Amenities & Safety

What comes with living in KE?

  • Partially furnished- bed, dressers, desks, shelves
  • Free laundry facilities
  • A month lease
  • Planned community events
  • Outdoor facilities- grills, volleyball, ice-skating
  • Many newly-remodeled apartments
  • Community dining plans available but not required
  • Free ResNet hookup, AirCalvin, cable T.V.
  • Semester leases for students studying abroad
  • Computer and study rooms
  • Reception desk located in the Theta-Epsilon lobby is open daily from 4–11 p.m.

Safety Services

Knollcrest East Parking

Vehicles used by residents of Knollcrest East must display a valid Calvin College parking permit, obtained when use of the vehicle begins. Residents of Knollcrest East will be issued the appropriate permit and may park in the lots in that area or if these lots are full, in the lot adjacent to the DeVos Communication Center.

Knollcrest East Residents must be observant of signs designating short-term parking spaces and other parking spaces or areas reserved for specific purposes.

Knollcrest East residents are not permitted to park their vehicles in the Fine Arts Center Lot at any time and other lots on the main campus have posted times when residents may not park. There is no parking on the main campus between 2:00 am and 6:00 am.

Motorcycles and all other vehicles with gasoline motors must conform to all college parking and driving regulations. These vehicles must display a valid Calvin College parking permit. Under no circumstance may they be brought into residence halls.

Driving on sidewalks is prohibited, unless permission has been requested from Campus Safety or a Residence Life staff member.

A complete description of college parking and driving regulations are available online or at the Campus Safety office. All students are expected to know and comply with these regulations.


The best possible security is to use caution and common sense. Apartments should be locked and outside doors should not be propped open. Thefts and the presence of unauthorized persons should be reported to the Campus Safety Department immediately. For Security reasons, the outside doors to the apartment buildings will be locked 24 hours a day. Student I.D. cards and a computer controlled access system will be used to unlock these doors. There is also a system for visitors. Residents can give building access to their guests by pressing “6” when guests call them using this system. Students should use caution when crossing the East Beltline. Only Calvin’s Crossing or designated crosswalks should be used.

Safety Escorts

Students who desire escort service to and from various areas on the campus may contact the Campus Safety Department. A telephone is available near all parking areas. Students are encouraged to make use of the escort service and to avoid walking alone on campus after dark. Further information regarding safety issues is available from the Student Life office in the booklet entitled “Safety at Calvin and Beyond.” These issues will be addressed in residence hall programming in the fall.

Loss or Thefts

Missing items which you believe have been stolen should be reported to the Campus Safety Department. Students should be aware that theft does occur on Calvin’s campus. Although the incidents of theft and property destruction are low, it is always a good idea to exercise caution by locking apartment doors and car doors, by keeping valuables in a secure place, by not leaving clothes unattended in laundry rooms for long periods of time, etc.

Although the college will use all reasonable efforts to protect students' property, it is understood that the college is not liable for any loss.  If applicable, students should determine whether their property is covered by their parents' homeowner insurance policy.  If your property is not covered, you may with to purchase a minimum contents coverage policy.

Fire Procedures

If a fire alarm has been activated in a campus building, always assume there is a fire. Know the locations of fire extinguishers, posted evacuation routes, exits and fire alarm systems in your area.

If you discover a fire

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  • Alert people in the immediate area of the danger and that they need to evacuate.
  • Immediately exit the building, closing doors between you and the fire.
  • When you are in a place of safety, dial 3-3333 and inform the Campus Safety of the location and nature of the fire.

If the Fire Alarm sounds

  • Walk to the nearest exit, closing doors between you and the fire.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Assist people with disabilities with getting to the closest area of rescue assistance, which is in the stairwell area, past the fire doors.
  • Notify Campus Safety or Fire Personnel if you suspect someone is trapped in the building.
  • Gather outside the building at your designated assembly area and attempt to make certain all persons are accounted for. Stay at least 300 feet from the building.
  • Remain outside until notified by the emergency personnel or Campus Safety. If trapped in a room
  • Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  • Place cloth material (wet if possible) around or under the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
  • Be prepared to signal to someone outside at a window or by shouting at regular intervals.

If caught in smoke

  • Drop and crawl toward an exit.
  • Hold your breath as much as possible.
  • Breathe slowly through nose using a towel or shirt as a filter.

If forced to advance through flames

  • Hold your breath
  • Move quickly
  • Cover your head and hair
  • Keep your head down and your eyes closed as much as possible

When to use a Fire Extinguisher

  • Only use an extinguisher to attempt to extinguish a small fire and only if you have been trained
  • An extinguisher can be used to suppress a fire that blocks your exit from the building
  • Remember PASS, the four basic steps to operating a fire extinguisher
    P: Pull the pin
    A: Aim the extinguisher hose at the base of the fire
    S: Squeeze the lever
    S: Sweep from side to side
  • Safety escorts available
  • Security card access
  • Campus Safety staff patroling 24/7