Incoming/New Student Housing

*Please review the Gustavus Residential Life Housing Policies here

Welcome to Gustavus!

Congratulations on your admission to Gustavus and welcome to our community. Gustavus is a four-year residential campus, which makes Residential Life a vital part of your college experience!

The new student housing process for 2023-2024 has not yet opened, please check back in April! 

When that process opens, you will visit your housing portal,

  • (Required) Complete the 'New Student Housing Form' under Application/Housing Forms
  • (Optional) Then you can search for a roommate under Room Selection --> Roommate Matching --> Search for Roommates. 

First-Year students are assigned to live in Norelius Hall or Sohre Hall l . As part of the new student housing form open, incoming students will submit their ranked preference from our first-year housing options: Norelius Hall, the We Are community in Norelius Hall, or Sohre Hall. Please visit our Residential Housing and Rates page for more information about campus housing. If you have any questions, please contact us at

What Should I Bring to Gustavus and Room Decoration Guidelines

The only lofts approved for use at Gustavus are available from If you are ordering before your housing assignment is finalized, you can enter your hall as 'Unknown'. BedLoft will be on campus the Friday and Sunday of move-in weekend for rental pickups (trailers located by Norelius and Sohre Halls, staffed 8am-12pm).


Residential Life has partnered with Dormify to provide students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase Twin XL sheets, bedding, storage solutions, and everythingelseyou'll need for your new home away from home. Please visit to start creating your new dream room! 

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New/Incoming Student Housing Process

Housing forms for new/incoming students for 2023-2024 will open in April, and will be due late May/early June. Housing and roommate assignments will be posted to your housing portal in early July.

You will need to have your deposit paid and your Gustavus email account set up in order to be able to access the housing portal. 

To complete your required housing agreement and optional roommate matching:

  • Create your Gustavus Account:
    • You will not be able to access the housing portal until your user account is activated – you will log in to the housing portal with your Gustavus username and password.
  • By June 5, 2023: Visit the online housing portal:
    • Under Applications, submit your New Student Housing Form
      • In this online form, you will rank your building preferences and provide information about your personal preferences and habits to help in roommate matching.
    • Under Personal Information, you have the options to update your personal information (your profile) and check your privacy settings (note that if you set your profile to private, 'Do Not Display', you will not be able to see others’ profiles).
  • By June 23, 2023: If you have a specific person that you want to room with who is also an incoming first-year student who has submitted their housing agreement/application, you must have mutually matched through the online housing portal prior to June 23. Note: we cannot change/re-match roommate pairings after June 23!
    • Under Roommate Matching, select Select Roommates, then Search for Roommate. You can search by name or Gustavus email address for a specific student, or by personal characteristics. We recommend starting with your top priority characteristic to yield the most search results. Only those who have completed the new student housing form and have their profiles set to display will come up in roommate searches.
    • Both parties have to approve a request to be paired as roommates ('mutually matched'). 
    • If you do not have a specific roommate in mind - do not worry! We will use the information you submitted on your housing agreement/application to match and assign a roommate for you.
    • If you need a housing accommodation, information and forms are available here:

Some recommendations for the first-year student housing process:

  • Your housing portal sign-in is the same as your Gustavus email credentials - you should be checking your Gustavus email regularly as that is the primary way that Residential Life communicates with students.
  • YOU should fill out your housing form - as much as your parent/guardian may want to help and complete things for you and get all the incoming student checklist completed - you know yourself better than anyone! 
  • Recognize that life changes when you go to college. You might think you'll go to bed by midnight or that you'll keep your room clean, but all that can change when you move in and are actually in college. So answer the way you think you'll be, but keep in mind that can change - and you'll set ground-rules and healthy boundaries with your roommate right away when you arrive!
  • Keep an open mind. Our first-year residence halls have distinct features that make them nice places to live, but it's the PEOPLE you meet and friends you make in those halls that make the experience what it is. We try our best to give you your top choice... but your second choice will be just as great!

You'll receive notification about your housing assignment and roommate in your housing portal, in July.

We cannot guarantee a particular housing assignment, but we can assure you that living on campus can be a great experience no matter which building you live in! If you have any questions, contact Residential Life at or 507-933-7529.

Again, welcome to Gustavus. The Residential Life office is excited and proud to provide a home away from home for you during your time at Gustavus.

Transfer/Exchange Student Housing

Please follow all steps listed above. If a first-year hall is not the right class year/age range for you, you will be placed in an alternate hall based on class year/provided information. Please email for coordinating placement based on housing available and anticipated grad year.