Move-in day is Friday, August 23, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. You may not move in early.

On move-in day, start by parking in our main lot on 26th Street. After parking in the lot, go to the housing check-in table in the middle of the campus mall to meet your Resident Assistant (RA), get your keys, and receive instructions on where to park while unloading. The RA will then check you into your apartment.

Move-In Day Parking and Unloading Map


All new and returning on-campus students and their families are invited to attend a free meal on Friday, August 23, from 5:00–6:00 p.m. outside on the mall.


If you plan to move in later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, you must contact your RA in advance to set up a specific check-in time. You must be on campus in time to attend the mandatory building meeting on Sunday, August 25. Remember that orientation starts on Saturday, August 24, and classes begin Monday, August 26.

Mandatory Building Meeting Sunday, August 25

The building meeting will take place at your RA's apartment. This meeting is required for all students living on campus. Please make sure you are able to attend. 

Important Dates 

Fall 2019
May 1Priority Deadline for housing applications
Early JuneHousing assignment notifications sent via email
August 23Move-in day
August 24–25Orientation


Required Application Materials

  1. Online Housing Application
  2. Lead-Based Paint Brochure and Disclosure
  3. $350 Housing Commitment Deposit (payable online)

You must read the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure and submit both the housing application and the housing deposit for your housing application to be complete.

The Application Procedure

If you would like to live on campus, you must complete and submit the housing application. Once submitted, the housing application binds you to the terms and conditions contained in the Housing Contract. If your application is not accepted and you are not assigned campus housing, the Housing Contract shall be null and void. You must submit the $350 housing commitment deposit when you apply for campus housing.

MCAD usually receives more applications than there are housing spaces available. Priority for space is given to international students and new full-time students whose housing applications, housing commitment deposits, and tuition deposits have been received by May 1 for fall semester or November 1 for spring semester. Priority within the new student category may be given to those under the age of twenty-four. Priority for remaining space is given to returning first-year and sophomore students. Returning junior and senior students obtain eligibility to live on campus via a lottery held in early April. Depending on demand, a lottery may not be required, in which case all who apply on time will receive assignments. Some categories of students may be precluded from the lottery and may not have the opportunity to live on campus.

New students whose housing applications, housing commitment deposits, or tuition deposits are received after May 1 for fall semester will be placed on a waiting list. (Priority on the waiting list is given to new and returning students from outside the seven-county Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area.) Students applying for spring semester housing will be assigned space as cancellations for spring semester occur. There is typically plenty of availability for spring semester. (Students may apply for college housing before paying their tuition deposit to the college, but may lose assigned space if they have not paid the tuition deposit by July 1 for the fall semester or January 1 for the spring semester.)

Priority for specific apartment requests is based on the number of semesters a student has lived in MCAD housing (summer is also considered a semester for this purpose). Students who have lived on campus longest have the first choice of specific apartments. Final decisions are at the discretion of the housing office.

Every year there is a high demand for private apartments/bedrooms. These options are very limited and students should prepare to not have this type of unit. The majority of incoming students receive a one-bedroom/two-person, a one-bedroom/three-person, or a two-bedroom/four-person assignment. Spaces in these shared units are negotiated between roommates.

Additional information on housing-assignment procedures, waiting lists, and priority systems is detailed in the MCAD Housing Handbook. For students who choose to withdraw from housing, the commitment deposit is refundable prior to July 1 for the fall academic semester by emailing the MCAD Housing Office. If you have questions, please contact or 612.874.3780.

Housing Assignment Notification

Fall semester housing assignment notices will be emailed to applicants by early June. Spring semester housing assignment notices will be emailed to applicants in early- to mid-December.

Housing Costs

On-Campus HousingPer SemesterPer Year
Housing DepositN/A$350
Apartment Rental (per student, per 2019/20 academic year)
  • $8,270 Efficiency/One-Person Furnished
  • $7,750 Efficiency/One-Person Unfurnished
  • $4,540 Efficiency/Two-Person Furnished
  • $4,220 Efficiency/Two-Person Unfurnished
  • $5,780 One-Bedroom/Two-Person Furnished
  • $5,030 One-Bedroom/Two-Person Unfurnished
  • $4,110 One-Bedroom/Three-Person Furnished
  • $3,560 One-Bedroom/Three-Person Unfurnished
  • $8,650 Small One-Bedroom/One-Person Furnished
  • $7,970 Small One-Bedroom/One-Person Unfurnished
  • $5,220 Two-Bedroom/Three-Person Furnished
  • $4,750 Two-Bedroom/Three-Person Unfurnished
  • $4,540 Two-Bedroom/Four-Person Furnished
  • $4,220 Two-Bedroom/Four-Person Unfurnished
  • $7,030 Small Two-Bedroom/Two-Person Furnished
  • $6,280 Small Two-Bedroom/Two-Person Unfurnished

Learn about furnished and unfurnished housing options

*Rental charges for student apartments vary based on type of unit, number of occupants, and whether the unit is furnished or unfurnished. Listed apartment rental charge is per student and includes internet service and all utilities, except long-distance phone service. Contact the housing office at 612.874.3780 for more information.

What to Bring/Not Bring

For your desk

  • art supplies
  • chair or stool
  • extension cords, power strips
  • lamp, non-halogen light bulbs
  • quarters and laundry detergent

For your kitchen

  • cleaning supplies
  • dishes, cups, utensils
  • microwave
  • pots and pans
  • storage containers

For the bathroom

  • medicine
  • towels
  • manicure set
  • toilet paper

For your room/life:

  • bedding for twin standard mattress
  • bike
  • decor
  • wastebasket
  • winter clothing
  • extra blankets

What NOT to bring:

  • 2.4 GHz cordless phones
  • wireless routers and access points (including but not limited to Apple TimeCapsule and MiFi-style devices)
  • halogen lamps
  • anything that produces an open flame (including incense burners)
  • space heaters
  • window air conditioners
  • weapons of any type (real or imitation)
  • hoverboards
  • waterbeds
  • pets
  • thin extension cords (heavy-duty surge-protected power strips are okay)
  • found furniture (bed bug risk)

Housing During Breaks

MCAD Housing is open during all breaks throughout the academic year (i.e., winter break and spring break). Residents do not need to vacate their apartment at these times.

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