Community and Housing


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Our campus communities are thriving regional centers, offering tremendous opportunity for employment and entertainment. 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).  If you seek housing early in the summer, you will have a very good choice of apartments. Rental lease agreements are usually required. Read these carefully before signing.          


Willmar, with a population of approximately 20,000, is one of the fastest-growing areas in greater Minnesota. It is located 90 miles west of Minneapolis and 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.

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Kandiyohi County - List of Licensed Daycare Providers

Buy your Student Pass today, or any day at the Ridgewater Bookstore. Passes are $37 and are a multi-punch pass. 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."

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McLeod County - List of Licensed Daycare Providers​


Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.