Housing & Residential Life

2018-2019 Student Handbook

University Housing, Dorm vs. Residence Hall

University Housing


Maximize your residence hall experience with this handbook and planner.  The information contained here can help:

  • Enable you to become more familiar with our residence hall system-its services, programs, facilities, staff, policies, and procedures.
  • Acquaint you with the philosophy and goals of Housing & Residential Life at MSU Billings.
  • Inform you of your rights and responsibilities as a residence hall community member.
  • Serve as a reference guide.

It is important that you have an overall understanding of the MSU Billings residence hall program.  This handbook may answer many of your questions.  Please take the time to thoroughly read it and become familiar with your campus home and take it with you to keep organized.


In addition, your residence hall staff members are valuable

resources who can provide clarification and information about the residence hall and campus communities.  Please feel free to address any questions to hall staff.

Dorm vs. Residence Hall


It has been a long, long time since the days of “dorm” mothers and 10 pm curfews. For the next eight months or more, your residence hall will be your home and should be treated as such. It will be a place in which you will learn much about yourself, grow tremendously, and have a lot of fun!


  • Dorm (dorm) n. 1. place for sleeping 2. building or part of one with sleeping rooms.
  • Residence Hall (rez-idenz-hol) n. 1. where college students develop personally or mature 2. a college building in which experiences and programs result in positive growth.


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