Housing Policies & FAQs

The WSU Housing policies and procedures are there to make sure that every student feels safe and respected both inside and outside of the classroom.

View the 2021-2022 Housing & Residence Life Policies & Procedures Handbook (PDF).

Have questions about living in the WSU residence halls?

Review the FAQs below or contact the Housing Office at housing@winona.edu or call 507.457.5305.

Our residence halls offer students a wide range of room types and sizes. With over 1,000 rooms, we are able to give information on the rooms dimensions.

However, we do not have the specifications for each closet or window in each individual room.

To view room dimensions and photos, take a closer look at the residence halls.

This Visitor Policy may change at any time due to the COVID pandemic.

Visitors are welcome to visit your room at your invitation with the permission of your roommate(s).

Residents are personally and financially responsible for the actions and behaviors of your visitors and you must inform them of the policies and procedures for the residence halls.

You will be held responsible for the actions of the visitor and your visitors may be asked to leave if they exhibit inappropriate behavior.

You may have no more than two visitors at a time and visitors may not stay longer than three consecutive nights within a seven-day period in any WSU housing facility.

You must have roommate permission to have an overnight visitor, and the rights of your roommate(s) and others in the hall always supersede those of the visitor.

Please pre-register your visitor on the portal before entry if possible.

All visitors must check-in and register if not already done so at the front desk with their host and a photo ID and must be escorted by their host at all times.


Inviting a Minor Guest

Overnight visitors under the age of 18 are permitted in the residential buildings. However, there are additional steps that must be completed.

All minors must have a signed Minor On Campus Waiver form (PDF) completed by a parent or legal guardian, which gives permission to stay in the building overnight.

One form must be completed for each minor requesting to stay overnight per visit.

All minors who have photo ID are required to carry it. IDs must have a photo and can include:

  • middle/high school IDs
  • State ID Cards
  • Drivers’ Licenses
  • Passports

Minors without an ID will need to complete an overnight guest pass at the hall front desk when they register as a guest, and must carry this pass with them at all times while in the residence halls.

Minor visitors must be accompanied by their Winona State student host at all times.

Every room is furnished with the following furniture for each student:

  • an extra-long twin bed and mattress
  • a desk and desk chair
  • dresser or closet
  • a bookshelf

There is a trash and recycling bin in each room and all windows have coverings (either a shade, blinds, or curtains). All rooms have carpet.

Learn more about specific bed and loft dimensions.

If you decide you want to be on a different meal plan during the summer, you can email the Housing Office to request a change.

Once school has started, you will need to stop by the Housing Office, 235 Kryzsko Commons, and fill out a Change of On-Campus Meal Plan form.

You can only lower your meal plan within the first two weeks of each semester. You may increase your meal plan at any time.

See the details about the meal plan options at WSU.

Many students choose to rent a loft to maximize the space in their room.

All lofts are rented directly through WSU.

If you are a first-year student and new to WSU, you will receive your Warrior ID card when you check into your residence hall.

Off-campus students and transfer students can contact the Campus Card Office to pick up your Warrior ID card. 

Roommate information will be available to view online in your StarRez Housing Portal in mid-June.

Since changes and cancellations may occur, we try to give you the most accurate roommate information available at the time.

In some cases, your roommate could change after you are initially notified. If this occurs, the change will be reflected online and you will have the opportunity to contact your new roommate.

There are many things to do in Winona and around campus such as: hiking, biking, sand volleyball, rollerblading, disc golf, golfing, watching movies, swimming, shopping and much more!

In the winter, there are also opportunities to go sledding, skiing, ice skating and snow shoeing, to name a few.

The Visit Winona and Winona Park & Recreation both provide a list of activities in the area.

Resident Assistants (RAs) plan many activities within the residence halls, but there are also many opportunities available to students through campus clubs and organizations.

There are activities on campus free and open to all students nearly every night of the week. Learn more about campus life at WSU.

You can also see all upcoming campus events on the WSU Events Calendar.

The Housing and Dining Agreements cover a wide range of policies and expectations for students including payments, room assignments, meal plans and more.


Housing and Dining Agreement


East Lake Housing and Dining Agreement

You may break your housing agreement at any time. However, your housing agreement is for the entire academic year and certain penalties will apply depending on you move out.

Please contact the Housing Office at housing@winona.edu or call 507.457.5305 if you are considering terminating your housing agreement. 


Cancellation Policies

If you are deciding to cancel your Housing & Dining contract, please review the cancellation policy.


Residence Halls


East Lake

Overnight visitors under the age of 18 are permitted in the residential buildings. However, there are additional steps that must be completed.

All minors must have a signed Minor On Campus Waiver form (PDF) completed by a parent or legal guardian, which gives permission to stay in the building overnight.

One form must be completed for each minor requesting to stay overnight per visit.

All minors who have photo ID are required to carry it. IDs must have a photo and can include:

  • middle/high school IDs
  • State ID Cards
  • Drivers’ Licenses
  • Passports

Minors without an ID will need to complete an overnight guest pass at the hall front desk when they register as a guest, and must carry this pass with them at all times while in the residence halls.

Minor visitors must be accompanied by their Winona State student host at all times.