A big city with a small-town soul

Grand Rapids is an amazing college town with Midwest friendliness, big-city amenities, and outdoor adventures. We have a legendary hot dog joint, a world-renowned art competition, as well as mountain biking, snowboarding, and kayaking just miles from campus. Add innovative medical research facilities, hundreds of internship opportunities, and entrepreneurial spirit, and you begin to get the picture: our city is a great place to live.

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Things to do and see

Calvin’s campus is beautiful, but there are times when you’ll want to explore a city that offers incredible shopping, eating, and recreational activities. There’s a ton to do and see:

  • Students riding The Rapid, Grand Rapids’ public bus system.
  • Interns at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  • Three students explore downtown GR's murals and sculptures.
  • Two young ladies talk while sitting on a low wall in the sunshine.
  • Four smiling, joyful students toss snow up into the air.
  • A diverse group of young people enjoying food and conversation at a local restaurant.
  • Streetfest volunteers recoat a driveway with sealant.
  • Traffic and crowds converge outside Van Andel Arena.
  • A woman stands painting on artboard at Reed's Lake.
  • A guy in a red shirt shares a story with his friends around a campfire on the beach.
  • A professor leads her class on a field trip into the city.
  • Interns at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  • Three students explore downtown GR's murals and sculptures.
  • Two young ladies talk while sitting on a low wall in the sunshine.
  • Four smiling, joyful students toss snow up into the air.
  • A diverse group of young people enjoying food and conversation at a local restaurant.
  • Streetfest volunteers recoat a driveway with sealant.
  • Traffic and crowds converge outside Van Andel Arena.
  • A woman stands painting on artboard at Reed's Lake.
  • A guy in a red shirt shares a story with his friends around a campfire on the beach.
  • A professor leads her class on a field trip into the city.