One of the great things about Grinnell is the diversity of options available in campus housing. Each dorm has a unique vibe and culture of its own, another way in which diversity manifests itself in Grinnell's community. On campus there are three dorm clusters, which are North, South, and East.
South Campus has a very vibrant communal atmosphere, probably because it has Bob's Underground Cafe (our student-run coffee shop) and the Gardner Lounge (where many concerts are held), as well as close proximity to Burling Library and the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. All of the South Campus dorms are linked by an enclosed loggia, a long hallway that is really nice to use during the cold Iowa winter. North Campus is really pretty, built in a Collegiate Gothic style with Gates Tower as its centerpiece. It is in close proximity to the athletic facilities, so it is a good housing option for those who utilize them frequency. East Campus has the newest dorms, built in a modern style best described as a combination of Bauhaus and Prairie School. East Campus in unique in the sense that it has air conditioning and laundry facilities in each dorm. It's known to be a quiet dorm cluster, so many find it conducive to studying. All these diverse options in housing help foster the unique communities that make Grinnell so great!