Welcome to Life on Campus at the School of Mines!

Residence Life at the School of Mines provides on-campus housing for almost 1,100 students. Living on-campus can be one of the best experiences of your college years - getting to know your neighbors and yourself is fun, exciting and sometimes challenging. The School of Mines is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR). The BOR Housing Policy requires all students who have graduated from high school in the past two years to live on-campus, see the complete policy to know if you are required to live on-campus or not.

More than 45 students are employed each year by Residence Life to provide in-hall support services to the residents of all of our residence halls.  These Resident Advisors, Residential Peer Mentors, and Assistant Area Coordinators are paraprofessionals who have had extensive training so that they are able to create and help build (along with residents) an inclusive, safe environment that encourages learning and personal growth.  In addition to these student employees, Residence Life has full-time staff of Assistant Directors dedicated to the well-being of our students and our residential communities. 

Housing Application Information: 2020-2021 

The housing application for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available from your Interactive Checklist or from the Residence Life menu, under "Housing Information" starting Feb. 14, 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a preferred deadline of June 10, 2020. Housing assignments will be emailed in mid-June to your Mines email address.  Please be aware that completion of this application legally binds you to the Residence Hall Agreement for the entire spring semester. Read the terms and conditions of the application and contract carefully before submission.

New Student Move-In Date

New student move-in is Thursday, Aug. 20 (8am - 6pm).  All new residents assigned to Palmerton, Connolly, and Peterson will check-in at their assigned residence hall. All others should check-in at the Residence Life Office - Surbeck Center.

Housing Options

New freshmen and transfer residents have two types of housing during their first year on campus -- Community Living or Peterson Interest Communities.  See below for more information. Upperclass student housing is available in Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II apartments for those who have graduated from high school prior to Jan. 2019.  Please make sure you learn more about our residence halls/apartments and their amenities by visiting their web pages under "Housing Information."

Community Living

Located in doubles in Connolly and Palmerton Halls, Community Living provides strong community development through a variety of programs, events, and meetings with the Resident Advisor. Community Living in Connolly and Palmerton provides a wide range of activities and learning opportunities for all students to enjoy. 

Peterson Interest Communities (PIC)

SD Mines offers 3 PICs: Outdoor Pursuits, Service First, & Exploring Rapid City (and beyond). These three communities are housed in Peterson doubles, triples, quads, and study quads. Doubles/Triples are available only to male students because of the community restrooms; quads and study quads are primarily assigned to female residents. PICs provide programs, events, and activities around their specific theme, allowing students with a common interest to explore together. Interested students must complete an essay on the housing application and space in the program is limited. More information about specific communities is below.

— Service First Community 
The Service First Community will focus on community service activities available to students on both the School of Mines campus and the Rapid City area. Students living in this community are expected to have an interest in the local and global needs of others, and ready to participate in service events. Possible events/activities include:

  • Participating in service activities on campus
  • Partnering and working with on-campus and local community service organizations
  • Participating in community events and fundraisers
  • Organizing service events as a floor based on the interests of the students
  • Social activities to meet others on the floor and in the community

— Outdoor Pursuits Community 
The Outdoor Pursuits community will focus on the many outdoor activities that are available in the Black Hills area. Students who enjoy the outdoors are encouraged to apply for this community. Possible events/activities include:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Rock climbing
  • Snow-shoeing
  • Social activities to meet others on the floor and in the community

— Exploring Rapid City (and Beyond!) Community 
Exploring Rapid City (and beyond) will focus on the many events and activities that take place in the Rapid City area. Students who are interested in exploring what Rapid City has to offer them are encouraged to apply for this community. Possible events/activities include:

  • Exploring Rapid City’s local restaurants, museums, and performance venues
  • Touring popular locations such as the Crazyhorse Monument, Mt. Rushmore, Bear Country, and local caves
  • Performing Arts activities & events (theatre, music, art openings)
  • Hockey games and other sporting events
  • Social activities to meet others on the floor and in the community

What To Bring - What Not To Bring - What Is Provided

A list of items provided, items you should consider bringing, and a list of items to leave at home is online here.  

Mail and Mail Room Information

Each residential student is assigned a mailbox by Residence Life. A mailbox assignment email is sent to new students before move-in. The mailroom is located in Surbeck Center; it is accessible 24-hours a day and is staffed for package pick-up by the Surbeck Center Front Desk (M-F: 7:30am-10pm. S-S: 10am-10pm). Students will receive their mailbox combination during check-in. 

Bed Linens and Room Supplies

Residence Life partners with OCM to provide students (and parents) with an easy way to get essentials for your dorm room. Learn more about OCM and our linen program online here.

Your Grubby Card & Laundry Information

All Mines students receive Your Grubby Card to use across campus to open doors, check-out books, eat, and much more.  Important to residents, Your Grubby Card has a built-in debit card system -- Grubby Gold.  Grubby Gold is the only way to do laundry on campus, plus it is accepted around campus (bookstore, vending machines, mailroom). Learn more about Your Grubby Card before your arrival on the Grubby Card website.  

Bikes on Campus

If you are thinking of bringing your bike to campus, we encourage you to register it and lock it with a U-lock -- other locks can be easily broken. 

Banks and Other Local Services

Great Western Bank and Wells Fargo are nearby banks, the Masala Mart is down the street from campus, and Boyd's Drug Mart is the closest pharmacy to campus. Downtown Rapid City is located about one mile from campus and offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and services.

Online Forms and Online Communication

Residence Life uses electronic communication for most of our business. Look for emails from Residence Life about housing assignments, Room Condition Reports, and much more! In addition, we utilize online forms for everything from facilities work orders to housing applications. Make sure you bookmark our website--you will need to visit often. As a new, incoming student you will find the below links helpful:

Title IX/Sexual Assault Training Requirement

Because we are committed to the safety of our students, all students are required to participate in an online Title IX safety program. More information will be emailed to students about this program.

Online Fire Safety & Emergency Education Requirement

All new residential students are required to participate in an online fire and emergency education program. This program must be completed before you arrive to campus. More information and the online link will be available through your Interactive Checklist once your housing assignment has been emailed.

Special Accommodations

In limited circumstances, the University approves students for special housing accommodations based on medical need and/or disability status. If you have special needs that make it necessary to have a specific type of housing, please download the Special Housing Accommodations document found on the Disability Services website. The deadline to submit a special accommodation is June 10, 2020.


    Summer Crew Selection is Here!
    Learn more and apply online:

    Summer Crew Selection Information

    2019-2020 IMPORTANT DATES
    • Sat. May 9, 12noon
      All Housing Closes - Approved Students Only