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Housing and On-Campus Facilities

On-campus housing will be available in the Knollcrest East Apartments on campus.  Each unit is an air-conditioned two-bedroom student apartment and can sleep up to four people.  The cost of housing per apartment (not including food) is $160 per week, or a total of $480 for the three-week institute. Those who prefer not to cook can buy hot or cold meals at lunchtime on campus.

Participants who come on their own can expect to share the apartment with a colleague of the same gender: these participants would each have their own bedroom, but share the kitchen and bathroom. Those coming with families can expect to have an apartment to themselves. The apartments contain basic furnishings: beds, chairs, desks and major kitchen appliances (fridge and stove). The kitchens do not contain coffee pots, microwaves, toasters or hot-pots.  In addition, participants who are driving are requested  to bring silverware and basic kitchen utensils. Participants can arrange to rent (at their own instigation and expense from Grand Rapids rental companies) televisions, VCRs, etc. while in Grand Rapids.  Our best advice is to bring whatever you need from home to make yourself comfortable. Each apartment building does have a common room with a television. A small computer lab with networked campus computers is also housed in one of the apartment buildings, accessible with your apartment key. Each apartment has Ethernet hookups for those bringing their personal laptops. Each building also has free laundry facilities in the basement.  The apartments have their own phones which can be used to make free local calls.  Outgoing long-distance phone calls need to be placed using a phone card or a credit card. Mail is delivered daily to Theta-Epsilon, the central apartment building in Knollcrest East.  Each participant will have a key to his or her own mailbox.  Finally, you should note that alcohol may not be brought into campus housing and that all apartments are non-smoking, although there are areas outside reserved for smokers.  The College has a no-pet (apart from fish and service animals) policy in the campus apartments. There is free parking on campus next to the apartments, so participants are welcome to bring their own cars. Participants are of course free to make other off-campus arrangements for housing on their own, but should notify us of their intention of doing so, so that we know how many campus apartments will be needed.

All participants will be given visiting scholar status along with an ID card, allowing them to borrow books from the college library and use the sports facilities (weight room, indoor pool) on campus.  Family members will not have ID cards but adult family members will be given passes to use the sports facilities. Participants will also be given computer log-ins, which will enable participants to access networked campus computers, including Macs and PCs in the Information Technology Center housed in the library.  Participants with web-based email will be able to access and send messages from any networked computer on campus.  Those who wish to do so may bring laptops.  Laptops with Ethernet cards can be connected to the web in the Meeter Center and in the apartments.