Living-Learning Communities

Students in Living-Learning Communities (LLC) expand their education through shared learning experiences and experiential learning. Students have many opportunities to engage in hands-on learning through experiences that extend beyond the classroom with professionals in a variety of fields. 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 offers communities on both the Allendale and Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campuses.


New Communities in Downtown Grand Rapids!

Four new housing options are opening for first-year or transfer students at Grand Valley this fall, offering an immersive experience that puts them in the heart of Grand Rapids and close to classes, faculty members and resources. Now students can get an immersive experience similar to the six popular living-learning communities on GVSU's Allendale Campus, only with a downtown flair. Watch the video or scroll down to learn more!


An Immediate Sense of Community
Easy Access to Faculty Coordinator
Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Downtown Grand Rapids Communities

A GVSU apartment in Winter Hall, downtown Grand Rapids.

SOCIAL WORK LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY

WHO IT IS FOR: Students interested in social work or social justice
WHERE IT IS LOCATED:  Winter Hall, which is on-campus apartment-style housing on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus

  • Students in the Social Work Living-Learning Community are committed to making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Students experience cohort learning with their social work peers.
  • Located in Winter Hall on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, for students interested in living in a city environment.
  • Students have immediate access to a diverse community and cultural events and activities.
  • You can learn more about the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus experience by visiting our Grand Rapids page.
  • Visit the School of Social Work homepage.

 

Engineering students working in the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering in downtown Grand Rapids.

ENGINEERING LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY

WHO IT IS FOR: All engineering majors
WHERE IT IS LOCATED: Winter Hall, which is on-campus apartment-style housing on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus

  • The Engineering Living-Learning Community is located in Winter Hall on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus near Grand Valley's premier engineering facilities.
  • The John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, Fred M. Keller Engineering Laboratories, and Engineering and Innovation Center are a short walk away.
  • Students benefit from academic, social, and professional development activities with engineering faculty and students.
  • Students have immediate access to a diverse community and cultural events and activities in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • You can learn more about the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus experience by visiting our Grand Rapids page.
  • Visit the School of Engineering homepage.
GVSU business students studying in the L. William Seidman Center.

SEIDMAN BUSINESS LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY

WHO IT IS FOR: Seidman College of Business students
WHERE IT IS LOCATED:  Winter Hall, which is on-campus apartment-style housing on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus

  • Located in Winter Hall, which is a short walk from the L. William Seidman College of Business on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus.
  • The Seidman Living-Learning Community connects students with Seidman faculty members and allows them to build a strong network of mentors.
  • Cohort learning offers a stimulating environment to build one’s entrepreneurial mindset and gain valuable experience.
  • Work on real-world projects in downtown Grand Rapids with Seidman faculty members and business professionals.
  • You can learn more about the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus experience by visiting our Grand Rapids page.
  • Visit the Seidman College of Business homepage.
Downtown Grand Rapids.

The Momentum House

WHO IT IS FOR: Primarily for students of color and those with a passion for social justice
WHERE IT IS LOCATED: Winter Hall, which is on-campus apartment-style housing on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus

  • Geared towards any major that doesn't have a specific community or those who haven't chosen a major but want the experience and advantages a Living-Learning Community provides. 
  • Located in Winter Hall on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus.
  • Close proximity to GVSU faculty and advising staff and facilities, such as the Steelcase library and Knowledge Market.
  • Living near Grand Rapids Campus means students will have more immediate access to a community with greater diversity and access to more cultural events and activities.
  • Develop team building and critical problem solving skills students can apply to their career.
  • You can learn more about the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus experience by visiting our Grand Rapids page.

 

Allendale Communities

An art class in Calder Art Center.

Art Housing

WHO IT IS FOR: Art majors
WHERE IT IS LOCATED: Calder Art Residence

  • Students live in the Calder Residence Center, which is exclusive to GVSU art students.
  • Located next to the Calder Art Academic Complex, which is equipped with a print studio, graphic design computer labs, a paint studio, study work spaces, art gallery, and kilns.
  • Efficiency apartments for 48 residents.

Visit the  Art and Design website or call (616) 331-3486 for questions or details.

GVSU students working with a faculty member in the Honors College.

FREDERIK MEIJER HONORS COLLEGE

WHO IT IS FOR: GVSU Honors College students
WHERE IT IS LOCATED:  Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center (on-campus apartment-style housing), Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center (cluster-style housing)

  • The Honors College offers a vibrant learning community and extraordinary opportunities for academically motivated students.  
  • Provides the liberal arts college traditions with the resources, facilities, and affordability of a major state university.
  • Live in one of several unique living centers on the Allendale campus.
  • Offers a distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum with both learning and extracurricular opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Visit the Honors College website for details.

Call (616) 331-3219 or email for questions about the Honors College and community.

2 females reading at table

GENDER JUSTICE HOUSE

WHO IT IS FOR: Students interested in social justice; women, gender, and sexuality studies, LGBTQ studies, service learning; and campus leadership
WHERE IT IS LOCATED: VanSteeland Living Center, which is on-campus apartment-style housing

  • Students live in gender-inclusive, apartment-style housing on the southern side of campus.
  • Helps students gain an understanding of their positionality, privilege, and personal identity.
  • Develops an awareness of social justice and inclusion issues.
  • Students build lasting social networks by connecting with upper-class peer mentors, faculty members, and staff members.

For more information, please contact the Gender Justice House Faculty Director, Marilyn Preston  at (616) 331-8149 or by email. 

International Students in Murray Living Center, where the International House is located.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE

WHO IT IS FOR: Undergraduate students majoring or minoring in international relations, political science, international business, area and global studies, or modern languages, and international students studying at Grand Valley
WHERE IT IS LOCATED: Laker Village Apartments, which are on-campus apartment-style living centers

  • Students live in apartment-style housing on the southern side of campus.
  • A supportive residential environment for students with strong interest in international affairs.
  • Out-of-class programming with an emphasis on international relations.
  • Additional support includes faculty advising, career planning, study skills, and social activities.
  • To learn more about language clubs and activities at GVSU, contact the Modern Languages Department

For more information, contact the International House Faculty Director, Mayra Fortes Gonzalez at (616) 331-3804 or by email.

Students sitting in lobby of Movement Science building

HEALTH & MOVEMENT SCIENCE HOUSE

WHO IT IS FOR: All Movement Science Majors (Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Sport Leadership, Physical Education)
WHERE IT IS LOCATED: South Apartments D, which is an on-campus apartment-style living center

  • Aimed toward first-year and transfer students interested in movement science.
  • Provides opportunities for students to engage with faculty mentors and peers.
  • Enhances academic, social, and professional development with real-world experience opportunities.
  • Develops open perspectives, critical thinking, and personal investment in the field.
  • A short walk from Grand Valley's Recreation Center and Kelley Family Sports facility. 
  • Learn more about the Movement Science House.

If you have questions, contact Movement Science House Faculty Director, Dr. Brian Hatzel at (616) 331-8538 or by email.

GVSU science student working in Kindschi Hall of Science.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (WISE)

WHO IT IS FOR: Female students majoring in science, engineering, and/or math
WHERE IT IS LOCATED: South Apartments C, which are on-campus apartment-style living centers

  • A living learning community located in South Apartments C, one of Grand Valley's newest apartment-style living centers.
  • WISE residents have opportunities to network, study together, meet upper-class science majors and faculty members, and attend events related to their future careers in the sciences. 
  • Offers faculty office hours, group study hours facilitated by junior and senior science majors, advising, monthly social and academic events, and field trips.

If you have questions, contact WISE Faculty Director, Dr. Jessica Vandenplas at (616) 331-3808 or by email.


How to Apply

If you are interested in living in a Living Learning Community at GVSU:

  1. Login to Banner and go to MyHousing
  2. Once within MyHousing please select Academic Communities
  3. Within the Academic Communities area and choose your community.
  4. At this point you will be placed in a room and notified of this according to the posted housing notification dates.

Apply Now To Reserve Your Spot