• Why University Housing

Why Should I Live On Campus?

To put it simply, if you came to the University of Minnesota to learn and grow, living on campus is your best option to do that.

Statistically speaking, compared to living off campus, you’ll have better grades, you’re more likely to graduate on time, and you’re more likely to stick with school and not drop out. Oh, and did we mention 88% of new incoming first-year students select University housing as their home away from home? Here's why:

It's Not All About Location

Living on campus allows you to be close to your classes, libraries, restaurants, and everything else on campus. However, we also have caring and dependable professional and student staff who are available to help you. Need advice, a referral, or just somebody to talk to? We are here for you!

Get Better Grades

It’s simple: students living on campus get better grades than those living off campus. It's also easier to form study groups with other students.

Graduate Faster

Going to the University of Minnesota is amazing (in our obviously unbiased opinion), but we also understand you came here for a purpose - to graduate and live on your own in the real world. Research indicates that students who live in University housing for multiple years have higher graduation rates than those who don’t.

Keep On Keepin’ On

Along with higher graduation rates, statistics show that students who live on campus have better retention rates than those living off campus. This means you’re more likely to continue with schooling the following year and are less likely to quit school.

Discover Your Niche

Living on campus makes it easier for you to make friends and become familiar with the campus and its resources and opportunities. University housing helps you become more involved in the college experience, seamlessly weaving classroom work with co-curricular endeavors that support your goals and passions.

Check out all of our involvement opportunities and Living Learning Communities!

Gender Open Housing

Gender Open Housing is a housing option that provides students the opportunity to apply for University spaces without regard to their gender. This housing option is focused on creating an inclusive environment where students can live together regardless of sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression.


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Great Value

Save yourself the time and money of paying separate bills for heating, electricity, cable, internet, etc. University housing room and dining cost cover it all!