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Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think to some extent a lot of people don't like the older dorms as much as the newer and'or newly renovated dorms but for the most part they fulfill their purpose.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residence halls are all super nice and brand new. They're all updated and spacious.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends because the first year dorms are pretty nice but upper class housing is a little drab.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Its like normal campus life, so obviously it's not going to be the best but you learn how to deal.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I transferred to Luther as a junior. I lived in Larsen which was ok. Pretty much your average dorm. I now live in College Apartments in an apartment with a kitchen, which is very nice and convenient. CAs are farther away from campus than other housing, but they're still only about a 3 minute bike ride away. Baker Village (another collection of apartments) is also farther away, but these are upperclassman housing options, and juniors and seniors tend to appreciate that little separation from campus. The freshman/sophomore dorms are located close to campus buildings, a 5-10 minute walk to classes. I would say that campus housing is fairly average compared to other colleges -- not much better, not much worse. Because the campus is smaller, dorms are located closer to campus than at a large university. However, Luther requires students to live on-campus all four years (except mature age or nontraditional students), and students -- usually seniors -- need to obtain permission to live off-campus through an application process. This is kind of a bummer for those who want to live more independently, but it also creates a closer atmosphere among students.

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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?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Dorms
  • Baker Village (seniors)
  • Brandt (freshmen)
  • Farwell (upperclassmen)
  • Olson (sophomores)
Worst Dorms
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
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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