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Residential Life

The Department of Residential Life has great housing options as well as numerous social and learning opportunities for students. Living in the residence halls provides:

  • Opportunities to learn about yourself and others beyond the classroom.
  • Resident Assistants to help you make the most of living on campus.
  • Opportunities to be a leader and make a difference.
  • The safety and convenience to live where you learn.

All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus.


Your Online Housing Access

Your Housing and Dining Self-Service webpage will contain your housing assignments, roommate names (if applicable), and dining plan selections while you are at Macalester. You can access your Housing and Dining Self-Service webpage on 1600 Grand.

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Your Room and Roommate Assignment

When assignments are ready, we’ll remind you to access your Housing and Dining Self-Service webpage to find your room and roommate assignment.

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Setting Up Your Campus Room

Bed – Mattress size is twin extra-long, 36 x 80. Our mattresses are comfortable but may not be as thick as you are accustomed to so in addition to the usual bedding you may want to bring a mattress pad of some sort.

Desk – Each residence hall room has a desk. You may want to add a desk lamp since the only other lighting in the room is the overhead fixture.

Dresser/Closet – You’ll need hangers if you want to hang clothes in the closet and a laundry bag or basket for your dirty clothes and linens.

Showers – Don’t forget towels, shower shoes or flip flops, and something to carry your personal items to and from the bathroom.

Laundry – Each hall has at least one laundry room. Laundry is free for students, you just provide your own high efficiency (HE) laundry detergent which can be purchased at the Highlander, or one of the stores in the area. 

Cleaning Your Personal Room – You may check out a vacuum from the hall office but you’ll have to provide any additional cleaning supplies you may need during the semester. 

Fan – The residence halls are not air conditioned so a small fan is helpful during the first few weeks in September. Air conditioners are not allowed.

Outlets – In case the electrical outlet isn’t near where you want to plug in your electronic devices or small refrigerator bring a surge protector/extension cord that is UL approved.

Kitchen – The residence halls have kitchens with microwaves and ovens. We don’t allow microwaves in student rooms, but small refrigerators less than 3.6 cubic feet are permitted. Small refrigerators use lots of electricity and are not very sustainable.

Room size – Basic room dimensions are listed under Residence Halls on the Residential Life website. In general, rooms are not huge and most current students recommend bringing less so you don’t overcrowd your room.

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Further Information About Living at Mac

The Residential Life website is your source for important information about living on campus throughout the academic year. You will also find a link on our website to the Student Handbook and Official Residence Hall Policies.

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Contact Us

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