Dakota State University students walking around campus

Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Live with us. Learn with us.

Dakota State Residence Life provides more than a bed, we provide a place to grow, learn, explore and connect with other students from all walks of life. From first-year traditional residence halls to upper-class apartment living, Residence Life has a place for you to call home. 

Living on campus offers many advantages and has been proven to enhance students’ success. This is why Dakota State University has a two-year live-on requirement. Nearly 1,000 residents call DSU home! All full-time students within two years of high school graduation must live on campus unless married, exempted, space is not available, or they are living with family within a 60-mile driving distance from campus.

At DSU you will

DSU students gathered in one of the residence hall lounges.
Living on campus is a great way to meet friends, get involved in on-campus activities, and get the full college experience. We’re here to help you embark on the journey.

Live smart

Studies show that on average students who live on campus earn higher GPAs.

Live close

Roll out of bed and be to class in less than 10 minutes! On-campus housing is close to the Library, the Trojan Center, academic buildings, and the Learning Engagement Center.

Live secure

Security is a top priority in our residence halls. A professional Residence Hall Director (RHD) is on-call 24/7 and student Resident Assistant (RA) staff lives on each floor in the residence halls. You can feel good knowing that DSU has been named the safest campus in South Dakota.

Live in a community

Living on campus, students will meet and interact with students from across the country and around the globe. Find your community through group study sessions, late-night Netflix binges, and exploring Madison. You will create life-long connections as you explore all the educational and social activities DSU has to offer.

Live affordably

On-campus housing includes free internet, utilities, 24-hour maintenance, snow removal, and lockout service.

Live connected

Campus residents are more involved in the school scene. They live in the center of all the action – clubs and organizations, athletic events, and academic programs.

Contact Us

If you ever have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our office is located in the Courtyard Building. 

Residence Life Office
(605) 256-5146