Living on Campus

New first-year students move in and Orientation Information

All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus. The residential life program has great housing options as well as numerous social and learning opportunities for students based on their class year.  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.

Room  and Board Costs for the 2021-2022 academic year:

Residence Hall Room – $7272.00 yr; $3636.00 per semester.

Required Board Plan: $6270.00 yr; $3135.00 per semester.

Your Room and Roommate Assignment

We’ll do our best to assign you a room and roommate or possibly roommates (we have some triple and quad rooms) based on your preferences. If you are assigned to a residential first-year course, the course location takes priority over your hall or room-type preference. We don’t encourage roommate requests, and of the mutual requests we receive, we can accommodate very few.

All Gender Options

Located in Doty Hall first floor.  This community has an all-gender bathroom and is similar to the All Gender Community in Kirk, except that there are no programming requirements for the first-year students in this community.

Your Online Housing Page

Your personal Housing and Dining Self Service webpage contain your housing and roommate assignments and dining plan selections while you are at Macalester.

How to access Housing and Dining Self-Service portal:

  1. Log into 1600grand using your Macalester username and password.
  2. At the 1600grand page under the Student Life tab, click Housing and Dining Self-Service.
  3. At the top of the page and to the right of the Macalester name and logo, you will notice three lines. Click on those lines and a menu bar will appear on the left side of your screen.
  4. Click the Applications button on the left menu bar.
  5. Select the New Students Housing Form 2021-2022.
  6. Read and sign the New Students Housing and Dining Agreement 2021-2022 then click continue.
  7. Answer the housing questions then click continue.
  8. Read the final message and click home to complete your New Student Housing Form 2021-2022.

You can revisit your New Student Housing Form in your 1600grand Housing and Dining Self-Service portal to make edits until July 15th.

If you receive an error message at Housing and Dining Self-Service, please email the Macalester ITS Help Desk at for help with privacy settings.

As a reminder, the New Student Housing Form 2021-2022 is due July 15th. We will communicate with you via email by August 6th regarding your housing assignment.

If you have any questions about completing the form, please email us at Welcome to Macalester!

About Your Room

All campus-provided items must remain in the room throughout the year.

Size – Basic room dimensions are listed under Residence Halls. In general, rooms are standard dorm room size. We recommend bringing less so you don’t overcrowd your 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.

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 electric devices bring a surge protector/extension cord that is UL approved.

The below items are not allowed in Residence Hall Rooms:

  • Microwave
  • Air conditioner
  • Nails or tape that damages walls or paint
  • Halogen lamps
  • small appliances with an open coil heater such as a hot plate or toaster oven
  • Candles or incense

About Your Residence Hall

Laundry – Each hall has at least one laundry room. Students can use the laundry for free.  Laundry detergent can be purchased at the Highlander campus store on Snelling, or one of the stores within walking distance from campus.  Our hall offices have an iron and ironing board for check-out if your clothes need pressing.

Cleaning – 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.

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

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.