Residence Life

Retrieving items from your room

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz extended the stay at home order until Monday, May 4th in combat the Covid-19 virus.   Students will not be able to return to campus until after May 4th to get their items. Specific details will be sent soon outlining how to sign up for a date and time to retrieve your items.   If you prefer to have your items packed by students and stored please fill out this form.

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 2020

First Years – check in begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 5.

Residence Halls open for students of classes 2021, 2022, and 2023 on Monday, September 7, 2020 (Labor Day) at 9 a.m.  The first day of class is Thursday,  September 10th.  You may arrive to the residence halls between September 2nd – 5th.  Check in times are:

Monday, September 7th:  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8th:  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday, September 9th: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Honor Houses open on Thursday, September 3 at 9 a.m.  The honor house president (or designee) should pick up house keys in the Residence Life Office on September 3.

Meal plans begin on Saturday, September 5, 2020.

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

Saturday, September 5th:   9:00 a.m. – Noon

Sunday, September 6th:   2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, September 7th:  9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  and  8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, September 9th:  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 7th:  10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8th:  10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 9th:  10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 13th:  4:00-5:00 p.m.

All items should be claimed by September 13, 2020.