Campus Housing

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Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$19,805 ($13,555)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are a lot of luxury, expensive housing and the dorms are an option but not very clean and need updating.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: small and most need updating

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The best dorm to live in is for sure 17th Avenue. They have really good rooms and the best dining hall on campus.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty average. It's kind of unfortunate that there is only 1 dorm on both the Saint Paul campus and West bank, this sometimes can lead to a feeling of isolation or feeling left-out. Campus life on these two campuses tends to lack because of this.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I have never had the opportunity to live on campus

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 298th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 444th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 593rd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1355th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Living in dorms freshman year is the best way to meet new people and make friends. Every floor becomes a close-knit community. Freshmen prefer to live on the "Superblock," four dorms in adjacent blocks in East Bank. This is the hub of campus housing activities. Territorial (T-Hall) and Frontier halls are the two freshmen-only dorms, and thus, most popular among newcomers so they can meet with fellow classmates and make good friends. T-Hall is the designated party dorm full of drunk people on the weekends. Bailey Hall is the least preferred hall because it is in St. Paul, which is about a 20-minute Campus Connector ride to get to East Bank. St. Paul is a smaller campus and primarily hosts classes only for College of Design (CDes) and College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Science (CFANS) students. Thus, living in Bailey is inconvenient for most people. Regardless, the dorm itself has a great sense of community and provides great resources. The campus is also beautiful.

Campus housing provides a great living experience without the hassle of maintenance issues, with the amenities offered being substantial. Most basic needs are taken care of, and a student can check out additional materials at the front desk. Halls get cleaned every day, but weekend parties often create a chaotic mess. Work order forms can be filled at the front desk if students are in need of repairs in their rooms. Dorms are relatively close to most classes, and there is always the Campus Connector, which runs frequently. The meal plan is the only downside of living in the dorms. It is expensive and often not worth the money. Living in campus apartments allows students to be a part of campus residential life without the hassle of a meal plan. Here, a student gets to meet people with common interests, make connections, and try living on his or her own, managing time and money.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,930
Average Housing Costs
$4,730
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
Undergrads Living On Campus
21%
Freshmen Living On Campus
86%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Frontier Hall
  • Pioneer Hall
  • Territorial Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Comstock Hall
  • Middlebrook Hall
  • Sanford Hall
  • University Village
Worst Freshman Dorms
Bailey Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Centennial Hall
Best Dorms
  • Centennial Hall
  • Frontier Hall
  • Middlebrook Hall
  • Pioneer Hall
  • Sanford Hall
  • Territorial Hall
Worst Dorms
  • Bailey Hall
  • Comstock Hall
What You Get
  • Bed/mattress pad
  • Carpet
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser/vanity
  • Ethernet connection
  • Phone jack
  • Smoke detector
  • TV connection
  • Wireless Internet
Also Available
  • All residence halls have a community council, which is a student-run organization that consists of an executive board and group of committee chairs that plan and implement programs and events throughout the year. Various committees specialize in areas dealing with philanthropy, diversity, and dorm improvements. Along with committee chairs, students have the opportunity to serve as historian, secretary, and treasurer.
  • Dorms often host peer tutoring options and SMART learning commons for students.
  • Living Learning Communities are specific communities in dorms that bring about people with same career interests to live on the same floor.
  • Sanford is generally known as the athletics dorm.
  • The Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative (CTC) offers U of M students with families affordable housing.
Available for Rent
Bed lofts, mini-fridges, and microwaves can be rented on a semester/yearly basis. DVDs, a DVD player, a vacuum cleaner, kitchen supplies, recreational sports equipment, board games, and a few other amenities can be checked out from the residence hall front desk at no cost.
Did You Know?
Sanford, Middlebrook, and Centennial halls have convenience stores containing everyday items such as food, drinks, and bathroom supplies.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bailey Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Bailey Hall houses its own dining hall and is connected to the St. Paul Student Center and the Magrath Library through the Gopher tunnel system. Bailey Hall houses Rock Bottom, which is a community and social space with a big-screen TV and dance floor used for hall events, game days, or movie nights.
Centennial Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (triples)
Special Features: Centennial has art deco designs and is one of four halls located on the "Superblock." Centennial Hall is shared with Territorial Hall, linked by a tunnel.
Comstock Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Close to Coffman Memorial Union and the Weisman Art Museum, this hall has a game room, study lounges, and DVD rentals, plus a ballroom dance floor on its lower floor.
Frontier Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites (doubles)
Special Features: This hall features a dining hall and is a part of the "Superblock." It's also close to the Stadium Village.
Middlebrook Hall
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 750-999
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites (doubles)
Special Features: It is the only residence hall located on the West Bank of the Minneapolis campus. It is near downtown Minneapolis and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings.
Pioneer Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Featuring Colonial architecture, Pioneer is close to Williams and Mariucci arenas, the hospital, the sports pavilion, rec center, and Stadium Village.
Sanford Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Located near Dinkytown, Sanford features a dining hall within the building and Colonial architecture that provides a variety of room styles.
Territorial Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Territorial is the most popular freshmen-only dorm. It is the "party dorm" for freshmen. Located in the "Superblock," T-Hall shares its dining hall with Centennial Hall, which is connected through tunnels. Pioneer Dining Hall can also be used for this purpose. It has all other amenities that every residence hall offers such as study lounges, game room, vending machine, front desk, etc.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Mark G. Yudof Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Situated right behind Coffman Memorial and by the East River Flats, Yudof has a great location, and many students use Comstock dining services.
Yudof has all of the amenities offered by a residence hall in addition to a fitness center and indoor parking facilities.
Roy Wilkins Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: All apartments come with furniture, air conditioning, Ethernet access, cable TV service, and carpeting.
This hall was the first apartment-style complex for U of M students.
University Village
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include air conditioning, carpeting, full kitchen, furnished living areas, washer and dryer; live-in staff who develop social, recreational, cultural, and educational programs for the residents
Known as "UV," it has all of the amenities offered by a residence hall in addition to a fitness center and indoor parking facilities.

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