Though students are required to live on campus for four years, some students are permitted to live off campus during their junior or senior years. Some students view the housing situation subjectively—some crave the quieter dorms (South Side), while others would go crazy without it being louder (North Side). Students view the housing process (the process to determine where you will live next year) as easy but nerve- racking because students are assigned random housing numbers that determine the likelihood of a student receiving his or her first pick.
As a first-year, the best bet is Norelius Hall (more commonly known as "Coed") because the setup is atypical in that each section has its own "pod" where sectionmates can get together to chat, do homework, or host activities. Even though the rooms are small and the closets are cubby holes, Norelius is the best way to meet people during your first year on campus (students who don’t live there usually regret it). Plus, the opposite sex lives just around the corner in your “sibling section.” For sophomores, North Hall or "Complex" is the next stop where almost your entire sophomore class will live. Juniors tend to get Uhler, which has the advantage of its proximity to the caf. Seniors can choose from a variety of College-owned apartments or suites that are usually regarded as the best housing because of their spaciousness and aesthetics. Gustavus knows that off-campus housing is limited and does its best to provide quality on-campus housing. The dorms have free laundry, Wi-Fi, computers labs, recreation rooms, custodial services (which will even clean your apartment), and simply a great community.