Residence Life

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 percent 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. 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.


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.

Opening September 2019

First Years – check in begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 31st.

Residence Halls open for students of classes 2020, 2021, and 2022 on Monday, September 2, 2019 (Labor Day) at 9 a.m.  The first day of class is Thursday,  September 5th.  You may arrive to the residence halls between September 2nd – 5th.  Check in times are:

Monday, September 2:  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3:  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday, September 4: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Honor Houses open on Thursday, August 29 at 9 a.m.  The honor house president (or designee) should pick up house keys in the Residence Life Office on August 29.

Meal plans begin on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Residence Hall Storage Schedule:
Students will be able to retrieve items from the storage room at the following times:

Saturday, August 31st:   9:00 a.m. – Noon

Sunday, September 1st:   2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, September 2nd:  9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  and  8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3rd:  3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 4th:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

During the school year storage rooms are open on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-7:30 p.m.
school year.

Carpet and Furniture Storage (in Ytterboe Hall)
Monday, September 2nd:  10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3rd:  10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 4th:  10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 8th:  4:00-5:00 p.m.

All items should be claimed by September 8, 2019.