Move-In Guide

Welcome Home

Grand Valley State University is more than just a place for you to learn. It’s a place to connect, a place to explore, a place to succeed, and another place to call home. There’s no better way for you to do it all than by living on campus

You’ll enjoy a sense of community, lifelong friendships and connections, convenient access to classes and academic resources, on-campus employment opportunities, comfortable and welcoming living centers, campus beauty, academic support, healthy food, recreation opportunities, and more. Move-in week is the week before classes start and your move-in date is determined by building assignment.

Thank you for choosing Grand Valley. Welcome home.

Before Arriving

Preparing to begin your Grand Valley adventure is an exciting time with lots to consider. Use this Move-in Guide as a resource to make sure you start your college experience fully prepared.

Student ID’s are used to access your meal plan and campus housing. Within 2 weeks after you have attended your summer advising and registration session, you will be sent an email with instructions for requesting your student ID. It will be important to have your ID prior to move in, so please request your ID as soon as you are notified of your eligibility.

Please start completing your Lakers Together Self Assessment daily prior to your arrival to campus. 

Housing Assignment Information

First year student housing assignments will be sent to you via email in mid-June. They will also be posted on your myHousing portal via myBanner (where you apply), which you can get to by following the steps below:

  1. Use your network ID and password to log in to myBanner at
  2. Select "Student" and then select "MyHousing"
  3. Review the information under "Room Assignments"

You can always change your housing assignment. Housing assignments are based on the preferences and priorities you chose in your housing application, as well as the time at which your application was submitted. If you are interested in a different housing style, please visit to learn about our room change policy. If you want to change your housing assignment during the school year, please talk to a professional staff member in your community.

Contacting Your Roommate

We encourage you to contact your roommate prior to arrival. Open dialogue, communication of expectations, and compromise are key to successful relationships. Feel free to ask the questions below, plus some of your own!

Some Things To Keep In Mind

  • Sometimes roommates don’t respond right away. Not everyone checks their email or has text messaging. Try calling them or contacting them on social media.
  • People are not their social media accounts. Do your best not to let social media influence your idea of your roommate; instead, hold conversations with them.
  • You are not alone. Everyone is at least a little nervous about living with someone new. Do your best to keep an open mind when you talk to your roommate; it will help you both feel more comfortable!

Question to Ask Your Roommate

  • Who will bring what items?
  • What can we share?
  • What is your class schedule like?
  • What are your study habits?
  • What do you like to do for fun?

First Day

What to Expect

Arrival on Campus | You have been assigned a day and time to move in! Help us by arriving during your assigned day/time. Please refer to the move-in email that we sent to your GVSU email with the GPS address of where to go when you get to campus. This address is based on where you live (north or south campus). 

Check In | Check in will happen in Lot C, Lot K, and in the circle drive of Winter Hall if you live downtown. You will be able to stay in your car for the entire check-in process. Please do your Lakers Together Self-Assessment prior to leaving your home to come to campus on move-in day. You will need your student ID or G-number to check in and receive your room key. Every student will be given a face covering, a bottle of hand sanitizer and health and safety tips. Once you have checked in you will wait to be directed to your living center, unload your belongings and move them to your room. Once you have emptied your vehicle, please move it to the designated parking lot to make room for the next Laker to unload. 

Room Condition Reports | Before you unpack, be sure to complete your Room Condition Report found on your myHousing Overview in Banner. This document will make sure that you are not charged for damages you were not responsible for at the end of the year. Please complete it within 24 hours of moving in. All university issued furniture must remain in the housing unit.

Unpack | After you’ve turned in your room inventory, settle into your new space! Put away your belongings, hang up your clothes, etc. Housing staff will be available to help with any questions you have.

Renter's Insurance | As a resident, you are encouraged to have renters insurance coverage or check coverage provided under your family’s homeowners policy in case any major incidents occur.

Floor Meetings | As you move in, it is required that you must complete a virtual floor meeting which includes important information related to policies, procedures, and expectations related to living on campus. This must be completed by August 30.

Test Your Dining Card | Scan your student ID at one of the nearby dining locations to make sure your dining account is active.

Walk Your Route to Class | Walking your route to class is a great way to get comfortable with the campus layout and ensure you will be on time to your first class.

Get Parking Pass | If you will be parking on campus and have yet to get a parking pass, be sure to visit

Go Shopping | Purchase your books and GVSU apparel from the GVSU Laker Store. Visit one of our convenience stores on campus or hop on the free Campus Connector shuttle service for a ride to Meijer.

Attend Transitions Events | Our Transitions Orientation program consists of online orientation modules, virtual, and small group sessions led by a Transitions leader prior to the start of classes. Students are provided with essential information and make connections to ensure your success as a Laker. The programs and activities will help prepare you for the academic rigor of the university, assist you in meeting people and making connections both in and out of the classroom, and provide you with an overall knowledge of the resources and services at GVSU. Directions will be sent to students using their email accounts. First-year students are required to participate.


Campus Dining

Eating on Campus

Dining Locations | Food is available almost any time of day and is within a five minute walk, or less, of any hall or apartment building. From convenience stores, coffee shops and well-known brands, dining is conveniently available.

Meals | The barcode on your student ID provides access to your meal plan account.

  • Use this Meal Combo Cheat-Sheet to see your meal options.
  • You can use up to four meals or combos each day with a weekly plan. Not all meals carry over to the next week. Check your specific meal plan for details.

Dining Dollars | Dining Dollars are part of all Meal Plans and can be used at Campus Dining restaurants, coffee shops, c-stores and most concessions venues.

  • Each time a purchase is made, the amount is subtracted from your account.
  • Unused Dining Dollars transfer from fall to winter semester, but do not transfer to a new academic year.
  • Add Dining Dollars at using a credit card or by billing your student account. Visit 100 Commons to use other forms of payment.

Checking Your Account | Check your meal and/or Dining Dollar balance by using the Campus Dish mobile app or asking a cashier.

Changing Your Meal Plan | You can change your meal plan during the first week of the fall and/or winter semester. Visit to complete an online change form.

Dietary Needs | Whether you follow a specific diet by choice or medical necessity, Campus Dining provides many options. Talk with the registered dietitian to find out what works for you. For more information please visit the Nutrition/Dietitian page.

Campus Life

Recreation & Wellness

Recreation & Wellness provides the community with a wide variety of recreation, fitness, wellness, and social opportunities at all levels of ability, competition, and interest. Whether you’re interested in sports, spending time outside, or simply working out alone or in large groups, Recreation & Wellness has something for you! There are plenty of ways to get involved, be active, and live healthy right here on campus. Visit for more information!

  • Adult swim lessons
  • Outdoor Adventures’ Bike Shop
  • Climbing Center
  • Club sports
  • Group exercise classes
  • Intramural sports
  • Nutrition and massage services
  • Outdoor Adventures’ trips and workshops
  • Personal and small group training

Student Life

No matter where you live on campus, you’re part of something a lot bigger than just your living center. What you choose to get involved in will allow you to grow and develop outside of your academic adventures at GVSU. Studies have shown that students who are involved on campus have better grades. The Office of Student Life offers a variety of ways to get out of your comfort zone and connect with your peers. Visit for more information!

  • Campus Life Night
  • Student organizations
  • Campus traditions
  • Community Service Learning Center
  • Leadership development
  • Fraternity and sorority life
  • Student media

Be sure to check out the Campus Maps to help you find your way around campus.

Page last modified June 22, 2022