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Housing and Dining Agreement 2022-2023

This is a housing and dining contract between you and Macalester College. Macalester College agrees to provide housing for the fall and spring semesters of the 2022-2023 academic year.

The student shall pay Macalester College $7518.00 for a residence hall room and $6,482.00 for a dining plan for the fall and spring semesters of the 2022-2023 academic year. Room and board charges are added by semester. The room charge for the Language houses and Eco House is $7748.00. The room charge for the Grand Cambridge Apartments is $8554.00.

A dining plan is not required for residents in the Language Houses, Eco House, Grand Cambridge Apartments, Summit House, Cultural House, Veggie Co-op and Interfaith House. A minimum of a commuter meal plan is recommended for residents of the Summit House and Cultural House due to the smaller kitchen size in these spaces.

Housing and Dining Refunds will be processed in accordance with the College refund policy. In cases involving contract termination or room abandonment, no refund will be given.

This contract constitutes the entire agreement between the student and Macalester College pertaining to all housing and dining assignments for the fall and spring semesters of 2022-2023.

Residence Hall Safety: 

The foundation of the College’s Safety Program in the residential halls is a partnership between the student and the College. The College has responsibility for maintaining a reasonably safe environment which may include such things as: working door locks, fire alarms and extinguishers, and education and awareness programming on issues of safety.

The student has a similar responsibility: to be aware of potentially dangerous interpersonal situations, to lock doors, and to report strangers and unsafe or damaged equipment.

Any student user of Macalester facilities or services is required to comply with the Campus Security Act and Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, including registration with appropriate State Agencies. Failure to comply with the requirement may jeopardize one’s status as a Macalester student.

The Student Shall:

Pay the associated housing and dining fees for fall and spring semesters. Checking into a residence space, accepting a room key and/or completing a room inventory contract, constitutes a contractual agreement subject to the fees and terms of the semester.

Pay for damages to the premises and for damages to or loss of College-provided furniture and fixtures therein, as determined by residence hall staff. In situations which involve excessive damage to public space within a community, the College may elect to common bill all residents.

Refrain from repeated acts or practices which unreasonably disturb the other occupants of the dwelling and/or violate College or Residential Life policy.

Maintain the premises in accordance with the Macalester College Rules and Regulations as set forth in the Macalester College Handbook and Residential Life publications. In living situations which include public or shared space, such as bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, etc. the students assigned to that space shall be both jointly and individually held to maintaining cleanliness standards as determined by the College’s Facilities Management staff. Failure to do so may result in cleaning charges or room reassignment or both.

Understand that Macalester College is not responsible for lost or damaged personal property. Residents are encouraged to insure personal property.

Uphold the Information Technology Responsible Use Policy. Student understands this policy and agrees to abide by it. Student understands that Computing and Information Technology policy statements govern the support he/she can reasonably expect, and agrees to abide by these policies as well.

Macalester College Shall: 

Maintain in good working condition any and all furniture and appliances provided by Macalester College. Install and maintain in good working order locks on all doors leading from living units to the hallways.

Provide screens, storm windows, window shades and/or curtains on all windows in each unit. Paint interiors of all dwellings and exteriors as needed. Maintain the premises in compliance with the applicable municipal codes and state health and safety regulations.

The College accepts responsibility for providing the above-mentioned items except where damage has been caused by the malicious, willful, or irresponsible conduct of the student or a guest of a student.

Macalester College or their agent shall: 

Have the right to enter the dwelling unit of the student under the following stipulations and understandings. The College in turn agrees not to enter or allow anyone under their charge to enter the dwelling in cases other than those mentioned below, or outlined in the Macalester College Handbook:

To make necessary repairs or maintenance at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise arranged by the student at a time convenient to both the College and the student.

In emergency circumstances when imminent danger to life, health, safety, or property is reasonably feared, or where emergency entrance is permitted by law.

In circumstances when it is believed that violation(s) of Residential Life and College Policy are taking place.

Residential Life staff will conduct a general inspection of all student rooms during scheduled break periods.

Consolidation of housing space: 

In an effort to house all registered students requiring on-campus housing, Residential Life retains the right to consolidate housing space through an assignment or reassignment process.

By signing this contract, the student understands that Residential Life has the right to implement any additional housing policies so long as it is deemed proper and for the good of the student body. Nothing contained in this contract shall be construed to waive or limit the protection of the student body under any statute of the State of Minnesota or ordinances of the City of Saint Paul.

For any questions regarding policy or statements made in this contract, contact Residential Life or consult the Macalester College Student Handbook.

Note: Café Mac is closed or may have limited hours during break periods like Spring, Fall, and Thanksgiving break. Please see the embedded meal plan calendar for a detailed breakdown of the dates covered by your meal plan.


Dates: August 28 – August 30

Details regarding the specific move in instructions will be posted and shared with returning residential students during the summer. If you are part of a pre-approved pre-semester group (i.e. fall sports team, selective student leadership groups), please wait for information from your group leaders/coordinators during the summer regarding your move-in details.


Students living on-campus in Spring 2023 may return up to 2 days before the start of the spring semester. Spring semester begins on January 19, so students living on campus can arrive starting on January 17 at 9am.

All Spring meal plans will resume on January 19th.  


All residence halls close on May 9th at noon. Graduating seniors and students involved in commencement operations can stay until May 14 at noon. 

Other closing details will be updated following room draw.