Living-Learning Communities

Housing and Residence Life offers living-learning communities in a number of our on-campus apartments. Students living in these buildings have chosen to expand their education through shared learning experiences, and each community is built upon a specific theme, major, or area of interest. Professional and graduate staff work closely with a faculty coordinator in these communities to provide a rich living-learning experience that extends outside of the classroom (programs, events, field trips, research, etc.).

Contact Colleen Lindsay-Bailey via email for more information. 

Art Housing

Are you an art major? Consider the Calder Residence which provides housing for art majors. This building has efficiency apartments for 48 residents, and is located directly next to the Calder Art Academic Complex. Visit the Art Website


Frederik Meijer Honors College

Are you an Honors College student? Consider the Niemeyer Living Center or Holton-Hooker Living and Learning Center where a majority the residents are in the Honors College or on an Honors-specific floor. This supportive community provides on-site access to faculty and staff, as well as the opportunity to take classes right where they live. Visit the Honors College Website


Gender Justice House

The Gender Justice House (GJH) is for Grand Valley students interested in social justice; women, gender, and sexuality studies, LGBTQ studies, service learning; and campus leadership. This is gender inclusive housing that is open to all students and is located on the first floor of VanSteeland Living Center. Students living in GJH will gain a progression in understanding one's positionality, privilege, and personal identity; develop an awareness of social justice and inclusion issues; interact on a personal level with faculty and staff; engage in service learning and gender justice related issues; and connect with upper-class peer mentors who are leaders on campus. For more information, please contact the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center at (616) 331-2530. Visit the Gender Justice House Website



International House

The International Housing is a living/learning program for undergraduate students majoring or minoring in International Relations, Political Science, International Business, Area and Global Studies Students, or Modern Languages and international students studying at Grand Valley. The purpose of the International house is to provide a supportive residential environment for students who have a strong interest in international affairs. Out-of-class programming will focus on common interests with an emphasis on international relations. Additional support for the students will include in-residence faculty advising, career planning, study skills support, and social activities based on an international theme. (Students in the Honors Program may also apply.) Visit the International House Website


Movement Science House

All Movement Science Majors will be invited and encouraged to participate in the Movement Science House. The co-curricular (common courses) cohort will be aimed towards Freshman and Transfer students. The mission of the Movement Science House is to provide opportunities for students to become and remain engaged in the Movement Sciences while enhancing their academic, social and professional development. This will occur through the development of diverse and open perspectives, critical thinking and personal investment in their field. Visit the Movement Science House Website


Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

Are you pursuing a degree in Science, Engineering, or Math? Consider residing in the Women in Science, Engineering, and Math learning/living community. As of Fall 2010, this program made an exciting move to our newest campus apartments, South Apartments C. South C houses female students majoring in Science, Engineering, and/or Math. You'll benefit from a supportive, interactive environment for students pursuing career success in Science, Engineering, and Math disciplines. Visit the WISE Website