Incoming/New Student Housing

*Find the Gustavus Residential Life Housing Policies here

First-Year Housing

Welcome to Gustavus!

Congratulations on your admission to Gustavus and welcome to our community. Gustavus is a four-year residential campus, which means a vast majority of students live on campus and experience life in a residence hall. The housing process will open for incoming first-year students online April 29, 2019 through the housing portal: housing.gac.edu [if you try to access the housing portal prior to the application opening date, you will not see the correct applications.] Note that we use deposit date as a starting point for priority, not when you submit your housing agreement/application, so it's important to have your deposit paid in order to be able to participate in the selection process. 

Follow these steps to complete the required forms by June 3:

  • Activate your Gustavus User Account: gustavus.edu/activate
    • 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 3: Visit the online housing portal: housing.gac.edu
    • Under Applications, submit your New Student Housing From (Agreement/Application)
    • 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, you will not be able to see others’ profiles).
  • By June 24: 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 can request a match through the online housing portal.
    • Under Room Selection, select Roommates/Suitemates
    • Searching a specific person’s name under Basic will send them a roommate request. Both parties have to approve a request to be paired as roommates. 
    • 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 find the most compatible match for you.
  • If you need a housing accommodation, information and forms are available here:

Some recommendations for the first-year student housing process:

  • YOU should fill out the form - don't let parents, siblings or friends do it for you! 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. We have three outstanding places for first-years to live - Sohre, Pittman and Norelius. All 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 or third choice will be just as great!
  • Housing is assigned based on deposit date and availability (not by when you submit your housing form - as long as it's in before the deadline). You'll receive notification about your housing information via the online housing portal using your own login credentials. 

Your housing assignment and roommate's information will be posted in the housing portal by August 1, 2019.

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 reslife@gustavus.edu 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. First-year mid-year transfers tend to live in Pittman, Norelius and Sohre. Sophomores tend to live in North/Gibbs/Sorensen, Uhler, Sohre and Rundstrom. Juniors tend to live in Uhler, Rundstrom, College View and Arbor View.

 

Check out A View from the Hill 2018-2019 for tons of great information on our housing program!

What should you bring to college? Check out: What Should I Bring to Gustavus and Room Decoration Guidelines