Grinnell College offers 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students the opportunity to live in campus houses.  House groups may be single sex, co-ed, or gender inclusive; rooms are gender inclusive.  Students living in campus houses may review their meal plan options by visiting the Dining Services web page.

Language Houses

Five Language Houses have existed since the 1993-94 academic year. These houses are associated with their academic department. The purpose of the Language House Program is to provide students who speak or are learning to speak another language with an environment that is conducive to learning the language, culture, and customs of the country/countries of the language. Language Houses supported by academic departments are:

  • French House (1019 Park Street)
    2 singles, 4 doubles, 1 Language Asst. single = 10 students + 1 Language Asst.
  • Russian House (1217 Park Street)
    3 singles, 2 doubles, 1 Language Asst. single = 7 students + 1 Language Asst.
  • German House (1221 Park Street) 
    2 singles, 2 doubles, 1 Language Asst. single = 6 students + 1 Language Asst.
  • Chinese House (1227 Park Street) 
    3 singles, 3 doubles = 9 students
  • Spanish House (1316 Park Street)
    3 singles, 4 doubles, 1 Language Asst. single = 11 students + 1 Language Asst.

General Information

Campus houses are gender inclusive. Rooms (house groups) may be single sex, co-ed, or gender inclusive. Students planning to take a leave of absence during the fall term may not apply for a Language House. All rooms/spaces must be filled the entire year. Students studying abroad in the fall or planning to graduate in December must use our "room split" procedure (one student occupies the room/space in the fall -- another student occupies the room/space in the spring). Students on leave (during the spring term of the applications process) must be officially approved to return to campus for the upcoming fall term before the application deadline to be eligible to apply for a Language House. 

Each Language House has a Student House Coordinator and Faculty Adviser; some houses also have a Language Assistant. The House Coordinator and Language Assistant live in the house. It is the responsibility of the academic department and the House Coordinator to fill each space/room within the house. Any vacancies that occur during the summer or academic year not filled by the academic department or House Coordinator may be filled by the Residence Life Department.  Students interested in living in a Language House must contact the Language Department / Language House Faculty Adviser for information on the application process.

Students awarded a Language House: do NOT participate in Room Draw; are automatically removed from the Off-Campus waitlist (if applicable); and will not be released from their House Contract or considered for a room change request prior to Room Draw. Students awarded a space within a Language House must notify Dining Services of the meal plan option preferred, even if planning not to purchase a meal plan. Please visit the dining options web site for more information.

Language House Coordinators must:

  • ATTEND MANDATORY STUDENT STAFF TRAINING IN AUGUST AND JANUARY.
  • Complete and return the Language House Packet to the Residence Life Department by the due date as indicated on the Language House Application Packet.  This includes a completed house roster, room assignments for the fall and spring term, and signed House Contracts from each house member.
  • Act as representative and contact person for the house.
  • Attend regular individual meetings and maintain regular contact with their Residence Life Coordinator.
  • Attend In-Services as offered.
  • Be knowledgeable of College services, resources, regulations, and federal or state laws as they apply to campus houses.
  • Provide Door Decs to welcome residents to house at the beginning of each semester/as needed throughout the year.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Language House and Residence Life staff during the upcoming academic year.

Project Houses

Three Project Houses are available to students. A Project House consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community.

Project Houses for the 2015-2016 Academic Year are:

  • Food House
    1128 East Street 
    12 spaces (4 doubles, 4 singles)
  • Eco House
    1130 East Street
    10 spaces (4 singles, 3 doubles)
  • Art House
    1023 Park Street 
    8 spaces (2 singles, 3 doubles)

General Information

  • Campus houses are gender inclusive. Rooms (house groups) may be single sex, co-ed, or gender inclusive; rooms are gender inclusive.
  • Students planning to take a leave of absence during the fall term may not apply for a Project House.
  • All rooms/spaces must be filled the entire year. Students studying abroad in the fall or planning to graduate in December must use our “room split” procedure (one student occupies the room/space in the fall — another student occupies the room/space in the spring).
  • Students on leave (during the spring term of the application process) must be officially approved to return to campus for the upcoming fall term before the application deadline to be eligible to apply for a Project House.
  • Students awarded a Project House:  do NOT participate in Room Draw, are automatically removed from the Off-Campus waitlist (if applicable), and will not be released from their House Contract or considered for a room change request prior to Room Draw.
  • Students awarded a Project House must notify Dining Services of the meal plan option preferred, even if planning not to purchase a meal plan. Please visit the dining options web site for more information.
  • Students not awarded a Project House may apply for any Special Residence Draw.

Groups interested in a Project House must submit a project proposal. Each proposal must include (but is not limited to): a detailed description/type of the project; group/house goals; how goals will be achieved; reason a house is needed; and how the group will be held accountable for the project. In addition to the written proposal, groups will provide a PowerPoint, video, or similar audiovisual presentation describing their project. Groups may present ideas from previous years; however, the main focus should be goals for the upcoming academic year.

House Coordinators will submit the Project House proposal, audiovisual presentation, completed application, and House Contracts to Residence Life Department by the application deadline stated on the application packet. House Coordinators will attend a Q & A session with a committee representing Residence Life. Presentation times will be sent to House Coordinators via email. Up to two group members may also attend the Q & A session, but it is not required.

Each house will have a House Coordinator, who is responsible for the following:

  • ATTEND MANDATORY STUDENT STAFF TRAINING IN AUGUST AND JANUARY.
  • Return the completed House Application and signed House Contracts to the Residence Life Department by the application deadline. All students applying for the Project House must be listed on application. All rooms/spaces must be filled the entire year.
  • If awarded a Project House, room assignments must be submitted for each semester to the Residence Life Department by the deadline.  (A floor chart will be provided to House Coordinators following the announcement of house awards.)
  • Serve as the liaison between the Project House and Residence Life staff during the upcoming academic year.

Application Guidelines

Residence Life has established the following guidelines for awarding Project Houses:

  • All groups will be given equal consideration.
  • Project Houses are awarded based on group presentation (how the goals/objectives will be achieved; the reason a house is needed to meet the goals/objectives; how the group (house) will be held accountable for the project).  The Committee may take into account other factors before approving a house.
  • During Project House deliberations, the Residence Life Committee will attempt to make a decision based on group consensus. If group consensus is not possible, the Director of Residence Life will take the Committee's opinions under advisement and make the final decision.

Floor Plans of Campus Houses

Please click on the house address below to view the floor plan for each Campus House:

1128 East Street  Project House (Pine Tree House)
1130 East Street  Project House
1019 Park Street  French House
1023 Park Street  Project House 
1217 Park Street  Russian House
1221 Park Street  German House
1227 Park Street  Chinese House
1316 Park Street  Spanish House