In addition to providing students safe, comfortable living spaces, the residence halls at Grinnell College foster a sense of community, and provide a living and learning environment which complements their academic experience. Within these halls, Grinnellians learn to practice self-governance and incorporate the philosophy in their daily lives. Student volunteers fill the roles of Student Advisers, Hall Social Coordinators and Hall Wellness Coordinators, and are charged with building community and serving as a resource for their residents. Student Staff are supervised by live-in, masters-level Residence Life Coordinators. Grinnell's Residence Halls are located in three areas of the campus: North, South, and East. Each group of halls has its own laundry facilities and computer labs. Most residence halls have:

  • kitchens equipped with stoves, ovens, microwaves and fridges
  • spacious lounges with televisions, cable service, and DVD players
  • wireless internet connection
  • rooms with a dresser, desk and chair, and a closet or wardrobe for each student
  • custodial services in bathrooms and common areas (lounges, bathrooms, and kitchens)
  • maintenance services
  • security enabled entry doors that open with student IDs; student rooms are equipped with key entry locks

Cats and dogs are not permitted in the residence halls (with the exception of medical accommodation). Please see the pet policy for more information.

This web resource also contains a comparison of the amenities and structure of our different residence halls located at the bottom of the page. If you have any additional questions, ask us!

North Campus

The northernmost part of Grinnell's Campus, the North Campus residence halls originally housed Grinnell's male students before co-educational living was introduced during the 1968-69 school year. North Campus's proximity to academic buildings and Harris Center, rooms with views of Mac Field, and spacious lounges draw residents to it. There are three "clusters" on North Campus.  The North Campus clusters and residence halls are:  

Smounker

Younker Hall

Smith Hall

Clangrala

Langan Hall

Rawson Hall

Gates Hall

Clark Hall

CaNaDa

Cowles Hall

Dibble Hall

Norris Hall

South Campus

South Campus, which originally comprised the all-female residence halls, is located between 8th avenue and 6th avenue. Residents love South Campus for its closed loggia (which is a blessing during the winter months), its vibrance, and the presence of Bob's Underground and the Gardner Lounge.  There are two "clusters" on South Campus. The South Campus clusters and residence halls are:

Loosehead

Loose Hall

Read Hall

Haines Hall

Jamaland

James Hall

Cleveland Hall

Main Hall

East Campus

East Campus has the four newest residence halls. Residents love East Campus for its numerous lounges, the availability of air conditioning, nice laundry facilities, elevators in every residence hall, and for its proximity to the athletics facilities. This "cluster" is referred to as bEast.  The residence halls within East are:

LaKerRoJe

Lazier Hall

Kershaw Hall

Rose Hall

Rathje Hall

Comparison of Residence Halls

Residence Halls Amenities Map

North

Hall Capacity Floors Lounges Kitchens Rooms
Younker 113 4 4 Singles | Doubles
Smith 52
  • Female
  • Co-ed
3 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Langan 56
  • Co-ed
2 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Rawson 34 2 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Gates 41 2 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Clark 55
  • Co-ed
3 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Dibble 41
  • Co-ed
2 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Norris 106
  • Co-ed
  • Female
1 1 Singles | Doubles
Cowles* 45 2 1 Singles | Doubles | Quads
*The numbers listed do not include the kitchens and lounges within the Cowles Apartments

South

Hall Capacity Floors Lounges Kitchens Rooms
Loose 104 3 5 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Read 71
  • Co-ed
3 2 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Haines 67
  • Female
  • Co-ed
3 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples | Quads
Cleveland 55 3 1 Singles | Doubles | Mini Co-op
James 57 3 1 Singles | Doubles | Triples
Main 56 3 2 Singles | Doubles

East

Hall Capacity Floors Lounges Kitchens Rooms
Lazier 53 6 4 Singles | Doubles | Mini Co-op
Kershaw 69
  • Co-ed
3 3 Singles | Doubles
Rose 68
  • Male
  • Female
  • Co-ed
3 3 Singles | Doubles
Rathje 71 3 3 Singles | Doubles