Your residence hall will be more than a place to lay your head at night; it will be a place to meet, study, discuss, pray, listen, laugh and grow. From classroom to residence hall to dining hall to athletic field, the opportunities for learning at Calvin never stop.
To have a successful and satisfying experience in the residence hall, be prepared to learn a lot about community. Living with others can be enriching and challenging. It takes respect and consideration of others, respect for the rules which guide our lives together and a desire to deepen in faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Use the links on this page to explore more about Calvin’s residence halls, from amenities to roommates to meal plans.
Residence Halls at Calvin
- Kalsbeek-Huizenga-van Reken
- Rooks-Van Dellen
For juniors and seniors interested in living in the dorms, there are three floors in Timmer Hall reserved for the upperclass community, or you can request to live on a traditional residence hall floor that includes first and second year students.
Calvin offers a full, interactive version of the campus map that includes dorms.
- Health and safety checks
- Roommate information
- Meal plans
- Residence life resource page
Furniture layout ideas
All Residence Halls include:
- beds, mattresses, mattress pads, dressers, desks, desk lamps and chairs
- stackable furniture (no homemade lofts allowed!)
- bathrooms with the basics: a shower, toilet, sink, counter space and storage for your personal supplies
- closets with shelves for storage above
- built-in bookshelves with small lockable compartments
- floors have an extra community bathroom known as the CJ with a tub, toilet and large sink
- campus cable televistion port
- computer access (ethernet ports and wireless access)
- toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies available free of charge at the front reception desk, where bottled cleansers are refilled (rather than discarded)
What to bring
(Mattresses are 80" long, so you will need extra long twin sheets. The college provides mattress pads.)
- Automatic washers and dryers located on the lower level of each residence hall are provided free to residents. Students must provide their own detergents, etc. Ironing boards and irons are available at the reception desk.
Optional items to bring
- alarm clock
- desk supplies
- laundry basket
- bicycle and bike lock
- DVD player
- electric hotpot
- outdoor sports equipment
- small refrigerator (four feet tall or smaller (one allowed per room)
- surge protectors
- extension cords
- television (digital-ready televisions only)
What NOT to bring
- air conditioners
- alcohol/drug paraphernalia (including empty alcohol containers thought to be decorative)
- firearms of any kind (including paintball or air-soft guns)
- space heaters
- loft or other structure-altering items
- pets (except fish)
- weight lifting equipment
No community can function without guidelines for life together. At Calvin, some of those guidelines are established by the college and some are established by the residents of the communities themselves. Read below for more information.