We believe living on campus fosters student learning, development, and personal growth. We show dedication to our students by creating experiences and physical spaces that recognize the unique challenges and opportunities of being an Oredigger at Colorado School of Mines. We are committed to providing intentional learning by facilitating a safe, inclusive, and academically focused environment. We challenge and encourage students to be critical thinkers and civically-engaged leaders in a diverse global community.

What to know about Vaccination vs. Non-vaccination

Mines announced early the week of 6/7/21 that a vaccination requirement has been placed on all students, staff, and faculty. This requirement is meant to place our community in the best place possible to return to in-person, safe living and learning at Mines. There are exemption choices for those who cannot or do not want to be vaccinated. Please visit the Mines Vaccination information page (click this link) for more information.

For those students who are choosing to live in Residence Life housing for the 21-22 academic year please know that the CDC recommends regular COVID-19 testing, quarantine or isolation for symptomatic or positive testing students who are unvaccinated. We continue to strongly recommend that those without vaccines  wear masks, and keep 6 ft. distance from others. We may ask unvaccinated community members to test upon arrival at Mines, and continue regular testing throughout the year. Unvaccinated students who are close contacts of a positive case, or are positive themselves, will be mandated to quarantine. Quarantining students are not permitted to attend class or participate in activities for the entire duration of quarantine (14 days).




Residence Life has lifted the first-year student live on requirement!

First year students (including transfer students) are not required to live on campus during the 2021-2022 academic year. Due to the large incoming first-year class, and the ongoing pandemic, our students can make the choice to live where they are most comfortable. Close proximity, congregate housing is not everyone’s comfort level, we encourage you to choose the living situation that is right for you. At home with family in the Golden/Denver area, in an off campus apartment/home with roommates, or on campus in the residence halls. 

We anticipate the residence halls being full this year, with no space for isolation or quarantine for students who are sick with COVID-19. 

Questions? Email Mary Elliott at

On-Campus Summer Housing for 2021
Summer Housing 2021 will be offered in Maple Hall. Learn More! Application opens April 1, 2021 at 10 AM.
Elm Hall

Contact Residence Life

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Residence Life
Phone: (303) 869-LIFE(5433)
Toll Free: (800) 446-9488 x5433
Fax: (303) 384-2261
Location: Campus Living Office (Elm Hall)



First-Year Undergraduate Housing Timeline

First-Year Undergraduate and Theme Learning Community (TLC) Timelines for new and incoming students in the on-campus Residence Halls.

Second-Year Undergraduate Housing Timeline
Upper-class Undergraduate & Graduate Housing Timeline

Housing timeline for second-year, third-year, fourth-year undergraduates, graduates, and student families in Mines Park Apartments.

Incoming Transfer Student Housing Information

On-campus housing information for incoming transfer students.

Mines Campus

Housing Portal Applications

Please refer to the Housing Timelines for additional information on upcoming housing applications available through the Housing Portal on Trailhead.


Currently Open Applications as of March 25, 2021:

Spring 2021 Voluntary Meal Plan

  • Commuter meal plans for any student not currently living on-campus
  • Residents of Mines Park Apartments and 1750 Jackson are eligible
  • Spring 2021 Application Closes April 15

All times listed in Mountain Time 

A housing application does not guarantee housing and housing preferences are not guaranteed.

Please contact Residence Life at if you have any questions.


Upcoming Applications:

2021-2022 Residence Halls Housing Application for First-Year Undergraduates (Academic Year Contract)

  • Apply starting at 10:00 AM on April 1, 2021 – 11:59 PM on June 1, 2021
  • Theme Learning Community (TLC) Application is included within Residence Halls housing application process and available through May 1, 2021
  • Meal Plan Required
  • Self-selection assignment process offered through timeslots based on admissions enrollment deposit date

2021 Mines Summer On-Campus Housing Application for Students Enrolled in Summer Courses (Three-Week Minimum)

  • Apply starting at 10:00 AM on April 1, 2021
  • Only available to Mines students enrolled in Summer 2021 courses
  • Three-week minimum and Meal Plan Required
  • Assignments offered based on housing availability

2021-2022 Mines Park Application for New Residents (10-month Lease)

  • Apply starting at 10:00 AM on April 1, 2021
  • Only available to current, incoming, or transferring sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates, graduates, and student families
  • 10-month lease application (August-May)
  • Housing lottery process – assignment offers based on housing availability

2021-2022 1750 Jackson Application for Second-Year Undergraduates (10-month Lease)

  • Apply starting at 10:00 AM on April 1, 2021
  • Only available to current, incoming, or transferring undergraduate students that will be second-year/sophomore undergraduates during the 2021-2022 academic year
  • 10-month lease application (August-May)
  • Housing lottery process – self-selection assignment timeslots offered based on housing availability