• Nickname: Sanford
  • Hashtag: #SanfordPride
  • Campus: Minneapolis East Bank, Dinkytown
  • Hall Type: Residence Hall
  • Population: 530, 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

  • HBO GO
  • 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 Coax
  • UMN-TV Online

    Streaming TV with 70+ channels, HBO GO, and 140,000+ on-demand shows and movies: housing.umn.edu/resnet/tv

  • 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 gigabit Ethernet internet jack per resident (cord not provided)
  • 1 cable TV jack (TV & cord not provided)
  • Telephone service is NOT included in Sanford Hall

Connect with Sanford Staff

  • Alexis Austin, Sanford and Wilkins RD
    Alexis Austin, Sanford and Wilkins RD

    Alexis Austin

    Residence Director (RD)

    My Responsibilities

    As the Residence Director for Sanford Hall, my responsibility is to supervise and collaborate with student staff and professional staff members in their efforts to create a safe, educational, and inclusive community within the residence hall for all students who are living with us.

    Where I Can Help

    • Cultivating community for all residents living on campus
    • Answering general questions about Sanford Hall
    • Engaging students when they have conflict with peers, including roommate conflicts
    • Providing opportunities for student growth around Diversity and Social Justice
    • Response to crisis/emergency situations
    • Checking in with students regarding their health and well-being
    • Meeting with students who are going through the conduct process
    • Ensuring that students are supported while at the U


    • Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University
    • Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Western Washington University

    Arrival to the University of Minnesota


    Previous Positions Held

    • Residence Director, University of Minnesota Duluth
    • Assistant Complex Director, Western Illinois University

    Gender Pronouns


    Points of Pride

    Every day I get to work with students who are figuring out how to be their best selves by celebrating their accomplishments and supporting them during their challenges.

    My Favorite Quote

    "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously." - Sophia Bush

    Life Outside the U

    During my free time, I enjoy getting out and exploring all the sites and restaurants around the Twin Cities! I also love a chance for a board game night with friends.

    Alexis Austin
    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)
  • Samuel Place - Sanford CCC
    Samuel Place - Sanford CCC

    Samuel Place

    Computer Center Coordinator (CCC)

    Office Hours

    Location: Sanford Lab 182

    Monday-Wednesday: 5:00-6:00PM

    Thursday: 6:00-8:00PM

    Saturday: 11:00-1:00PM


    Samuel Place
    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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