Welcome to Life on Campus at the School of Mines!

Residence Life at the School of Mines provides on-campus housing for more than 850 students. Living on-campus can be one of the best experiences of your college years - getting to know your neighbors and yourself is fun, exciting and sometimes challenging. The School of Mines is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR).  The BOR Housing Policy requires all students who have graduated from high school in the past two years to live on-campus, see the complete policy to know if you are required to live on-campus or not. More than 40 students are employed each year by Residence Life to provide in-hall support services to the residents of all of our residence halls.  These students are paraprofessionals who have had extensive training so that they are able to create and help build (along with residents) an inclusive, safe environment that encourages learning and personal growth.

Housing Application Information: New Students

The New Student housing application is now available, with a preferred deadline of June 1. The application is available from the Residence Life homepage, under "Housing Information." 

Housing Options

New freshman residents have two types of housing during their first year on campus.  Non-freshmen may live in all residential housing communities, including Rocker Square I and II.

Community Living

Located in doubles in Connolly and Palmerton Halls, Community Living provides strong community development through a variety of programs, events, and meetings with the Resident Assistant. Community Living in Connolly and Palmerton provides a wide range of activities and learning opportunities for all students to enjoy.

Learning Communities

SDSMT offers 4 learning communities: Women in STEM, Outdoor Pursuits, Service First, & Exploring Rapid City (and beyond). Women in STEM is housed in Connolly Hall doubles. The other three communities are housed in Peterson doubles, triples, quads, and study quads. Doubles/Triples are available only to male students because of the community restrooms; quads and study quads are primarily assigned to female residents. Learning Communities provide programs, events, and activities around their specific theme, allowing students with a common interest to explore together. Interested students must complete an essay on the housing application and space in the program is limited. More information about specific communities is below.

— Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Community
Women in STEM will focus on the academic success and personal/professional development of women at the School of Mines. Possible events/activities include:

  • Formation of study groups for specific classes
  • Academic success workshops on time management, study skills, and more
  • Involvement in student organizations and campus activities
  • Networking opportunities with professors
  • Social activities to meet other women on the floor

Service First Community
The Service First Community will focus on community service activities available to students on both the School of Mines campus and the Rapid City area. Students living in this community are expected to have an interest in the local and global needs of others, and ready to participate in service events. Possible events/activities include:

  • Participating in service activities on campus
  • Partnering and working with on-campus and local community service organizations
  • Participating in community events and fundraisers
  • Organizing service events as a floor based on the interests of the students
  • Social activities to meet others on the floor and in the community

Outdoor Pursuits Community
The Outdoor Pursuits community will focus on the many outdoor activities that are available in the Black Hills area. Students who enjoy the outdoors are encouraged to apply for this community. Possible events/activities include:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Rock climbing
  • Snow-shoeing
  • Social activities to meet others on the floor and in the community

Exploring Rapid City (and Beyond!) Community
Exploring Rapid City (and beyond) will focus on the many events and activities that take place in the Rapid City area. Students who are interested in exploring what Rapid City has to offer them are encouraged to apply for this community. Possible events/activities include:

  • Exploring Rapid City’s local restaurants, museums, and performance venues
  • Touring popular locations such as the Crazyhorse Monument, Mt. Rushmore, Bear Country, and local caves
  • Performing Arts activities & events (theatre, music, art openings)
  • Hockey games and other sporting events
  • Social activities to meet others on the floor and in the community

Special Accommodations

In limited circumstances, the University approves students for special housing accommodations based on medical need and/or disability status. If you have special needs that make it necessary to have a specific type of housing, please visit the ADA website for the special accommodations form or contact Residence Life by June 1, 2015.

New Student Move-In Date

New student move-in for Fall 2015 is Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 (8am - 6pm)

What To Bring - What Not To Bring - What Is Provided

A list of items provided, items you should consider bringing to college and a list of items to leave at home is online here.

Mail and Mailroom Information

Each residential student in Palmerton, Connolly, and Peterson is assigned a mailbox by Residence Life. A mailbox assignment email is sent to new students by mid-August. The mailroom is located in Surbeck Center; it is accessible 24-hours a day and is staffed for package pick-up by the Surbeck Center Front Desk (M-F: 7:30am-10pm. S-S: 10am-10pm). Students will receive their mailbox combination during check-in.Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II residents receive mail in the lobby areas of their buildings. More information about Rocker mail will be mailed to Rocker Square residents.

Looking for Bed Linens and Dorm Supplies?

Residence Life partners with OCM to provide students (and parents) with an easy way to get essentials for your dorm room. Learn more about OCM and our linen program online here.

Banks and Other Local Services

Great Western Bank and Wells Fargo are nearby banks, the Hard Rockin' Gas Depot is across the street from campus, and Boyd's Drug Mart is the closest pharmacy to campus. Downtown Rapid City is located about one mile from campus and offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and services.

Online Forms and Online Communication

Residence Life uses electronic communication for most of our business. Look for emails from Residence Life about housing assignments, Room Condition Reports, and much more! In addition, we utilize online forms for everyting from facilities work orders to housing applications/deposits. Make sure you bookmark our website--you will need to visit often. As a new, incoming student you will find the below links helpful:

Title IX/Sexual Assault Training Requirement

Because we are committed to the safety of our students, all new students are required to participate in an online Title IX safety program. This training must be complete before you arrive to campus. More information will be available on your Interactive Checklist and emailed to students over the summer months.

Online Alcohol Education Requirement

All new residential students are required to participate in an online alcohol education program. This program must be complete before you arrive to campus. More information is available will be available on your Interactive Checklist and emailed to students over the summer months. 

Looking for summer work?  Apply for Summer Crew!  Complete information and our online application can be found on our website:

Summer Crew Website


  • Sat. March 7, 12 Noon:
    All Halls close for Spring Break
  • Sun. March 15, 8am: 
      All Halls open after Spring Break
  • Sat. May 9, 12 Noon: 
      All Halls Close


  • Thurs. Aug. 20:
    New Student Move-In (8am-6pm)
  • Fri. Aug. 21 - Sun. Aug. 23:
    Returning Student Move-In (8am-4pm)
  • Thurs. Dec. 17, 12 Noon:
    All Halls Close for Winter Break
  • Sat. Jan. 9, 12 Noon:
    All Halls open for Spring Semester  
  • Sat. March 5, 12 Noon:
    All Halls close for Spring Break
  • Sun. March 13, 8am:
    All Halls open after Spring Break
  •  Sat. May 7, 12 Noon:
    All Halls Close