Sanford Hall

Sanford Hall

1122 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Info: 612-624-2526; fax: 612-626-9868

Sanford Hall (four-story) and Tower (nine-story) is a coeducational unit housing 502 residents. Sanford houses its own dining center. Sanford is located adjacent to Dinkytown and the Minneapolis east bank campus. Sanford is easily accessible by foot, bike, and free campus connector and shuttle system. Sanford Hall was constructed in 1910 and expanded with the tower in 1964. Sanford was originally built in a colonial-style architecture to house women and was named after Maria L. Sanford, Professor of Rhetoric and Elocution at the University, 1880-1909. In the 1970s, the hall was renovated and is thoughtfully referred to as "Reno."

Sanford Hall's Information Desk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is the location of your mail, IDEA check out items, and is staffed by knowledgeable students and staff. Please review the other tab sections for more details.

Who can live here

  • Incoming first-year students
  • Returning Residents
  • Living Learning Communities
    • Casa Sol (w/2nd yr option)
    • German, Scandinavian & Dutch House
    • La Casa de Español
    • La Maison Française

For more information about the housing guarantee please visit our Application Process page.

Foundation for Success

The fundamental philosophy of the University residence halls and apartments is that students grow and develop while they live in University Housing. To help students achieve their personal and academic goals and become well-rounded individuals, we begin by meeting their basic needs by providing comfortable, well-maintained living environments and nutritious food. The University Housing community and its staff provide appropriate challenges and support to enable student growth and development.

Foundation for Success provides a framework for the interactions and education offered to students who live in university housing. Learning outcomes focus on the whole person and support academic success. Each student will do what they do best everyday, have strong and positive relationships, make healthy and sustainable choices, have an inclusive and engaged community experience, and make sound financial decisions. These learning outcomes will be implemented through planned interactions and educational initiatives designed to engage the student in their learning. All community members are also responsible for establishing safe, inclusive and socially-just communities.

  • Each student will do what they do best every day.
  • Each student will have strong and positive relationships.
  • Each student will make healthy and sustainable choices.
  • Each student will have an inclusive and engaged community experience.
  • Each student will make sound financial decisions.

House/Community Meetings

Your Community Advisor (CA) will host house meetings at different points during the year. Your attendance is expected at these important meetings. You will receive essential community information and get to know your neighbors and community members during these events. Please speak to your CA before your house meeting if you have a conflicting appointment or meeting.

Housing Involvement Opportunities

Here are some of the many Housing & Residential Life opportunities for involvement:

University Housing Employment Opportunities

Working in University Housing is not only a convenient way to make some money; it can also be a lot of fun! For job listings go to the Housing & Residential Life job page.

Hall Amenities

  • Accessible to students with disabilities
  • Bicycle racks
  • C-Store - convenience store in building
  • Controlled card access to building entries and labs
  • Cooking facility, microwave
  • Computer lab
  • Dining facility
  • Fire alarm system (addressable), with sprinklers
  • Foosball, table tennis, & pool tables
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Game rooms
  • Ice machine
  • Information Desk - sports and recreational equipment, games, DVD players, and DVDs available for check out
  • Lounges (various) per floor
  • Music & piano practice rooms
  • Rental refrigerators available through contracted vendor
  • Recycling containers - paper, cans, glass, plastic
  • Serviced by elevators
  • Study and classroom space
  • Vending machines
  • Wireless internet

Room Furnishings and Amenities

  • Cable TV service (no TV provided)
  • Carpeting
  • Closet
  • Desk & chair
  • Drawer space
  • Ethernet access
  • Mattress pad
  • Single-size bed
  • Smoke detector
  • Recycling, 3-part containers
  • Telephone jack (phone not provided)
  • Window coverings

What to Bring

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One room occupied by 1 resident. A common bathroom is shared by approximately 12 rooms. The average square footage is 133. The contract length is fall/spring. There are approximately 80 singles in Sanford.


One room shared by 2 residents. A common bathroom is shared by approximately 12 rooms. The average square footage is 187. The contract length is fall/spring. There are approximately 167 doubles in Sanford.


One room shared by 3 residents (unless used for expanded housing). A common bathroom is shared by approximately 15 rooms. The average square footage is 244. The contract length is fall/spring. There are approximately 34 triples in Sanford.

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Hall Staff

Sanford Lab - 182

Sanford Tech Lounge - 176

Have problems in the computer centers or suggestions for improvements please let us know