Residence Life provides a wide variety of living options for on-campus students to select from including single and co-ed buildings and floors. We also have a number of special living options and Living Learning Communities that students can select from when filling out their housing application. We encourage you to review all of the options listed below to make the best selection when completing your application preferences. If you have questions about any of these living options, please don't hesitate to contact Residence Life.
For many incoming freshmen, the transition from an intimate high school setting to a university environment can be a daunting task. With the goal of easing this transition, the Residence Life Department at Montana State University has established Living Learning Communities within the residence halls. The reason for establishing Living Learning Communities is so that residents of these floors have a smoother transition to university life and to help them achieve greater academic success. Any student who selects and is placed on an LLC floor will have an additional fee of $50/semester to pay for programming and educational opportunities on the floor.
A Living Learning Community is for students interested in being around others with similar academic interests. Rather than finding their way through class projects, research papers, and exams alone, students become part of a close community of students who are experiencing similar educational challenges and transitional issues. When you live in a Living Learning Community you:
- Live with 30-50 students with similar majors/lifestyles
- Have great opportunities to make friends and study partners
- Have access to a peer academic assistance
To find more information about these living options please see our Living Learning Community brochure.
What are the benefits of Living Learning Communities?
- Students with similar majors/lifestyles live next door, or right across the hall
- Students have great opportunities to make friends and study partners
- Many students will be taking classes together while living together which promotes a smooth transition to university life and academic success
- Living Learning Community participants will have access to peer tutoring and additional faculty support
The Business Living Learning Community is designed to provide career exploration and exposure to other majors/minors that allow for a career in the business field. Residents will have access to in-hall academic advising, study sessions, and evening presentations by business faculty and local business leaders. This living option is co-educational.
Offered in: South Hedges
The Creative Arts Living Learning Community is open to any student interested in the creative arts. Recently, the lounge space was remodeled to accommodate a workspace for creating models and completing art projects. This living option is co-educational.
Offered in: South Hedges
The Emerging Leaders Living Learning Community is a space for residents to explore their role as an emerging leader. As a member of this community residents will have the unique opportunity to learn and practice their individual style of leadership. This is a collaboration between Residence Life and the Leadership Institute to provide programming and mentorship throughout the year. This living option is co-educational. Students living on the floor must enroll in the Leadership Fellows program and enroll in a special section of UC 102 during the fall semester.
Offered in: South Hedges
The Engineering Living Learning Community is designed to give residents an edge in their demanding and competitive engineering majors. Residents are provided with programs and workshops that supplement their in-class experience, as well as in-hall study sessions and faculty presentations. This living option is offered for males in Langford and females in Hannon.
The Honors Living Learning Communities are dedicated to giving students in the University Honors Program the opportunity to live and learn together in an atmosphere that is dedicated to holistic learning. Residents will experience social and educational programs designed to promote intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and independence. This living option is co-educational.
The Sense of Place Living Learning Community is a brand new community which focuses on residents establishing an understanding of their-self and their place in the world. This community was developed for students unsure about what they want to study and what their futures hold. This living option is co-educational. Students living on the floor must enroll in a special section of US 103 during the spring semester.
Offered in: South Hedges
At Montana State University, we encourage students to find a balance between their personal and academic well-being. As a member of the Well-Being Living Learning Community, students will have the opportunity to explore their own best self as well as have direct access to professionals on campus to deepend their understanding of all aspects of health. Connect with peers, explore opportunities for self-care and advocate for health and well-being with others who share a common passion.
Offered in: Yellowstone Hall
Sophomore and Above:
This quiet yet active living option provides an opportunity for students who want a change of pace from the traditional freshmen energy.
21 & Older:
Similar to the Sophomore and Above living option, this option is for students who are 21 years of age or older and are interested in living around students who are around the similar age. This option is open with double and single rooms in Johnstone specifically.
Offered in: Johnstone
Co-ed floors feature men living on one side/wing of the floor and women on the other side/wing. Residents on co-ed floors quickly develop brother/sister type relationships.
Co-ed buildings feature males and females living in the building on single gender floors, but the building is occupied by both genders. Residents in co-ed buildings have the opportunity to interact with a wide diversity of other students and be surrounded by a large amount of social and academically focused programming.
Mixed Gender Housing:
Montana State University is committed to creating a culture of intellectual and personal growth. Because learning is enhanced when topics are examined from diverse perspectives and because individuals possess unique outlooks which reflect the world around us, Montana State University is dedicated to creating an inclusive community that embraces a rich mix in the composition of its student body, staff, and faculty.
Offered in: Madison
We have listed some details below about the living option:
- Mixed Gender Housing (MGH) for the 2018-19 academic year is a new pilot program at Montana State University that allows students to live in a suite, regardless of their sex or gender. This means that you may be in a suite with another student who identifies as a man, a woman, or any other gender identity.
- Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of hall and campus programs including Safe Zone Training, American Indian Heritage Day, Black History Month, India Night, Coming Out Day, International Food Bazaar as well as a number of other campus programs that are hosted throughout the year.
- The community will have programs and resources provided throughout the year around various topics of diversity including race, gender, age, language, socioeconomic status, religion, political affiliation, geographical background, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and ability status.
- Residents are encouraged to have open dialogue with parent(s) or guardian(s) about their choice to reside in a gender inclusive unit.
- Students that live in this community will be required to provide feedback to the Residence Life department and the University about their overall satisfaction and suggestions for improvement to the living option in the future.
- Students will reside in one of our suite style residence halls and the room & board rate will be listed and determined similar to all other room & board rates.
Please feel free to contact James Tobin, Assistant Director of Residence Life at (406) 994-2661 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to understand all of the living options available to you or to discuss any questions that you may have. Our goal is to provide a welcoming community for all students and the earlier we can discuss and address any of your concerns, the more flexibility we will have in assisting you with exploring different housing options.
Students and Families are encouraged to visit the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons webpage and the Residence Life Diversity and Inclusion webpage for more information about gender inclusivity at Montana State University.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers general mental health services, including counseling that is affirming of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.