To meet its guaranteed housing commitments, the University of Minnesota has arranged for alternative spaces, referred to as “expanded housing.” Based on the number of standard residence hall spaces available AND the date of your housing application, some students will be assigned a space in expanded housing. An expanded housing space may be a regular residence hall room that has been converted to accommodate an additional person (a single expanded to a double, a double expanded to a triple, etc) or study lounge converted into a residential living space. Every attempt has been made to equip these rooms with furnishings similar to those in regular residential rooms. They may, however, have less closet and drawer space. Expanded housing is designed to be a temporary assignment and students are moved to a permanent space as quickly as possible. Rates for expanded housing are adjusted but once a permanent space is assigned the charges will be posted for that space. Housing & Residential Life offers assistance for cross-campus moves.
This chart describes the expanded features in each building.
|Students in Expanded|
|#||Expanded Spaces||Room Amenities||Room Set-up|
|Bailey||32||• Study lounges (4 residents each)
• Four person East wing suites, where a 5th person will be added.
|Residents are provided beds, dressers, tables or desks with chairs, and some type of wardrobe/closet/hanging space||Beds are bunked|
|Centennial||72||• Singles that become doubles.
|Each resident receives a desk, chair, bed and a wardrobe. Some of our lounges have clothes rack as permanent features.||Beds are bunked|
|Comstock||48||• Double rooms that become triples and
• Lounges that are made into quads.
|Each resident is provided with a desk with chair, a wardrobe, and a bed.||Beds are bunked or lofted|
|Frontier||46||Study lounges||Residents will have beds, desks or tables, chairs, dressers, and some type of hanging or closet space.||Beds are bunked|
|Middlebrook||-||Does not have expanded housing spaces.||N/A||N/A|
|Pioneer||-||Does not have expanded housing spaces.||N/A||N/A|
|Sanford||72||• Triples in the tower are converted to quads.
• Lounges in the tower are converted to quads.
• Study lounges in the Reno side are converted to quads.
• Other spaces may be used if necessary.
|The triples to quads will have a bed, free-standing wardrobe, desk, chair, and wastebasket. The tower lounges will have 1 table, 1 desk, 2 small dressers, 2 wardrobes, 2 coat racks, 2 sets of beds. The Reno lounges will have 2 desks and a table, 2 wardrobes, 2 coat racks, 4 dressers, 2 sets of beds.||Beds are bunked|
|Territorial||47||• Expanded triples
• Expanded Quads
|Residents are provided with a bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe.||Beds are bunked|
|U. Village||-||Does not have expanded housing spaces.||N/A||N/A|
|Wilkins||-||Does not have expanded housing spaces.||N/A||N/A|
|Yudof||-||Does not have expanded housing spaces.||N/A||N/A|
Residents will be notified by email and will have 7-10 business days to complete the move to their permanent space.
Moves are typically determined by your application date. There are certain circumstances where Housing & Residential Life will make moves out of order. 1/3-1/2 of residents who are in expanded housing will be moved to their permanent space by the end of Fall Semester. Others will be reassigned by the start of second semester. When de-expanding lounges, we usually try not to leave 1 student in the lounge alone.
Rates for Expanded Housing
When students are assigned to expanded housing spaces the cost is adjusted to a lower rate until the student is moved or the space is de-expanded. At the point where a permanent space is assigned, the regular rate for the room in which the student lives will be charged, prorated to the date of the move. For example, a student in an expanded double will be charged the “Double – Expanded” rate at the beginning of the semester. When that student is moved, or the room is de-expanded, the original charge will be prorated to the date of the move and a new prorated charge for the regular rate of the room will be posted. Students will always be charged the rate for the specific room in which they live.