Allendale, Michigan, United States

Grand Rapids | Grand Valley State University

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About this centre


ELS Grand Rapids is on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Nearby Grand Rapids, the second-largest city in the state, is safe and welcoming, and offers shopping, restaurants and museums. Allendale is 20 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan and just two hours from Chicago and Detroit.

1150 Au Sable Hall; 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan, United States

Great things to see and do

  • The Great Outdoors: The area is rich with outdoor fun in all seasons – in warmer months, enjoy beaches, boating, hiking and biking, and go ice skating, skiing and snowboarding during colder months.
  • The Art Scene: The annual Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids attracts half a million visitors each year.
  • Beautiful Beaches: The coast of Lake Michigan is recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful lakefront shorelines.

Grand Rapids | Grand Valley State University

(616) 331-9222

  • Partner university
    • Grand Valley State University
  • Housing options
    • Student Residence (On Campus)
    • Homestay
  • Centre facilities
    • ELS/Grand Rapids is on the main campus of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) located in Allendale, Michigan
    • Beautifully manicured campus between the city of Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan
    • Students have use of all facilities, including an incredible library and newly renovated recreation facility
    • Center is located in Au Sable Hall, a busy academic building in the middle of campus, complete with a convenience store
    • A variety of dining options available
  • City environment
  • Suburban

Housing options

Student Residence (On Campus)

Winter Hall is conveniently located in downtown Grand Rapids, on Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus, close to a variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment options. Students can take the local public bus (the Rapid) for free to the ELS Center.
Single option: Private bedroom in a shared suite-style unit. Shared suite-style bathroom and kitchen.
Single Deluxe option: Completely private space--student has a private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.
Include a full size refrigerator, stove, dining table and chairs. A microwave is available in the communal student lounge. There is a gym, recreation area, and community room located in the building. Linens are also included and can be changed weekly. Students have access to the laundry facilities. Students clean their own rooms during stay.

  • Cost per session
  • $850, $1030
  • Occupancy
  • Single, Single Deluxe
  • Meal credits
  • No meals included.


ELS/Grand Rapids has a welcoming group of American families that are eager to host international students. These families have wonderful homes--some of the families have children, grandchildren, or pets living in their home. Host families are also eager to learn about the student's background and culture and share American culture as well. Most students use the free Rapid public bus to get to campus. If the homestay family is not on the public bus line, they will bring their students to and from school every day. The homestay provider will make every effort to place students with families that fit their personal preferences and hobbies to ensure the student has a positive experience in an American homestay.

  • Cost per session
  • $830
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal credits
  • 16 meals per week. Homestay families provide 16 meals per week to students. This includes breakfast and dinner every day of the week and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Homestay families are willing to accommodate special diet restrictions due to allergies, religion, and personal preferences. Many families enjoy teaching their students how to cook American dishes, and in turn, the students enjoy teaching their homestay families how to cook traditional dishes from their home country.

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