/ Residential Life and Housing


Several services are available when you live on campus. Find information and links to services and providers below. 

Meal Plans

All residents living in residence halls are required to have a mimimum of a 10-meal plan with the college Dining Services per the Dining Services and Board Policy. Students living in on-campus cottages, apartments or off-campus residences often choose to have a meal plan, but it is not required. An enchanced meal plan, called the 7+ meal plan, is available for these students. Find more information about meal plans.

Meal plans can be change up until the close of Drop/Add period at the beginning of each semester.  If you wish to make a change to your meal plan you can do so by following the steps below:

  • Enter your Hope Housing Portal
  • Select “Dining” from the left hand menu 
  • Click on “Dining Plans”
  • You will need to select the correct term (e.g., “Fall 2023”)
  • Once the correct term is selected you will be able to add/drop or change your meal plan. Reminder all students living in a residence hall must be on a meal plan.
Mail, Packages and Address

Hope College has a centralized mailroom (Print and Mail Services) that accepts all mail and packages and distributes them to students. An email will be sent the day you receive any type of mail. You may stop by Print and Mail Services during business hours with your Hope ID to claim mail and packages.

The Print and Mail Services website has specific address information to use when sending items to Hope (and sending mail to Hope students). Your student mailing address will also appear in your Hope Housing Portal. Select “All about me!” from the left hand menu and you will find your current address under “Addresses/Contacts.”

Wireless Internet

You can connect to wireless internet in every residential unit and every bedroom (residence hall, cottage and apartment). You can even pick up Wi-Fi in the Pine Grove! Information on the wireless internet can be found through CIT.

Learn more about campus Wi-Fi information 


There are laundry facilities in every residence hall and most other on-campus residential units (cottages and apartments).

Find detailed information about laundry cost and payment 

Summer Storage

Hope College offers limited on-campus storage for students who live outside of the Midwest (no students from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio or Wisconsin will be approved) that are extraordinarily burdened by bringing all of their belongings with them when leaving campus. Due to the limited availability of storage, larger furniture items such as futons, couches, chairs, etc., cannot be stored on campus.  

Due to the limited availability of on-campus storage, Hope College has connected with a variety of off-campus storage options to provide a discount for Hope College students.

Below is information about both options.

Off-Campus Storage
Each off-campus storage facility provides different storage options and costs. Learn more about off-campus storage options.

Area storage facilities we are connected to include:

  • Boers Transfer Storage
  • M40 Self Storage
  • U-Haul U-box – If you choose to rent a U-box, Hope College has set designated days for drop-off and pick up for these units.
  • Village Self Storage
  • Cross Creek Storage

On-Campus Storage
Filling out this form serves as a request to utilize the storage units on campus for the entirety of the period you are asking for. Once an item is stored, it is locked away until the academic year is in session.  

There will be posted times during opening weekend, starting August 24, for students to retrieve their belongings from storage. Do not pack essential items that you will need immediately when you arrive to campus (e.g., bedding, personal items, etc.).

To submit a request for on-campus storage, please complete the form below. The deadline to apply for summer storage is Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m.

On-Campus Summer Storage Application 

Filling out this form serves as your official request to use Hope storage. If you meet qualifications, you will receive an approval email with further storage instructions.

When storing items in the residence hall, you must have your belongings in a box or tote that can be sealed.

Labels must be clearly written and include:

  • Name
  • Date of storage
  • Cell phone number

As a reminder, students will be able to retrieve their belongings starting Saturday, August 24.  Students have the first two weeks of the semester, August 24 through September 7, to pick up their items from storage. After this, all belongings left in storage beyond the second week of classes will be donated to Holland Community Action House (unless previous arrangements have been made with the RD). Instructions will be provided in your confirmation email about how to retrieve your belongings at the beginning of the fall semester.

All items are stored at your own risk. Hope College is not responsible for any damaged or missing items. Storage is not climate controlled.

If you are living on campus over the summer and need temporary storage, please do not fill out this form. You will receive more information about transitional storage with the summer housing information.

All students are eligible for requesting parking permits to park in Hope College parking lots. However, parking on campus is administered through Campus Safety. You can find all the information you need on Campus Safety's website
Bike Registration
Students are welcome to bring bikes to campus. There a number of bike racks throughout campus and most residence halls have a bike room that residents can choose to use for inside storage. Space is limited in the bike rooms, so we suggest, if you are able, to bring your bike home for the winter months. The City of Holland requires that all bikes be registered and have a identification tag. Use the online bicycle form, and pick up stickers at Campus Safety after submitting the form.  
TV Viewing Options

Each residential hall community has a lounge equipped with a large-screen TV and cable. However, cable is not provided in individual student rooms, cottages or apartments. Our wireless internet system supports online TV and movie streaming. Many students access TV through independent subscriptions to online sources (Sling TV, Hulu, Netflix, etc.).

Learn more about streaming media on campus