It is important that you, as an international student, make proper arrangements for housing before you arrive in the Twin Cities. Arriving on campus without a place to live can be stressful for you and your family. It can also be costly, as the price of a hotel can get expensive if your search for housing takes longer than expected. You can expand the sections below to find more information on housing options both on and off-campus.
For undergraduate students, we highly recommend that you live on campus at least for your first year. Living on campus allows you the opportunity to connect with other students and build friendships. Each residence hall has a professional staff member living in the hall along with student leaders who provide a safe environment for students. There are a variety of different types of housing on-campus from shared rooms to more apartment style housing. Most first-year American students live in what are called “traditional residence halls” where each student lives with a roommate in one room with shared bathrooms and kitchens on the floor. If you are looking for a supportive first year American University experience, we suggest you apply to live in one of the traditional halls. If you are more interested in apartment style housing that is also available, but you will need to apply early and indicate that on your housing application. All on-campus housing comes furnished and we can provide linens if needed. Laundry machines are also provided at no extra cost. Please visit the Residence Life website at stthomas.edu/residencelife to learn more about the housing options and costs associated.
For more details or to request to live on-campus please contact Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no available on-campus housing for graduate students.
Rent around the St. Paul campus tends to range from $800-$1500 depending on the size and style of the apartment. When choosing an apartment, there are many different factors to consider. The following list has some of the more important things you should think about:
- Furnished or unfurnished
- Private or shared kitchen and bathroom
- Availability of laundry services
- Location near campus or near public transportation
- Parking availability (if needed)
- Whether the rent includes utilities (gas, electricity, water, heat)
- Safety of the neighborhood
- Deposit (in addition to the first month of rent, a security deposit is usually required)*
*Many apartments will ask students for a Social Security Number (SSN) when applying for an apartment. International students are only able to apply for a SSN when they have a job here on-campus. Often apartments will ask students to pay a larger deposit due to the fact that you do not have a SSN.
Searching for housing from overseas can be difficult as the area is unknown and pictures may look different than what they really are in reality. It’s important to know that apartments become available at least 60 days prior to a start date so for instance, if you are looking for a September 1st move-in date, you will want to be searching in June/July. More information about living off campus can be found here: stthomas.edu/offcampus/housing/. The following is a list of websites that you can use to search for housing. Be careful of scams regarding people asking you to send them money prior to your arrival. We recommend that you read about some of the common types of rental scams here.
For assistance finding an apartment the fits your needs we have partnered with CORT Destination Services to assist students in finding off-campus housing. They offer assistance in finding apartments, helping you complete your rental agreement, and if wanted, furnishing options.