Residence Life: Housing Information for Mines Students

Welcome to Residence Life at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology! Over 850 students call our residence halls home while at SD Mines. We provide housing for all students who have graduated from high school in the past two years ( per BOR housing policies). Please take time to look through our website to learn about our residence life program, the housing options we offer, and much more.

Residence Life Mission

Residence Life seeks to provide a safe environment that encourages learning and personal growth in an inclusive community that empowers and challenges our residents. We continually strive to improve our services to meet the needs of our students and reflect the high standards of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Welcome New Students: Spring 2016

Congratulations on your acceptance to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  This begins a whole new phase in your life — all of us in Residence Life are looking forward to welcoming you to your new home! To help  will make your transition to Mines as easy as possible, we have prepared our New Student Website just for you.  This page, along with the rest of our website, should help prepare you for your big move to Mines. We look forward to your arrival in January--please contact us if you have any questions about residence life, housing, and your transition to college.

RA & RPM Selection

Resident Assistant and Residential Peer Mentor selection for 2016-2017 begins in January!  Learn all about our RA and RPM positions and important dates by visiting our selection website.  

PC Commons Courtyard Upgradedpccommons

The PC Commons Courtyard renovation has been completed!  Students can now enjoy sitting outside in our renovated space--complete with fire pit.  Upgrades also include bike shelters, all new furniture, and new landscaping.

Placer Hall: Opening Fall 2016

Residence Life is proud to announce the building of our newest residence hall -- Placer Hall.  This new six-story building is being developed for second-year students and will offer 50 suite-style units, each with a living room and a bathroom. Half of the suites will consist of 2 double bedrooms, the other half of the suites will have 4 single bedrooms. Community lounges, kitchens and group study spaces will also be provided throughout the building.  Placer Hall is being built by the SD Mines Foundation, who in turn, will lease the building back to the University. This new hall will put housing capacity at almost 1,100!  


Winter Break
Closing Information  

Learn everything you need to know about winter break closing!  Complete details, including closing date/opening date, to-do's before you leave, and what to do if you are not returning can be found on our:

Winter Break Website



  • 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