New Student Information

As a Benedictine, liberal arts college, we believe that living in community is of central importance to the student experience and all students are required to live on campus.

First Year Residence Hall Information

The First Year Residence Halls are home to approximately 500 residents, most of whom are first year students. Each floor in the residence halls has a Resident Assistant (RA). Each RA is responsible for tending to the needs of her community and serving as a resource to the residents. There are computer labs and laundry facilities in each residence hall, and all rooms are carpeted.

Packing Tips

To make your move-in easier, only bring things to get yourself situated right away. For example, if you are from the Twin Cities area, leave your winter clothes behind. You can always go back during long weekend, and that way you can minimize the clutter in your room. Please refer to "Packing List" for a list of items you may want to bring to college. Visit our packing tips page for more ideas and information about planning your room.


  • Homemade lofts or lofts from outside vendors are not permitted. If a loft is desired, they  may be leased each year through the
  • Any type of heating unit or appliance with exposed heating elements are not permitted (space heater, hot plate, etc.)
  • All beds at CSB are standard twin sized beds.  A limited supply of XL mattresses are available by request on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bedloft Information

Bedlofts and mini-fridges are available for rent through If you complete your order by July 27th, it will be delivered to your room prior to your arrival. If it is ordered after this date, it can be picked up at Mary Commons or the Margretta/Lottie loading dock on move-in day. Place all orders or return requests at Students at the College of Saint Benedict can order lofts at any time throughout the school year. Students will be contacted to set up a time to deliver the loft.

Note: Please read the Bedloft Information page for residential hall floor plan irregularities that may affect loft placement before ordering.

Health and Wellness Community

The Health and Wellness communities are substance free communities that are made up of women who focus on creating holistic and healthy lifestyles.  Communities exist in first year halls, upper-class residence halls and in the campus apartments, being part of these communities creates supportive and exciting relationships for Bennies to delve into all aspects of wellness such as intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental and social wellness. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Residential Life and Housing Policies

The CSB Residential and Housing Life Handbook outlines the residential policies and guidelines.

Resident Hall Student Meal Plan

All students living in a residence hall must have the Continuous Meal Plan. Please see Culinary Services website for full details on meal plans.

Continuous Meal Punch - This plan allows unlimited entry to the Gorecki Dining Center or the Refectory 7 days a week during designated operating hours.

Additional Daily Meal Punch - This plan includes 1 meal punch per day that can be used at the Retail Operations of McGlynn's or Sexton for 1 designated combo meal per day.

Bucks - This includes 150 Bucks (i.e. flex points) per semester that can be used at any of the dining locations.

Guest Passes - Ideal for visiting family and friends, this plan includes 4 free guest passes per semester that can be used at Gorecki Dining Center or the Refectory.

Registered Dietitian: 

The registered dietitian from CSB Culinary Services is available to meet with students who have food allergies or intolerances to review menu options within the dining facilities. Additionally, if students have an interest in learning to navigate the dining center with following a vegan or vegetarian diet, an interest in learning more about eating a healthy and balanced diet in the dining center, students are welcome to contact the dietitian. Please let Culinary Services know if you are interested in setting up an in-person meeting the dietitian: [email protected] or 320-363-5148