Housing and Dining

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Get the full college experience by living on campus! Check out all your housing options and the many benefits you can expect from living in one of residence halls.

Living on campus means you’re already home.

When you walk into any of our campus residences, you usually find Blue Hawks studying, playing games, or hanging out. There are a lot of advantages to living on campus, and it gives you more opportunities to make friends, create memories, and learn lifelong skills outside of the classroom.

Throughout the semester, we plan several activities on campus including athletic events, workshops, comedians, theatre and musical performances, and celebrations, and participation in these programs helps build community, spirit, and unity. By living on campus, you have the best access to all these programs, for free, allowing you to become a more active part of your Blue Hawk family.

Student Success

Living on campus give new students a better chance to achieve academic and personal success. Several studies about living on campus have been conducted throughout the United States that show the importance of living on-campus. A summary of such research (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005; Walsh & Kurpius, 2015) highlights the following benefits of living in on-campus housing during your college career:

  • Enhanced effort and participation in academic, social, and extracurricular activities
  • Greater personal growth and development
  • Increased openness to diversity
  • More involvement with other students, faculty, and the institution as a whole
  • Improved GPA
  • Increased satisfaction with the college experience
  • Increased likelihood to stay in college and graduate
  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Free high-speed internet
  • 24/7 access to computer labs and printing
  • Walkable access to DSU Student Health Services
  • Kitchen access in each residence hall
  • Free on-site laundry facilities
  • Free basic utilities
  • Close to downtown businesses
  • Membership to the West River Community Center

While students off-campus are preparing for their commute, you'll be sleeping a bit longer because classes are just a few steps away!

Housing applications open March 1 with housing assignments coming out June 15th.

Explore residence halls on our virtual tour or schedule a tour with one of our admissions counselors. Contact Admissions by email at dsu.hawk@dickinsonstate.edu or by phone at 701-502-4390.

Documents and Forms

Guide to Residence Life

Hall Contract

Overnight Guest Form

Housing Appeal Request Form

Applying and Room Assignment

Once you’ve been accepted to DSU, please follow the steps below to complete the Housing Application.

Please be aware that the housing pre-payment for new students is $200.

Pre-payment is the last step in the housing application process.

If you don’t pay the pre-payment, your housing application will be incomplete. Having an incomplete application could cause you to lose your housing choice.

Steps for completing the online Housing Application:

  1. Claim your system-wide (NDUS) ID.
  2. After claiming/verifying your NDUS user ID, log in to Campus Connection from the DSU Homepage.
  3. Click Self Service, then click On-Campus Housing.
  4. Choose Dickinson State University.
  5. Click the Application tab.
  6. Choose the correct New Student Application (the semester you’re applying for is in parenthesis).
  7. Follow the prompts to complete your application.
  8. The $200 pre-payment is the last step you MUST complete before submitting the application. 

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Still having problems? Please feel free to contact us at 701-502-4357 or dsu.housinganddining@dickinsonstate.edu.

Fall housing assignments go out monthly, starting in March (March–August).

Living on Campus

All students with 59 credits or less must live in DSU-provided housing and buy the board plan.

Exemption Policy and Process

If you have 59 earned credits or less and meet at least one of the following criteria, you may seek an exemption from the housing policy. To seek an exemption, you must submit a completed Exemption Housing Appeal Request form by the deadlines listed below. We won’t consider any submissions we receive after the related deadline.

Note: Because dual credit and advanced placement credits are completed while in high school, Campus Life does not include them when counting earned credits. 

We may consider exemptions to the live-on requirement for the following reasons:

  • Students under the age of 21, living with parent(s) and/or legal guardian in their primary residence and within 25 miles of the DSU-Dickinson campus
    • Address of the parent(s) and/or legal guardian at the time of application will be considered the parents’/guardian's primary residence.
    • Proof of residency will be required.
    • Exemptions will not be granted for students living with siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. unless they have legal guardianship that was established some years prior to application at DSU.
    • Providing false information to DSU is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will subject the student to disciplinary action. Students who indicate they are living with their parent(s) and/or legal guardian but are found to be doing otherwise will be assigned to on-campus housing.
    • Note: Having already signed a lease with an off-campus landlord or buying a home will not be considered as a reason for this exemption.
  • Student is 21 or older BEFORE the start of classes for the year in which they are enrolling
    • Students who turn 21 in the fall semester may appeal to live off campus for the spring semester.
  • Students with primary custody of a minor child
    • Proof of established custody will be required.
  • Students who are married
    • A copy of the marriage certificate will be required. 
  • Students enrolled in 11 or fewer credit hours
    • Should a student begin the semester with 11 or fewer credit hours and then add a class (making him/her/them a full-time student), the student will be expected to move into on-campus housing. 

You must submit your exemption request electronically through the Housing Appeal Request form. It must be submitted and received no later than:

  • May 1 for returning fall students
  • August 1 for incoming fall students
  • December 1 for returning spring students
  • January 1 for incoming spring students

You must include all supporting documents with the appeal. The Housing Appeal Committee will review officially received requests for exemptions on a weekly basis and will provide a written response to each request.

In most cases, exceptions to this policy will not be made. Students who meet the housing requirement who don’t follow this policy will be charged fees associated with room and board. Exceptions will not be made based on financial need. Students should consider all aspects of financial responsibility when finalizing their decision to attend Dickinson State University, this includes those issues related to room and board.

We encourage students not to make any other commitments for housing until they receive a written response to their requests for exemption. 

March 7-11* | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Student Center, room 113

  • March 7 – Current Seniors
  • March 8 – Current Juniors
  • March 9 – Current Sophomores
  • March 10 – Current Freshmen
  • March 10, 11 – Anyone who missed their designated date
  • After March 11 – Contact Campus Life

*For the fall 2022 semester

Students with 59 credits or less must live in one of our residence halls and buy a dining plan. For full details, including exceptions, see the DSU Policy 516.001 Housing and Dining Live-On Requirements.

For new students who begin in the fall semester, room and dining agreements are for the academic year (August-May).

For new and transfer students who begin in the spring semester, single semester plans are available.

Charges are billed to student accounts per semester.

DSU residency requirements apply.

Residence Halls and Rates

These rates are for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Recently renovated, Woods Hall can house up to 64 students. The hall is more traditional in setting with double-occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms on each floor. In addition, the main level includes a kitchen and a large gathering area. Woods Hall is near Murphy Hall, King Pavilion, and the Student Center where you’ll find The Perch Dining Hall, the University Store, the Blue Hawk Hub, and the Sanford Health Training Facility.


Base Rate Per Semester

Single Room


Double Room



View our Woods Hall rooms

Standing six stories tall, DeLong Hall can house up to 188 residents. The hall has double-occupancy rooms in a suite-style configuration with four rooms sharing a private bath. Four suites surround a lounge on each floor. In addition, the basement level includes a kitchen and a large gathering area. DeLong Hall is conveniently located near May, Stickney, Klinefelter, Lowman Walton, and Wienbergen Halls and Scott Gymnasium.


Base Rate Per Semester

Single Room


Double Room



View our DeLong Hall rooms

Selke Hall is a traditional favorite. This three-story hall can house up to 136 students based on double-occupancy with shared bathrooms on each floor. The main level has a community lounge and a kitchen. Selke Hall is near the Student Center where you’ll find The Perch Dining Hall, the University Store, the Blue Hawk Hub, and the Sanford Health Training Facility.


Base Rate Per Semester

Single Room


Double Room



View our Selke Hall rooms

Main Campus Apartments are some of our most popular housing options. These traditional apartment-style residences feature one-bedroom units, a private bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Convenient tenant parking is by the entrances of each building. Main Campus Apartments are close to Murphy Hall and within a short walking distance of all DSU lecture halls. Students living in this residence have the option of purchasing a meal plan.


Base Rate Per Semester

Base Rate


*Based on double occupancy.
**Rental agreement needed.

View our Main Campus Apartments

Lowman Walton Hall can house up to 20 residents. The hall features single-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms in a suite style configuration. Each suite shares a private bath and furnished common area. In addition, each level includes a kitchenette and a large gathering area. Lowman Walton Hall is near Scott Gymnasium and DeLong and May Halls.


Base Rate Per Semester

Single Room



TRHLP priority deadline July 1, 2023. Email dsu.housing@dickinsonstate.edu to be placed on the waitlist or for other inquiries.

View our Lowman Walton Hall rooms

Summer Housing Rates

Are you staying in Dickinson this summer to work or for summer classes? Why not stay on campus?


Per semester

12 weeks (May 16-Aug 7)


Weekly Rate


Day Rate


Main Campus Apartments may be available at a rate of $300/month per person, based on availability. We will calculate summer charges based on your housing agreement, regardless of how long you’ll be staying.

Please note the Sodexo dining hall is not open during the summer. 

Dining Plans

There are three levels of meal plans for you to choose from. The Perch campus restaurant is open 15 hours a day, seven days a week. Eat any time The Perch is open, as often as you want. There’s no limit to the number of card swipes per day or week.

  • Enjoy unlimited brewed coffee and soft drinks
  • Theme meals are prepared weekly
  • Nine grill stations
  • Allergy friendly options available.

Semester rates for 2024 – 2025


Per semester

Basic Block 190 w/ $200 flex dollars per semester


Silver Block 160 w/$350 flex dollars per semester 


Gold Plan - All Day Access w/ $100 flex dollars per semester