Dakota State University students walking around campus

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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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New student housing

Welcome to DSU! From move-in day to graduation day, we strive to help you have a positive living experience on campus. Below is information that you may find beneficial to help your transition to campus be as smooth as possible.

Applying for Housing

Edgar C. Higbie Residence Hall
Edgar C. Higbie Residence Hall, one of many options for on-campus student housing at DSU.

All students are required to live on campus during the first two years following high school graduation. To submit your housing contract and deposit, visit dsu.edu/registration/before.html. 

Students living within 60 miles of campus may request to live at the primary residence of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by contacting the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@dsu.edu or (605) 256-5146.

Move-in

Information on new student move-in will be sent along with your housing assignment in July.  Be sure to keep an eye on your DSU Trojan email!

Below, you'll find a list of things you can bring with you, like small appliances and decor items to personalize your room. There is also a list of items that are off-limits, don't forget to check it out. 

What to bring and what to leave behind

FYRE is a first-year tradition at DSU. It’s the signature experience we offer to everyone living in the residence halls. Led by Residence Life staff, our goal is to provide guidance on navigating your first year and developing a sense of belonging at DSU. We focus on the challenges first-year students often experience when transitioning to college by helping students build the academic skills and social support needed to be successful at DSU.

FYRE Program

Mail & Packages

All mail and packages should be sent to the following address:

[Name of Student]
Dakota State University – Student
820 N Washington Avenue
Madison, SD 57042

Package pick-up

On campus students will receive an email notification when their packages have arrived and can pick up their packages at the Office of Residence Life located in the Courtyard during normal office hours.

Letter mail pick-up

Letter mail will be available for pick up each evening from 6:00 – 8:00 at your residence hall lobby RA desk. 

Students who live at the 8-Plex Apartments, Van Eps, and on-campus houses will pick up their mail at the Office of Residence Life located in the Courtyard during normal office hours.