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Living well, living in community

You’ve worked hard to get here, now make this place your own. Set up your new life in one of Calvin’s seven residence halls. Whether you’re taking part in a floor Super Smash Bros. tournament or attending dorm worship, your dorm is where you’ll build new friendships and find opportunities to lead. Bond with your floor mates during Calvin’s legendary Chaos Day. Serve as an activity coordinator on your floor. Tutor local kids through your hall’s community partnership. And don’t forget to save time for late-night conversations that will probably change your life.

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Residence Life Department
Residence hall information, roommate selection, move-in schedules, student handbook

Quick Facts
  • 7

    residence halls

    3

    living-learning communities

    97%

    of first-year students live on campus

  • 500+

    junior and seniors living on campus

Residence halls

Nearly all first and second-year students live in Calvin’s seven residence halls. Most halls are divided into two wings, one for males and one for females. You’ll live in a dorm room with one roommate, and share a bathroom with two people who live on the other side of the suite. Every room comes furnished with stackable furniture that can be arranged in many ways to create space for a couch, studying and sleeping. Each residence hall also has these amenities:

  • Cable access to popular TV channels like Food Network, CNN, ESPN and more.
  • Wifi access
  • Floor kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, stove tops and ovens
  • Free laundry facilities, computer labs, study rooms, piano/music rooms and game rooms
  • Front desk services make sure all your mail gets delivered safely
  • Secure key-card access
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Living-learning communities

Looking for a different living experience altogether? Check out our living-learning communities, where you’ll have the chance to live with like-minded students in situations that emphasize community, social justice, honors-level study, outdoor recreation, athletics and more.

Honors

The Honors living-learning community is a place where highly-motivated students can encourage each other to learn well both inside and outside the classroom. Faculty mentors from the honors program help facilitate conversation through off-campus meals, service-learning projects, movie nights and more.

Grassroots

The Grassroots community focuses on cultivating ethnic identities in Christ. Students on the Grassroots floor explore issues like racism, ethnic identity and social justice through a course, regular meetings and sharing meals together.

Outdoor Recreation/Creation Care

Students on the Outdoor Recreation/Creation Care Floor share a deep love for God’s creation. Through activities that include hiking, kayaking, local watershed restoration and tapping campus maple trees, you’ll learn more about what it means to care for the world God has given us.

 

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    Upperclass opportunities

    Not a first-year student or sophomore? Not a problem! Calvin offers rich residence life opportunities for upperclass students, including special studio spaces in certain residence halls and apartment living with friends.