Fall Housing Preparations

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Plans are in place to welcome students to our residence halls with added safety precautions.

  • July 27-August 7: Choose a timeslot for Drop & Go.
    • Timeslots are:
      • 9-11:30 a.m.
      • 12:30-3 p.m.
      • 4-6:30 p.m.
  • August 8-16: Drop & Go
  •  Students may bring up to two guests to assist.
  • Up to 23 residents per residence community may register in each timeslot.
  • Instructions on selecting a timeslot will be emailed to all students on July 22.

  Click to view Drop & Go page

  • Move-In begins Monday, August 17 and continues through Sunday, August 23.
  • August 3: Choose a Move-In timeslot if you are arriving AUG 17-21.
    • Timeslots are:
      • 9-11:30 a.m.
      • 12:30-3 p.m.
      • 4-6:30 p.m.
      • 7:30-10 p.m.
  • Arriving Saturday, August 22 or Sunday, August 23? No need to select a timeslot. Arrive anytime and check-in at your Front Desk.
  • Students may bring up to two guests to assist.
  • Move Crew will not be available, however, sanitized carts will be available.
  • The meal plan begins with dinner on Thursday, August 20. Students arriving earlier may purchase meals in University Dining locations using Dining Dollars, credit/debit, or cash.
  • Instructions on selecting a timeslot will be emailed to all students on July 22.

Click to view Move-In page

  • The New Student & Family Dinner scheduled for Thursday, August 20 has been cancelled, however, the University Dining Center will be open for all meal periods that day. We invite you to have a meal with your student before heading home!
  • Tossed and Sandella's in the Centennial Student Union will not be open in the fall to accommodate physical distancing for other retail dining locations.
  • Each location will have physical distancing indicators.
  • Food will be served by Dining Services team members.
  • Dining employees and customers will wear masks inside dining locations, except when eating or drinking.
  • The meal plan begins with dinner on Thursday, August 20. Students arriving earlier may purchase meals in University Dining locations using Dining Dollars, credit/debit/cash.
  • Seating capacity in the dining center has been reduced, per the Governor's order. Alternative seating solutions throughout campus are being explored for students who wish to take a meal to-go when the dining center reaches capacity.
  • Seating areas are being adjusted for physical distancing.
  • Disposable containers are being used.
  • Contactless card readers and contactless credit card transactions (via Apple Pay, etc.) have been implemented.

Dining Schedule (AUG 17-22)

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Visit University Dining Services page

View the Welcome Week schedule and go to as many events as you can with your new friends!

Welcome Week Schedule

  • Face masks will be provided to all members of the University community.
  • Students will be required to track symptoms daily and stay in their room if sick.
  • We encourage frequent and effective hand-washing.
  • We have made adjustments in our occupancy to reduce density. Single and double rooms are offered; triple rooms are not. Stadium Heights Apartments are limited to 3 residents per apartment, all in private bedrooms.
  • Rigorous sanitizing and disinfecting procedures are being followed, per CDC & MDH guidelines.
  • Touchpoints in shared spaces are being minimized and physical distancing promoted by reduced seating.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located within each residence community.
  • Plexi shields will be used in service areas where face-to-face interactions frequently take place, such as front desk operations.
  • Community bathrooms (located in Crawford, McElroy, and Preska I Halls) will be cleaned & sanitized each morning and sanitized each afternoon.
  • While we have a strong prevention plan in place, we understand that students will occasionally let their guard down and may become infected with COVID-19. The University, in coordination with MDH, has created an on-campus COVID hotline to assist in managing cases and notifying contacts of people who are ill.  Residence hall students who report that they have tested positive for COVID-19 will be directed to go into Isolation. Isolation spaces have been set aside on campus, or a student may choose to isolate at their permanent address.
  • All residence hall rooms contain a sink within the room, which allows students to brush their teeth and perform a variety of personal hygiene activities at a semi-private fixture. Students will create a sink-cleaning plan with their respective roommate/apartment mates.

Students have the option to cancel housing and receive $200 back from their $250 prepayment if cancelled by the end of the day Monday, July 20.

Cancel Housing

Students may cancel housing until August 19 or before they check in to their room assignment (whichever comes first). Cancellations received after July 20 do not receive a refund.

  • Wear a face covering whenever outside your room.
  • Comply with Residential Life and University policies and guidelines related to public health; including but not limited to physical distancing; frequent hand-washing, self-monitoring; staying home when sick, etc.


  • Residents will be able to have guests visit in their room, however, there will be limits on the number of guests allowed.
    • Guests remain defined as any individual who is not assigned to the resident's living unit (friend, family member, etc.)
  • Guests will be allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight. With the exception of Drop & Go and Move-In, each resident can have at most 1 guest at a time in their living unit (roommates can have their guest in the room at the same time).
  • Guests will not be allowed in resident rooms between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.

Students living in Residential Life Housing should contact Residential Life to arrange accommodations for isolation and/or quarantine (507-389-1011).

  • Isolation rooms will be available for students who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quarantine rooms will be available for students who have been notified by the Minnesota Department of Health that they were in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

International students who have a Residential Life housing reservation and need to self-quarantine on-campus, should contact Residential Life via email or phone (507-389-1011).

International students who do not have a housing reservation should contact the Kearney International Center. Minnesota State University, Mankato is following CDC guidelines.

  • Virtual floor meetings and events (via Zoom) when physical distancing cannot be practiced.
  • Increased cleaning efforts (elevator buttons, ice/water machines, door handles, and other touchpoints).
  • Lounge and common-area spaces will have reduced capacity and checkout processes.
  • Students are expected to wear a mask whenever they are not in their assigned room (including visits to the laundry room, community bathroom, checking mail, etc.)


We recognize that during these uncertain times, there are more items to consider when living on campus. Utilize this resource for frequently asked questions by incoming students and parents.