- What’s it like to live on campus? Several students share their perspectives on living in the residence halls and project houses like French House or Farmhouse.
- Grinnell is a residential college so much attention is paid to the experience of students living on campus and how to make everyone feel welcome and supported.
- A number of seniors choose to live off-campus, but they live a short walk away and still participate in campus life.
Living on Campus
Grinnell is a residential campus, which means that everyone's living either on campus or within walking distance of campus. So there's a lot of students living in the dorms. We have a variety of different dorm styles. Most of them are doubles. But there's some co ops, and singles, and triples as well. We have three separate campuses that our dorms are separated into, although they're all really close together, you have North Campus, East Campus and South Campus. And you can have people of all classes of all genders living anywhere, in any of those buildings. After your first year, there's an option to apply to live in project houses or language houses. So there are a couple different language houses on campus like French house, Chinese house. And in those houses, everyone there speaks that language. They're other project houses as well, like farm house was one of them. And right now they're growing their own foods. And I think they plan to get chickens. Yeah, I think they just got approved for chickens. It's really the people that make it what we are, that is what I really love just the community that is built on each and every floor. Especially as first years where you'll have people come in and knock on your door, and then you will introduce yourself to them or they'll introduce themselves to you. Especially in the first like couple of weeks a month from getting to know each other. Just kind of when we were maybe all getting back together like at the end of the night coming back from wherever we were. And then just kind of going and knocking on the other person's door seeing if they're around like hanging out for an hour or so before going to bed. Just kind of having that nice like chill space to like spend time together. Each floor kind of creates their own rules in terms of like when they want to go to bed-- like quiet hours and such. And generally this is set up at the beginning of the year when people are slowly getting settled. And before people get their routines down. A lot of that is coordinated by the community advisor and so on either every floor, every other floor, depending on how many people there are, there's a student who's designated to kind of look out for those floors. And they're called Community Advisor or a CA, and they plan events for the floor I've been really helpful to community. I found my community advisor my first year to be very helpful. She helped me determine you know, where things were, you know, including classroom sometimes which was really nice. And she was just a great resource and like figuring out you know what resources I needed. You know where I could get what I would like to get to from Walmart or to buy it online you learn things like that. Also Fun fact, she helped me use my first laundry machine, so I hadn't used a laundry machine before. Most people stay on campus for all four years. There are a few who go off campus during like their fourth year. But for the most part I think everyone stays on. Even the people who do live off campus are spending a lot of time on campus and are living really close so-- I live off campus but I just live a block from here, and it takes me less time to walk to campus than it does to walk across campus. Currently I'm in a house two streets from campus. We call it unofficially theatre house because all of us met through theater productions, and I think that just being able to come home to having dinner with like some of the most important people like in your life, in your college career. Having nights where like you don't plan it, but everyone just happens to be home, and you like watch some horrible movie like those mean the world to me. This campus was already a home in and of itself but that house is like my home.
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