Services and Amenities
Network Connectivity, Computing, and Telephone
Each resident has access to the Internet in their housing unit. There are also email kiosks located throughout campus, and two large computer labs on-campus which are available for student use. Should a student choose to bring a computer to campus, they are encouraged to run anti-virus software prior to arrival. For additional information, visit www.gvsu.edu/it/.
All students who are residing on campus may obtain free Virus Protection for their wired computers.
Each housing unit (with the exception of South C/D/E) also includes local phone service as part of the room and board fees. Students must plug in their own landline phone for this service to work properly. Long distance service is not offered, but can be accessed with a personal phone card. As an alternative, students could use a personal cell phone. All students are encouraged to bring a landline phone to campus and hook it up for local use, as this is the primary contact number between students and the university.
Student ID Information
During the summer orientation program, first-year students are issued a Grand Valley State University Identification Card. This card has the student's picture and G-number on the front. The back has a magnetic strip and meal plan bar code. The student will use this ID card for their entire time spent at the University.
This card is also used for the following:
- To check out library books
- Admission to the Recreation Center
- ID for University bus service (The RAPID)
- ID for check cashing on-campus
Should a student need a replacement card they are asked to visit the cashier windows on the first floor of the Student Services Building in Allendale. There is a minimal replacement fee.
Each living center has a laundry room with multiple washers and dryers. The washers and dryers are operated by swipe cards, separate from the GVSU ID Card.
Students no longer need quarters to operate the machines, however, they must provide their own detergent, softener, etc.
If a laundry card is lost, students must purchase their own from a VTM machine and load it with funds. Laundry cards are recycled, and students turn them in at the end of the year. If no laundry card is returned, the student will be charged $25 to his or her student account. For safety and security, it is suggested that students stay with their laundry until completion.
During check-in, each student in the first-year living centers are issued a brass key that will allow them access to their unit’s door and to the mailbox for their unit. Each student will also be issued a swipe card that will allow them access to the front door of their respective building.
Should a student lose or damage either key they should report this to their hall staff immediately so that a loaner key can be issued and new keys ordered. Students are billed for both via their student account.
The lifestyles of students today requires more options and versatility. That’s why our furniture allows students more living space and greater flexibility. Lofts are a great way to maximize the space in your room and to create a more unique living space for you and your roommate. By lofting, bunking, or trundling, the options are endless and no tools are required. All furniture is movable and loftable in freshman living centers. Please, for safety reasons, no new construction of lofts is permitted.
Students are encouraged to arrange the furniture provided by the University in order to personalize their living area. Establishing a mutually agreed upon plan by both roommates is suggested. Each student will have a bed with safety rail (twin extra-long mattress), three-drawer dresser, bookshelf, desk, organizer, desk chair, and wardrobe.
The furniture in the following living centers/apartments can not be lofted: Niemeyer East/West, and South C/D/E.
- Bed with Safety Rail - 30h x 41d x 84l
- Three-Drawer Dresser - 24d x 36w x 30h
- Bookshelf - 12d x 36w x 30h
- Desk - 24d x 36w x 30h
- Organizer - 12d x 36w x 30h
- Wardrobe - top of the closet rod to the floor 48.75", depth from back to front 22.25", width 34.5"
For furniture lofting instructions, please click here.
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