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 2023-2024:

The 2023-2024 academic year housing contract for incoming first-year and transfer students will be available in May 2023. The priority deadline for completing the housing contract is June 15, 2023. Instructions for completing the housing contract will be communicated to new students as we approach the opening date for housing contracts.

Learn about 2023/2024 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 2023.

Students interested in residential accommodations should review the Accessibility Services website and the instructions for requesting a residential accommodation. The Office of Residence Life works closely with Accessibility 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

Fall 2023

August 8, 2023- Football Move-In

August 9, 2023- Firest Connection Mentor Move-In

August 13, 2023- Orientation Leaders Move-In

August 14, 2023- First Connection Participants Move-In

August 17, 2023- Fall Athletes Move-In

August 18, 2023- First Year and Transfer Students Move-In

August 22, 2023- Returning Students Move-In

August 24, 2023- First Day of Classes

October 16-17, 2023- Fall Break

November 22-24, 2024- Thanksgiving Break

December 6, 2023- Last Day of Classes

December 15, 2023- Residence Halls Close at Noon

Spring 2024

January 14, 2024 - Residence Halls open at 9:00 am

March 11-15, 2024 - Spring Break

May 9, 2024 - Residence Halls close at noon for non-seniors

May 11, 2024- Commencement

May 12, 2024 - Residence Halls close for seniors

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 residential students. The ones listed below allow you to begin outfitting your room before you even move in!

Residence Hall Linen Program

For your convenience, we have partnered with powered by Dormify to provide an easy, affordable way to purchase Twin XL bedding, dorm storage solutions, and everything else you'll need (and want) for your new home away from home. Please visit to get move-in day ready and create your dream dorm!

Refrigerator and Fridge-Micro Rental provides fridge-mirco 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.