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Housing & Residence Life

Welcome to the Office of Housing & Residence Life at McNally Smith College of Music! We are excited that you are considering making the McNally Smith Residence Hall your home. We’re a division of the Office of Student Affairs. Our office is located in the Residence Hall in room 410 and we can be contacted via e-mail at

Our Mission:
“To provide students a safe, creative and inclusive environment to grow as leaders and master their art.”

Our Vision:
“To develop a premier residential community and foster programs that promote student learning and personal development.”


McNally Smith College of Music’s Residence Hall is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, just five blocks south of the main campus in the historic Lowry Hotel on floors 4–6. The Lowry is a multi-use building which hosts a restaurant, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, and both high end and market rate apartments (on floors 7-10).

Residence Hall Address:
345 Wabasha St. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Amenities and information about the Residence Hall:

  • Secured Floors (4–6) that others in the building cannot access
  • Gender Neutral Housing throughout the Residence Hall
  • Private bathrooms for each apartment
  • Water, Heat, Electricity and Garbage INCLUDED in price*
    *There is an electrical allowance for each apartment; If students exceed the allowance, the additional cost will be charged and split among the roommates
  • Residence Life staff on call 24/7 for the needs of residents
  • Weekly programming and events for students to partake in provided by the staff
  • Tutoring is available in the Residence Hall, provided by The Learning Center
  • Study lounges on the 4th and 5th Floors
  • Large Student Lounge on the 6th Floor with a ping-pong table, a foosball table, a lending library, and cable television
  • Wifi and ethernet internet connection in every unit

The Residence Hall is located within two blocks of over 10 bus routes and the Green Line light rail. Information about Metro Transit can be found at

McNally Smith College of Music does not own any parking. Information on parking contracts available in downtown St. Paul can be found at

The apartments have the following furniture/appliances included:

  • Every student is provided:
    • Bed Frame
    • Mattress (Twin XL)
    • Desk & Chair
    • Dresser Drawers
    • Armiore
    • Armoires & dressers are not provided in rooms with adequate closet space.
  • 4th Floor
    • Kitchenettes with hot plate, microwave, and refrigerator (no traditional stove & oven)
  • 5th & 6th Floor
    • Kitchen with oven/stove and refrigerator (no microwave oven)

Check out the floor plans and see where you’ll be living today!



Our Residence Hall rates include all utilities (water, sewage, garbage, electricity, heat) as well as provides you with staff available 24/7 to ensure the safety of our Residence Hall. Please make sure to read through the contract for the time frame in which you are applying

2017 -2018 Academic Year Rates

Room Type Cost Per Student, Per Semester
1×1 – One room, one resident (Only 2 in the entire hall) $3,850
2×2 – Two room, two residents $3,450
2×3 – Two room, three residents (Very few in the building) $2,888
2×4 – Two room, four residents $2,750
2x2x6 – Two rooms, Two bathroom, Six residents (Only 1 in entire hall and specifically gender neutral) $2,000



All on-campus residential students are required to participate in a meal plan. Consider your current eating patterns, as well as your class, social, studying, sleeping and exercise schedules to choose the plan that best meets your needs.

Our Meal Plans are available in the form of a traditional debit card that can be used to purchase food on campus. McNally Smith currently offers three meal plans for Residence Hall Students:

  • Plan A: $1000 per semester
  • Plan B: $800 per semester
  • Plan C : $600 per semester



All students enrolled at McNally Smith can apply to live in the Residence Hall just by going to their Applicant/Student Portal. In the left column find My Housing → New Housing App.  

Before being assigned to a room in the residence hall, you will need to place a $225 housing deposit with the Bursar’s Office. This deposit is returned upon a satisfactory check-out from the residence hall. To make a payment, go to the ‘My Finances’ section of the student portal and select ‘Make Payment Online’. Please note that you will not see a balance due for the housing deposit. A charge for the housing deposit will be applied, along with notification to the Office of Housing and Residence Life, within 1-2 business days of payment being received.

Please feel free to contact the Bursar’s office for questions or assistance in making a payment over the phone.

Toll-free: 800-594-9500
Local: 651-361-3368




Residence Hall Coordinators

There are two Residence Hall Coordinators (RHCs) who live and work within the Residence Hall. They are professionally trained staff members who have years of experience working with college students in residence hall settings. They oversee the Office of Housing and Residence Life and it’s students staff. The RHCs have standard office hours and are great resources for residents. They are available if students are needing support, information about on campus activities, or just to have someone to talk to. The RHCs are available 24/7 for emergency situations.

The RHC office is located in room 410 within the Residence Hall.
Phone: 651-361-3421 OR 651-361-3429



Resident Assistants

There are five Resident Assistants or RAs who work for the Office of Housing and Residence Life.  RAs are current upperclass students who live and work in the Residence Hall.  There is a minimum of one RA per floor.  They are on duty every night from 6:00 PM – 9:00 AM and all day on the weekends.  RAs are trained to uphold the Residence Hall policies, keep residents safe and secure in their home, and help to create an inclusive community! Keep an eye out for programs (events) that the RAs are putting on weekly; get out and meet new people!


Want to be an RA??

  • In order to become an RA, you must meet the following requirements before employment:
  • Be a second-year or above student who has lived at least two semesters in the Residence Hall by the start of employment
  • Understand and abide by College and McNally Smith Residence Hall policies and regulations on or off campus
  • Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5. If an RA’s GPA falls below 2.5, the student may be placed on Academic Probation for the term of one semester.  If the RA fails to raise their GPA to a 2.5 or higher, the Residence Hall Coordinators will determine whether or not continuing employment is in the best interest of the student. An RA who falls below a 2.0 GPA semester or cumulative, will be subject to termination.
  • Satisfactorily complete a criminal background check as required by Minnesota state law.
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits, and live in the residence hall.

You can apply to be an RA for Fall 2018 in Spring 2018, keep an eye out for the application and position requirements to be posted on the Student Employment page.