Housing Information 2020-2021

The University and Residence Life recognize the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on what campus living looks like this fall. Our department has been working on changes to procedures and practices that actively and intentionally promote the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.

Housing for Students Required to Live On Campus
Residence Life offers housing to all freshmen and sophomores required to live in campus housing.  In accordance with South Dakota Board of Regents policy, all students who graduated from high school in 2019 or 2020 are required to live on-campus during the 2020-2021 academic year. Please explore this section to learn more about housing options available.

Housing for All Upperclass and Graduate Students
Residence Life offers Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  Please explore this section to learn more about upperclass housing options.

Fall 2020 Closing - All Halls Close From Nov. 25 to Jan. 8

Residence halls close at the end of the Modified Semester. Classes end on November 24, but students are able to stay in their on-campus housing assignment until November 25th at noon.
For information on housing during the extended semester period (Nov. 25 - Dec.9) and the application, please visit our Housing & Dining Rates page.

For information on winter break hall closing, what to do if not returning, and the break housing application, please visit the Winter Break Information page.  

Spring 2021 Residence Hall Move-In Dates

For detailed information regarding our Move-In process, please check out our Move-In page. Information will be updated there soon! You will receive instructions on how to sign up for a check-in window through our booking website.  These morning, afternoon, and evening move-in windows will allow us to distribute the number of residents and their guests present in the halls during the return to campus move-in days.  Students in the same housing assignment as fall do not need to complete a formal check-in when returning. This spring, new resident check-Ins will be located at the Residence Life Office in Upper Surbeck.  If your preferred move-in time is not available, please choose a different one.  Instead, this year we have the following options for you.

New & Transfer Resident Check-In (Residence Life Office)

Friday, Jan. 8 - Beginning at 7:30am

Returning Resident Move-In (directly to your residence hall)

Friday Jan. 8 - Sunday Jan. 10
Morning, afternoon, and evening blocks

Fall 2020 Adjusted Housing Dates and Room/Meal Plan Rates

With the new Fall 2020 Modified Semester schedule, fall housing dates and room/meal plan rates are adjusted to account for the decreased number of days on campus. This will automatically update for each residential student. The Extended Semester Housing and Dining Application is now live for students. See the Housing and Dining Rates page for details. 

Changes to On-Campus Living 

In addition to measures that will be in place through the University, Residence Life continues to develop plans to promote student health in the halls. Some of the adjustments to policy and procedures may include:

  • Increased surface and facility cleaning with EPA-registered disinfectants, equipment, and materials
  • Promotion of physical distancing best practices in all designated areas, including lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens
  • Adaptations to guest policies and procedures
  • Changes to hall occupancy and room-type availability (see below)

Room-Type Availability and Occupancy Changes 

In preparing for the fall semester, multiple changes to room availability were made. We hope our changes and options make you feel more comfortable. Some rooms in various halls have been reserved to accommodate possible quarantine and isolation needs of our residents.

For Students required to live on campus:

We have reduced the occupancy limit for several rooms housing multiple residents to promote the safety in our communities. 
These reductions will be located in Palmerton, Connolly, and Howard Peterson Halls. We have changed a number of some double-occupancy rooms to “Doubles as Singles” - rooms housing only one student. 

As a result:

  • There are a limited number of quads, study/deluxe quads, triples, and doubles.
  • Students will be placed into regular occupancy or reduced occupancy spaces based on availability.  


October 15
Spring 2021 Housing Application live
Extended Sem. Housing (Nov. 25 - Dec. 9.) Application still open
Winter Break Housing (Dec. 9 - Jan. 7) Application live

November 25 (12pm)
Housing Closes for Fall Semester 

January 8 (7:30am)
Housing Opens for Spring Semester

March 6 (12pm)
Residence Halls Close for Spring Break

March 14 (8am)
Residence Halls Open after Spring Break

May 8 (12pm)
Housing Closes for Year