Residence Life Policies

Prior to arrival, we ask that you please review residence life policies and procedures. This document provides you with helpful information on room changes, furnishings, laundry facilities, and more.

Residency Policy

Grinnell College is a residential college with 19 residence halls and eight College-owned houses. All new students are required to live on campus, which means enrolling in our room and board plan.  First-year students may not live in College-owned houses. Check out our residency policy for more details.

Pet Policy

Amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, rodents (except ferrets), or reptiles that are non-poisonous and non-dangerous are permitted in student rooms. Conditions that must be met for pet ownership on campus include:

  • the permission of the roommate;
  • registration with the RLC (see below for more information);
  • proper care of the pet, including feeding and cleaning;
  • proper housing (i.e. cage/container) for the pet (see below for more information)

If you are considering bringing a pet on campus, please refer to the full pet policy located ion the residential life policies and procedures page, search for key word 'pets'.