About Residence Life at Mines

Be part of the Oredigger Community

University life is more than academics. It’s about having new experiences; it’s about discovering new educational and social opportunities, and it’s about stepping out on your own as an adult. It’s as much about the way you live as the classes you take. Living on campus will help you make the most of your University experience. As a part of the Division of Student Life, the Department of Residence Life plays an integral role in our students’ education and development. We support the Colorado School of Mines mission by providing services, policies and programs that enhance academic and social experiences in a safe, friendly and challenging residential community. We feel that campus living combines the essential elements for a successful college experience. All residents are stewards of our residential communities and are encouraged to take responsibility for their success. There’s a growing sense of shared community in our residence halls, a sense of living, learning, respect of each other and of commitment to the community. We’d like you to be a part of that!

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Contact Us

Due to current circumstances, Residence Life desks and offices are currently closed, but please contact us via phone (voicemail) or email below. We will respond as soon as possible.

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



Our Mission:
Learning through Living at Mines

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.

Mines Residence Life Pillars

These Pillars of Community sustain and uphold the mission and vision of Residence Life. As members of our community, we experience life at Mines as a place where all are empowered to learn and grow. We are committed to honoring each other’s identities and experiences. We value relationships by striving to see each others’ point of view, and even through conflict, we learn from one another.

We show our commitment to our community by working to uphold these pillars:






We will encourage the expression of different voices, perspectives, and ideas.

We will challenge our own beliefs, opinions, and viewpoints.

We will advocate for an accessible, safe, and respectful environment to enhance the living, learning, and working community at Colorado School of Mines.

We will acknowledge and respect the multiple identities represented in each individual.

We will show our commitment by our voice and our conduct.

Social Justice Education

Residence Life is dedicated to providing an inclusive community that fosters understanding and appreciation of all races, religions, national origins, socio-economic classes, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, physical and learning abilities, and ages. We are committed to playing an important role in the educational experience by providing students and staff with diverse educational and social opportunities so that they may become more justice-minded and educated members of society to address the needs of the world’s growing population.  As an institution that is devoted to engineering and applied sciences, we call upon our communities to cultivate a passion for social justice and diversity and to develop the skill and knowledge set needed to take action for change within our global society.

Roles of Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Coordinators
Residence Life Coordinators are directly responsible for managing multiple residence halls, designing and implementing programs within halls, and overseeing the maintenance, housekeeping, safety and disciplinary standards within residence halls.

Community Directors
Community Directors are paraprofessional staff members that live and work in the Residence Halls or at Mines Park while attending school full time. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their assigned hall or community, including providing support services directly to students, supervising Resident Advisors (RAs), overseeing all educational, social, and operational activities.

Resident Advisors
Resident Advisors (RAs) are full-time students who live in the residence halls or Mines Park and are responsible for a particular floor/building (including Mines Park) of residents. They provide support, act as a resource for students, coordinate social and educational programs, and work with one another as a group to enforce community rules and university policies within the halls.