Residential Life

Residential Life

Mission Statement
The mission of the Dickinson State Office of Residential Life is to provide quality housing services for undergraduate students in an educational living/learning environment.

We are committed to the development of residential community that embraces diversity and promotes academic success.

Why live on Campus

Living in a residence hall at Dickinson State University offers many conveniences and countless opportunities to build friendships in an exciting environment close to classes and university activities. Many of our current and past students have made their residence hall a "home away from home." The residential life program at Dickinson State University offers many opportunities to enhance your social growth provided with surroundings to enhance your educational needs.

The residence life staff members in each of our halls recognize the importance of student involvement and input and we work very hard to give students the programs and services they need. It's not uncommon to walk into any of our lounges and find students studying, playing games, or just socializing. Numerous activities are scheduled each week for the entire campus in addition to the residence halls.

If you want to make the most out of your college education and build friendships to last a lifetime, welcome HOME, to DSU residence life!

How to Apply
Once you have completed the application process and been accepted to the university, you can apply for housing by logging into your VIP page. You will need to submit a $200 prepayment to hold your spot. This application and prepayment is due no later than August 15th each year for the Fall semester.

I get all of this
The following is included in the price of your room.

  • furnished room (except in North Campus Apartments)
  • live phone line with local service
  • basic cable service
  • wireless internet access
  • free laundry facilities
  • vending machines
  • lounge spaces with pool table and more
  • kitchen facilities
  • office operations with a games, athletic equipment, and mail distribution
    Great perks and all the comforts of home!  

Housing Policy 
The University feels that the students will have a better opportunity for a well-rounded educational experience while living in a supervised residence hall designated for student living. Therefore, all students who are under the age of 21 and who have completed fewer than 60 credit hours at the beginning of the fall semester are required to sign a contract for a room and board package for the academic year. Students reaching the age of 21 or acquiring 60 credit hours during the first semester may request to have the contract rescinded for the second semester.

Students requesting consideration for an exemption from this policy must file the appropriate "Request for Exemption from Housing Policy," available from the Director of Residential Life. Approval of requests for exemption from this policy is at the discretion of Residential Life. Reasons for approval for exemptions may include:

  1. Students living locally (within a 25 mile radius) with parents or legal guardians.
  2. Married students.
  3. Single parents with one or more dependents
  4. Students with extenuating personal or medical conditions

Students who are exempt from the policy may choose, on a voluntary basis, to purchase a Room and Board Package. If residing in the residence halls, students must purchase a board plan.

Required Vaccination
In addition to the immunization records you provided during the admissions process, you will also need to submit evidence of having received a meningococcal vaccination. The State Board of Higher Education in North Dakota requires that all students living in residence halls must be vaccinated against meningitis. Proof of vaccination must be provided prior to the end of the fourth week of the semester - failure to provide proof of vaccination may result in administrative withdrawal from the university. Vaccinations or referrals for vaccination are available in the student wellness center.

For other policies, please see the Dickinson State University Student Handbook

For How Much
The cost of living in a Dickinson State University residence hall offers a bargain that is too good to pass up.

The following are the room and board changes for the 2013-2014 academic year. Half of this rate is charged per semester. For further information, please contact the Office of Residential Life at 701-483-2091.


Room Rates:  

Type of room                                       Academic Year (Half charged per semester)   

DeLong Hall (shared)                                 $2,146

Main Campus Apartments (shared)              $2,146

North Campus Apartments (shared)            $1,982

Selke Hall (shared)                                    $2,146

Woods Hall (shared)                                  $2,146

Single room (as space allows)                     $2,958


Family Student Housing

One-bedroom Apt           $512 per month

Two-bedroom Apt           $581 per month


Meal Plans for 2013-2014 Academic Year include:

Students living in campus residences (excluding those renting as students with families in North Campus Apartments) are required to participate in a campus board plan. Students living in the three traditional residence halls (Delong, Selke, or Woods) must choose from one of three options for a five-day per week or seven-day per week meal plan. Students living in the apartments (Main, or North Campus) may also select a fourth meal plan option providing 65 meals per semester. Half of this rate is charged per semester.

Monday – Friday (5 days) | 10 meals per week with $100 flex per semester* | $3,130

Monday – Sunday (7 days) | 15 meals per week with $50 flex per semester* | $3,190

Monday – Sunday (7 days) | 19 meals per week with no flex money** | $3,436

65 lunches with $50 flex per semester* (Apartments ONLY) |  $1,040

* Flex dollars may be used for purchases in the snack bar.
** Two meals, brunch and dinner will be served on Saturday and Sunday.


Housing Fees
Students must pay housing and board fees in full by the first full day of classes each semester. Housing and board fees are subject to change with one semester's notice.

Refund of Room and Board  

Students who must withdraw from the University (or those receiving approval from Residential Life to vacate their room and board contract for other reasons in accordance with existing Residential Life policies) and who complete a proper check out from the residence halls (in accordance with Residential Life policies) may receive a refund of the unused portion of their room and board contract.  Any refund of the unused portion would be on a pro-rated basis based on the date of check out from the residence halls in accordance with the following schedule:


If the student withdraws during

Room refund

1st week of classes


2nd week of classes


3rd week of classes


4th week of classes


5th week of classes


6th week of classes


7th week of classes


8th week of classes


9th week of classes


10th week of classes




If the student withdraws during

Board refund

1st through 7 th class days


8th through 15 th class days


16th through 20 th class days


21st through 30 th class days


31st through 40 th class days


41st through 50 th class days


51st through 60 th class days


61st through 65 th class days


66th through 75 th class days


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