The Residence Life Program at St. Olaf fosters the development of community within the residence halls, honor houses and across campus. As a residential college, we require that all full-time students reside in college-owned housing as far as accommodations permit. Our co-ed halls house men and women on separate floors or corridors. First-year students will be assigned housing in one of the three first-year-only halls or in Hill/Kitt or Mohn Halls, where upper-class and first-year students reside on separate floors.
Our student rooms are equipped with extra long twin beds. The beds have frames that raise the mattress creating a loft or bunked bed if desired. Rooms have a closet, dresser, desk, and chair for each student in the room. All student rooms have computer network hookups that offer access to the Internet and e-mail. Each residence hall has a formal lounge, piano, recreation room, computer room, laundry facilities, kitchen and vending machines.
In addition to traditional residence halls, upper-class students have the option of residing in one of our 19 honor houses located on the periphery of the campus. Ten houses participate in service projects associated with volunteer organizations in the Northfield and St. Olaf Communities. Nine houses provide a unique environment for diversity awareness or immersion in a foreign language. Residents in the language houses speak the language their house represents; French, German, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and more.