Future Lakers

This is your “How to Guide” when it comes to having a successful start at Lake Superior State University.  Continue scrolling for information about orientation, housing, moving in, and getting involved with campus life.

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Where to Start Your Future



  • Submit your free application to start your journey as a Laker.
  • Register for orientation and checkout our web page with details for the day.


You will spend the day learning about LSSU and how to get the most out of your education.   This includes:

  • Meeting your academic department
  • Scheduling classes
  • A presentation in the Arts Center about academic resources
  • “Fire Side Chats” for parents and families to ask questions
  • Having your first meal in the Quarterdeck, complimentary for students and families
  • Spending time meeting and interacting with other students
  • Opportunity to meet with Financial Aid advisors
  • Buying Laker Gear at the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore


  • Contact us with any questions
  • Apply for housing
  • Connect and make plans with your roommates
  • Follow up with the friends you made at orientation
  • Begin packing!


Where Can You Live?

LSSU was converted from a Fort to a College in the 1940s.  Check out the living options, from the updated barracks and captains quarters of Brady Hall and the Living Learning Communities, to buildings such as Osborn Hall and the Student Village that were added later.  Campus has a unique charm of orange brick buildings that will soon feel like home.


Before you step on campus this fall, make sure you have this list completed.

  1. Confirm your enrollment in LSSU
  2. Apply for housing
  3. Submit your housing application
  4. Sign your housing contract
  5. Pay your $200 prepayment to reserve your spot – waived for fall 2020
  6. June 10th mailed notice of your housing placement with your roommate’s contact info if payment is received June 1st
  7. Register for a parking permit on Anchor Access if necessary
  8. Pack your bags!  Use our list for reference.

Getting Involved

Where to start?

Your experience and development on campus is strengthened by getting involved outside of the classroom.  Check out our list of clubs and organizations!

Whether you’re living on campus or off campus, Orientation and Laker Week is a critical time to meet all kinds of people and look for ways you can stay involved once classes have begun.

Laker Week is July 31 – August 8

University Activities Board Hosts annual events and others:

  • Comedians, magicians, hypnotists
  • Soo Locks Boat Tour with the President
  • Weekly Jitters, with live musical guests
  • Lakerpalooza
  • Winter Snowfest
  • Art with Anne
  • Laker Cinema

Check them out on the Laker App and Facebook!

Use the Laker App to find and follow connect with other students, find and follow student organizations and other on campus activities.

What to Bring to Campus!

Your room on campus will be your living space for the next few years and to get the most out of it we encourage students to make it their own. Visit Pinterest for some great decoration ideas but don’t forget all the basics that you will use every day. We encourage students to bring things such as board games, frisbees, volleyballs, bikes, things that will promote social interaction and growth.


  • Blanket
  • Comforter
  • Mattress Pad (Twin XL, 36” x 80”)
  • Pillow/Pillow Cases
  • Sheets (Twin XL, 36” x 80”)


  • Can Opener
  • Dishware/Silverware
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Small Tool Kit
  • Water Bottle/Filter Pitcher


  • ATM Card
  • Credit Cards
  • Driver’s License (Enhanced for the Canadian border)
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Social Security Card


  • Bath Rugs/Mats
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets
  • HE Detergent
  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes/Flip-Flops
  • Towels and Washcloths


  • Alarm Clock
  • Cell Phone (with charger)
  • Computer/Laptop (with charger and locking cable)
  • Coffee Pot
  • Desk/Floor Lamp (with bulbs)
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Hair Dryer, Curling Iron, Straightener
  • Iron (auto shut-off)/Ironing Board
  • Fan (floor, window, and/or clip)
  • Microwave (1,000 watts or less)
  • Mini-Fridge (4.6 cubic feet or less)
  • Power Strip with Surge Protector (UL certified)
  • TV (must have a QAM tuner)
  • TV Coaxial Cable
  • Wireless Speaker


  • Decorative Rug
  • Decorative String Lights (25 feet or less, UL certified)
  • Hangers
  • Message Board and Markers
  • Mirror
  • Office Supplies (scissors, tape, stapler, paperclips, etc)
  • Painter’s Tape (choose the blue one!)
  • Removable Wall Decor
  • School Supplies (backpack, pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, binders, folders, planner)
  • Storage Organizers


  • All-Season Clothing/Footwear
  • Disinfectant Spray/Wipes and other Cleaning Supplies
  • Masks/Face Coverings
  • First Aid Kit
  • Haircare, Cosmetic, and Personal Hygiene Items
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Prescription/OTC Medications
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap/Deodorant
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermometer
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Umbrella/Rain Gear

Things You Cannot Bring

  • Crockpots/Coffee Makers with Hot Plates or any other hot plate
  • Candles
  • Candle Warmers
  • Incense
  • Knives longer than 2″ or any other weapon (unless checked in with Public Safety)
  • Toaster/Toaster Oven
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Electric Skillets
  • Pets other than fish
  • Fireworks
  • Pets other than fish
  • Fireworks/Explosives
  • Space Heaters
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Air Conditioners (must be new energy efficient style)
  • Drug/Alcohol Paraphernalia
  • Waterbeds
  • Router & Wireless access points

Getting to Know Your Roommates

Roommate Tips

Communication is the key to any relationship
Be tactful and thoughtful when sharing feelings
learn to Be a good listener
Discuss little problems as they arise to prevent escalation
Invest the time it takes to get to know your roommate
CARE about your new environment and relationships here at LSSU
Build Trust between yourself and others at lssu
Take RESPONSIBILITY for your actions

Getting to Know Your Roommate

When you receive your permanent room assignment, you will also receive the name and address of your roommate(s). Over the summer, may wish to exchange mail, phone calls, or e-mail to get to know on another a little before you arrive on campus.

If you are planning to live with someone you have known from your past, your will still need to talk about your new living arrangement. Living with someone can be quite different than being friends. It can be an opportunity to deepen your friendship, but this new situation can also create challenges. Developing new college friendships can be difficult. Jealousy can develop over the balance between new friendships and your friendship. It is important to maintain open communication with one another.

Roommate Bill of Rights

Your enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration that you have for your roommate(s).

Basic rights of a roommate include:

  1. The right to read and study free from undue interference in your room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions can keep you from enjoying this right.
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of your roommate, etc.
  3. The right to expect that a roommate will respect your personal belongings.
  4. The right to a clean environment in which to live.
  5. The right to free access to your room and facilities without pressure from a roommate.
  6. The right to personal privacy.
  7. The right to host guests, with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of your roommate and other hall residents.
  8. The right for redress of grievances. Residence hall staff are available for assistance in settling conflicts.
  9. The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  10. The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of the room telephone and a commitment to honor agreed payment procedures.

Remember: To be a mature adult is to accept responsibility for the welfare of others. Only you can assure that your roommate enjoys these rights.

If you need a mediator, contact your RA or CA.