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

  • 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 April 5
    • Specific hall room draw April 10 at 9:30 p.m. in the residence hall basements on the women’s side
    • All hall room draw, April 12, 9:30 p.m. in the Meeter Center

  • Residence Hall Living-Learning communities

    Three communities in van Reken Hall and one community in Timmer Hall (BHT).
    Floors include: Grassroots, Honors, Outdoor Recreation/Creation Care and Wellness.

    Important dates for returning sophomores

    • van Reken/Wellness applications due March 4
    • Decisions announced April 6

    Apply now!

Upperclass housing

  • 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 March 3
    • Apartment selection is March 16 in the Commons lecture hall at 4 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 March 10.
    • Timmer room selection will be March 23 in the Chapel undercroft at 4 p.m.

    Apply now!

  • Quick comparison chart
      Residence Halls van Reken Living-Learning Knollcrest East Project Neighbor-
    Alliance Off-Campus
    Class Level Requirement Fresh.–Soph. Fresh.–Soph. Junior–Senior Soph., Junior, Senior Junior–Senior Junior–Senior
    Proximity to Campus on campus on campus 5 minute walk 10–20 minute drive 5 minute walk -
    Cost (approx.) $9,840 / year with 21 meal plan per person (meal plan is required) $9,840 / year with 21 meal plan per person (meal plan is required) $3,966 / year per person (newly remodeled apt.) $2,331 / year $3,340 / year $600–$1,400 / month per unit
    Safety Services yes yes yes no yes no
    Special Living Requirements no yes no yes yes no
    Furnished yes yes partially yes yes no
    Programming yes yes yes yes yes no