Parents and Families

Living on campus gives students opportunities and advantages that can make their college experience more memorable, more enjoyable, and more successful. As you and your student consider whether he or she will live on campus, you should also consider this: students who live on campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate than those who don't.

Although your role may be changing from "caregiver" to "consultant," you play an important part in your student's academic and social success at GVSU and that includes helping them make the right choice on where to live. We hope you'll both see all the advantages of living on campus and select one of Grand Valley's supportive, convenient, and safe on-campus housing options.

Tips for Transition 

Monthly Conversation Starters

University Family Guide



Living on Campus

Living on-campus gives our residents the opportunities and advantages that can make the collegiate experience more memorable, more enjoyable, and more successful. Living with us allows a student to connect with other students both on an academic and social level, making their time at GVSU an experience in life skills development. Family support systems may find the following transition information helpful, as they assist their students in making decisions regarding living on-campus at GVSU. 

Benefits of Living on Campus 

Explore our Housing Options 

View our Dining Options

Compare Housing Rates

Family Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA)

We view your student as a young adult and will work with them directly to address any issues that they may have. We support the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), and therefore are not able to share educational information with family members. Our focus is your student. Although prior to the GVSU experience you may have had access to your student's information, with the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the student's confidentiality of information is supported.

For more information on FERPA law, visit the University Counsel or Registrar's Office.


Page last modified July 3, 2018