Residential Life Housing Policy Philosophy
Questions about this policy may be directed to Dr. John Jobson, Associate
Dean of Students and Kristyn Bochniak, Director of Residential Life
and Education, 616-395-7800
The Hope College vision statement includes a commitment to the residential
nature of the college experience. All students live on-campus for three
academic years. The College understands the need for independence in
preparation for life after graduation and, therefore, has created living
in cottages and downtown apartments, as well as allowing senior students
to live off -campus. Degree-seeking students are those students who are
pursuing an academic degree from Hope College. Students who are part-time
status may request on-campus housing.
All degree-seeking students at Hope College will live in
college-owned housing unless granted annual permission to live off -campus
or to commute daily from their parent’s home.
PARENT COMMUTER POLICY: Parent-Commuter permission is restricted to those students who commute from the home listed as their parent/guardian’s permanent address and that address is within 35 miles from Hope College campus.
Degree-seeking students who are married will be exempt from this requirement
provided they follow the application procedure. Proof of marriage will
be required. Exceptions to the Housing Policy may be granted to students
who have earned 75 credits by January 31, 2015 prior to the academic
year for which the exception is sought or those students who will be
of age or older at the start of the academic year for which the exception
is sought. (Note: The College reserves the right to alter the minimum
of credits required for the exception; changes will be publicized in
a timely manner.) Exceptions also may be granted for extreme medical
reasons. Documentation from qualified medical and/or mental health
professionals will be required.
Food Service/Board Policies
Students living in campus residence halls are required to have a meal
plan with the College Food Service. Students living in off -campus
residences or in College operated apartments and cottages may choose
to have no
plan. The Cook Hall dining area is generally reserved for upper-class
students living in Cook Hall, cottages, or those with special permission.
sticker is required to dine at Cook Hall. Returning students may change
their meal plan only during the first week of classes of fall and spring
semesters. Freshmen and new students may change their meal plan only
during the first two weeks of fall semester and first week of spring
If a student wishes to cancel a meal plan or change the number of meals
other than during the designated periods, he/she may pick up an appeal
from in the Dining Service Office, Phelps Hall. This appeal will be
reviewed by the Director of Dining Services and the Dean of Students.