With nearly 95 percent of all St. Olaf students living on campus and most of the rest living in close proximity, students make a deliberate and substantial commitment to creating an active community where students find a range programs and activities that reflect new technologies and emerging interests.
St. Olaf has nine residence halls, each with its own identity. First-year students call Ellingson, Kittelsby, Hoyme, Kildahl, and Mohn halls home. From there students migrate into other dorms, finding singles, doubles, triples, and suites in various configurations.
College-sponsored off-campus housing is focused on student interests and activities. Language and culture houses are available in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Norwegian, and Asian studies. Ten honor houses are available to groups of students who develop collaborative service projects in the Northfield community. Recent honor house projects have focused on art in the local schools, environmental issues, and religious organizations. There is no limit to the imagination that drives student proposals.