Break Housing

All College housing (residence halls and College-owned houses) open and close according to the following schedule:

Fall '12 Semester

New Students - Residence halls open at 
8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25.

Fall '12 Semester

Returning Students Residence halls and houses open at 
8:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 28.

Fall Break

Student residences remains open.  
The Marketplace is open but serving times are limited.

Winter Break

All student residences are closed for winter break. 
Please see Winter Break for more information.

Spring Break

Student residences remains open. 
The Marketplace and Spencer Grill are closed during 
Spring Break (no College meals are provided to students).

Summer Break

Returning students must vacate student
residences by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20. 

Graduating Seniors must vacate student
residences by 12 noon on Tuesday, May 21.

Summer  Residence 

Summer residence is available to research/MAP students, 
full time summer interns, and (student) College employees.  
Please see Summer Break  for more details.

Summer Residence

The summer residential program is available to Grinnell College research/MAP students, full-time summer (College sponsored) interns, and (student) College employees who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Rental cost is $70 per week (full week payments/contracts only; partial week refunds will not be issued)

FULL TERM: 12 noon, May 26 through 12 noon, August 3 (10 weeks)

PARTIAL TERM: Minimum of four weeks is required and is subject to availability.  Students in need of partial term residency (less than 10 weeks) must clearly indicate dates housing is needed on the Summer Housing Contract. (Partial term housing is on a “space available” basis. Priority is given to full term requests.)

The summer residence program is NOT available to individuals who are not Grinnell College students, students who have graduated, or former students who are no longer enrolled at Grinnell College.

HOUSES and ASSIGNMENTS: Campus houses are not handicap accessible; most are not air conditioned. Students with accessibility needs or a medical condition who require a residential accommodation must have documentation on file with the Residence Life & Orientation Department. The type of accommodation required must be clearly indicated on the Summer Residential Contract. Students in need of a medical accommodation will be assigned a house/room based on the accommodation required.

Students are assigned a single room whenever possible. Depending on interest, there may not be enough single rooms for everyone, and therefore students are asked to indicate their roommate preference. If additional space / rooms are needed, students will be paired with a roommate. Students may indicate their house, housemate, and roommate preferences on the Summer Residential Contract. Specific house and room requests are not guaranteed; placements are dependent on need and availability.

The following campus houses may be used for the Summer '13 term (subject to availability):

·         1019 Park St. (11 occupancy -- 3 singles, 4 doubles)

·         1023 Park St. (8 occupancy -- 2 singles, 3 doubles)

·         1128 East St. (12 spaces -- 4 doubles, 4 singles)

·         1130 East St. (10 spaces -- 4 singles, 3 doubles)

·         1217 Park St. (8 occupancy -- 4 singles, 2 doubles)

·         1221 Park St. (8 occupancy -- 2 singles, 3 doubles)

·         1227 Park St. (9 occupancy -- 3 singles, 3 doubles)

·         1316 Park St. (12 occupancy -- 4 singles, 4 doubles)

Interim Residency

Interim residency is available to a small number of students who are unable to leave campus before and/or after the summer term. Special approval for early and/or late summer interim residency must be received from the Residence Life & Orientation Department. Students must indicate their need for interim residency on the Summer Residential Contract; contract and payment must be submitted by the due date in order to be considered for interim residency. Students may be placed in a transitional room during their interim stay. Students not enrolled in the Summer Residential Program (either part or full term) are not eligible for interim residency and may not remain on campus beyond check-out for an extended stay.

·         EARLY INTERIM RESIDENCY: 5 p.m. Monday, May 20, through 12 noon Sunday, May 26. Early Interim Housing is ONLY available to students living on campus during the summer, and whose summer housing term begins Sunday, May 26. The charge for EARLY interim residency is included in the total rental amount.

·         LATE INTERIM RESIDENCY: 12 noon Saturday, August 3, through 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, and is ONLY available to students living on campus during the summer and whose summer housing term extends until/ends Saturday, August 3. LATE interim residency charges are NOT included in the total rental amount and must be paid separately.

·         COST: $70 per week.

More Info on Summer Housing

 SIGN UP: A Summer Residency Information Sheet and Contract will be sent to students via email or are available from the Residence Life & Orientation Department. To reserve a space for summer residency, the Summer Residential Contract and $70 deposit payment must be submitted by NOON on FRIDAY, MAY 10 to the Residence Life & Orientation Department (3rd floor/JRC). Payment may be made by cash or check with the Residence Life & Orientation Department. Credit card payments are accepted by the Cashier's Office only (1st floor/JCC). The $70 deposit payment is applied to total rental charges. The remainder of rent is automatically deducted from student's payroll checks or stipend. Students who request summer residency after the May 10 deadline are on a “space available” basis. Requests made after the deadline are not guaranteed.

ROOM KEYS & P-CARDS: Students will be notified of their summer assignment via email on or before Friday, May 17.  Room keys will be available from the Campus Security Office (1432 East St. / corner of East St. and 10th Ave.) beginning at 12 noon on Sunday, May 26. The Campus Security Office is open 24/7. Students staying on campus for early interim housing must vacate their residence hall room by 6 p.m. Monday (May 27). P-cards will be activated for the house to which students are assigned. A $50 key deposit will be charged to the student's College account. Deposits are refunded when the key is returned at check-out. Any damage or excessive cleaning charges incurred during the summer term will be billed directly to the student's College account.

LAUNDRY & STORAGE:  Students living in summer residency may use laundry facilities located in the residence halls; p-cards will be activated for those halls as well. Short-term storage is also available and accessible throughout the summer. Laundry facility and storage details will be sent to students via email after contracts are received and assignments are final.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT:  A Room Inventory Report will be completed for each room. Students should thoroughly review the Inventory Sheet following check-in. At the end of the summer residency term, students must schedule a time to check out of their room with the Residence Life & Orientation Department or forfeit the right to appeal damage/excessive clean-up charges. Room keys MUST be returned at check-out or taken to Campus Security before leaving campus. Students who do not return their key will not receive credit for the $50 key deposit.

Winter Break Student Housing

College-owned housing is closed during winter break. Students must vacate College-owned residence halls and houses according to the date and time scheduled by the College, unless sponsored for Winter Break Student Status (WBSS).

WBSS means students have received approval to remain on campus after closing and/or return prior to opening of College-owned residence halls and houses during Winter Break due to one or more of the following reasons:

·         Participation in winter athletics or other College-sponsored activities/events;

·         International or U.S. Global Nomad Student;

·         working for College Services* a minimum of 20 hours per week; or

·         approved by the Division of student Affairs.

No other students will be allowed in College-owned housing during Winter Break. 

*College services are those services necessary for the day-to-day operation of the College during Winter Break. These services include but are not limited to Campus Security, Mail Services, Catering, Library, and Admission.

WBSS is a privilege, not a right. Only sponsored/approved students will be allowed in College-owned residence halls and houses during Winter Break. Students who have received WBSS automatically agree to accept and comply with College rules and regulations. Students are expected to act responsibly so their ability to stay in College-owned housing during Winter Break is not jeopardized. In the rare case a student violates the Winter Break Policy or does not act responsibly during this time, the student may be required to leave campus until the semester begins. Fines may also be issued, and/or judicial charges may be pursued. Departments whose sponsored students violate this policy may lose the privilege of sponsoring early arrival students. Winter Break is substance-free. All students with WBSS implicitly agree not to use or distribute alcohol or drugs on campus during this time, regardless of age.   


·         Abide by the Winter Break Substance-Free Policy;

·         keep public spaces clean and orderly throughout the break period;

·         not allow unauthorized students into College housing; and

·         keep outside doors to all College-owned residence halls and houses closed and locked (not propped open).

  RLC / EMERGENCY CONTACT: If you have an emergency or need assistance, please call ext. 4600 (or 641-269-4600 if calling from off-campus) to reach Campus Security / the RLC on call.

·         One RLC is on-call while the College is operation during break. 

·         Campus Security will provide on-call assistance the week College offices are closed.

  MEAL PREPARATION: Students with WBSS may cook in the residence hall / College-owned house kitchens. Students who use hall/house kitchens agree to clean the kitchen immediately. Any items left out and/or dirty will be disposed of daily. All appliances must be turned off and unplugged after each use.   

SERVICES: Shuttles, dining services, and health services are NOT available during Winter Break.   

GUESTS:  Students with WBSS may have guests visit them in the residence halls under the following conditions:

·         Guests cannot be currently enrolled Grinnell College students;

·         the number of guests is limited to two guests on campus at one time;

·         students must register their guest(s) at the Security Office upon arrival to campus and check them out when permanently leaving campus; and

·         students are responsible for the behavior of their guests.

Grinnell College students approved to remain on campus during all or part of Winter Break understand staying on campus during Winter Break is a privilege, not a right. Students who do not abide by the Winter Break Policy outlined above may (at a minimum) be required to leave campus until the semester begins.   Revision Date: 11-16-10

Lofts and Minifridges

Grinnell College works directly with Bedloft.com for all bed loft and MicroFridge rentals. Please refer to the FAQs and Product Information pages for more information.

Bed Loft (rental - $134 per year)

Renting a bed loft from Bedloft.com is the easy, affordable way to create extra living space in your room. The additional floor area provides more space for a futon, TV, desk, etc. A convenient shelf can also be rented for $15/year, which is perfect for keeping essential items close to your bed, such as an alarm clock, book, or phone. Ladders may be added as well to make it easier for students to climb in and out of their loft. The bed loft is designed to maximize the living space in your room and is specifically designed to meet your school's specifications.

MicroFridge (rental - $139 per year)

The MicroFridge combination appliance comes with a refrigerator, a zero-degree freezer, and a microwave, all in one. Eat what you want, when you want – the MicroFridge will make living on campus so much easier.

Futon (purchase product - $199)

This futon can be used as a loveseat, a lounger, or a full-size bed, and can make your room more comfortable. It comes complete with frame, mattress, tools, and instructions. Width is 59.5" and depth as love seat is 40." Mattress is 4" thick and measures 74" x 54." Futons are a purchase item, not a rental, and are yours to keep.

Bedloft.com FAQs

Can I loft my bed?

Yes. Grinnell College partners with Bedloft.com to provide students with a loft rental program. Renting a bed loft is an easy, affordable way to create additional living space in your room. Students may preorder a loft at www.bedloft.com for easy pick-up on move-in day. Lofts may also be rented on move-in day, but quantities will be limited.

·         Bedloft is the only loft endorsed and approved by Grinnell College.

·         MicroFridges are also available for rent and futons available for purchase from Bedloft.com.

·         Place your order today!

Are refrigerators allowed in the rooms?

Yes. Grinnell College partners with Bedloft.com to rent MicroFridges to students. The unit has 2.9 cubic feet total storage capacity, including a full freezer, and a 600-watt microwave. This eco-friendly unit is a convenient alternative to bringing a refrigerator from home.

·         Students may preorder their MicroFridge for easy pick-up on move-in day. MicroFridges may also be rented on move-in day, but quantities will be limited.

·         Bed lofts are also available for rent and futons available for purchase from Bedloft.com.

·         Place your order today!