Residence Halls

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: North, South, and East Campuses. 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

Information on how to rent a microwave and/or a refrigerator to be delivered prior to moving in.

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:




South Campus

South Campus, which originally comprised the all-female residence halls, is located between Eighth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. Residents love South Campus for its closed loggia (which is a blessing during the winter months), its vibrancy, 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:



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, and elevators in every residence hall, and for its proximity to the athletics facilities. This “cluster” is referred to as LaKeRoJe. The residence halls within East Campus are:


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