Housing at Calvin can provide a common, shared experience for all students with unique opportunities along the way. Use the resources below to find out more about all our options as you explore the places you will call home while at Calvin. Compare all our options using our housing comparison chart.

Explore your options

First and second-year housing

  • Quick comparison chart
      Residence Halls van Reken Living-Learning
    Class Level Requirement Fresh.–Soph. Fresh.–Soph.
    Proximity to Campus on campus on campus
    Utilities & Amenities trash, internet, laundry, cleaning supplies trash, internet, laundry, cleaning supplies
    Cost (approx.) $10,400 / year with Unlimited meal plan per person (meal plan is required) $10,400 / year with Unlimited meal plan per person (meal plan is required)
    Safety Services (escort ride service provided dawn to dusk) yes yes
    Additional application or interview required no yes
    Furnished bed, dresser, desk, chair, shelves bed, dresser, desk, chair, shelves
    Programming yes yes
  • Residence halls

    Our classic residence halls provide the space and community for you to thrive in both living and learning. These are the homes for the majority of first and second year students.

    Important dates for returning sophomores

    • Room Draw survey: Active from March 1 to March 15
    • Specific Hall Room Draw: April 15 at 9:30 p.m. in the residence hall basements on the women’s side
    • All Hall Room Draw: April 17 at 9:30 p.m. in the Meeter Center

  • Residence Hall Living-Learning communities

    Three communities in Van Reken Hall.
    Floors include: Grassroots, Honors and Outdoor Recreation/Creation Care.

    Important dates for incoming first-year students

    • Van Reken applications due May 1
    • Decisions sent out at the end of May

    Important dates for returning sophomores

    • Van Reken applications due March 15
    • Decisions announced April 5

    Apply now

Upperclass housing

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      Knollcrest East Project Neighbor-
    hood
    Alliance Off-Campus Upper-Class Timmer
    Class Level Requirement Junior–Senior Junior–Senior Junior–Senior Junior–Senior Junior–Senior
    Proximity to Campus on campus 10–20 minute drive on campus Varies on campus
    Utilities & Amenities trash, internet, laundry, cleaning supplies trash, internet, laundry, cleaning supplies trash, internet, laundry, cleaning supplies Varies trash, internet, laundry, cleaning supplies
    Cost (approx.) $4,111 / year per person $2,475 / year per person $3,750 / year per person Varies $5,510 (with roommate and Knight Plan meal plan); $6,510 (single room and Knight Plan meal plan)
    Safety Services (escort ride service provided dawn to dusk) yes no yes no yes
    Additional application or interview required no yes yes no no
    Furnished bed, dresser, desk, shelves, dishwasher, microwave, kitchen table & chairs bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, and general house furnishings bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, shelves, dishwasher, microwave, kitchen table & chairs no bed, dresser, desk, chair, shelves
    Programming yes yes yes no yes
  • Alliance housing (apartments)

    Alliance housing is an intentional living-learning community for student-athletes and any other students who are seeking to live an active lifestyle. Alliance is located in the Rho and Tau apartment buildings on the east end of Knollcrest East.

    Important dates

    • Applications available November 14
    • Applications due December 9 with interviews in January
    • Decisions will be announced February 10

    Apply now!

  • Knollcrest East apartments

    The Knollcrest East apartments at Calvin provide stylish options for juniors and seniors, where you can continue the benefits of living in community with other students.

    Important dates

    • Applications due Monday, February 4
    • Apartment selection is on Thursday, February 14 in the Commons lecture hall at 4:00 p.m.
  • Off-campus

    Beyond the Calvin’s on-campus residency expectation for first and second year students, our students often benefit from the option to live off campus in the city of Grand Rapids.

  • Project Neighborhood (PN)

    Project Neighborhood (PN) is an off-campus housing option for sophomores, juniors and seniors. A select, co-ed group of students live together in a PN house with mentors.

    Important dates

    • PN applications are due Friday, November 4.
    • Interviews are November 2–4 and 8–10. Decisions will be announced December 9.

    Apply now! Recommendation form

  • Upperclass Timmer floors

    Timmer Upperclass floors provide juniors and seniors with a sense of community with their peers, while also enjoying the amenities of the residence hall.

    Important dates

    • Applications due Monday, February 4.
    • Timmer room selection will be Thursday, February 28, in the Heyns basement at 4:00 p.m.

    Apply now!