Admitted: Housing | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Admitted: Housing

Important Dates

Fall 2022
August 1 Deadline for housing applications and commitment deposit
Early June Housing assignment notifications sent via email
August 26 New student move-in
*schedule subject to change
August 27–28 New student orientation
*schedule subject to change

Fall 2022 students: the housing application for the 2022/23 academic year is not yet available. Admitted students will be notified via email. Check back soon!

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

If you would like to live on campus, you must complete and submit the housing application. Once submitted, the housing application binds you to the terms and conditions contained in the Housing Contract. If your application is not accepted and you are not assigned campus housing, the Housing Contract shall be null and void. You must submit the $350 housing commitment deposit when you apply for campus housing.

MCAD usually receives more applications than there are housing spaces available. Priority for space is given to international students and new full-time 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 returning first-year and sophomore students. Returning junior and senior students obtain eligibility to live on campus via a lottery held in early April. Depending on demand, a lottery may not be required, in which case all who apply on time will receive assignments. 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 will be placed on a waiting list. (Priority on the waiting list is given to new and returning 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. (Students may apply for college housing before paying their tuition deposit to the college, but may lose assigned space if they have not paid the tuition deposit by July 1 for the fall semester or January 1 for the spring semester.)

Final decisions for specific apartment 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 by early June. 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 2021/22 academic year) $1,840-$4,475*  $3,680-$8,950*


Learn about the on-campus buildings. 

*Rental charges for student apartments vary based on type of unit, number of occupants, and whether the unit is furnished or unfurnished. Listed apartment rental charge is per student and includes internet service and all utilities, except long-distance phone service. Contact the housing office at 612.874.3780 for more information.

What to Bring/Not Bring

For your desk

  • art supplies
  • chair or stool
  • heavy-duty surge-protected power strip (thin extension cords are not permitted)
  • lamp, non-halogen light bulbs
  • quarters and 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 standard 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.