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Room Draw

Grinnell College is a residential college. All full-time students are required to live in student residences and board with College dining all four years. Student residences at Grinnell College are distinctive from that of other residential colleges due to our residential philosophy and Room Draw practice.

Residence Life

Grinnell’s experienced, dedicated residence life team works with more than 70 volunteer student staff members to build a residential community that fosters social and personal development, encourages self-governance, and accommodates individual needs to help you achieve your goals.

Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center

The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room, smaller meeting rooms, classrooms, and a gallery. The Rosenfield Center is named after longtime Grinnell College trustee and benefactor Joe Rosenfield ’25.

Parking near the building includes some accessible parking to the east, limited spaces in a small lot across 8th Avenue, and a large lot off 10th Avenue to the north.  

Eco House

This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present their proposal to the Residence Life Committee for consideration. This school year (2012—13), this house has been awarded to Eco House, a group working towards sustainable living and environmentalism. To learn more about the project house process, visit the Residence Life Project Houses page.

Food House

This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present their proposal to the Residence Life Committee for consideration. This school year (2011—12), 1128 East has been awarded to Food House, a group working to unite Grinnellians through food. To learn more about the project house process, visit the Residence Life Project Houses page.

Tennis House

This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present their proposal to the Residence Life Committee for consideration. This school year (2012—13), it has been awarded to Tennis. To learn more about the project house process, visit the Residence Life Project Houses.

Lazier Hall

Lazier Hall is the southernmost of the residence halls framing the east edge of campus, and it’s distinctive curved roof softens the profile of the tallest building on campus. Constructed of white Iowa limestone, Lazier Hall is connected to the East Campus residence halls by a roofed loggia. Large windows in the first-floor lounge give the space an open, accessible feel. Lazier Hall features air conditioning, laundry facilities, four kitchens, a handicap-accessible elevator, six student lounges, and a computer lab with a printer. The rooms are assigned as singles and doubles.

Rawson Hall

Rawson Hall is recognizable by its tower, the southern of the two towers that are a central feature of the North Campus range of residences, at the corner of Park Street and Ninth Avenue. Resembling the gate of Hampton Court Palace, it aligns with a parallel gate that is part of Rose Hall on East Campus. It, with Gates to the immediate north, forms part of the “equinox pathway”. Early risers on the morning of the vernal equinox can view the sunrise directly to the east through two campus archways — the Rose Hall arch and the Rawson/Gates Tower arch. Rawson Hall features four student lounges and one kitchen. The rooms are assigned as singles, doubles, and triples.