Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms could be bigger and all could have heat/ac in them but when you make friends you can spend time in their warm/cool rooms instead.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in preska and it`s alwasy clean, I feel like I am living on a expensive hotel but mine ir kind of hehe.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice and convenient

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's great living on campus because I can get to and from class much easier with out having to worry about transportation. The best dorms to live in are Preska or Julia Sears because they are newer and have suite style rooms, with a bathroom that only 4 people share. The atmosphere is great, there are always activities to do, people to meet, there's no reason to be bored. The housing process is pretty easy as well. If you don't know who you will live with MSU - Mankato has linked up with RoomSync which is basically a for roommates. It helps you decipher who you would be most compatible to live with based on bed-times, lifestyles, hobbies, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is pretty expensive but worth the experience. There are always social events happening throughout the week and I met some of my closest friends while living there. One of the best parts of living in the dorms is that you are in close proximity to dining halls as well as classes. The four dorms offered give a variety of what people want in a place to live. Crawford Hall is a popular choice to many because even though it is an older building, it has been renovated to fulfill the needs of the residents.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 274th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 629th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 869th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 985th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Britt Johnson
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There are four residence communities on campus: Crawford, Gage (A Tower and Maverick Hall), Julia Sears, and McElroy. Maverick Hall is a freshman-only dorm; freshmen are not required to live there, although many do. Gage as a whole is thought of as the worst dorm on campus. However, in the next few years, it will be knocked down and a new dorm will take its place. Julia Sears is the newest building on campus and is composed of suites with private bathrooms. Crawford and McElroy are in the process of being renovated and are in pretty good shape. Most people like to live in the dorms, and the Residence Hall Association does a good job of making it an even better place.

Most freshmen live on campus but some do move off campus. Overall, most of the students who live on campus agree that it's not the dorms that make the experience, it's the other people living in the dorms with you. So, do not be afraid to get a double room, and ignore the stereotypes—not all roommates are bad. While some people get roommates from hell, many become close friends with them or are at least civil with each other. Overall, the dorm experience is one that all freshmen should take in.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Freshmen Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Freshman Dorms
Crawford Residence Community
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Julia Sears Residence Community
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Gage Towers
  • McElroy Residence Community
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Gage Towers
  • McElroy Residence Community
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bulletin boards
  • Cable
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Free laundry
  • Internet connection
  • Shelves
  • Sink
Available for Rent
MiniFridge, lofts
Did You Know?
Minnesota State is building a new residence hall that will accommodate about 300 students in semi-suites. It is expected to open in 2012.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Crawford Residence Community
Floors: 4 in each of four halls
Number of Occupants: 750-999
Bathrooms: Communal, suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, super doubles, suites
Special Features: Home to common interest floors like community service, intercultural, and quiet study floors
Gage Residence Community (Gage A and Maverick halls)
Floors: 13 in each of two towers
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Communal, suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen (Maverick), upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, super doubles, suites
Special Features: Computer lab, convenience store, dining hall, substance-free floors, TV lounge
Julia Sears Residence Community
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom suites (doubles)
Special Features: 10-foot ceilings, air conditioning, large windows; opened Fall 2008.
McElroy Residence Community
Floors: 4 in each of five halls
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Communal, suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, super doubles, suites
Special Features: Four laundry rooms, music practice room, some rooms are recently renovated, study rooms, TV lounge

Student Polls

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