Where We Live

Spring 2021 Occupancy Update

Earlier today, the College released the Lake Forest College Plan for Spring 2021. You can find a copy of The Plan here. Please read through this plan very carefully as it contains a significant amount of information. Information for on-campus housing can be found within The Plan. In light of the many questions you probably have, we’ve included a short Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below: 

Will occupancy still be reduced on campus?

Yes, we will continue to operate residence halls with reduced occupancy. 

What if I want to live on campus?

All students who completed the Residential Survey for Spring and indicated they wanted to be included for housing have access to the Housing Contract for next semester. The Housing Contract is live and available in the MyHousing portal. The deadline to complete the contract is December 2, 2020 at 11:59pm CST.

What if I have an approved, residential accommodation?

Our office has already begun work with the Office of Disability Services to ensure all accommodations will be met.

Can I preference where I want to live?

Students will provide preferences as part of the housing contract process. Residence Life will also use original Fall 2020 assignments as a foundation for the spring assignment process moving forward. Given the necessity of reducing occupancy, certain room types or halls may have more limited options.

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Welcome Home, Foresters!

Beyond enjoying the convenience of living and learning in the same space, students who choose to live on campus get more from their college experience. Growth happens when students actively contribute to the life of the College, engage in learning outside of the classroom, and develop life-long friendships! When a hall becomes your home, the possibilities are limitless. 

Each hall is staffed with a Resident Assistant whose main function is to build community in the residence halls, assist students as they transition to college, and enforce college policies.  Additionally, Residence Life staff provide a variety of fun and educational events for students.

Living on campus allows students to participate in a wealth of activities including: football on the quad, ice cream socials, and late night conversations. Students hang out in the residence hall lounges watching The Big Bang Theory and playing the newest version of Madden NFL. They also spend hours studying chemistry in the McClure lounge, getting math help from their neighbors, and discussing various majors and classes.  

Our Mission

The Office of Residence Life enacts the College’s mission by fostering a residential environment for students that encourages critical thinking, personal development, and meaningful engagement with others of diverse background and thought. (July 2019)

Our Learning Outcomes

Lake Forest College students who participate in Office of Residence Life programs, services, and processes…

  • …will learn how to live, interact, and succeed in a community living environment.
  • …will establish a positive sense of belonging in the campus community.
  • …will be exposed to and gain awareness of individual differences as they engage in a community setting.
  • …will achieve a higher level of student success through access to learning resources and engaging in a residential environment that supports academic goals.

Having a Roommate

Current Foresters share advice and tips with new students about how to succeed at Lake Forest College. Hear what they have to say about: Having and Being a Roommate.