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 - Fall 2016

Welcome to your new home!  Residence Life is looking forward to your arrival in August--we hope you are too.  Housing information for new, incoming first-year students can be found online on our  New Student Website.  Please take time to review all of the information on this webpage to help you prepare for your transition to SD Mines.  In addition, take time to review the rest of our website to learn more about our housing, our office, and your new home.  Welcome to Mines!!!

Upperclass Housing Available Now for the 2016-2017 Academic Year!

With the addition of Placer Hall, Residence Life is excited to announce that housing for Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students will be available during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II will be exclusively available for upperclass residents.   Learn more about our apartments by visiting the Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II websites.  More information about the housing selection process is available on our Housing Selection Website.  

Housing Selection 2016-2017

Housing selection information for current first-year students required to live on campus during the 2016-2017 academic year can be found on our Housing Selection Website.

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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!  


Upcoming Events @ Mines


Important May 
Closing Information  

All residential housing closes Saturday, May 7 at 12noon.  Residents must vacate housing 24-hours after their last final or by this date, whichever occurs first. Complete details can be found on our:

May Closing Website

  •  Sat. May 7, 12 Noon:
    All Halls Close


  • Thurs. Aug. 18, 8am-6pm
    New Student Move-In
  • Aug. 19-21, 8am-6pm
    Returning Student Move-In
  • Thurs. Dec. 15, 12noon
    All residential buildings close for Winter Break
  • Sat. Jan. 7, 12noon
    All residential buildings open for Spring Semester
  • Sat. March 4, 12noon
    Residence Halls close for Spring Break (Rocker I/II remain open)
  • Sun. March 12, 8am
    Residence Halls re-open after Spring Break
  • Sat. May 6, 12noon
    All residential buildings close