First-year students are required to live in one of Michigan Tech’s residence halls, unless they are transfer students with thirty or more credits or local students commuting from a home where they live with their parents or guardians (within a fifty-mile radius). After their first year, students may choose to continue living on campus in the residence halls, move to the Hillside Place or the Daniell Heights Apartments, or move off campus.
Housing and Residential Life at Michigan Tech oversees the three on-campus residence halls and the two on-campus apartment living areas. All on-campus housing options provide students with additional staffing, as well as events and activities to help them become engaged in the campus community. Many amenities are offered in each residence hall, including dining facilities, fitness rooms, game rooms, laundry facilities, music rooms, study areas, kitchenettes, bike-storage areas, high-speed internet access, cable TV, free domestic long-distance phone service, and saunas. Additional opportunities to get involved include participation in the residential student organizations (hall councils) and the learning communities. If your student will be living in the residence halls, consult the list of things to bring.
There are a variety of factors to consider when making a housing decision, such as cost, convenience, and comfort. Students should begin thinking about their housing options for the following academic year in the fall semester of the current year. For students currently living in the residence halls who wish to return to the halls for the following academic year, the recontracting process begins in the spring semester.
If your student is interested in moving off campus after the University residency requirement has been met, there are a wide variety of houses and apartments for rent in the local area. The Undergraduate Student Government provides a listing of available off-campus housing. Students can search the listings to find apartments, duplexes, or houses and to find roommates. Rental agreements vary by landlord and should be carefully reviewed before signing. USG also posts an online Tenant and Landlord Guide prepared by the Michigan legislature, which contains valuable information for any student who is considering renting.
Most leases in the area do not include utilities, so when calculating living expenses, students may need to account for electric, gas, water, cable, internet, and any laundry, snow removal, or garbage costs in addition to rent. For students who may be interested in purchasing a home, there are several real estate agents in the area, including Allan’s Realty, Century 21 North Country Agency, Re/Max Douglass Real Estate, StateWide Real Estate of Houghton, and Superior Shores Real Estate.