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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The first year dorms are haunting. Small, cramped, and no AC. Things seem to break down a lot. Beyond that the housing seems to be fine, just have to get past that first year. If you are okay with a little bit of a walk, the campus apartments are a good option.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is great, clean, and conveniently placed. Some buildings don't have air conditioning.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing selection is a very detailed and thorough process intended to place students with both roommates and floor-mates with similar personalities and interests to create small communities in which students can feel comfortable and happy. Luther is a residential college, so everyone is guaranteed on-campus housing, and the housing selection process is based on class rank. The dorms are all better than most colleges, but some are more standard, or do not have air conditioning, while some are incredibly up-to-date and even borderline luxurious. Overall, with housing at Luther, you can't go wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I would say my rating would be a 3.5. I lived in Brandt this last year and it was good. Most of the first-years live in Brandt. If you're involved with music, definitely get into Brandt. There are two other buildings first-years live in. Brandt is so conveniently placed on campus. It is super close to the library and the music building. It's not the newest building and you could tell because in my room the wood was chipping and they had some issues with fire drills. You're not allowed to have microwaves in your room unless for a specific health reason. I think that's good because it's a waste of energy. There is no air conditioning in Brandt but most of the year it is chilly so at least the heating works.

There aren't a lot of places for off campus housing. Most people live in Baker Village when they are seniors. Baker is a neighborhood close to campus where people can get 6 people to live in one house together. There are also apartments people can live in through the school. Other than that, you're stuck living on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Don't let the first year non air conditioned dorms scare you away. Once you're out of the freshman dorms, most of the other ones have AC. I think most people would say the Luther dorms are good enough, but not the BEST or the worst. The rooms in Brandt (first year) are the biggest, so that's nice. In Ylvisaker, they are pretty small, but not unbearable. If you are a spacious minded person, you should be able to sort the furniture in a way that makes the most room (my room is very spacious and I'm in Ylvi). In addition, the RAs are all really friendly and always willing to help. As for roommates, Luther does a good job at matching people up. Obviously not every match will be good, but if you answer the survey honestly and detailed, there really is not much to worry about. The towers, Dieseth and Miller, both have nice open kitchens as well (all the other dorms have kitchens as well!). Anyone is free to use it if they feel like making a home cooked meal. But it's important to keep in mind (first years) that no matter how great your roommate is, the first couple of weeks are the hardest. If you stick it out, make an effort to make friends, and go to events, chances are your first year will be great!

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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
2,134
Average Housing Costs
$3,240
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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