Why are freshmen and sophomores required to live on campus?
We want you to succeed! Studies show students who live on campus during their first two years of college are more likely to graduate, and to do so in four years, than those living off campus. On-campus students are also more likely to have higher GPAs and higher levels of satisfaction with their college experience due to their increased interaction with faculty and other students. Our housing policy states: If you live at home in the area with your parents or have received a special exemption approved by the Residence Life Office, you are not required to live on campus. However, we strongly encourage you to consider living on campus, as it is an excellent way to meet people, become more involved with activities and adjust to college life.
How is my roommate assigned? May I request a particular roommate?
Incoming students have two options:
- You can use the Roommate Search option in MyHousing to view profiles of students who have been assigned to the same hall as you. You'll be able to contact students who might be a good match, and select each other as roommates. This process takes place from May 1 - June 15.
- You can choose to have Residence Life match you with a roommate. Every housing application is carefully reviewed and efforts are made to match you with a roommate who has similar interests and living habits.
When will I find out my room and roommate assignment?
We begin making residence assignments in early March. These assignments are made weekly, so be sure to check your Concordia email (or MyHousing) to see which dorm you've been assigned to. Specific room/roommate assignments are sent out in mid-July. You will receive an email that will include your room assignment, your roommate's name and contact information.
Do you have coed residence halls?
All residence halls and apartments are coed.
- Traditional Residence Halls:
- In Erickson, Hallett, Hoyum, Livedalen and most floors of Park Region, men and women live on separate floors.
- In Fjelstad, men and women live on the same floors (in same-gender rooms).
- Apartments and Townhouses:
- Bogstads and Boe-Olsen: Men and women live on the same floors (in same-gender apartments).
- Townhouses: Apartments may be mixed gender.
What housing options do you have for those who might not fit into the gender binary?
Residence Life works closely with students who are transgender, non-binary, or are simply unsure how they might navigate the on-campus housing environment. In general, we want students to live where they feel the safest and most comfortable. Contact our office so we can best assist and support you.
Are the residence hall rooms furnished?
All rooms are furnished with beds, mattresses, dressers, closets, desks or study tables, chairs, and window coverings. While all of the college furnishings must remain in the room for the entire year, you can add some of your own small pieces of furniture as space allows.
What should I bring with me for my room?
You'll definitely want to personalize and decorate your new home away from home. Common items include:
- refrigerator (4.5 cu. ft. and 1.5 amps or less)
- microwave (1200 watts or less)
- additional furnishings like TV, DVD player, stereo, etc.
- posters, photos and other items to decorate your room
There are a few things not allowed in residence hall rooms, including halogen lamps, pets other than fish, rubber-backed carpeting, candles or other open flame items, hot plates, alcohol and alcohol containers. When you arrive on campus, your resident assistant will review the policies with you to make sure you don't have any prohibited items.
Are the residence halls open during academic breaks?
All halls remain open during breaks in the academic year. Students living in the traditional residence halls who wish to stay during Winter Break must apply and are charged a $14/night Winter Accommodations fee. Please note that dining options and student programming are often limited over breaks.
Can I bring a car, bike or motorcycle?
Yes, but you may not need them. Excellent transportation services are available in Fargo-Moorhead and Concordia is located within walking distance of shopping centers, downtown Moorhead and multiple churches. Daily bus service operates throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and bus fare is free with a student ID. If you choose to bring a car or motorcycle to campus you will need to get a parking permit from Parking Services. If you bring a bike, be sure to bring a lock and consider taking it home in the colder months instead of trying to find storage on campus.
Do I need my own computer?
We have several computer labs around campus, including labs in most of the residence halls, but you may want to bring your own. When it comes time for tests and papers, the labs can fill up quickly. All residence halls are wired for high-speed Internet, connections that work with both Macs and PCs.
How do I get involved on campus?
One of the best ways to get involved is just by living on campus. Your resident assistant will coordinate numerous activities for your floor and entire hall, in addition to being a great resource for other organizations and activities on campus. You'll meet many new people in your residence hall, classes and during Orientation events.