Residence Life

YOU make the difference.

Welcome to the Mayville State University residence hall system where YOU make the difference! Each of the three halls that make up on-campus housing possesses an individual personality, just like the students who live there. Each hall not only provides residential housing, but also strives to make a difference in the lives of the students in which it serves. Students have the opportunity to extend their classroom experience by participating in an array of recreational, social and educational activities. Add to the quality of your time at MSU by choosing to live in one of our contemporary living-learning centers.
Two traditional residence halls and our newly renovated apartment and suite complex provide coeducational on-campus housing for two hundred students. All rooms are furnished. Residence halls also have recreational, laundry and kitchen facilities.

It's your home.

Beginning in the Fall Semester 2017, Birkelo is the home of the Birkelo Undergraduate Intentional Leadership Development (BUILD) House. Students choosing to live in Birkelo Hall will create a community of:

  • Members of the top ¼ of Mayville State students, based on ACT and/or H.S. GPA Students will share:
  • a commitment to excellence in the classroom.
  • a commitment to on-campus activities, in the form of attending and planning/working at events.
  • a residential space intended to foster scholarship, active discussion, and friendships.

Students interested in applying can do so through their Housing Portal. Housing applications are accessed through Campus Connection – log into Campus Connection,

  • then select “Self Service,”
  • then “Housing,”
  • which will bring you into the MyHousing Portal.
  • Select “Applications” in the top bar, and finally
  • select, complete, and submit the Exemption to the On-Campus Requirement application.

Follow this video for help

Students who live in a residence hall are required to take part in an approved board plan. Freshmen must choose between 10- or 14-meal plans, while sophomores, juniors, and seniors may select from 5-meal, 10-meal, or 14-meal plans.

New and returning students requesting a housing assignment will be required to pay a $25 application fee. None of this application fee will be applied to student's housing charges and will not be refundable.

Moving In

Are you move-in ready? We are.

The residence halls open for fall semester at 12 p.m. the Saturday before classes begin. You're welcome to move in then, or anytime later in the weekend. Classes begin 4:00 pm Monday for those students with a Monday night class; classes start at 8:00 am Tuesday for most new students. 

You will find your MSU residence hall room furnished with the following when you arrive:

Traditional Residence Hall Room for each room resident:

  • twin bed (regular)
  • desk
  • desk chair
  • closet space
  • dresser unit

Plan to participate in the various get-to-know-you activities and events throughout Welcome Weekend. New students will not only have the chance to meet new friends, but also to learn more about Mayville State. During the fall semester, parents and families are invited to attend a welcome dinner at the cafeteria that is held the Saturday evening before classes begin. 

Things to Bring:
The following list suggests items you may want to bring with you that you will find useful and will help you make your room feel more like home. 

Desk Items:

  • pens/pencils
  • dictionary/thesaurus
  • stamps
  • stationery
  • envelopes
  • tape
  • paperclips
  • stapler
  • hole punch
  • poster putty
  • scissors
  • rubber bands
  • calendar
  • desk lamp

 Shower Items:

  • shower basket
  • soap
  • bar soap container
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • shaving kit
  • shower shoes

 Laundry Items:

  • hangers
  • laundry bag


  • a lockable "foot locker" or some sort of lock-box for your valuables (you are sharing a room with as many as three people you might not know very well)


  • alarm clock
  • hair dryer
  • printer - optional, each residence hall has a network printer
  • television (1)
  • cell phone and charger
  • a doc, speakers, or mp3 (cd/radio) player
  • cooking equipment (kitchenette down the hall for most students)

Note: Verizon/Tracfone/StraightTalk have the strongest service for students on campus; AT&T also has service that is usuable in the local area. Students sometimes struggle with phone service from T-Mobile or Sprint or those companies that use their mainframe, although the wifi components of your phone will work on the campus wifi. 

Note: Linen service and linens are not provided by the University.

  • towels
  • washcloths
  • sheets (twin regular)
  • pillow cases
  • pillow(s)
  • bedspread
  • blankets


  • water bottle
  • pictures of home
  • posters
  • fused surge protector
  • basic tool kit
  • basic first aid kit
  • carpet or rug (rubber/foam backed carpet is not allowed)
  • cards/board games
  • mugs/bowls/plates/silverware
  • fan
  • surge protector (1 power strip)

 Things Not to Bring:

  • amplified musical instruments
  • extension cords
  • pets and animals
  • illicit drugs
  • alcohol or alcohol paraphernalia (including shot glasses and empty alcoholic beverage containers)
  • candles, incense and other flammables
  • appliances with open heating elements (including charcoal grills, hot plates, toaster ovens, and toasters)
  • weapons (including knives, guns, clubs, brass knuckles)
  • explosives

When the Halls Close

The residence halls close for Winter Break and Spring Break.

What you need to do to leave before you we close the halls: Sign up with your RA to check out, unplug all non-university electronics, leave your blinds half way down, windows must be closed and locked, Vehicles left over break must be facing the grass in the main Agassiz parking lot; If you are not planning on returning or unsure if you are coming back please:  pack up all of your belongings, clean your room, and give your room keys to your RA.