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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For the most part, the housing isn't exceptional, but many people befriend their neighbors and enjoy themselves. The people are the important part.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a really great place on campus and I'm glad that I was put there because of the fact that it is sub-free and my room is very spacious. I'm able to easily reach all of my classes within five minutes from my dorm which is very convenient.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoy South its like a community.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: People in my hall although different in cultures and habits but overall we get along well and they are very welcoming

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like living on campus a lot but I wish things were a little more regulated.

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Grinnell uses a room draw system in which your chances of getting the room you want are based on an ingenious mix of seniority and luck. Every spring, each student is assigned a number. Each class lines up outside of the concert hall in Harris to pick rooms. The juniors with the lowest numbers pick first, then the highest juniors, then the lowest sophomores, all the way down to the highest numbers of the freshman class. If you selected a roommate, the lowest number is used. Lately, given the huge intake of freshmen, campus housing has been under the highest demand. 

Since incoming freshmen are not around to pick a room or dorm, the College selects their rooms for them. While some first-years end up randomly scattered across campus, a good majority ends up in Norris or Cleveland—the far north or south. To be frank, Norris closely resembles a prison camp and is at the very northern tip of campus where students have to take a commercial jet in order to get anywhere on campus. However, Norris is a great place for first-years to end up since there is nothing that can cement friendships faster than shoving 60 nervous and bewildered 18-year-olds into the same building. Overall, the housing facilities are not great. South Campus used to be the women's quarters back in the '50s, while North Campus was the men's. East Campus has fabulous facilities, though. Each dorm on East Campus has its own computer lab, laundry room, air conditioning, and an elevator. In comparison to the high-quality East housing, South Campus and North Campus are fairly unimpressive. However, North Campus and South Campus both offer students an array of rooms.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,340
Average Housing Costs
$4,684
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
88%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
19
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
Main Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Loose Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Norris Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Norris Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Chinese House (1227 Park St.)
  • French House (1019 Park St.)
  • German House (1221 Park St.)
  • Russian House (1217 Park St.)
  • Spanish House (1316 Park St.)
  • Special-interest housing
  • Two other houses rotate themes each year.
Available for Rent
Minifridges, lofts
Did You Know?
  • The campus dormitories are modeled after the residential colleges of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • In doubles, it's usually possible to bunk the beds.
  • The loggias connect all of South Campus. A loggia is a roofed outdoor walkway attached to the side of a building, also described as an "outdoor hallway."
  • North and South Campuses are connected by a series of underground maintenance tunnels that students aren't permitted to use.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Clark Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in North Campus
Cleveland Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in South Campus
Cowles Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Community kitchen, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located right above Cowles dining hall; located in North Campus
Dibble Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounges, wireless Internet; active social dorm, located in North Campus
Gates Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, TV lounges, wireless Internet; considered an icon of Grinnell, located in North Campus
Haines Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Community kitchen, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in South Campus
James Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, TV lounges, wireless Internet; substance-free, located in South Campus
Kershaw Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, elevators, TV lounges, wireless Internet; substance-free, located in East Campus
Langan Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, piano, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in North Campus
Lazier Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, elevator, laundry facilities, piano, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in East Campus
Loose Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, laundry facilities, piano, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in South Campus
Main Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Bob's Underground, community kitchen, elevator, Gardner Lounge, laundry facilities, piano, TV lounges, wireless Internet; Quad Dining Hall, located in South Campus
Norris Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, computer lab, piano, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in North Campus
Rathje Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, laundry facilities, recycling, storage, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in East Campus
Rawson Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in North Campus
Read Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in South Campus
Rose Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, elevator, laundry facilities, TV lounges, wireless Internet; located in East Campus
Smith Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, TV lounges, wireless Internet; substance-free, located in North Campus
Younker Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, kitchens, laundry, lounges, piano, wireless Internet; located in North Campus

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