Apply for Housing

Whether you are new to WSU or a current student returning to the halls, the Housing & Residence Life office is happy to help you through the process.

All students living in the residence halls must be admitted to WSU or MSC Southeast and enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.


When Can I Start Applying?

We began accepting applications for Fall 2021 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The sooner you complete your application, the more likely you’ll get the hall and room you prefer-- especially for high-demand suite-style units in Haake and Kirkland Hall.

To access the housing application, you will need your StarID and password. If you need assistance with your Star ID, call the Minnesota State Help Desk at 1.877.466.6728.

If you are interested in summer housing, the application process is a little bit different.

Are you starting your college career at WSU in Fall 2021?

New-entering freshmen live in all of our residence halls except Kirkland and the East Lake Apartments. Transfer students live in all of our residence halls.

However, if transfer students have 24 credits or more, they have the option of selecting a room in Kirkland Hall or the East Lake Apartments as well.

These are the steps to sign up for on-campus housing.


1. Start Your Application in your Housing Portal

Access Housing Portal through Student eServices.

  1. Login with your StarID and password.
  2. Choose “Housing & Dining” in the left hand tool bar.
  3. You will be prompted to re-enter your StarID and password.

Once you are logged into your Housing Portal, click on “New Student Application” and complete the preliminary application steps until you reach the “Initial Application Complete” page.

 

2. Submit Your $250 Pre-Payment to Guarantee Your Spot

To complete the housing application, you will have to sign the Agreement for Housing & Dining and submit a $250 pre-payment.

Only once this payment is received will we guarantee you a space in one of our residence halls.

The Agreement will be available within the application in your Housing Portal.

Applicants over 18 years of age can electronically sign their Agreement within the application. Applicants under 18 years of age will need to have a parent or guardian sign in addition to their own signature and upload the Agreement into the application.


3. Choose Your Roommate

Starting Dec. 1, 2020, you will be able to login into your Housing Portal through Student eServices to access the Roommate Search feature.

This is an optional process if you would like to find a roommate.

Within the Roommate Search feature, you can actively search for a potential roommate and receive recommendations for potential roommates based on lifestyle questions you fill out in the initial portion of your application.

Then you can message that person within the Housing Portal to get to know them better.

The Class of 2025 Facebook Group is another good way to get to know you future classmates and find a roommate.

Once you and another person have decided to be roommates, you will need to confirm your roommate request.

  • You can confirm up to one (1) roommate
  • Roommates must be confirmed by May 15, 2021 in order to receive the same time slot to select a room
  • A time slot for room selection will be given based on the average of the applications received for confirmed roommates

4. Choose Your Room

When you receive your time slot, you will be able to access the room selection portion of your application on your Housing Portal.

From there, you can filter preferences based on what hall or type of room you would like to live in. You will then be able to view open spaces meeting that criteria and from there, select your space for 2021-2022.

May 15: Last Day to Get the Option to Choose a Room

This is the last day for students to submit their housing application and $250 pre-payment in order to receive a time slot in June to select their own room.

Students who submit their application and payment after May 15 will be assigned a room by our office staff in mid-June. Once you've been assigned a room, you will be notified via your WSU e-mail address or you can view this information on your Housing Portal.


June 21: Room & Meal Plan Selection

During the week of June 21, you will be able to login to your Housing Portal to select your room. More information and details regarding room selection will be available on your housing portal in early June.


5. Choose Your Meal Plan

Meal Plan options are based on your room assignment. Once you select your room in early summer, you will be able to choose your meal plan.

Students who do no select a meal plan by July 9 will be assigned a 14 meal/week plan to start the school year. Students can lower their meal plan by going to the Housing Office (230 Kryzsko Commons) if done so by the 10th class day by 4:30 pm. Students may increase their meal plan at any time.

Meal plans are not available during the summer.

Learn more about meal plan options and how the meal plan works.

Are you starting at or transferring to WSU for spring semester? Once you’ve been admitted, here’s the steps to sign up for on-campus housing.

1. Start Your Application in StarRez

The Spring 2021 application will open on Oct. 1, 2020. Access your StarRez Housing Portal through Student eServices.

  1. Login with your StarID and password.
  2. Choose “Housing & Dining” in the left hand tool bar.
  3. You will be prompted to re-enter your StarID and password.

Once you are logged into your StarRez Housing Portal, click on “New Student Application” and complete the preliminary application steps until you reach the “Initial Application Complete” page.

 

2. Submit Your $250 Pre-Payment to Guarantee Your Spot

To complete the housing application, you will have to sign the Agreement for Housing & Dining and submit a $250 pre-payment.

Only once this payment is received will we guarantee you a space in one of our residence halls.

Students with 24 or more credits are eligible to live in the East Lake Apartments or Kirkland Hall in addition to any of our traditional halls.

The Agreement will be available within the application in StarRez.

Applicants over 18 years of age can electronically sign their Agreement within the application. Applicants under 18 years of age will need to have a parent or guardian sign in addition to their own signature and upload the Agreement into the application.


3.  Choose Your Meal Plan

Meal Plan options are based on your room assignment. Once you select your room or are assigned to a room, you will be able to choose your meal plan.

Students who do not select a meal plan by January 1 will be assigned a 14 Meal/Week Plan to start the school year. However, you can lower your meal plan within the first two weeks of the semester and raise it at any time.

Meal plans are not available during the summer.

Learn more about meal plan options and how the meal plan works.

If you are a current WSU student, you are welcome to live on campus again next year!

Please review the process below and contact housing@winona.edu if you have any questions.


Application Process

1. Start Your Application in StarRez

Access your StarRez Housing Portal through Student eServices.

  1. Log in with your StarID and password
  2. Choose “Housing & Dining” in the left-hand tool bar
  3. You will be prompted to re-enter your StarID and password

Once you are logged into your StarRez Housing Portal, click on “Returning Student Application” and complete the preliminary application steps until you reach the “Initial Application Complete” page.


2. Submit Your $250 Pre-Payment to Guarantee Your Spot

To complete the housing application, you will have to sign the Agreement for Housing & Dining and submit a $250 pre-payment. This is a $50 non-refundable application fee and a $200 pre-payment.

Only once this payment is received will we guarantee you a space in one of our residence halls. 

Students with 24 or more credits are eligible to live in the East Lake Apartments or Kirkland Hall in addition to any of our traditional residence halls.


3. Getting Your Room

Students who submit an application after May 15 will be assigned a room by our office based on preferences indicated on your housing application and available facilities.


4. Meal Plan Selection

All students living in the traditional residence halls are required to be on a meal plan. If a meal plan is not selected by July 15, you will be assigned a 14 meal/week plan.

However, you can make changes to your meal plan within the first two weeks of the semester.

Students living at the East Lake Apartments and Veteran's Center House can choose to be on:

  • the 7, 10, 14, or 19 meals-per-week plan
  • the 75 Block Plan (with or without Kryzsko Kash)
  • no meal plan at all

Learn more about meal plan options and how the meal plan works.

More information regarding Summer 2021 Housing will be coming Spring Semester. In order to register for summer housing, you will need to have a Fall 2021 Room Assignment.

Please contact our office with any questions at housing@winona.edu or 507.457.5305.

Some of our residence halls are accessible to students with physical disabilities. Be sure to notify us if you need accommodations such as wheelchair-accessible facilities or devices/alarms for a hearing impairment.

We can best assist you if we get early notification and complete information about your needs.


How to Apply for Special Accommodations

Applying for special on-campus housing accommodations based on medical need.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, students with documented disabilities may request special housing accommodations.

Please submit a written description of your needs to the Housing & Residence Life Office.

These requests will be evaluated within the context of current housing policies, students' needs and available facilities.

Access Services is another great resource for students who may need additional support.

Are you attending Minnesota State College Southeast? You too can live in WSU residence halls as a full-time MSC Southeast students.

Each year, WSU residence halls are the home of about 20 MSC Southeast Students. It’s a convenient option for safe, high-quality housing with the benefits of a meal plan and opportunities to enjoy a sense of community.

If you are new to WSU residence halls, follow the steps for new students.

If you are currently living in a residence hall, follow the steps for current students to sign up again for next year.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Housing Office at housing@winona.edu.

Need to Change Your Application?

Visit your StarRez portal for Room Change Requests, lofts rentals and more. Changes will not adjust your priority date for selecting your room.

If you decide not to live in the residence hall, make sure that you understand the cancellation policy.