FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

To promote student success, Minot State University requires undergraduate students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours and are under 20 years of age prior to the first day of the current semester, to live on campus. Our residence life experience will help students meet other students, connect to the campus, develop as a community member, and have the experience of a lifetime on campus.

If you have any questions about this policy, please call the Residence Life & Housing Office at 858-3363 or (800) 777-0750 ext. 3363. 

Mini fridges can be no larger than 3.2 cubic feet. 

All maintenance requests should be made by emailing your RHD. There should be an email posted at the front desk! Our Maintenance Department is very good about handling most requests within a week. If there is an emergency situation, contact an ON-DUTY RA, or the Residence Life & Housing Office (701)-858-3363.

Our buildings are equipped with electronic access doors that are locked 24-hours a day, cameras and alarms systems to assist in providing a safer environment, and escort, visitation, and other policies to ensure the safety of residents. The Resident Assistant (RA) on-duty makes at least 4 building rounds a night of their building and campus security patrols from 11 pm to 7 am.

Every building has at least one kitchen that students may use. Students kitchens are provided with microwaves & ovens to cook food but you are not permitted to bring one. The use of most cooking appliances within student rooms is prohibited so please be sure to check out approved items.

You may have overnight guests with prior authorization from your roommate(s) and your building's Residence Hall Director (RHD). Guests must be registered with the Residence Hall Director and are allowed to stay up to two nights unless special arrangements are made.

Guests will not be allowed in a room unless all occupants in that room are in agreement. All guests are subject to University regulations and residence hall policies. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guest(s) and guests should be escorted at all times. If a student feels his or her roommate(s) are not abiding by this policy, it is his or her responsibility to notify a Residence Life staff member.

Yes! They're in every Hall, without additional cost (no quarters!).

Soliciting (by persons not affiliated with MSU) is not permitted in the residence halls. Students should ask salespersons to leave the building if they are approached. If they refuse, call the resident assistant, residence hall director or the Residence Life & Housing Office.

Each resident is provided with

  • desk and chair
  • bed and Twin XL mattress
  • closet/wardrobe
  • mirror
  • window blinds
  • telephone service available through a special contract
  • active Ethernet connection and wireless Internet service.

Furniture in most student rooms is moveable. All furniture must remain in the room. 

The following are among the items prohibited:

  • extensions cords.
  • rubber backed carpeting. 
  • weapons, firearms of any kind, and look-alike-weapons
  • halogen lamps, potpourri burners, candle warmers, candles, and incense
  • microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, hot pots, popcorn poppers, George Forman grill, hot plates
  • space heaters, ceiling fans, air conditioners
  • any items or appliances the university deems potentially dangerous.
  • Pets of any kind, other than fish in a 10-gallon tank or smaller.

We suggest that each student bring:

  • Linen (Blanket, Sheets (Twin XL), Pillow, Towels etc.)
  • Laundry Basket
  • Toiletry Caddie (to carry toiletries)
  • Hangers
  • First Aid Kit (although each building has one!)
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Coat, Jacket, and Umbrella
  • Decor (the best part!) Must be hung without damaging surfaces. 
  • Your electronics and chargers (Computers, phones, etc...)

Student staying in the Suites may also want bathroom cleaning supplies, to clean between scheduled weekly cleaning. 

Yes! This is the best part. 

However, residents must not alter or damage the conditions or contents of the room. Tacks, nails, and duct tape should not be used on the doors or walls (blue painters tape may be used). Walls and fixtures within the room should not be painted and plant hangers are not permitted in the ceiling. Posters, pictures, etc. hung on the outside of the door must be in good taste and not offensive to other residents or guest. Lofting beds is not allowed. Waterbeds are not allowed in the residence halls. All carpeting in the room should be jute back and not attached to the floor with tape.

Residence Hall students are required to purchase a university meal plans. Residence halls are not designed for all students to regularly prepare meals. 

Students living in campus apartments (Campus Heights, Pioneer or University Heights) are not required to have a meal plan.

Residents are responsible for maintaining reasonable conditions for study and sleep in our residence halls. A students right to study and sleep supercedes a students rights to entertain. 

A twenty-four-hour quiet period goes into effect prior to and during final exam periods.

Students are expected to confront individuals who infringe upon their right to study or sleep. Resident Assistants are available to help maintain a reasonable level of quiet on the floor; however, they are not expected to be the sole policy enforcers on the floor. If the resident has not made an attempt, the RA is likely to encourage them to discuss the matter with the student in question before seeking intervention.


The best defense is to keep your room doors locked at all times and to take valuables home over break periods.

Minot State is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property from any cause; therefore, we recommend that you check to see if your belongings are covered under your family's homeowner's insurance policy. If this is not the case, you may wish to buy renter's insurance, which is reasonably priced. Regardless of coverage, items such as your TV, cell phone, camera, XBOX, mini fridge, a computer should be engraved for identification purposes.

The relationship between roommates often impacts one’s satisfaction with college life. Components of a positive relationship are the assertive expression of one’s needs, the recognition, and respect for the unique needs and lifestyles of others, and the positive management of conflict. Students are expected to take primary responsibility for ensuring the development and maintenance of a positive roommate relationship.

The residence life staff are available for mediation. It is our desire that students enjoy their living environment and if necessary the residence life staff can explain the room change process.  

Housing may be available during some breaks, however, you should contact the Residence Life & Housing Office in advance of needing a place to stay to find out the availability.

No housing is guaranteed over break periods. On-campus dining is not available over breaks.