Community and Housing


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Ridgewater does not own or maintain dormitory facilities on either campus. However, both communities have adequate housing and rental units available both adjacent to campus (walking distance) and away from campus (transportation required).   

We recommend that you start your housing search late spring or early summer for the best selection.


Willmar, with a population of approximately 20,000, is one of the fastest-growing areas in greater Minnesota. Located 90 miles west of Minneapolis it is a regional hub for shopping, recreation, entertainment, and health care.  It was designated in 2005 as an All-American City by the National Civic League.

Willmar Housing Vacancies
Community Housing List
Willmar, MN area rentals Facebook page
Apartment Finder

Kandiyohi County - List of Licensed Daycare Providers

Buy your Student Pass today, or any day at the Ridgewater Bookstore. Passes are multi-punch passes. Cash or Check only.
*Students are able to charge against their Financial Aid during the week before classes start. Be sure to consider your transportation needs for the whole semester.​ 


Hutchinson is home to around 14,000 people, and is a fast-growing, high-tech community within one hour of the Twin Cities metro area.  It has a solid and diverse industrial base, along with a strong retail system.  It has received recognition, such as Money magazine's one of "fifty great towns with great jobs," Mpls/St. Paul magazine's "one of eight great towns to call home," and "official best small town in Minnesota 2008."

Hutchinson Housing Vacancies
Community Housing List
Hutchinson HRA
Hutchinson, MN area rentals Facebook page
Apartment Finder

McLeod County - List of Licensed Daycare Providers​

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.