Information for New Students

Living on campus is a wonderful way for new students to get connected at Lake Forest College.

New Student Housing for 2021-2022:

The Fall 2021 housing contracts for incoming first-year and transfer students will be available in April 2021. The priority deadline for completing the housing contract is June 15, 2021. Instructions for completing the housing contract will be communicated to new students as we approach the April 1st date for housing contracts.

Learn about 2021/2022 housing costs and fees here. 

Housing assignments are made based on availability and a student’s listed preferences on their application.  We do our best to honor hall, room, and mutual roommate preferences when assigning residence halls and roommates. Students will be notified of their assignments in mid-July.

Students interested in residential accommodations should review the Office of Disability Services website and the instructions for requesting a residential accommodation. The Office of Residence Life works closely with Disability Services to ensure students with approved accommodations have those accommodations met.

Residency Requirement

The College has a three-year residency requirement, which means that all first-, second- , and third-year students are required to live on campus. Students may apply for an exemption from the three-year residency requirement if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Live at home with parent/guardian within 30 road miles of the College;
  • Age 23 or older;
  • Have dependent children;
  • Are married;
  • Active members of the armed forces; or,
  • Have completed 24 Lake Forest College credits or more as determined by the Registrar. 
Important Dates

May 2021 - First-Year and Transfer Housing Contracts available on the My Housing portal.

June 15, 2021 - Priority Deadline for FY/TR Housing Contracts

July 15, 2021 - First-Year and Transfer Room Assignments Communicated

August 20, 2021 - Move-In for New Students begins at 9:00 a.m. Please proceed  to the Sports and Rec Center when you arrive on campus. You will be given instructions from there.

August 23, 2021- Move-In ONLY for sophomore students who are participating in Sophomore Orientation on August 24.

August 24, 2021- Move-In for Returning Students.

Please make travel and lodging arrangements accordingly. Early arrivals are not possible. Occupancy of an assigned room is limited to the fall and spring academic terms, commencing and ending with dates published in the Student Handbook.

Amenities and Services Partnerships

We partner with several outside companies to provide additional resources for resident students. The ones listed below allow you to begin outfitting your room before you even move in!

Residence Hall Linen Program
On Campus Marketing, Inc. (OCM) has been bringing quality services and products to college campuses, student and parents for over a decade.

We are confident the items you find here will fit well and hold up to the rigors of college life. If at any time from the first day of school until graduation you are not satisfied, you can return any item for a full refund of the price of the item.

Refrigerator and Microfridge Rental by Collegiate Marketing provides microfridge and refrigerator rentals for Lake Forest College students. Individual microwave units are not permitted in any resident room. All residence halls have at least one communal microwave available for resident use.

Don’t worry, you can have it delivered!

If you find yourself missing items to make your room complete, you can always order via Amazon or another online store. Details about your mail box and picking up your mail can be found here.