Returning Student Housing Selection: 2022-2023

Housing prices for 2022-2023 are available online here.

Housing Accommodations:

In limited circumstances, the University approves students for housing accommodations. Students requesting any accessibility housing accommodation should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at amanda.lopez@sdsmt.edu or call 605-394-2533. The deadline for returning South Dakota Mines students to submit a request for accommodation for Spring 2023 housing is November 30, 2022 at 11:59PM.

Spring 2023 Housing Information

Important Dates:

  • November 21: Housing application opens for new and returning students
  • November 30: Housing Exemption Requests and accessibility housing accommodations due at 11:59PM
  • December 01 - January 06: Housing Assignments sent out on a rolling basis as openings become available
  • January 06: New Student Move-In begins at 8:00AM
  • January 07: Halls Open for Returning Student Move-In at 8:00AM

Fall 2023 Housing Information

Important Dates:

  • February 13: Housing application opens for students new to South Dakota Mines
  • February 21: Housing Selection Information Session - 5:00PM in PC Commons
  • February 22: Housing Selection Information Session - 5:00PM location to be determined
  • March 1: Lottery Numbers Emailed to Eligible Students (students required to live on campus)
  • March 20-23: Housing Application / Exemption window for students required to live on campus (via the online Housing Application
  • March 23 (7:00PM): Housing Application open to upper-class students eligible to live in Rocker Square I and II
  • March 26 (11:59PM): Housing Exemptions due
  • June 01: New Student Housing placement begins and continue on a rolling basis 
  • June 10: Assignment emails sent out for students who submitted applications and have paid the application fee prior to June 01; all other assignments will be completed on a rolling basis

Increased Occupancy Spaces: 

Housing in the fall will likely be very full due to the size of the incoming class and limited spaces on campus. This means, if needed, some doubles and quads may transition to 3-person and 5-person rooms temporarily, especially in new student communities, possibly in returning student areas. Our housing usually sees a number of cancellations, exemptions, and move-outs in the weeks before opening and in the first month of the fall semester. As open spaces become available in new student housing, students in increased occupancy spaces would be reassigned to those standard rooms. All student residing in an increased occupancy space would receive a housing credit for the duration of time the space has an additional occupant. 

Information: Housing Fee & Roommate Pairing

  • All applications require a $100 housing application fee that must be paid to be assigned a housing placement and can be paid online with credit/debit card or with cash/check in Student Accounts Office. 
  • The application fee must be submitted for payment by Sunday, March 26 at 11:59PM to guarantee placement with matched roommate(s).
  • If you miss the deadline, your application will remain open but "incomplete" for 30 days, with multiple reminder emails, before being deactivating completely at the 30 day mark. Housing will not be assigned or spaces held without payment or if an application has been deactivated.
  • Any student who does not pay the housing application fee prior to the deadline and still has an "incomplete" application during placements will temporarily forfeit their ability to be placed (and lottery ranking if assigned a number) and will not be placed when completing housing assignments. As soon as the application fee is paid and processed by the Student Accounts Office, the applicant will be eligible for housing placement within the remaining openings in campus housing at that time.

  • Students may request to live together on the housing application (as a group).  Most housing is in groups of  2 to 4 - we recommend creating a group of 4 for your housing application.
  • Students with no matched roommates will be placed into any openings or together. 
  • To be assigned together as a group, all students must be listed on all applications and ALL parties must have paid the fee at the time the group's placement is made.
  • Spaces in roommate groups will not be held for any unpaid applicants as their application is "incomplete" at the time and their lottery number (even if the lowest) will not be used for their group. If a space in a roommate group's assigned location happens to still be available when unpaid applications change to paid, the matched roommate MAY be placed into that opening. 

Students Required To Live On Campus for Fall 2023

Per South Dakota Board of Regents policy, all students who graduated from high school in 2022 or 2023 are required to live on campus during the 2023-2024 academic year (unless a housing exemption has been applied for and approved).  Current residents who graduated from high school in 2022 or 2023 are guaranteed housing per the housing selection process for 2023-2024. Housing Applications for students new to the School of Mines (new students, transfer students, etc.) that are submitted before May 1, 2023 will be in the first round of placements with assignments sent to student email accounts in June 2023.

    Housing Selection Details for Required Students

    • All current students required to live on campus for Fall 2023 must submit a housing application or exemption request between March 20-23. 
    • Lottery numbers are issued to all students required to live on campus for the 2023-2024 academic year.  These lottery numbers are randomly assigned and will be sent to student email accounts on March 1, 2023. 
    • Students may request to live together on the housing application (as a group).  Most housing is in groups of  2 to 4 - we recommend creating a group of 4 for your housing application. 
    • To be assigned as a group, all students must be listed on all applications and ALL parties must have paid the fee. Any members of the group with unpaid fees will not have a space held within their preferred roommate group during placement as their application is "incomplete" at the time.  
    • Housing assignments will be assigned using the random lottery numbers assigned. Assignments are made starting with the lowest lottery numbers (1, 2, 3, ...426).  For a group, assignments will be based on the lowest lottery number within the group. 

    Available Housing for Required Students

    The following spaces may be available as part of the 2023-2024 lottery number housing selection process:

    Housing Exemption Information for Required Students

    Per South Dakota Board of Regents policy, all students who have graduated from high school in the past two years are required to live in campus housing.  Current students who are required to live on campus for the next year may apply for an exemption from this policy by March 26, 2023 at 11:59PM.  Exemption requests after the deadline will be subject to forfeiture of the housing application fee as well as assessed buy-out costs as identified in the housing agreement. In general, housing exemptions are granted only for the following reasons:  living in approved Greek Life housing, living at the primary address of a parents or guardians in the area, living with a spouse, or living with dependent children. More information about the exemption policy can be found online. Questions may be directed to the Residence Life Office.

    Fall 2023 Upper-class Housing: Rocker Square I & Rocker Square II

    Rocker Square Apartments spaces will be extremely limited during the Fall 2023.  Please visit our Off-Campus Housing page for resources available for students looking to move off campus in Fall 2023. 

    Upper-class housing (available to students who graduated from high school before January 2022) is available in Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II apartments for the 2023-2024 academic year, with additional spaces in traditional halls if available Rocker Square Apartments are full and all students graduating High School 2022-2023 have been placed.  The online housing application for these spaces is available and accepting new applications on a rolling basis.  As we are required to accommodate all first and second year students, housing spaces are extraordinarily limited for Fall 2023 and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Any student who applies, but does not receive an assignment will automatically be added to the Upper-class housing waitlist.

    Groups of students should submit applications within 48-hours of each other to ensure they are assigned together.  Learn more about Rocker Square I and  Rocker Square II by visiting these web pages. Housing rates are available online here.  All applications require a $100 housing application fee. The fee must be paid before housing is assigned (online or at the Student Accounts Office). Total spaces in the apartments typically include:

    • 15 Rocker Square II 4-Bedroom Apartments (singles)
    • 1 Rocker Square II 2-Bedroom Apartment (singles)
    • 26 Rocker Square I 4-Bedroom Apartments (singles)
    • 3 Rocker Square I 2-Bedroom Apartments (singles)

    Gender Inclusive Housing: 

    Inclusive housing is available in Rocker Square I, Rocker Square II, Peterson Hall Study Quads, and Placer Hall Suites. All occupants must agree to the Gender Inclusive Statement to have multiple genders in the suite/apartment. For complete information and details, visit the Gender Inclusive Housing Website.




    2022-2023 IMPORTANT DATES

    Thanksgiving Break
    Residence halls do not close

    Winter Break - Halls Close
    December 15 - January 7
    Details available here

    New Student Housing Sign-Up
    Application Opens February 13
    Visit the New Student Sign-Up Page

    Lottery Numbers Emailed
    Sent to emails on March 1
    For returners required to live on campus

    Spring Break - Halls Close
    March 11 - March 19
    Details available here

    Returning Student Housing Sign Up
    March 20 - March 26 varying by group
    Returning Student Housing Selection

    May Closing
    Halls close at noon on May 6
    5pm on May 7th for graduating students