New Students

It’s a big step to come to college and move into your own place. Moving on campus makes that transition a lot easier. Here you’ll find friends waiting, a hot meal and a host of services and amenities to make life less hectic. You will also be provided the support that has proven to improve personal and academic success.

Academic Advising & Registration Presentation

Staff from Housing & Residential Life will be present at the Academic Advising & Registration (AAR) days. We will be providing housing application assistance, answering questions, and giving a presentation to friends, families, & guests while the students are busy registering for their classes. Since there is a lot of information to cover in our presentation, click on the “Academic Advising & Registration Presentation” link above to view a copy of our presentation.

Residence Halls

Our residential community is composed of seven residence halls housing over 1,200 students and single-parent families. Located in the heart of the BSU campus, they are a short walk to academic buildings and connected to other campus buildings by a system of underground walkways and tunnels.

First year students will live in a double room in either Oak or Tamarack Hall.  Check out the video below from a sample room in Oak Hall.  Upperclassmen may live in Birch, Linden, Pine and University Heights where room options include doubles, singles, suites and apartments.  All room options are limited in number, and waiting lists are maintained for options that may not be immediately available.

University Heights

Effective August 1, 2022, University Heights will no longer constitute Bemidji State University housing. The owners of the property, JT Properties LLC, will be leasing space in this building as off-campus housing to BSU students and others at the following rates:

Apartment Contracts: 10 months (August 1–May 31) at $750/month WITH AN OPTIONAL DISCOUNTED SUMMER RATE for 2 months (June–July) at $500/month.

University Heights rates are per person and applied as follows:


Monthly Rate


Summer 2022 Only (June-July)
Contact Bemidji State University



Fall (August–December)



Spring (January–May)



* rates subject to change

This building was designed with students in mind. The building has 8 three-bedroom and 8 four-bedroom apartments, which are fully furnished and coed-optional, with each resident having a private bedroom with locks. Apartments have a full, open kitchen with a dishwasher, refrigerator, oven and microwave; a washer and dryer; and two full bathrooms per unit, plus additional vanities to accommodate every resident.  Additional amenities include a flat-screen TV, wireless, digital cable, and a location just immediately adjacent to campus. Students can join with friends to lease an entire apartment or lease a single bedroom in an apartment shared by others. Residents can take advantage of the close proximity and walk to classes. The university is providing this information about University Heights as a resource for students. The university makes no claim for the quality of off-campus rental property nor assumes responsibility for any aspect of rental agreements. Potential renters are encouraged to inspect the property and be familiar with rental contracts and landlord/tenant rights prior to signing rental agreements. This information may be found at:

Landlord and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities
published by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

Note to Students:  It is highly recommended that students view any rental property prior to entering into a lease.

For further details respecting University Heights, please contact John Peterson of JT Properties, LLC at (218) 760-5515 or

University Heights Apartments (

Services and Amenities

Living on campus is about so much more than a bed to sleep in. You’ll have access to a living room, game room, TV lounge, kitchen, wireless internet, academic resources, a computer lab and plenty more services.


A huge part of living on campus is the food. Dining services has many options like the buffet-style cafeteria located in Walnut Hall affectionately known as Wally’s, the Lakeside Food Court in the Hobson Memorial Union and the convenience stores. Read more about dining options and meal plans.

Single-Parent Apartments

Cedar Apartments features two and three-bedroom units available for single-parent students. There is lots for kids to do here, including a playroom downstairs and playground equipment in the backyard.

ADA Compliant Rooms

For students with accessibility needs, ADA-compliant rooms are located in Birch and Linden.  Contact the Accessibility Services office for assistance.

Learning Communities

Learn about the FYRE, Health Sciences, FYRE Outdoors, and all Learning Communities of BSU residence halls on the Community Living page.