Community Living

Orientation 2013

If you live in the Residence Halls, you’ll hear the word “community” a lot.

Many floor members form close relationships, often with students very different from themselves, and get involved in many activities together. When things are going well, the floor becomes like a family and the hall like a neighborhood. The sense of community in the Residence Halls is only as strong as its members make it. Each member must contribute positively toward the sense of hall unity.


FYRE (First Year Residential Experience) helps new freshmen students easily make new friends, share similar experiences and successfully transition to college life. Students live in double rooms on a floor in either Oak or Tamarack Hall.


Health Sciences Learning Community (Oak 4C)

The Health Sciences Learning Community will be located in Oak Hall (floor 4C) and is designed to foster academic and social success. The students on this floor have a common interest in that they want to go into the health care/medical field (nursing, exercise science, pre-med, etc.). This floor has caring and well-trained staff, who are also going into the health care/medical field, that provide educational and social programming and activities designed with the Health Science field in mind.

FYRE Outdoors Learning Community (Oak 2C, Tamarack 10 & 11)

If the beauty and the opportunities of the Northwoods is what drew you to BSU, this is the floor for you! Located in both Oak (2C) and Tamarack (10th & 11th floors), the Outdoors themed communities offers activities and events such as canoeing, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and other various outdoor activities. Come make life-long friends with people that have the same passion for the outdoors and nature as you!

FYRE Indoor Adventures Community (Tamarack 3)

Bemidji State University is not just full of Outdoors people. If being inside, playing video games, and enjoying smaller group interactions is more up your alley, look into the Indoor Adventures floor. This community offers a greater sense of team building through the use of video games, board games, and activities that center around the worlds outside of reality. If picking up a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Fortnite, or Munchkins is what excites you the most, look no further than 3rd floor Tamarack Hall!

Honors Learning Community (Oak 4C)

The Honors Program and Housing & Residential Life are partners in the Honors Residential Experience. The Honors community will be located in Oak Hall on 4C. It offers students the opportunity to create a special learning community where fellow residents share educational values and enrichment. Freshmen living in this Learning Community will be invited to participate in FYRE activities and should enroll in HOPR 1190 during your first semester. For more information, contact the Honors Program at 218-755-3984 or


Project 20 is a new initiative focused towards students who graduated high school in 2020. You can live in any upperclass hall: Linden Suites, Birch singles or doubles, Oak 1st floors, or University Heights Apartments. This project will focus on building friendships and connections to the Bemidji State University experience. We hope to offer many social experiences to meet different people.  Not JUST other Project 20 members, but others in the Bemidji State community as well.  We will also be encouraging club/organization participation, and attendance at campus events.