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The College of St. Scholastica

Living at St. Scholastica

Life on campus can be best described with one word – community. On campus, you’re always part of a dynamic living and learning environment. Get involved with clubs and organizations (or create your own). Get to know others with the conveniences of living on campus. Connect with people from many cultures, faith backgrounds and personal experiences.

Photo of a group of St. Scholastica students in a dorm common areaLiving in the residence halls, too, can be anything you make it. Study time, downtime – you name it, it’s all here waiting for you. One thing is for sure, when you live on campus, you’ll make friendships that will last a lifetime.

St. Scholastica offers a variety of different living options – all with 24-hour security to ensure student safety. Plus, you’re only minutes away from Duluth’s downtown waterfront and world-class outdoor recreation.

Students in Somers Lobby

First-Year Housing

First-year students stay in Somers Hall, which features single and double rooms, as well as four-person suites.

Students outside upper-class dorms

Upper-Class Housing

Students have several choices for housing, including both apartment and single dorm room options.

cedar apartment available for rental


St. Scholastica offers long term rentals, as well as the use of our facilities for camps, conferences and events.

Things to Know

Residency Requirements

Living on campus is important to a student’s success. St. Scholastica has a two-year residency requirement (based on high school graduation date) for all students unless they are approved to be commuter students after applying for an exemption.

Students must meet at least one of the following criteria and receive permission from the Director of Residential Life via one of the request forms below in order to be released from the two year residency requirement.

Housing Exemption Criteria

  • Discontinuing or withdrawing from St. Scholastica
  • Studying abroad
  • Documented medical reasons. Contact the Center for Equal Access to begin this process.
  • Graduation
  • Internship or student teaching
  • Marriage
  • Transitioning to completely online coursework
  • Living at the permanent residence of a parent or legal guardian within 25 miles of the Duluth — Main Campus
  • Incoming transfer students are exempt from the 2 year live-on requirement

Commuter Request

For new incoming students, to access the Housing Cancellation Request form you must first fill out the Housing Application. Both forms are located in the Residential Life section of your my.CSS page. Next you will receive approval or denial from the Director of Residential Life via your CSS email.

Residential Life Handbook

The residential life handbook exists to make your experience living at St. Scholastica a great one. It has answers to questions that may come up throughout the year as well as resources and policies specific to residential life.

Important Residential Life Dates

Check these dates for information on deadlines for housing. Contracts and forms are available in the Residential Life section in my.CSS.


  • Dec. 4, 2023: Housing applications go live for new and returning students
  • Dec. 21, 2023: Halls close for winter break — students needing break housing should speak to their Resident Advisor.


  • Jan. 14, 2024: Halls open for the spring 2024 semester


  • Feb. 1, 2024: Housing applications due for upper-class students
  • Feb. 8, 2024: Housing selection lottery numbers emailed to students who have submitted housing applications for the apartments
  • TBD: Housing selection takes place



  • April 2-9, 2024: Residents will attend their RA’s building close information meeting
  • April 10 – 26: Move-out inspections with RAs
  • April 26, 2024: Summer housing applications due (Priority Deadline). Visit Student Summer Housing in my.CSS for more information.




  • Mid-July, 2024: First-year housing placement, roommate and early arrival information shared to your CSS email account
  • July 16, 2024: Start of Fall Term — $300 housing cancellation charge will be applied


  • Aug. 30, 2024: First-year move-in day, beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2024: Upper-class move-in weekend, beginning at 9 a.m. on August 31, 2024