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On-Campus Housing

Hope College is a residential college. We are committed, by choice, to be a living learning community. Part of that living and learning experience is having a roommate. Through your residential experience, you'll grow within your community, learn what it means to be a good neighbor in a global society and develop skills to prepare you for independent living post-graduation.

Hope housing is designed to grow with you as a student. Our hope is in your first and second years at Hope, you live in a residence hall. This allows you to meet new people, understand what it’s like to live in community, and solidify a smaller group of people to transition into a cottage or apartment with. Most of our housing is based on a double room occupancy in facilities without air conditioning. Additionally, we house students by floor or unit based on biological sex.

In your third year and beyond, many students transition into a cottage or apartment. This allows students to move into an environment with their smaller community of friends and live more independently with the security of the college staff and facilities to support them. In cottages and apartments, students learn to clean and care for a home. Many make some or all of their meals. They experience living with a group of people with whom they are friends. This living helps them grow in knowing how to support people, give feedback, and work through frustrations and differences together.

On-campus housing is for currently enrolled students only.


Remaining Cottage and Residence Hall spaces are assigned in our Open Room Draw process. This process is held on April 5, 6, and 7. To be signed up for this process, you must submit an On-Line Housing Application prior to March 18, 2022. In this application, you will need to indicate your intended roommate as well.

After all the applications have been received, you will randomly be assigned a Room Draw number based on how many years you have been in college attendance. This number will dictate the day and time you will be selecting your room. Look here for more details on the Open Room Draw process.

A note about roommates in Open Room Draw. . . When you select a room, you name your roommate. So, after receiving your room draw numbers, you and your roommate should select your room using the lowest number assigned to you.

Find more information about Room Draw 


Apartments are distributed to students based on the group’s cumulative earned credit score. Because of the varied sizes of apartments we have, there are multiple due dates to be considered for different apartment configurations. If you would like to apply for an apartment:

  1. Identify the people you want to live with.
  2. Submit the appropriate housing application from the listing below. Only one application must be submitted per group.
  3. The application must be complete (ie. 10 students on a 10-person application, etc).
  4. You will need to list the earned credits for each student listed on the application. You can view your earned credits on your plus.hope.edu account. Credits you are currently taking during the spring semester do not count towards this total.

The Housing Office will then:

  • Distribute apartments to the top credit bearing group and will continue down the list until all apartments have been distributed.
  • If you receive an apartment, your group will be sent an email stating the apartment you received and each student will then need to complete an On-Line Housing Application by March 18, 2022.

If you do not receive an apartment, you can reconfigure your group group and re-apply for a different allotment of apartments. If you do not get an apartment assigned to you, you will need to register for Open Room Draw by March 18, 2022.

Apartment Applications and Due Dates
Please submit only one application for your group

Apartment Applications Typical Credits
(based on previous year applications)
Due Date
10 - Person Apartment Application
February 25, 2022 by 5pm
8 - Person Apartment Application   Given to the group with the highest number of accumlated earned credits. February 25, 2022 by 5pm
2 - Person Apartment Application 168-202 March 1, 2022 by 5pm
3 - Person Apartment Application 146-291 March 4, 2022 by 5pm
6 - Person Apartment Application 316-630 March 8, 2022 by 5pm
4 - Person Apartment Application 110-367 March 11, 2022 by 5pm
5 - Person Apartment Application 100-271 March 16, 2022 by 5pm

In most cottages, the RA of the cottage names the people who will be living with them. There are some cottages that are duplexes (two units in one house). Although these are cottages, they are assigned in the above apartment application process.

In the larger cottages, the RA will name some of the people who will live in the cottage with them. The rest of the rooms will be listed in the Open Room Draw process outlined in the “How Do I Live in A Residence Hall” section.

As a reminder, if you are named to a cottage by an RA, please be sure to complete your On-Line Housing Application to March 18, 2022


If you are electing to stay in your current room (squatting), you can fill out the On-Line Housing Application. In the application, you will indicate that you would like to stay in your current location. You will also indicate the roommate that you would like to live with. This can be your current roommate, or you can name a new roommate to join you next academic year.

Note: Staying in your location is not permitted in Apartments, Cottages, Dykstra, Lichty, Scott, or single rooms in residence halls.

Before Open Room Draw, you can post information on Looking For A Roommate. You can also look at other students’ postings. If you do not have a roommate when you select your room, the Housing Office will look at your housing preferences and match you with a current student who does not have a roommate or an incoming transfer, new, or exchange student who does not have a roommate.

Some people need specific types of housing or specific amenities in their housing because of a personal condition. If you have a condition that substantially limits major life activity (including allergies), you may be eligible for specific housing accommodations. To inquire and/or request housing accommodations, you must contact Disability and Accessibility Resources (DAR). DAR works with you to understand your needs, compile any necessary documentation, and make accommodation determinations. These determinations are given to Housing, and we identify housing that meets the accommodations.

If you are concerned about the housing structure and do not have a condition that limits major life activities, please contact housing@hope.edu.

In order to guarantee an approved accommodations, the above processes must be completed for cottage and apartments by February 1, 2022 (*please note that the deadline has passed), and for residential halls by March 1, 2022. Any accommodations approved after these dates will be fulfilled as space becomes available.

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Assistance animals must be requested and approved as a reasonable accommodation through Disability and Accessibility Resources (DAR). All animals living in campus housing must be registered with Student Development prior to coming to campus. Please contact DAR to get started with this process.

View service and assistance animal definition  You will receive an email notification from Disability and Accessibility Resources if your request is approved or denied. You will then need to meet with Dr. Jobson before an assistance and/or service animal is brought into on-campus housing.