About Residence Life at Calvin

About Residence Life

About living on campus

Living on campus is an integral part of the Calvin educational experience. The learning that takes place within communities of residents is a catalyst for social, spiritual, moral, and intellectual development. The seven traditional residence halls, with rooms configured in suites of two rooms and one bathroom (two students per room), and the eleven apartment-style buildings (four or five students per apartment) are all located within short walking distance of academic buildings and parking. Within the residence halls and apartments, there are opportunities for deeper learning through a number of optional living-learning or "themed" clusters, including topics such as environmental stewardship, understanding race and anti-racism, faith and athletics, language apartments, and an honors community.

All residence halls are staffed by full-time, masters-level staff members who supervise various student leadership groups and ensure a safe, healthy, and developmental environment for all residents. All student rooms are furnished and have internet and campus cable access. Storage and quiet study rooms are available in hall basements, laundry facilities are free, and meal plans provide a wide variety of food options at every meal.

- From the Calvin College Catalog, 2010

Residency Requirement

Calvin requires all first and second year students to live on campus, and encourages continued on-campus housing for students beyond their first two years when it is no longer a requirement. Exceptions to the residency requirement are granted only for students living with their parents or legal guardians, students who are married, part-time, or 21 years or older, or students who are two years beyond their high school graduation date.

Non-traditional age students requesting on-campus housing

Calvin College Residence Life houses traditional age college students on-campus (ages 17-22). Non-traditional age students (students who are 16 years old or above the age of 22) can still apply for on-campus housing. In addition to an application, non-traditional age students may be required to have an interview with a member of the Residence Life staff. A housing decision for non-traditional age students will be made on a case-by-case basis, and the college reserves the right to deny on-campus housing and recommend alternative options.