/ Center for Global Engagement

International Family Welcome Week

Hope College is pleased to welcome the families of new international students and U.S. citizens living outside the United States.

We are honored that you and your student have chosen Hope College for this season of life. We know this year has been challenging, and while things may still look a little different, we're so glad you're here!

On this page, you will find the tools and resources you need while transitioning your student to their new home. Our goal is to have you become more acquainted with Hope, with the experiences your student will have, and with the corner of the world we call Holland, Michigan. Take a look around, and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out!


International Family Welcome Week Schedule | August 19–25, 2022 

Resource guide

There are all sorts of details and questions you may have right now. What cell phone provider should I sign my student up for? Where will they buy their groceries? At which bank should my child open a checking account? And so much more. Below you’ll find answers to all those questions!


There are several banking options here in the U.S. In most cases, your student will need to show their passport and I-20 or DS-2019 to sign up for an account. Having their student ID may also be helpful. They do not need a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to open an account.

Please note that the college does not endorse any of the following banks. Selecting a bank is your decision.

Fifth Third Bank (Downtown Holland)
36 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423

First National Bank of Michigan (Downtown Holland)
1 W. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423

Macatawa Bank (Downtown Holland)
141 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423

PNC Bank
978 S. Washington Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Telephone Services

There are a variety of mobile phone companies that operate in the Holland area. Monthly contracts and pay-as-you-go services are available with most companies. Students who are here for less than a year typically choose the pay-as-you-go services, as they often require less paperwork and are easier to cancel.

If you are planning to get a U.S. phone number while you are here, please contact the company to learn what you will need to bring to the store. Generally you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID (passport or driver’s license), your date of birth and your local address. Most companies will ask for your Social Security Number (SSN), but this is not a requirement. If you do not have a SSN, you can still sign up for service, but you will often have to pay a deposit.

Before you sign any contract, make sure you meet the company’s requirements. Each provider's website should help you along the way.

3435 W. Shore Dr.
Holland, MI 49424

3351 W. Shore Dr.
Holland, MI 49424

3259 W. Shore Dr.
Holland, MI 49424

12331 James St.
Holland, MI 49424

Health & Safety Services

Medical & Emergency Services: On-Campus Care

Student Health Center
Hope’s Student Health Center (SHC) is located on the first floor of the Dow Center. The medical providers include doctors, a physician assistant and registered nurses. They treat most health concerns for any Hope College, full or part-time, degree-seeking student who is currently enrolled. All health information between the patient and medical professional is deemed confidential. 

Open Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4:30 p.m. 
Main Office: 616.395.7585

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is located in the Bultman Student Center. Counselors can help with a variety of personal issues like stress, anxiety, depression, and cultural adjustment. All visits are completely confidential. 

Open Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m. 
Main Office: 616.395.7945

Medical & Emergency Services: Off-Campus Care

For immediate care in an EMERGENCY, DIAL 911.

Holland Hospital, nearest Emergency Room
602 Michigan Ave.
Holland, MI 49424

Asthma & Allergy Center of Southwest Michigan
844 S. Washington Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Holland Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health
854 S. Washington Ave., Ste #330
Holland, MI 49423

Holland Hospital Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services, Lakeshore Medical Campus
3299 N. Wellness Dr.
Holland, MI 49423

Holland Eye Surgery & Laser Center
999 S. Washington Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Ottawa County Department of Public Health
12251 James St.
Holland, MI 49424

Lakeshore Eyecare Center
2657 120th Ave.
Holland, MI 49424

Lakeshore Health Partners Family Medicine
8300 Westpark Way
Zeeland, MI 49464

Shoreline Orthopedics
370 N.120th Ave.
Holland, MI 49424


There are several pharmacies located near the Hope College campus. Some of the most widely used are listed below.

CVS Pharmacy
132 Douglas Ave.
Holland, MI 49424

Meijer Pharmacy
746 E. 16th St.
Holland, MI 49423.

Rite Aid Pharmacy
973 S. Washington Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Skip’s Pharmacy, offering free delivery to the Health Center
700 Michigan Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Walgreens Pharmacy
780 Washington Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Walmart Pharmacy
2629 N. Park Dr.
Holland, MI 49424

Mail Services

Print and Mail Services

Hope College’s Print and Mail Services is located on the first floor in the DeWitt Center. In addition to accepting all mail and packages and delivering them to students, students will also find shipping supplies and be able to purchase and print postage and labels. For airmail (other than letters 1/4" thick or more) and international packages, a USPS Customs Form must be completed.

Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. for mail pick-up only.

Martha Miller Mailbox

Each international student is assigned a mailbox in the Martha Miller Center’s Fried Center for Global Engagement. Students can use the address below to receive letters and small packages. For large packages, please use the Print and Mail Services in the DeWitt Center.

Center for Global Engagement
Martha Miller Center
257 Columbia Avenue, Room 107
Holland, MI 49423

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holland Post Office

Students can visit the Holland Post Office, located downtown Holland, for any mailing services. The Post Office can help with outgoing mail, packaging items and completing a customs declaration.

United States Postal Service
190 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 6:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Food, Grocery & Shopping

On-Campus Dining

Phelps Dining Hall, located in Phelps Hall, and Cook Dining Hall, located in Cook Hall, are two experiences that offer cafeteria-style meals and, occasionally, themed events. In addition, the Kletz Market, located in the Bultman Student Center, serves coffee, other beverages and light “grab & go” meals.

Major Grocery Stores

Meijer has a wide selection of items, good prices, and is one of the closest to campus. Hope provides a shuttle van to Meijer every Wednesday and Thursday, during the academic year, from 6–8:00 p.m. Students can also bike to Meijer in 10–15 minutes, depending on where they live on campus.

746 E. 16th St.
Holland, MI 49423
Hours: all day, every day

Walmart also has a wide selection of items and good prices, but it can be more difficult getting to and from the store. Students can find someone to drive them or take the MAXtransit, which costs $1 each way. More information can be found in the Transportation section below.

2629 N. Park Drive
Holland, MI 49424
Hours: all day, every day

International Markets

Holland has a couple of international stores where students can find ingredients from their home countries.

Huynh Oriental-Mexican Food
143 Douglas Ave.
Holland, MI 49424

Mi Favorita Grocery
408 Columbia Ave.
Holland, MI 49423


When students first arrive, they often need furniture, appliances and household items, all able to fit within a tight budget. Below are common stores in the area.

3549 W. Shore Dr.
Holland, MI 49424

Ditto Upscale Resale 571 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423

393 E. Lakewood Blvd.
Holland, MI 49424

RiverTown Crossings Mall
3700 Rivertown Pkwy.
Grandville, MI 49418

3456 W. Shore Drive
Holland, MI 49424

T.J. Maxx
12635 Felch St.
Holland, MI 49424


Macatawa Area Express: MAX Transit

Macatawa Area Express is a small, urban transit system that serves the greater Holland/Zeeland area with hourly, fixed bus routes and complimentary reserved ride demand response service for eligible passengers. It provides transportation to many major locations such as grocery stores, shopping centers, Holland Hospital, etc. 

The cost is $1 for fixed route fares, or a Student Semester Pass is $30 for 3 months. 

Visit their website for route information. 

Hope College Transportation Services

Hope College Transportation Services include vehicle reservations, a free shuttle service, airport pick-up and drop-off, rides to job interviews, off-campus health appointments, etc., all to meet the various transportation needs of faculty, staff and students.  

176 E. 19th St.
Holland, MI 49423

Vehicle Reservations
Please reserve vehicles at least two business days in advance, as reservations are required and based on vehicle availability. The cost depends on the vehicle and the fuel usage.

On-Campus Evening Shuttle Service
This free service operates around the core campus, with additional service to Fairbanks Townhouses. The shuttle follows a set counter-clockwise route around core campus. Each shuttle stop corresponds with the approximate time the shuttle will arrive. That is, the shuttle will arrive at stop 8 at :08, :18, :28, :38 and :48 each hour (+/- 1 minute).

Visit the website for hours and scheduling. 

A Campus Safety officer is always available to provide escorts for students when safety is a concern.

Campus Safety Main Line: 616.395.7770.