• Nickname: Sanford
  • Hashtag: #SanfordPride
  • Campus: Minneapolis East Bank, Dinkytown
  • Hall Type: Residence Hall
  • Population: 502, co-ed, first-year residents
  • Year Built: 1910 (expanded in 1964, renovated in 1970)
  • Number of Floors: Hall: 4; Tower: 9

Sanford Hall Amenities

  • Fully Furnished

    See Specific Room Furnishings Below

  • Utilities Included

    Unlimited Electricity, Heat, Water, Internet. It's all included.

  • Laundry Included

    Every building features a laundry facility. Unlimited laundry is included at no extra cost.

  • 24/7 Information Desk
  • UMN-TV Cable with HBO
  • UMN-TV Internet Streaming
  • WiFi

    WiFi is included in rooms, common areas, throughout the building, and throughout campus.

  • Gigabit Ethernet Internet
  • Accessible

    If you have specific needs, we're here to help. Learn more about disability resources.

  • Security

    Access-Controlled Entry, Security Cameras, 24/7 Staffing

  • Dining Hall In Building
  • C-Store

    Convenience store in building

  • Study Rooms
  • Common Area Lounges
  • Game Room
  • Meditation Room
  • Music Practice Rooms
  • Tech Lab

    Tech Lab with Macs & PCs, Remote Printing & Adobe Creative Suite. Learn More About Labs

  • Building Kitchen
  • Vending Machines
  • Ice Machine
  • Bus
  • Outdoor Bicycle Racks
  • Parking

Sanford Hall Room Types


One room is occupied by one resident. The average square footage is 133.  A common bathroom is shared by approximately 12 rooms. The contract length is fall/spring. There are approximately 80 singles in Sanford.


One room is occupied by two residents. The average square footage is 187. A common bathroom is shared by approximately 12 rooms. The contract length is fall/spring. There are approximately 167 doubles in Sanford.


One room is occupied by three residents. The average square footage is 244. A common bathroom is shared by approximately 15 rooms. The contract length is fall/spring. There are approximately 34 triples in Sanford.

Sanford Hall Rates

Please see the UMN Housing Selector for rates.

Sanford Room Furnishings

All rooms in Sanford Hall include the following:

  • Carpeted floors
  • Closet
  • Desk & chair
  • Drawer space
  • Extra long twin bed (36 inches x 80 inches)
  • Recycling 3-part containers
  • Window coverings
  • 1 telephone jack (phone & cord not provided)
  • 1 gigabit Ethernet internet jack per resident (cord not provided)
  • 1 cable TV jack (TV & cord not provided)

Connect with Sanford Staff

  • Headshot of Domingo Coto
    Headshot of Domingo Coto

    Domingo Coto

    Residence Director (RD)

    My Responsibilities

    As the Residence Director in Sanford Hall, I am responsible for providing leadership, management and direction for a comprehensive residential education program to 561 students. I am also responsible for developing and maintaining an inclusive residential learning environment which is conducive to the overall development of students and in support of the academic mission of the University.

    Where I Can Help

    Addressing the unique needs of first-generation college students
    Cultivating community through a positive and respectful lens
    Helping students identify passion areas and connecting them to opportunities throughout campus
    Crisis/emergency response situations
    Willingness to address specialized needs
    Supervision of Business Operations Supervisor (BOS), Communications & Engagement Intern (CEI), and Community Advisors (CA), who are also ready and available to assist with any questions or concerns.

    Educational Background

    Master of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs, University of St. Thomas
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Arrival to the University of Minnesota


    Previous Positions Held

    Residence Hall Director, Augsburg College
    Dean of Students Graduate Assistant, University of St. Thomas
    Graduate Assistant for First & Second Year Programming, Hamline University
    Student Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    Orientation Leader, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Points of Pride

    I am proud to be working with professional staff and students who are passionate about diversity, social justice, and inclusion work who can constructively challenge one another for the betterment of each other and the overall student experience. I am also proud to be working at the institution where I spent my undergraduate career, as I not only consider it home but also am excited to offer opportunities and experiences to students who are looking to continue growing and developing, as well as giving voice to students who may not find a place as quickly as others.

    My Favorite Quote/Motto/Personal Philosophy

    "Live fast, have fun, and be a bit mischievous." - Louis Tomlinson

    Life Outside The U

    I enjoy spending time with family and friends, whether that be productive conversations over coffee, partaking in game nights, dancing at concerts, or in general enjoying good company. Otherwise, I can be found playing video games, reading a book, or spending time with my chinchilla, Beylor.

    Gender Pronouns


    Domingo Coto
    Residence Director (RD)
  • Headshot of Marissa Hanson
    Headshot of Marissa Hanson

    Marissa Hanson

    Assistant Residence Director (ARD)

    My Responsibilities

    I manage student engagement participation and vision within Sanford & Wilkins Halls, as well as work with the building management team to help oversee the supervision of student staff and maintain community behavioral standards.

    Where I Can Help

    • Student Engagement and Participation
    • Diversity and Social Justice Dialogue
    • Campus Resources
    • Community Behavioral Standards

    Education History

    University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Bachelor's Degree

    Arrival to the University of Minnesota


    Previous Positions Held

    Freshman Admissions Counselor, University of Minnesota Office of Admissions

    My Favorite Quote/Motto/Personal Philosophy

    Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.

    Gender Pronouns


    Marissa Hanson
    Assistant Residence Director (ARD)
  • Diane Branson

    Business Operations Supervisor (BOS)

    My Responsibilities

    • Manage and oversee the operations of the business office and information desk.
    • Assists the Residence Director and Assistant Residence Director.
    • Supervise Office Assistants and Tour Guides.
    • Answer questions related to application-contract, billings, and meal plans.
    • Advise and assist residents and guests.
    • Coordinate and implement summer conference logistics.

    Where I Can Help

    Questions regarding:
    • Room & Board Contract
    • Contract Release
    • Room change or room switch
    • Hall transfer
    • Room Re-application
    • Winter Break – Early Arrival – Late Stay
    • Temporary or Lost Keys
    • Building Access
    • Mail or package delivery
    • Hall Tours
    • Summer School
    • Summer Conferences Groups​

    Diane Branson
    Business Operations Supervisor (BOS)
  • Hugh Mulloy

    Facilities Operations Supervisor (FOS)

    Need a repair in your room or building?

    Submit A Fix It Request

    Hugh Mulloy
    Facilities Operations Supervisor (FOS)
  • Alex Glen - Sanford CCC
    Alex Glen - Sanford CCC

    Alex Glen

    Computer Center Coordinator (CCC)

    Office Hours - Sanford Lab 182

    Monday 4-6PM

    Tuesday 7-8PM

    Wednesday 9-10AM

    Friday 5-8PM

    Alex Glen
    Computer Center Coordinator (CCC)

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Technology in Sanford


Wired internet & WiFi are included. Learn More


UMN-TV cable service with HBO Go, Cloud DVR, and online streaming is included. Learn More

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