Admitted: Housing | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Admitted: Housing

Important Dates

Fall 2023
May 1 Deadline for housing applications and commitment deposit
Late July Housing assignment notifications sent via email
August 24–26 New student move-in
*by appointment
August 26–27 New student orientation
*schedule subject to change

Beginning with the entering Fall 2023 first-year class, MCAD requires all full-time, first-time undergraduate students to live on campus in MCAD Student Housing. In Fall 2024, a Two-Year Residency Requirement will begin and all full-time freshmen and sophomore undergraduates will be required to live on campus.

Exemptions to the required residency policy may be requested and will be reviewed by committee. Exemption requests th at may be considered are a documented medical condition, signed by a medical professional; cultural or religious; married; is a custodial parent or has caregiver responsibilities; age 21 or older in first or second year of undergraduate program; is a junior or senior at MCAD. To request an exemption to the required housing policy, please refer to the form on, under the Student Life tab. 

Required Application Materials

You must read the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure, Required Food Plan for Residential Students, and submit both the housing application and the housing deposit for your housing application to be complete.

The Application Procedure

All first-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus. You must complete and submit the housing application indicating your desired number of roommates by the posted deadline. Once submitted, the housing application binds you to the terms and conditions contained in the Housing Contract. You must submit the $350 housing commitment deposit when you apply for campus housing to complete the application process. If your housing application is not accepted and you are not assigned housing, the Housing Contract shall be null and void. 

MCAD has housing available for all first-year students, but may receive more applications than there are housing spaces from continuing student requests. All MCAD undergraduate and MFA students who wish to live on campus should complete a housing application for consideration by the deadlines. Priority for space is given to international students and new first-year 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 continuing first-year and sophomore students. Depending on demand, continuing junior, senior, and MFA students obtain eligibility to live on campus via a lottery 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 may be placed on a waiting list. (Priority on the waiting list is given to new and continuing 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. 

Final decisions for specific housing requests are at the discretion of the housing office based on availability.

Incoming students should prepare to have a shared apartment unit with up to three roommates. 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 in mid-July. Spring semester housing assignment notices will be emailed to applicants in early- to mid-December.

Housing for MFA Students

International MFA students are eligible for on-campus housing and should complete the housing application by May 1 if they wish to live on campus.

Domestic MFA students can also apply for on-campus housing, but priority is given to international MFA students and all undergraduates. Domestic MFA students might not be assigned until mid-August.

Housing Costs

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Per Year
Housing Deposit N/A $350
Apartment Rental (per student, per 2022/23 academic year) $1,640-$3,045* $3,280-$6,090*

Learn about the on-campus buildings. 

*Rental charges for student housing vary based on type of unit and number of occupants. Listed unit rental charge is per student and includes internet service, laundry machine usage free of charge, and all utilities, except long-distance phone service. Contact the housing office for more information.

What to Bring/Not Bring

For your desk (adjustable task chair included)

  • art supplies
  • heavy-duty surge-protected power strip (thin extension cords are not permitted)
  • 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 long 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)

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. Summer housing is available. If you have questions, please contact the MCAD Housing Office at