First Year Housing Options

We invest in our students' success by investing in some of the newest and most inviting living centers in Michigan. We've built exceptional housing so that you can build lasting friendships, personal character, and have a highly rewarding college experience. Whether you choose to live in Allendale or Grand Rapids, you have a variety of inspiring housing options.

Incoming first year students for Fall 2021 are required to live on campus. Once you have been admitted to GVSU, you must submit a housing application or an exemption request online. This may be done in your myHousing portal. Students who apply earlier are more likely to get a preferred housing choice. 

Interested in a Living-Learning Community?

Research shows that living in a community has a strong effect on student learning and achievement as students in LLCs connect more intentionally and naturally with peers, faculty members, and staff members. Grand Valley has a variety of LLCs in both Allendale and Grand Rapids, each with its own academic interest area or theme. Visit the Living-Learning Community page to find out more.

North Campus

North Campus is where a majority of first year students live at GVSU. Housing options on North Campus are conveniently located near campus dining and buildings where a majority of first year students will have classes in. The cost of housing on North Campus includes a 14+ meal plan. Students may upgrade their meal plan. Students that live in 1 or 2 Bedroom Apartment-Style units may reduce their meal plan. 







1-Bedroom Apartment-Style

1 bedroom

2-Bedroom Apartment-Style

2-Bedroom Apartment Style view from the Kitchen

South Campus

South Campus is home to upperclass housing, graduate housing, and our Living-Learning Communities. Many freshmen who live on South Campus live in a Living-Learning Community. 

Living-Learning Communities



Two student sitting in their room in Niemeyer

Murray & VanSteeland Apartments

Murray and VanSteeland

Laker Village Apartments

Laker Village

South C, D, & E Apartments

South Apartments

Grand Valley Apartments


Downtown Apartments

Winter Hall

Two students sitting in their room in Winter hall

Secchia Hall

Aerial view of Secchia hall