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Housing Move-In Guide

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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.

Thank you for choosing Grand Valley.
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Students who live on campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate than those who don’t.

Digital cable TV service is included in the room rate for all campus housing, including 25+ HD channels for High Definition TVs. You’ll need a TV with a QAM tuner and a coaxial cable.

Not sure if you have a QAM tuner? Check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website. A coaxial cable can be picked up at most electronics stores.

Our on-campus maintenance service provides assistance with plumbing, heating, water, furniture, cable, and Internet. To learn more about on campus maintenance, please visit www.gvsu.edu/housing/workorders.

Each building has access to its own laundry room with washers and dryers. All machines are card accessible, rather than coin operated. A laundry card is provided upon arrival.

There is Internet access in your housing unit and WiFi throughout campus. There are also email kiosks and large computer labs available for your use. While personal wireless routers are not allowed on campus, students can register their TV and gaming devices through gvsu.edu/it.

There is one mailbox per room or apartment. You can find your address by going to the Community Info tab at gvsu.edu/housing/students/.

Packages and mail items too large to be placed in the mailbox may be picked up at the Ravines Center on the North side of campus. You will be notified via your GVSU email address if you receive a package.

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When living on campus, all living expenses are included in the rate. Residents manage one consolidated bill and deposits roll over from year to year.

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 mybanner.gvsu.edu
  2. Select "Student" and then select "MyHousing"
  3. Review the information under "Room Assignments"

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!

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 gvsu.edu/roomchange 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.

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?

Download Packing Checklist

Download Furniture Information

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Every hall and apartment building has professional university staff that can help students personally and professionally.
  • Arrival on Campus

    Campus police will direct you to the front of your assigned building. You will then drop off all of your belongings and check in.

  • Unload

    If you arrive during your scheduled move-in time, Grand Valley volunteers will be on site to help you move your belongings into your assigned room. You will then have to park your vehicle before unpacking. This helpful service is not available for early or late arrivals.

  • Check In

    Every community has a designated check-in building. Once you walk in, have your student ID or G-number ready to receive your keys, access cards, laundry card, room inventory, and giveaways.

  • Room Inventories

    When you check in, you will be given an inventory list for your room. 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. You will not receive your laundry card until you return your room inventory. 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

    Check with your housing staff to make sure you make your floor meeting on time. This meeting is mandatory. It will explain some expectations, as well as resources. It is also a great place to meet new friends on your first day.

  • 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 gvsu.edu/parking/.

  • Go Shopping

    If you have not already done so, be sure to purchase your books and Grand Valley apparel from the GVSU Laker Store in The Marketplace.

    Is there something you still need? Visit one of our convenience stores on campus or hop on the free Campus Connector shuttle service for a ride to Meijer®.

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Many students choose to live on campus during their second year for the convenient access to dining, classrooms, study areas, and recreation spaces.

Attend Transitions Events

After you move in, you will have three days of "Transitions" activities. The activities take place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Move-in Week. You will be assigned to a small group of students led by a Transitions leader — an experienced Grand Valley student who will guide your group through various programs and activities.

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 Grand Valley.


Food is available almost any time of day and is within a five minute walk, or less, of any hall or apartment building. From an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant to convenience stores, coffee shops and well-known brands, dining is conveniently available.


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

  • Use meals at the all-inclusive Fresh Food Co. or for meal combos at various locations.
  • You can use up to four meals or combos each day with a weekly plan (exception: Unlimited Fresh Plan). Meals do not carry over to the next week.


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 gvsufood.com using a credit card or by billing your student account. Visit 100 Commons to use other forms of payment.


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


You can change your meal plan during the first week of the fall and/or winter semester. Visit gvsufood.com to complete an online change form.


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.

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:

  • 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.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation 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, Campus Recreation has something for you! There are plenty of ways to get involved, be active, and live healthy right here on campus:

  • 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
Two students playing pool at the Kirkhof center
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We provide a variety of housing and apartment options in both Allendale and Grand Rapids. Students can be close to classes no matter their year or major.