Allendale, Michigan, United States

Grand Rapids

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About This Center

ELS/Grand Rapids is located next to the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, is 20 minutes away. Allendale is located within 30 minutes of the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan and a little more than two hours from Chicago. West Michigan, with its beaches, blueberry patches and four seasons is safe, and the people are welcoming and friendly. The Grand Rapids area is big enough to provide many ways to practice English, and includes many events throughout the year. Art Prize, the Festival of the Arts, Griffins Ice Hockey, Whitecaps baseball and many musical concerts are on offer for entertainment. International students are sure to enjoy life while studying at ELS/Grand Rapids.

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

Great Things to See and Do

Grand Rapids

(616) 331-9222

  • Partner University
    • Grand Valley State University
  • Housing Options
    • Student Residence (On Campus)
    • Homestay
  • Center 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

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.