Choose Campus Life

Life at Winona State University really is all it’s cracked up to be – no matter what your interests are.

Active outdoor enthusiast? Check out our indoor climbing wall or head out for a hike in the bluffs.

Into the art scene? We’ve got world class museums and music and theater festivals galore.

Foodie? You’re in luck with our on- and off-campus dining options.

Whatever you’re looking for – we’ve got it.

Welcome Week 2019: A Snapshot of Campus Life

Welcome to Your New Home

So much of the college experience centers around on-campus living, providing convenience, affordability and an instant community.

With residence halls located across Main Campus, it’s easy to find the right fit for you.

How to Apply for Housing

Thinking about living on campus? Don’t wait!

The sooner you complete your application, the more likely you’ll get the hall and room you prefer – especially for high-demand suite-style units in Haake and Kirkland Hall.

These are the basic steps to sign up for on-campus housing. Get all the details about the housing process .


1. Start Your Application

Access your Housing Portal through Student eServices.

  1. Login with your StarID and password.
  2. Choose “Housing & Dining” in the left hand tool bar.
  3. You will be prompted to re-enter your StarID and password.

Once you are logged into your Housing Portal, click on “Housing Application” to begin the application process.

2. Submit Your $250 Pre-Payment to Guarantee Your Spot

To complete the housing application, you will have to sign the Agreement for Housing & Dining and submit a $250 pre-payment.

Only once this payment is received will we guarantee you a space in one of our residence halls.

The Agreement will be available within the application in your Housing Portal.

3. Request a Roommate

From March -May, you can use the roommate request feature within your application by logging into your Housing Portal through Student eServices.

If you only have the option for a single room, you and your preferred roommate can select single rooms next to each other or on the same hall floor.

4. Choose Your Room

If you submit your application and pre-payment by May 1, you will get an email in May or early June with a time-slot to select your room.

During this time-slot, you’ll be able to access the room selection portion of your application on your Housing Portal.

From there, you can filter preferences based on what hall or type of room you would like to live in.

If you miss the May 1 deadline, you will be assigned a room in mid-June.

You’ll be notified of your room assignment via your WSU e-mail address or you can view this information on your Housing Portal.

Dig into Dining

From on-campus dining options like our all-you-care-to eat dining halls, Panda Express, Caribou or Starbucks, to off-campus pizza places, ice cream and coffee shops you’ll only find in Winona – your tastebuds are about to get happy.

Eat Where You Live: A Warrior’s Guide to On-Campus Grub

Every student at Winona State is unique. And although we may have different backgrounds and future aspirations, there’s one thing that always brings us together—food! We all speak the same language when we’re eating, and it’s important to know your dining options on campus…

The 4 Hottest Coffee Shops in Winona

When people talk about the amount of coffee I consume, they may say I’m an addict. They aren’t kidding. Since I have been in Winona, I have successfully visited every coffee shop…more than once. Coffee shops are one of my favorite places to hang out with friends and also to study at…

WSU student holding an ice cream cone while hanging with friends.

Winona Ice Cream Tour: Tandem Bike Edition

When exploring different colleges over the summer and trying to decide which one to make your future home, the most important item on your pro/con list should be the local ice cream selection…

Let the Fun Begin

College is a time to gain independence, meet new friends and explore new interests.

Whether it’s getting involved in one of our 170+ student clubs, learning to rock climb on our indoor climbing wall or taking in year-round theater and dance performances, we have no doubt your time outside of class will be filled with fun.

Student Clubs

With so many student clubs, it’s easy to make friends while having fun and exploring interests outside the classroom.

WSU has clubs for community service, Greek life, academic majors, special interests and cultural groups so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

And if there isn’t, you can start your own club!

Choosing the Right Club, Not All the Clubs

It’s easy to become enthusiastic about getting involved on campus. Before you get overwhelmed by all your options, though, consider this blog post as your WSU club guidebook….

Show Your Creative Side

One great things about WSU’s smaller size is that you can share your voice with campus media channels such as:

The Winonan Student Newspaper
University Social Media Team
Warrior Stories Blogs and HerCampus Club
KQAL Radio Station

Especially for those in communication-related majors, these creative outlets are part applying what you learn in class, part work experience, and a whole lot of fun.


Relax in Kryzsko Commons

Kryzsko Commons is one of the main areas for students to gather. The dining center, activities center, lounges and study spaces are all right here.

Take a tour Kryzsko Commons, the living room of WSU!

Game at the Esports Lounge

Whether you’re a new player or seasoned veteran, the Warrior Esports Lounge is a place for you to enjoy video games and hang out with fellow gamers.

Here you can play over two dozen games on PCs and Nintendo Switch—all for free!

Cheer on Warrior Athletics

WSU has 14 athletics teams so there’s always a game or match to watch.

All home sporting events are free to students, so get out and show your Warrior Pride!

Be sure to get there early before home football games for the Game Day Experience event. With food trucks, entertainment and giveaways, it’s a fun way to get hyped up and hang out with friends.

Play with Intramurals & Sports Clubs

When you head to college, you don’t have to say goodbye to the fun and friendship of high school sports.

Intramural sports are friendly games between other WSU students. There are teams for basketball, soccer, volleyball, football and softball– and you don’t have to be an athlete to play.

If you’re more on the competitive side, then club sports might be just what you are looking for.

Club sports teams travel to compete against other colleges and have their own championship tournaments.

6 Ways Intramural Sports Will Make You a Better Student

 I can’t tell you about every club we have here at Winona State, but I can give you some very good reasons for one of the university’s more popular activities–intramural sports….

Work on Wellness in the Fitness Center

Achieve your healthiest self with free weights, treadmills, rowing machines, open basketball courts, a running track, and more at the Integrated Wellness Complex.

There are also fitness classes if you like to work out in a group or try a personal trainer for help with your unique fitness goals.

Reach New Heights at the Climbing Wall

Ready to learn the ropes?

WSU has the largest university climbing wall in the Midwest.

With nearly 6,000 square feet of climbing surface and two bouldering walls, any thrill seeker is bound to get a fun workout in whenever they want.

Enjoy Breathtaking Natural Beauty

The natural beauty of Winona means you’ll never run out of things to explore. Set between the bluffs and mighty Mississippi, the great outdoors has so much to offer – regardless of whether your adventure level is high or you’re more laid back and looking to relax.

Sugar Loaf mountain at the top of the Mississippi River bluffs

The 7 Most Beautiful Things in Winona

No matter which direction you turn, who you’re talking to, or what you’re doing, you can find yourself in the midst of beauty. This especially goes for Winona, and it’s one of the millions of reasons why this city is so awesome!…

Top 6 Hiking Trails Near Winona

Hiking is a great way to get some exercise, enjoy spectacular views, and cure your boredom as well. Here are the top 6 hiking trails around Winona according to Outdoor Education and Recreation staff and expert hikers Erin Barnard and Mike Henderson….

WSU student holding an ice cream cone while hanging with friends.

Winona Ice Cream Tour: Tandem Bike Edition

At Winona State, there’s plenty to do outdoors in the local community that’s also close to campus…

Large white letters are set up across 3rd St. in downtown Winona

Experience Life in Winona

Experience Life in Winona

As a WSU student, you’re part of both our on-campus community and the Winona area community.

There’s plenty to do in Winona from major festivals that bring in crowds to local entertainment, food, shopping and more to fill your Saturdays.

Get to know your new home away from home!