Room Selection Process

Incoming/new students - This information below is for Returning students. Please visit the new student housing page for information about your process (new student housing forms become available late April after the returning student housing process has completed). Please email reslife@gustavus.edu if you have any questions about housing.

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Returning students -

The online Room Selection process for 2022-2023 has closed, please email reslife@gustavus.edu if you have any questions.

Returning student room selection occurs in the Spring for Fall Housing Assignments, and is a simple process through our housing portal (housing.gac.edu). Apply for the type of housing you want, mutually match with your desired roommates, and then in you will get a group Room Selection date and time for the housing type(s) requested within a day of the selection date. 

Step 1 - Submit your Housing Agreement 
  • In the Housing Portal, under the Applications tab, choose Housing Agreement (Required). Review the College Housing Agreement, Sign, and Continue.
  • You will be taken to a Personal Information question section, where the first question is crucial! Which type of housing (room type) will you be applying for: Crossroads, ILS House, 4-person unit, 3-person unit, Double, Single, or Open-Gender Double or Triple. How you answer this questions will determine which room type application becomes available for you to complete (under the Applications tab), and designates your Room Selection type. If you need to change your response, you’ll need to cancel your room-type application and re-submit your housing agreement, and might find a delay in roommate matching.
    • Research these options before submitting - contact Residential Life at reslife@gustavus.edu or attend one of the virtual Q&A sessions to understand the process and options before submitting for that room-type. Note that some applications and room-types have limited availability based on class year (year in residence). If you change your mind about your room-type selection, that's okay but you will need to re-submit your housing agreement with a different answer to that question!

Housing Accommodation request form and documentation paperwork for 2022-2023 is due February 18, 2022 for fullest ability to meet accommodation needs.

Step 2 - Submit a specific housing (room-type) agreement/application

After you have submitted your Housing Agreement, go back under Applications and review and sign/submit for a specific Room Type (Single, Double, Triple, Four-Person). After that is submitted, you will be in a roommate pool for that room type and will be able to match with roommates under Room Selection --> Roommates/Suitemates.

Housing application deadlines - March 4, 2022:

  • ILS House applications will be available via online form and will be due March 4, 2022.
  • Crossroads Community (International Center) applications will be available in the housing portal after submitting your Housing Agreement and are due March 4, 2022.
  • Swedish House applications will be available via web form and will be due March 4, 2022.
  • Off-campus housing application will be available (to rising Seniors) in the housing portal and will be due March 4, 2022.
    • Any student who does not meet a qualifier for release is requesting to be added to the waitlist. The waitlist for off-campus housing will only be activated if all on-campus housing is filled - plan on being a campus resident. You must also still complete the Housing Agreement and room-type application process in the housing portal. Failure to participate in room selection process means that housing will be assigned to you. Note: signing a lease is NOT a qualifier for off-campus housing. If you are not approved for off-campus release, you will be assigned a room assignment and be responsible for the cost of residential housing/meal plan requirements.

All other room-type applications (Single - if available), Double, Triple, Four-Person) will be due March 30, 2022. Your housing agreement must be completed first - it will ask what specific room-type application you are requesting be made available to you. 

Step 3 – Assemble Group and Roommate Matching
  • Deadline: April 4, 2022 (those applicants selected for Crossroads Community and ILS Houses will receive separate instructions about application/room selection deadlines).
  • After submitting the Housing Application in your Housing Portal, go to Room Selection, choose Select Roommates, make sure your term at the top is set to Fall 2022, and then search/match with your desired roommates. You will only be able to search for roommates who have submitted for the same housing type. All roommate groups/pairs must be finalized in advance of the room selection, if you do not have a fully-matched roommate group that matches the housing type you are requesting (if you only have 2 mutually matched roommates, you will not be able to select a four-person unit, and will forfeit your assigned time slot).
  • Be sure to check your roommate profile - it must be set to Display My Information to be searchable for roommate matching. Once you have a matched roommate pair/group, please set your profile to Do NOT display me so your information is set to private and you do not continue to come up in roommate searches of those still looking for a roommate.
Step 4 – Make your plan!
  • Review all the housing options for your roommate groups (four, three, or two-person units). Be realistic in your planning -- four-person apartments will be selected by rising Seniors, those who will be Sophomores and Juniors next year should research your options for double rooms.
  • You can view photos and detailed floor plans on the Residential Life web page: gustavus.edu/reslife/residences
Please feel free to contact our Assistant Director in charge of Room Selection/Assignments: Danny Sandberg, dsandber@gustavus.edu via email or chat:
    • Weekdays: 8:30am-4:30pm
    • Make sure you are signed into your GusMail account.
    • Visit https://chat.google.com/
    • Search for dsandber@gustavus.edu and send him a message.
    • He'll respond to your Room Selection questions as soon as possible!
Step 5 – Receive your room selection time slot/Room Selection:

See full timeline for opening dates for each housing type (as well as notification dates for special housing applicants).

  • Time slots are assigned based on a random ranking by class year (year in residence); averaged between your roommate pair/group). 
  • Your roommate group/pairing will be assigned a time slot (posted to the housing portal) at least one day before the room selection for the type of housing that you applied to select. At your allotted date and time between 5pm-10pm, you (or any one of your paired roommates/roommate group) will have three minutes to select and confirm a housing selection for your group until the next time slot opens.
  • You must fill the entire room/apartment with a fully mutually-matched roommate group at this time. Groups that do not meet the required group size will not be able to select spaces they cannot fully fill (a set of three matched roommates cannot select a four-person unit). If all available housing units of that type get filled, you will have time before the next selection type to regroup your roommate pairings as needed and receive a new selection date/time (or once all posted units are filled, you will be placed in a housing assignment over the summer).

If you have questions, please contact the Residential Life office: in person the lower level Jackson Campus Center 105, via e-mail at reslife@gustavus.edu, or by phone at 507-933-7529.


Housing Types

Room Selection - Housing/Room Types

Apartments, Suites & Quads

Four-person units are available in Arbor View Apartments, Chapel View Townhomes, College View Apartments, Southwest Hall suites, Southwest Hall apartments, and Uhler Hall Quads.

  • College View apartments, Arbor View apartments and Southwest apartments are designed as four-person units consisting of two double bedrooms.
  • Chapel View Townhomes consist of four single bedrooms per unit.
  • Southwest Suites consist of four single rooms around a common living space (no full kitchen). At the time a Southwest Suite is selected, the individual room assignment of each student must be indicated (i.e. 216A, 216B, 216C, 216D).
  • Uhler Quads: A limited number of four-person units are available in Uhler Hall, requiring four students of the same gender.
  • The housing available in the Arbor View Apartments, Chapel View Townhomes, College View Apartments, and Southwest Hall are open to any 4-person roommate group regardless of gender/gender identity. Groups attempting to select a four-person unit must have all mutually matched in the Roommates/Suitemates section.

Groups attempting to select a four-person unit MUST have matched in the  housing portal with the correct number of roommates. Groups selecting for four-person units will receive a selection time slot based on random assignment by class year (year in residence). Students are not guaranteed a space in four-person housing, even as a Senior. Based on class size and number of four-person spaces available, students should anticipate that all units will be selected by rising Seniors. Sophomores and Juniors should focus on selection for Doubles in housing.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at: gustavus.edu/reslife/residences

Triples

Triples (three-person units) are available in Uhler Hall and Rundstrom Hall.

*Open gender triples (roommate matching regardless of gender) are available as an option in the Housing Agreement/Application, and mutual matches will select during open-gender triples selection from rooms in Uhler and Rundstrom (based on number of requests/availability).

Use the Room Selection Tab in your housing portal to search for Roommates/Suitemates (search by first or last name, or by email). You can also search by a number of other criteria per your preferences.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at: gustavus.edu/reslife/residences

Singles

A very limited number of single rooms may be available in Gibbs or Southwest Halls. The Southwest 'singles' are individual bedrooms in suite-style spaces with shared bathrooms but will NOT be selected as suites. The number of available singles is impacted by the needs for special housing accommodations, so these might not be an option during room selection.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at: gustavus.edu/reslife/residences

Doubles

Doubles/two-person rooms are available in the following buildings:

*Open gender doubles (roommate matching regardless of gender) are available as an option in the Housing Agreement/Application, and mutual matches will select during open-gender doubles selection from rooms in Uhler, Rundstrom, and/or Prairie View (based on number of requests/availability).

Your roommate pairing must be confirmed (mutually matched) in your housing portal before in order to be able to select a room during a selection time slot. Use the Room Selection Tab in your housing portal to search for Roommates/Suitemates (search by first or last name, or by email). You can also search by a number of other criteria per your preferences.

You can view floor plans and photos on the Residential Life web page at: gustavus.edu/reslife/residences


Off-Campus Housing

Though Gustavus is a fully residential institution, a very small number of students may be granted permission to live off-campus because of meeting one or more qualifiers in our residency policy.

Please review the Off-Campus Housing Process for more information. 

The off-campus application deadline for 2022-2023 is March 4, 2022, via the application in the housing portal (available to rising Seniors and those who have previously been approved based on meeting a qualifier). If you believe you meet one of the qualifiers but the application does not show up for you in the housing portal, email reslife@gustavus.edu with your circumstances. Those who do not meet one of the qualifiers for off-campus housing are applying only to be wait-listed. The wait list is only activated if all on-campus housing for the following academic year is filled by incoming and returning students, so off-campus applicants must participate in the full room selection process and find out over the summer if there is an option to be released for off-campus housing. Signing a lease is NOT a qualifier for off-campus housing. You will still receive a room assignment and be responsible for costs of both housing contracts - do not sign any lease agreements! The college is not obligated to grant permission to students who have entered into rental agreements before proper approval has been given. 


Studying Abroad, Student Teaching or Internship away from campus

  • Those who will be studying abroad or on off-campus college programs in the Spring of the following academic year (including student teaching or having an internship away from St.Peter) must participate in room selection for the Fall that they be on campus. 
  • Those requesting to be released from campus for Student Teaching or an off-campus internship in the Fall should apply/notify via the Off Campus Housing Application (requests will be verified with the appropriate departments).
  • Those who will be away for the Fall semester should not select a room (or you will be charged for that housing!), but rather will be contacted in January/Spring about their returning housing options. If you know of someone abroad in the Spring where the group would like you to take that space when you return, you can notify Residential Life at reslife@gustavus.edu
  • Those students who wish to apply to live off-campus upon their return to Gustavus for January Interim or Spring Semester must participate in the off-campus application process described previously.

Gender and Housing

  • The housing available in the Arbor View Apartments, Chapel View Townhomes, College View Apartments, and Southwest Suites/Apartments chosen during 4-person room selection are open to any 4-person roommate group regardless of gender/gender identity. Groups attempting to select a four-person unit must have all mutually matched in the Roommates/Suitemates section. Selection time slots are based on group ranking by class year (year in residence).
  • Doubles and Triples housing will have an open gender housing option (indicate on your Housing Agreement that is the room type you will be applying for and then submit that room-type application) to mutually match with a roommate regardless of gender for selection of a room in Rundstrom, Uhler (doubles/triples), and/or Prairie View (doubles) - depending on space available and number of applicants. 
  • Those with questions or who wish to discuss gender and housing options can contact the Residential Life office any time. Residential Life will work with the student to find the best housing option of what is available. Please e-mail Assistant Director Danny Sandberg: dsangber@gustavus.edu.

Intentional Learning and Service Housing Options

  • Crossroads Community Selection Process
    • Crossroads Community housing is available in the International Center, and has a separate housing application through the housing portal; due March 4, 2022.
  • ILS Core Value Houses
    • ILS Core Value Houses have a separate housing application process; due March 4, 2022.
  • Swedish House
    • The Swedish House is an ILS program that can house 10 residents in a "house" connected to the Carlson International Center. Information about the house can be obtained by contacting Dr. Glenn Kranking at kranking@gustavus.edu. The application is available via web form; due March 4, 2022.

International Student/Transfer Roommates

Students who are interested in living with international or transfer students who are new to the campus for fall semester should indicate their interest to Residential Life. You will be contacted by Residential Life if there is an available pairing.