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Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In regards to the on campus living it seems to be really dependent on which of the resident communities you happen to be living in. Some of them are relatively new, being made or owned by the university for only a few years. These newer ones tend to be nicer than the older housing, as is to be expected.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: It is a great way to make friends and get involved

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus lets you meet people much faster and forces you to make friends with others. The one downside is having to share a room with someone you may not know.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: the social atmosphere is nice

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like living close to my classes and it's an easy way to make friends! I like that the washer and driers are free and that it is on each floor in my dorm. We have many opportunities to meet new people and make new friends in the dorms. There are also many people who can answer any questions that one may have at the front desk, or in any of the housing departments as well.


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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

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