Residence Life: Housing Information for Mines Students

Welcome to Residence Life at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology! Almost 1,100 students call our residence halls home while at SD Mines. We guarantee housing for all students who have graduated from high school in the past two years ( per BOR housing policies) and offer upperclass housing and apartments for all students interested in campus living. 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 is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment that encourages learning and personal growth in an inclusive community that empowers and challenges our residents. 

Housing Selection Information

The housing selection process for current residents has begun! Students required to live in campus housing will receive more information via email about the process, the lottery system, and available spaces.  Students must sign-up for housing between March 13-19.  Complete information is on the Housing Selection website.

Upperclass Housing Available: 2018-2019 Academic Year

Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II apartments will be available for Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The online application for these spaces goes live on March 21.  For complete information, visit our Housing Selection websiteOur campus apartments are your perfect choice -- academic year contracts, billing to your tuition bill, financial aid directly applied to housing, cancel easily for graduation and co-ops, and much more!

New Residents: 2018-2019 Academic Year

The New Student housing application for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently available for new, incoming students.  For complete information, visit our New Student website.

Summer Housing Available

Summer housing is available in Placer Hall for SD Mines students interested in summer classes or living in Rapid City over the summer months.  Learn more by visiting the Summer Housing website.

Upcoming Events @ Mines



Residence Life is now hiring Summer Crew and Surbeck Desk Staff! Learn more and apply online below.

Summer Crew Information


  • Sat. May 5, 12noon
    All residential buildings close


  • Thurs. Aug. 16, 8am-6pm
    New Student Move-In
  • Aug. 17-19, 8am-6pm
    Returning Student Move-In
  • Thurs. Dec. 13, 12noon
    All Housing Closes - Winter Break
  • Sat. Jan. 5, 12noon
    All Housing Opens - Spring Semester
  • Sat. March 2, 12noon
    Residence Halls Close - Spring Break (Rocker I/II remain open)
  • Sun. March 10, 8am
    Residence Halls Re-Open - Spring Break
  • Sat. May 4, 2pm
    All Housing Closes