Benefits of Living on Campus

Housing Room Option

Academic Success

Convenience Studying

Great Choices

Our selection of housing options offers a variety of styles, including some of the newest in the state like our South Apartments C, D, and E.

Academic Success

Students who live on campus earn higher grades, are more likely to graduate, and enjoy a more rewarding college experience than students who reside off campus. 


Living on campus puts you closer to faculty, classes, computer facilities, the library, the fitness center, dining facilities, and more. Our academic-year leases, which include utilities, give students flexibility for summer.

Leadership Institute


Employment in Rec Center


Join the community council in your living area and gain leadership skills while you get involved in planning new events, programs, and services.

Lasting Friendships

When living on campus, there is always an opportunity to meet new people, making the transition from home much easier. It's a great way to make new and lasting friends. 

On-Campus Employment

Students who choose to work during their college careers have plenty of convenient employment options on campus. Earn money, develop discipline, and build references all close to where you live and learn.


From campus recycling to living center energy savings competitions to the Campus Connector bus service and more, sustainability is a way of life at Grand Valley and its housing. All new building projects are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

Support Network

Each living center has staff members who are trained to help residents succeed in and out of class both personally and professionally, including a living center director, resident assistant, and graduate assistant.  Living on campus provides increased access to academic support resources and a supportive learning environment.

Safety and Security

Grand Valley's Department of Public Safety is a full-service law enforcement agency dedicated to providing residents, students, faculty, and staff with a safe and secure environment in which to learn, live, and work. All living centers feature card access security.


The Campus Health Center is an on-campus walk-in clinic designed for the diagnosis and treatment of acute minor illness, injury, or accidents for students, faculty, and staff.

Recreation & Wellness

Living on campus offers easily accessible diverse and inclusive recreational within walking distance, including the Recreation Center, the Climbing Center, the Bike Shop, the Ravines, among others.

Natural Beauty

Live among the beautiful wooded ravines and natural green spaces that make the Allendale Campus one of the most scenic campuses in Michigan.

Campus Involvement

 Build leadership skills by participating in activities and organizations on campus and within housing communities. Memories made with fellow Lakers while living on campus will be retold for years to come and the bonds will last forever. 

One Payment

Living off campus results in a lot of bills that on-campus students don’t have, as their services are all wrapped up in one payment.


Eat great food at just about any time of day at multiple dining locations. Residents are never more than a five-minute walk from their next meal.