Residence Life

Welcome to Residence Life at St. Olaf College. Whether you want information about living on campus, applying for housing, or student leadership opportunities, you will find it here.

St. Olaf’s beautiful residential campus is a center for academic, social, cultural, and recreational activities.  The Office of Residence Life strives to engage, motivate, and challenge students in 11 residence halls and 19 honor houses across campus serving 96% of the student body.  We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable, and student centered living environment that promotes personal and academic success.

Living and interacting with a diverse group of students in an environment created to enhance your academic success is what you should expect while attending St. Olaf College. You will live in a rich and rewarding learning environment as you discover yourself, others, the college, and the world around you.  You can take advantage of opportunities to be active in your community.  Positions as a student staff member, Hall Council member, or working the front desk further your involvement and connectedness in your residence hall.

We hope that you find the information contained on this site helpful and encourage you to contact our staff for assistance to answer any questions you may have regarding residence life at St. Olaf College.


The Office of Residence Life is committed to promoting student learning in a safe and secure living environment.  We encourage and support:  community responsibility; development of leadership skills and social confidence; respect for others; and healthy, balanced lifestyles.  In collaboration with our colleagues across campus, we strive to connect in-class and out-of-class experiences to foster individual growth.

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Residence Hall Opening Dates:

Below are the dates the residence halls open for returning students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) for upcoming years.  It is on these dates that students may move in for the fall.

Current Fall 2014:  Halls open on Monday, September 1st at 9 am.  Pick up your room key at your residence hall front desk (open 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.).   You may check in between September 1-3.  Classes begin September 4, 2014

2015-2016        September 7 – 9, 2015             Classes begin September 10, 2015

Residence Hall Break Housing Closing/Opening Dates for 2014-15:

Residence hall closing and opening information for break times (Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Interim, Spring) may be found here.