Residence Life


Why live on campus?
  • It gives you an opportunity to integrate with many students from all backgrounds, with different values, interests, and abilities!
  • Research shows that students who reside on campus have a higher percentage of completing their college program than those living off campus!
  • It is a great opportunity to develop "people skills" which are so essential for success in your chosen field.
  • Residence Hall living places you near all university resources and activities which enable you to become a part of your university!
  • Residence Hall living enables you to develop close personal relationships that can result in friendships that last a lifetime!

Five residence halls and the Yellow Jacket Apartments provide housing for students. All of our residence halls are co-ed. Our halls are Bordeaux, Heidepriem, Thomas, Humbert, and Wenona Cook.

Each hall has a Hall Director who is responsible for the daily operations of the residence hall. Your Hall Director is present to help and guide you, and will assist you with problems that may occur in your living community.  Each wing has a student Resident Assistant. Your RA will be of valuable help to you in answering questions and acquainting you with the hall and other residents through Community Foundations.

Room sizes for Humbert, Thomas, and Heidepriem are 14' x 12'. Wenona Cook has a variety of room sizes since some rooms will accommodate up to three people, with an average size 14' x 19'. The average size of Bordeaux Hall rooms is 20' x 10'.

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The Peaks

The Peaks is the three building complex of Heidepriem Hall, Thomas Hall, and Bordeaux Hall. The three residence halls are joined together by the Lookout Lodge room.

Bordeaux Hall

Bordeaux Hall

The Bordeaux Hall is the newest residence hall on campus. The nearly 50,000-square-foot residence hall connects two existing halls, Heidepriem and Thomas, with a central living area that is the resident life hub for all three buildings. It includes a two-story great room, residential kitchen for student use, fireplace, a snack area and multi-media study rooms. The average dimension of Bordeaux Hall rooms is 20' x 10'.

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Heidepriem Hall

Heidepriem Hall

Heidepriem Hall, or "Heide" as it is commonly known, is the largest co-ed residence hall on the BHSU campus with room for 154 residents. Residents in Heide often spend their time just hanging out with one another. Heide holds many amenities like the cooking area on the second floor, and the TV lounge and ping-pong table on the first floor. Both places are perfect for spending time with friends. Heide is comprised of 2 male wings and 4 female wings, all of which conveniently house their own washer and dryers. Living in Heide will also give you easy access to the Disc Golf course, the large campus green, and beautiful scenery. Whatever your interests are, there is a place for you in Heide. Room sizes for Heidepriem Hall are 14' x 12'.

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Thomas Hall

Thomas Hall

Thomas Hall, or "T-Hall" as it is commonly referred to, is one of the larger co-ed residence halls with capacity for 152 residents. Thomas Hall is a great place to make any student feel comfortable in the college setting because of the large recreation lounge, study lounge, and TV/movie lounge. Students who live in Thomas have a great experience with all that is offered by their fun and dynamic staff. Thomas Hall will be a staple of your college experience! Room sizes for Thomas Hall are 14' x 12'.

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Humbert Hall

Humbert Hall

Humbert is conveniently located across the street from the Student Union. This residence hall is a close-knit community building, housing 80+ students. Laundry services are provided on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor houses a kitchen combined with a TV/Movie lounge area. The ROTC Office and the BHSU Student food bank (Supported by the BHSU Honors Program) is also located on the first floor, with a separate outside entrance. Room sizes for Humbert Hall are 14' x 12'.

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Wenona Cook Hall

Wenona Cook Hall

Wenona Cook, or “Dub-C” as it is commonly referred to, is BHSU’s oldest residence hall. Named after the founder of BHSU's first Art Department and wife of BHSU's first President, Wenona Cook personifies the historic beauty of our campus. Residents of Wenona Cook enjoy a very close proximity to Lyle Hare Stadium and many other great areas on the BHSU campus. The average room size for Wenona Cook Hall is 14' x 19'.

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What we offer in the residence halls:

  • LIVE-ON REQUIREMENT: All students within 2 years of their high school graduation date are required to live on campus. See Res Life Staff for possible exceptions.
  • INTERNET CONNECTION IN ROOMS: Each room is equipped with high speed internet (Wireless and Ethernet) at no additional charge. The Residence Life Network (BHSU Secure) is an internet service that provides a reliable connection for students in the residence halls and campus suites. In order to connect to BHSU Secure, users must meet minimum system requirements. Requirements are enforced by a system called Clean Access Agent that checks for anti-virus, patches, and other security-related updates. For more info please visit:
  • CABLE TV: Bring your own television to access extended basic cable that is available in each room. Digital cable boxes and remote controls are supplied, but please bring your own coaxial cable for standard channels or an HDMI cord for the came channels in HD.
  • LAUNDRY: Each residence hall has washers and dryers available for students. You can pay for laundry with either your Buzz card or change. 
  • KITCHENETTES: Every Residence Hall is equipped with a kitchenette area that includes a stove, refrigerator, microwave, and sink.
  • TV/DVD: In the lobby areas of each Residence Hall there is a TV and DVD that is available for resident use. (50' Full HD Flatscreen) 

Furniture Measurements
  3 Drawer Dresser  37" x 30" 
  Twin Bed (extra long sheets)  79" long 
  Window (for curtains)  45" x 56" 
  Wardrobe w/ Overhead Storage - Wenona Cook, Heidepriem & Thomas  34" x 65" 
  Shared Closet - Humbert   



All rooms have (per person): 

  • 3 drawer dresser
  • Sink (shared
  • Twin Bed (extra long)
  • Wooden Chair
  • Desk 
  • Wardrobe with Overhead Storage
    ***Humbert - Shared Closet w/ Overhead Storage

Suite Style Living

Yellow Jacket ApartmentsThe Yellow Jacket Apartments are the perfect option for students over the age of 19 who need a little more privacy but still want to stay connected to the exciting environment of campus living. Living in the suites does work to fulfill the two year live-on requirement. There is a focus on sustainability at the campus suites our programs promote residents to make eco-friendly choices.  

The Set Up:
There are eight buildings (one which is set aside for family housing), each building is comprised of eight suites. Every suite is set-up to house three students: one in the single bedroom and two in the double bedroom. The living room and kitchen area are open to each other giving a spacious feel to the living space. The three roommates share a generous sized bathroom. There is a laundry room located in each building. All suites are furnished with a couch, beds, dressers, an air-conditioner, and a full kitchen. Suites designed for students with disabilities are available.

Each suite has 790 square feet of living space and is heated with thermostatic controlled hot water heat.  Rooms are carpeted, except for the kitchen area and bathroom.  The single bedroom is approximately 11'3" x 10' with a small closet and the double bedroom is 11' x 12' plus a walk-in closet.  The living room is 13'6" wide.  Parking spaces are conveniently located.  Annual parking permits are required.  No boats, campers, trailers, etc. will be allowed in the parking lot. 

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What to look forward to:  

  • A community space built with sustainable products in mind. Residents will be able to enjoy: A large screen television with Wii and DVD player, study space, staff office, and comfy seating.
  • Block Parties and Community Dinners
  • Community Garden
  • Outdoor Programming
  • Homecoming float/parade prep
  • Holiday Extravaganza

Family Housing

Getting to know the Yellow Jacket Apartments:
The Yellow Jacket Apartments provide housing for families of Black Hills State University students and married students. The apartments are unfurnished except for an electric stove, refrigerator and air conditioner. Two apartments for individuals with disabilities are available. Laundry facilities are located on the lower level in each building.  Pets are NOT allowed. There is a focus on sustainability at the campus apartments our programs promote residents to make eco-friendly choices.

Apartment Complex: 
Each apartment has 790 square feet of living space and is heated with thermostatic controlled hot water heat.  Rooms are carpeted, except for the kitchen area and bathroom.  Bedroom #1 is approximately 11'3" x 10' and bedroom #2 is 11' x 12'.  The living room is 13'6" wide.  Parking spaces are conveniently located.  Annual parking permits are required.  No boats, campers, trailers, etc. will be allowed in the parking lot. 

Application Procedure: 
To qualify for an apartment, applicants must complete admission requirements and be enrolled as a full-time student.  A completed Apartment Application and security deposit must be sent to the Residence Life office to reserve an apartment.

Security Deposit: 
A security deposit of $250.00 is required to reserve an apartment.  $25 of this deposit will be retained for administrative costs, the remainder will be held as long as you are a resident in an apartment to cover damage or forfeiture. If request for cancellation of the apartment is not received 30 days prior to commencement of the lease, the deposit will be forfeited.

Lease Agreement: 
Lease agreements are required and all adults are required to sign.  In the event there is a change in roommates from the original lease a new lease must be signed. Rent for the first month is due when you check in, and thereafter on the first of each month (for 12-month lease) or on the fifteenth of each month (for 9-month lease).  Rent includes heat, electricity, water, sewer, garbage, internet, cable and local phone service.  Late fees of $3 per day for unpaid rent is assessed.

Application Restriction:
Priority for assigning apartments will be for BHSU students who are either a single parent and/or married couples.  If married only one of the married couple is required to attend BHSU. All eligibility requirements must be verified prior to the commencement of the lease. 

For an application for the apartments please contact:  Black Hills State University, Residence Life, 1200 University Street, Unit 9100, Spearfish, SD  57799-9100, 605-642-6464.

Black Hills State University offers students many different ways to connect what they're learning in the classroom to the world around them. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) offer a unique way to combine learning, living, and personal development in a unique environment where they all complement and strengthen each other.

Living Learning Communities at Black Hills State University

  • Outdoor Adventure located in Humbert Hall

Students participating in the Outdoor Adventure LLC will take advantage of the beauty of Spearfish Canyon and the Black Hills surrounding BHSU. Hiking, biking, hammocking, you name it!

  • Sustainable Living located in Thomas Hall

Students, working with BHSU staff and faculty, will explore ways to live a more sustainable life in college, and after. It's more than just recycling!

  • The Honors Community in Heidepriem Hall

This community is open all University Honors Students looking for ways to connect with and learn from other Honors students and our amazing Honors faculty.

What you can expect when Living in a Living Learning Community

  • Living Together

Research indicates that students who participate in LLCs are more likely to have higher first semester GPAs, form a greater connection to campus, enjoy greater access to faculty and campus resources, and are more likely to graduate on time*.

  • Learning Together

All students who participate in our LLCs take GS100 together. This class helps prepare students for the rigors of collegiate life. LLC sections of GS100 untilze BHSU faculty and staff involved in out LLCs. Beyond the classroom, study groups and peer interactions increase the likelihood of making lifelong connections. *

  • Faculty Involvement and Connections

LLC participants enjoy a closer connection to BHSU faculty, those involved with an LLC and those who are not. Students learn how to access faculty and how to make the most out of those connections. *

“Living–learning programs are thought to “(make) possible the integration of the social, cultural, physical, spiritual, and intellectual growth of students in such a way that each complements the others”
(Adams, 1974)

* References

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Garrett, M. D., & Zabriskie, M. S. (2003). The influence of living–learning program participation on student–faculty interaction. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 32(2), 38–44.

Hummel, M., Murphy, R., & Zeller, W. (2008). Principles for effective living and learning programs. In G. Luna & J. Gahagan (Eds.), Learning initiatives in the residential setting (monograph No. 48). Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

Inkelas, K. K & Soldner M. (2011). Undergraduate living-learning programs and student outcomes. In J. C. Smart & M. B. Paulson (Eds), Higher education: Handbook of theory research (1-55). New York: Springer.

Pascarella, E. T., & Terenzini, P. T. (1980). Student–faculty and student–peer relationships as mediators of the structural effects of undergraduate residence arrangement. Journal of Educational Research, 73(6), 344–353.