Montana State University


Residence Halls

Montana State University offers convenient and affordable on-campus housing for up to 3,200 students. The Residence Life Department is committed to providing an environment which is socially stimulating while enhancing the academic experience of the students who live on campus.

Application for Housing

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To request a paper application contact:

Residence Life and University Food Services
Montana State University
Hedges Complex
P.O. Box 172080
Bozeman, MT 59717-2080
Phone: 406-994-2661

Students with fewer than 30 earned credit hours (while in a residence hall setting) are required to live in the residence halls.

Prospective students are urged to submit an application at the earliest possible date since assignments are made in the order they are received based on the date of receipt. A limited number of private rooms are available.

Exemptions from On Campus Living

All incoming freshmen with fewer than 30 credits earned in a residential setting are required to live on campus for their first two academic semesters. However, there are some criteria that, if met, may qualify a student for an exemption from living on campus. Qualifications for exemption are as follows: (1) Married; (2) Single Parent; (3) Have completed one full academic year at MSU; (4) Have completed one full academic year at another college/university; (5) Have a special hardship; (6) Will be living at home with an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister); (7) Will be taking fewer than six credit hours; or (8) Have other extenuating circumstances. To initiate the exemption process, you must submit the required written documentation. This must be received by the Residence Life Office prior to the academic period requested. Exemptions received after the start of any term will be considered, but rarely approved.

Part time students (3 - 11 credits) wishing to live on campus may be granted a waiver. Please contact the Residence Life Office at 406-994-2661 for more information .

The specific opening/closing dates for the residence halls will be sent to students with their room assignments. If this information is needed earlier, please contact the Residence Life Office at 406.994.2661 @

The residence halls will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

Students may request University housing during break periods for an additional fee. Roskie Hall, Johnstone Hall, and the North Hedges Suites will remain open to accommodate students requesting break housing. Students not currently living in one of the previously mentioned halls will be required to move to an unoccupied room in one of the breaking housing halls. Other halls will only remain open based on the discretion of the Residence Life Administration. Guests are not allowed during break periods.


A $200 prepayment is required when submitting a Residence Hall Application. The University will not process housing requests until the student has submitted a completed housing application and the $200 non-refundable prepayment. The $200 will be applied to the total housing costs upon payment of fees.

Prepayment Forfeiture

Failure to occupy the room or cancellation of the contract before or during the contract period will result in the forfeiture of the $200 prepayment.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

All students residing in the residence halls are members of the Residence Hall Association. Organized on floor, hall, and interhall levels with programming, judicial, and governmental committees, RHA strives to uphold and promote the interests of students residing in the residence halls and to provide an active voice in residence hall administrative policy and operating procedures.

Living Options

There are many living options available that encompass academic and social enrichment for our residents; however, living options do change from year to year, based on student need, academic interest areas, and national trends. Our current living options are listed below:

  1. Male Hall (Langford)

  2. Female Hall (Hapner/Hannon)

  3. 21 and older building (Johnstone)

  4. Co-ed Hall: Co-ed living environments are comprised of both men and women living on either separate floors or wings of the same hall (Mullan, South and North Hedges, Roskie, Johnstone.)

  5. Freshmen Year Experience Floor: Housed in South Hedges, this co-ed option is open to students enrolled in the University Studies program. Resident Advisors integrate course curriculum into floor activities and programs.

  6. Outdoor Pursuits: Housed in Roskie, Hapner and Langford, these floors provide an excellent living environment for students interested in experiencing additional outdoor recreational opportunities.

  7. Academic Theme Floors: Dedicated to academic success, Residence Life offers floors designed to assist students with common majors. Currently, Nursing, Business, Arts and Architecture, Science, and Engineering floors are scattered throughout all seven halls.

  8. Double as Single Floors: Designed for students who have already experienced the roommate living arrangement, double as single floors offer students a more private atmosphere.

  9. Deluxe Floors: Roskie Hall is the home of two newly remodeled sophomore and above floors. These floors consist of single rooms with the same square footage as a double room in Roskie.

  10. Sophomore and Above Floors: This quiet, yet active, living option provides an opportunity for those students who want a change of pace from the traditional freshmen energy.

  11. Sophomore Year Experience: Designed to meet the needs of all second year students by creating programs that deal directly with the issues they are currently facing.

Please visit the Residence Life web site , contact the Residence Life Office at 406.994.2661 or e-mail for the specific halls and floors which provide the living options outlined above.

Residence Hall Visitation Policy

Members of the opposite sex may visit in the privacy of individual rooms. Cohabitation is prohibited.

  1. Definition of a resident, as it pertains to this policy: A student who has contracted with the university to live in a specifically assigned hall/room for a designated period of time.

  2. Definition of visitor: Visitors are in the room for less than overnight periods. They may use the facilities in a manner in which they would not be considered regular hall residents. They do not sleep in the room. Visitors are subject to university regulation.

  3. Definition of guest: Guests pay room rental fees and are provided facilities and sleeping accommodations for a period not to exceed three (3) days. Guests are considered hall residents for the duration of their stay and are subject to university regulations.

**In an effort to accommodate a variety of student lifestyles, the residence halls offer twenty-four hour visitation, in which residents may have visitors at their discretion and with the consent of their roommate.

Board Charges and Meal Plans

All residence hall students are required to participate in a meal plan. Meals are not served in the residence halls during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break; which is reflected in the meal pass charges. Meal plans available for residents living in the halls are outlined below.

Residence Hall students have two meal plans from which to choose. The meal plans are designed to offer students the flexibility and freedom to eat when, where, and what they want while on campus. Both plans allow unlimited entry into the dining rooms and unlimited food servings. The dining rooms are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and residence hall students can come in whenever they want, whether it is for a full meal or just a snack. In addition, students have a food cash account of $100 (Flex Money) that comes with their meal plan (unless they opt out of it). By using this food cash account at any of the food service locations on campus, students receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

Students can choose either a 7-day or a 5-day meal plan. Both plans offer the same options and services except the 5-day plan does not allow students to use the dining rooms on the weekends. The 7-day plan offers the greatest value to students.

Semester Charges

Prices for the current academic year/semester can be obtained through the Residence Life web site (

In addition to these meal plans, off-campus students (only) have the option to purchase a variety of meal plans with five, seven, ten, or fourteen meals per week.

Pricing for additional room options are available at the Residence Life Office and University Food Service Office.

*Note: Charges listed are estimates for the academic year/semester and are subject to change without notice.

Payment of Charges

Room rent, board, ResNet and the RHA social fee are paid in full at the beginning of each semester during fee payment. Installment payments for room and board must be arranged in advance with the Office of Student Accounts. There are no deductions for room or board for late arrivals (at the beginning of the semester) or for early departures (at the end of the semester).

Work Opportunities

For students needing to work while attending Montana State University, there are a number of employment opportunities available in residence halls, at front desks, and with the various food services on campus. Information regarding employment may be obtained by contacting the Residence Life Office and University Food Service. Work study/financial aid status is not necessary to qualify for student employment.

Facilities--Room Equipment and Furnishings

All rooms have closets, single beds, chests of drawers, study desks, waste baskets, chairs, and window coverings. The University supplies study lamps for students assigned to South Hedges, North Hedges, and Roskie. Each room is wired for cable television. A mattress pad and a pillow are provided for each student. Also, a linen service is available for residents, providing sheets and a pillow case. These items can be exchanged once a week for a clean set of linens. It is the responsibility of the residents to maintain order and cleanliness in their rooms.


MSU ResNet is a campus network that provides a dedicated network connection for students living in the Residence Halls and Family & Graduate Housing. The direct network connection allows access to the Internet and campus resources easier and faster (about 300 times faster) than through conventional modem, without tying up the phone line. If you own a computer or plan to purchase one, you'll be able to browse the Web from the comfort of your own room.  ResNet is available as part of your room and board plan. For those residents not bringing a computer to school, ResNet also provides computing facilities with ResNet access, Microsoft Office software and high speed printing in six computer labs located in the Residence Halls.


Laundry rooms exist in every hall with the exception of the North Hedges Suites and are equipped with Cat Card-operated automatic washers and dryers. Ironing boards and a limited number of irons are available at the hall desks.

Refunds of Room and Board Payments

  1. Students who terminate class registration during a semester will receive a prorated refund of their board and room payments.

  2. There are no refunds for early departures at the end of the semester or late arrivals at the beginning of the semester. Rooms are held until the first hour of classes on the first class day of the semester.

  3. A student who is absent from his/her residence hall for one or more weeks of consecutive meals due to his/her own illness or participation in University-sponsored activities will be refunded board at $2 per meal, provided the student notifies the University Food Services Meal Pass Office in advance of the University-sponsored activity. Requests for refunds based on absence due to illness must be submitted to the Residence Life Office, accompanied by a statement from the Director of Student Health Services, or the student's own doctor, indicating required hospitalization or home care.

Personal Funds and Property

Students are urged to help safeguard their personal funds by establishing local checking accounts. All other valuable personal property should be adequately protected. Montana State University is not insured nor responsible for the loss or destruction of any personal property of students. Students are encouraged to carry their own personal property insurance. Montana State University has strict regulations regarding firearms on campus; contact the Office of Residence Life for details.

Family & Graduate Housing

The Family & Graduate Housing Office is pleased to offer convenient affordable housing as a service to enable families, married couples, graduate students, second degree undergraduates, single parents, single upper classmen with 75 credits or more, and those in a legally dependent relationship to continue their education.

Family & Graduate Housing consists of 704 units in one, two, and three bedroom apartment/house configurations in eight different communities, located both on campus and within walking distance to all campus buildings and amenities. While each apartment complex varies, available options include: smoking and nonsmoking units, washer/drier hookups, free laundry (in apartment complexes without washer/dryer connections), ResNet connection, dishwashers (in several Julia Martin and Branegan units), storage areas, playground equipment, picnic tables, barbecues, and cable Television.

Apartments rent for considerably less than the "current market rate" in Bozeman. (click here for a rate list). In addition, basic utilities are included in all units except McIntosh, Paisley, and the West Side Houses. Water, sewer, and garbage are included in the rental price of all units.

As a benefit to our residents, the Family & Graduate Housing Office offers a variety of services to assist with making the transition to campus-life: a newsletter is published twice-monthly to inform residents of upcoming campus and community events; a computer lab is available; a staff of part-time student community assistants (CA's) are available to answer questions; a full-service Day Care Center is available for children 2-1/2 years through kindergarten within walking distance of ASMSU Daycare; a mediation program is available to assist with conflict resolution; children's seasonal events are planned throughout the year; a staff of skilled craftsmen are available to assist with any maintenance problems; a 24-hour call-out service is available to assist with emergencies.

To receive a brochure, application, or to inquire about Family & Graduate Housing's eligibility requirements, please contact:

Family & Graduate Housing Office
1502 West Garfield
Bozeman, MT 59714
Web page:

MSU Family & Graduate Housing provides an equal housing opportunity. Discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, gender, marital status, familial status, or age is prohibited.

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