nearly universally hated for its cramped living quarters, outdated facilities, and general disorder. The only plus to it is that 80 percent of sophomores and juniors will live there, which enables you to get to know a lot of people.

By the time you’re a senior, your best on-campus housing options are the college apartments, a Farwell cluster, or the granddaddy of them all, Baker Village. Unfortunately, since Luther approves so few people for off-campus housing, some seniors can get shut out of those options, leaving them with either a Larsen room, an Olson suite, or (gasp!) a third year in Towers. Since almost all Luther students will live on campus all four years, it is important to consider where you’ll wind up and what you want to get out of it.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,145
Average Housing Costs
$3,120
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
88%
Number of Dormitories
7
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Baker Village (seniors)
  • Brandt (freshmen)
  • Farwell (upperclassmen)
  • Olson (sophomores)
Worst Dorms
Dieseth
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Internet access
Also Available
Students who are married or engaged are eligible for married student housing, a series of campus-owned apartments.
Available for Rent
Minifridges
Did You Know?
Farwell Hall has four coed clusters. Juniors and seniors can form groups of guys and girls together and apply for a 14-person cluster centered around a central living room.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Brandt Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 384
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Three- and four-person rooms
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, social lounge, study lounges, TV lounge.
Dieseth Hall (Towers)
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 368
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, connected to Miller Hall, pool table, social/study lounge on each floor.
Farwell Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 259
Bathrooms: Shared by 7- to 9-room cluster
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen, mostly seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Each cluster shares a bathroom, common living area, and a laundry or kitchen. All rooms are air-conditioned and carpeted.
Larsen Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 142
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Hardwood floors, social/TV lounge, study lounge.
Miller Hall (Towers)
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 366
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioned, communal kitchen, computer lab, connected to Dieseth Hall, ping-pong table, social lounge on each floor, wellness floors.
Olson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 220
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, some upperclassmen
Room Types: Triples, four-person suites
Special Features: Social lounge, study lounge, TV lounge.
Ylvisaker Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 256
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Designated quiet and wellness floors, kitchen, rec room with ping-pong table, study lounges.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Baker Village
Floors: 2-story townhouses
Number of Units: 100
Bathrooms: 2 per unit
Coed: Yes, by floor
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 2-, 4-, and 6-person units
Special Features: Environmentally-friendly features, full kitchen, furnished living and dining room, Shirley Baker Commons facility.

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