Housing Application Process

Once you have been admitted to Winona State University, you will receive a packet of information on how to secure on-campus housing. This packet of information will arrive approximately 2 weeks after you've received your WSU admittance letter.

You may apply for housing online, or you may contact our office at reslife@winona.edu to request a paper application. If you are having trouble with your Star ID, call the MNSCU Help Desk at 1.877.466.6728.

We guarantee a space in one of our residence halls to those student who apply (with the required pre-payment) by the March 1 deadline. However, the earlier you apply and pre-pay, the better your chance of getting one of the halls you prefer. We begin receiving housing applications in October.

The Agreement for Housing and Dining  (PDF) binds you to certain legal requirements. Be sure to review this agreement and contact our office if you have any questions.

Please make certain you are completely familiar with the terms of your Agreement for Housing and Dining (PDF). Your signed housing application/agreement is on file and we will send you a copy upon request. This agreement is legally binding for the entire academic year, and you should be sure you understand your contractual responsibilities.

Lofting your bed is one way to maximize the space in your residence hall room. Please refer to our Loft Information page for more information or to request a loft extension kit. The loft rental fee for the academic year is $100 and will be applied to your student account within the first few weeks of the semester.

We strongly encourage you to speak with your roommate about the option of lofting your beds. Loft requests for Fall 2015 must be received by Aug. 1 in order to guarantee in room delivery for Aug. 18.

If you request a loft and decide to return it before Sep. 8, 2015, there will be a $10 restocking fee applied to your student account. If you return your loft after Sep. 8, 2015, you will be charged the $50 semester rental fee.

All of our lofts are owned by WSU and stored right in your residence hall. Lofts are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by request. If you did not request a loft by Aug. 1 and you would like to rent one, you can request a loft extension kit when you move into your residence hall on Aug. 18.

Currently, we are preparing for the arrival of students to move into our residence halls for the academic year. Therefore, we are not accepting room change requests at this time. If you would still like to request a room change after you move into your room, you may do so starting Tuesday, September 8th. An online request form will be available on this page at that time.

Housing agreements for first-year students may be cancelled and $200 of the $250 pre-payment will be refunded if the cancellation is received by July 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year. The admitted student must send a cancellation in writing to reslife@winona.edu to notify our office of their cancellation.

March 1 – Complete application and $250 pre-payment ($50.00 is a non-refundable processing fee) is due in the Housing Office to guarantee your space in the residence halls. We begin receiving applications in Oct. so please apply early!

June 15 - Room Assignments and Roommate Information will be available for students to view online. The meal plan option is open to select a meal plan. 

July 1 – Last day for refund of the $200 pre-payment; please notify us in writing. An e-mail from the admitted student's WSU email address to the Housing Office at reslife@winona.edu is acceptable. Please include your name, Star ID and the reason you are canceling your Housing Agreement.

Arriving to Campus:
When you arrive to Winona State University, you can go directly to the residence hall you are assigned to live in to pick up your room key, and fill out necessary paperwork.

When to Check-In:
New students can move into their residence hall beginning Thursday, Jan. 7. There will be a staff member (RA) on call in each residence hall to check you in. There will be a number posted at the entrance of your residence hall that you can call to meet staff.

Dining Services:
Your meal plan will begin on Sunday, Jan. 10 for brunch (11am – 1pm).