Welcome to the College of Saint Benedict!

Information for Prospective Students, First Year Students and Transfer Students

This is an exciting time as you prepare for your move to CSB. The Saint Ben's community prides itself on extending hospitality to all and the Residential Life Staff is ready to help you make CSB your new home away from home.

As a Four-Year Residential College, all students are required to live on campus. Once you make the decision to attend CSB and have paid your enrollment fee, you will need to complete several forms found on the Forms Portal. The form that we will be looking for in relation to your campus housing is the CSB Housing Questionnaire. Please be sure to complete this form and all other forms in the portal to prepare for a smooth transition to campus.

The information you provide will be used to make compatible roommate assignments based on lifestyle preferences. Please make sure that you fill out your form completely and honestly as this will affect your roommate placement. Although your parents may be tempted to fill out this form, it is very important that it is completed by the incoming student as accurately as possible. There are single rooms, double rooms and triple rooms on our campus. While the majority of our housing is comprised of double rooms, you may be assigned to any of these room types as a new student.

College is an opportunity to learn about yourself and the world around you; We hope that you are excited to meet others and learn from the experience of living in community. While you may request a roommate if you choose to do so, we encourage you not to. Be open to being matched with a roommate based on your responses on the housing form. Often living with a close friend or even an acquaintance can deeply impact your first year experience and often can be a strain on established friendships as you each navigate the excitement and challenges of your first year of college.

If you wish to request a particular person as your roommate, please do so on the CSB Housing Questionnaire. Please be certain that you have talked about what it will be like to share a room with each other and not assume that just because you are friends/acquaintances that you will be good roommates. What time will lights out be? How often do you want to have friends over? What are you expectations around cleaning, noise or sharing things? Will you study in the room?  And so forth.

You will be notified via your campus email when your housing assignment is ready for viewing, roommate information will be available on the CSB Housing Portal. You will then be able to contact your roommate and begin making plans for living together. In addition, move-in information will be sent to you prior to your arrival on campus.

Please keep in mind, that while we work on pairing roommates as forms are received, we do not finalize roommate or room assignments until mid-July.

If you have further questions, please feel free to call the Department of Residential Life and Housing office at (320) 363-5580.

With warm regards,

Christy Brown
Director of Residential Life & Housing