Summer Housing

On Campus Summer Housing

We will begin accepting Summer Housing Requests on March 4, 2016. 

If you have questions about the Summer Residence Hall, please contact the Residence Life Office in Tomson Hall room 148, or 507-786-3011.

  • The Summer Housing Request deadline is Monday,May 9th, 2016. (email to request an application via email after May 9th)
  • Summer Resident Assistant and Summer Hall Receptionist Applications are available online beginning after spring break  further down this page. Applications are due by April 8, 2016.
  • Double room rate is $9.75 per night.
  • There are a few single rooms available. Singles are billed out at the higher rate of $13 per night.
  • There will be some summer storage space for students moving into Thorson. Summer storage hours will be posted closer to finals.
  • Check-in Times

    Thursday, May 26th: 5 p.m. -10 p.m.
    Friday, May 27th: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Saturday, May 28th: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Sunday, May 29th: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Monday, May 30th:  11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Check-in Procedures for after May 30th

Check-in at Thorson Hall on:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and   5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Summer Students Check-in at Thorson Hall on:

  • Sunday, June 5th between 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (for Term I)
    (Check-out is on Friday, July 15th)
  • Sunday, July 17th between 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (for Term II)
    (Check-out before 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 25th.)

Eligibility for campus housing

Students wishing to reside in St. Olaf housing over the summer should be working for the college, enrolled in summer classes or receiving academic credit at an internship. We are not able to guarantee housing to students not meeting one of the previous criteria.

Facilities are non air-conditioned

Summer housing facilities for St. Olaf students will be in Thorson Hall for Summer 2016. This is a non air-conditioned facility. A non air-conditioned facility is offered because the housing cost to the student is much lower for non air-conditioned housing on campus. Students wanting air-conditioned housing will need to obtain housing off campus. A book of off campus housing options is located at the Residence Life Office (Tomson Hall 148).  If we run out of housing in Thorson we will overflow into Rand Hall.

Medical requests for air conditioning will be evaluated on an individual basis. In order to submit a medical request you will need to provide updated written documentation in the form of a letter from your doctor detailing your symptoms and ailments regarding your medical situation. The recommendation must be more than a prescription recommending air conditioning. All requests and paperwork must be turned in to the Residence Life Office prior to May 9th. Medical requests made after May 9th will not be considered. Students that are granted medical requests involving air conditioners will be housed together.

Dates of Occupancy

Students wishing to reside in St. Olaf housing between May 26 and August 25, 2016 must submit a Summer Housing Request to the Residence Life Office by May 9, 2016. Space is limited. You may be turned down for housing if you apply after May 9, 2016.  After May 9th to apply for summer housing please email

Late summer housing
Students wanting to remain on campus between August 25th – September 5th will move to early arrival housing in Ytterboe Hall on Friday, August 19th between 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All arrangements must be made with the Director of Residence Life by August 5, 2016. There is an additional charge of $9.75 per night ($13 if in a single room). This cost is not covered under the comprehensive summer school fee.

Room and Board

Summer School Students

The cost of a double occupancy room is $409.50 per term a single room is $546. The cost will include a check-in date of Sunday, June 5 and a check-out date of Friday, July 15th for Term I and a check-in date of Sunday, July 17th and a check-out date of Thursday, August 25th for Term II.
Any summer school students needing housing between May 26th – June 5th will be charged on a per night charge of $9.75 (double room) or $13 (single room). Students planning to check-in before June 5th should follow the check-in schedule for the summer employees.

Board prices below are per term for three meals per day for each instructional day of the term. The cost does not include weekend meals. Weekend meals are available on a cash basis in the Cage weekends when it is open. A bill for the six-week board plan will be issued at registration or in the business office to each student participating in the summer board plan.
Plan 1 (M-F  3 meals/day) $535
Plan 2 (M-F  2 meals/day) $420
Plan 3 (M-Th  3 meals/day) $440
Plan 4 (M-Th  2 meals/day) $350

Summer Employees

Students working at St. Olaf pay a per night charge of $9.75 for double occupancy rooms and $13.00 per night for single occupancy rooms. A bill will be issued by the Residence Life Office at the end of the month to students living in Thorson. Summer employees approved to stay on campus by the Director of Residence Life after August 25th will move to Ytterboe Hall for the remainder of the summer.

If a student summer employee will be here during either one or both school terms the same board plan that is offered summer school students will be available. All bills due are payable within five days of receipt by student.
Plan 1 (M-F  3 meals/day) $535
Plan 2 (M-F  2 meals/day) $420
Plan 3 (M-Th  3 meals/day) $440
Plan 4 (M-Th  2 meals/day) $350

Summer school students and student employees frequently choose to buy their meals on a cash basis. On weekdays, meals may be purchased either in the cafeteria or in the Cage. On most weekends, meals may be purchased in the Cage.

Housing Procedures and Policies

Room Assignment
Each student will receive an assignment upon check-in. Some single rooms are available at a cost of $13 per night, no one will be guaranteed a single room. Priority of single requests will be to students enrolled in summer school.

Room requests will be based on the following:
1. Lives in Thorson currently during 15-16 academic year
2. Will live in Thorson during the fall of the 16-17 academic year
3. Mutual requests of roommate(s)

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and mature manner. It is expected that all students at St. Olaf College will comply with regulations as defined in the code of conduct while they are students, employees, or residents at St. Olaf. One of the concerns in the summer is the high usage of electricity in the building due to the heat – anyone found with an air conditioner in their room will be asked to leave summer housing.

Students living in summer housing may retain an automobile on campus, but must obtain a parking permit through the Parking Office. Permits are also required for motorcycles and mopeds. Parking during summer school is in the designated student parking areas and all vehicles must be registered.

Thorson Hall does provide limited kitchen facilities that allow students to cook their own meals. Cooking appliances are prohibited in residence hall rooms.

Students may store their belongings in the Thorson Hall Storage Room as space permits on a first-come, first-serve basis before the end of the spring semester. Storage will be open May 18-24 from 8-10 p.m. When you arrive at Thorson Hall during the posted hours, inform the hall staff person working that you will be a summer resident.

At the end of each summer term, arrangements can be made through the Residence Life Office deposit belongings in the storage room (if space is available) of the residence hall in which you will reside during the 2016-17 school year. Honor house residents may store belongings in Honor House Storage located in Mellby hall.

Summer Employment Opportunities – Applications available March 15 – See below!
Students interested in procuring part-time work on campus during the summer should contact the Office of Human Resources or visit the Student Employment Job Posting site or visit the Financial Aid Student Work page.  The on-campus options are limited. There will be a few work-study positions for hall receptionists available for Thorson Hall summer residents.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 8th at Noon. Students may not work over 40 hours per week on campus. Due to the large number of applications that may be received, not everyone is guaranteed an interview.

Summer Hall Receptionist Application – due April 8th

Summer Resident Assistants
There is also the opportunity to be a Summer Resident Assistant. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 8th at Noon. Compensation is summer room. Due to the large number of applications that may be received, not everyone is guaranteed an interview. Summer Resident Assistants are not guaranteed singles and may have roommates, please include any roommate requests you have on your summer housing form. First consideration will be give to RA candidates that are here the entire summer and available to work from May 25th through August 25th.

Summer Community Resources

Library Hours:
Rolvaag Memorial Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Music Library
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-Noon. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Science Library
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Buntrock Commons Services
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-Noon

Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday-7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday-varies depending on conference needs.

Stav Dining Hall
Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Monday-Friday 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday-varies depending on conference needs.

Health Services
The Student Health Center is not open during the summer months. Medical services are available from local Northfield physicians in their offices at your personal expense during the summer. Please contact the RA on duty, Public Safety 507-786-3666 and/or the Residence Life Office 507-786-3011 in case of emergency.

Counseling Service
The St. Olaf Counseling Center is open to summer school students during the summer months. Office hours will vary depending on staff availability. Please call 507-786-3062 for Counseling Center hours and/or to arrange an appointment. Students with special concerns may contact the Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office or the Residence Life Office.

Skoglund Athletic Center
The facilities in the Skoglund Athletic Center include racquetball and tennis courts, weight room, swimming pool, gymnasium, and the field house. These facilities will be available to summer students at varying hours. Weekly schedules will be posted or students may call x3499 for summer hours.