The ELS Center Grand Rapids in Allendale, MI - ELS 
grand valley state campus

Allendale, Michigan, United States

Grand Rapids | Grand Valley State University

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About This Center


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 recognized 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
  • Center Facilities
    • ELS/Grand Rapids is on the main campus of Grand Valley State University located in Allendale, 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. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes.Students enjoy the fact that the dorms are located on GVSU's downtown Grand Rapids campus as there are more entertainment, cultural, art, and food options when living in the center of Grand Rapids. The center (where students will attend classes) is located on GVSU's Allendale campus, and this campus is a beautiful and safe place to study.
    Single option:Single dorm 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.
  • Winter Hall is directly across the street from one of GVSU's libraries and cafeterias.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1072
  • Occupancy
  • Single Deluxe, Single
  • 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-many of the families have children, grandchildren, or pets living in their home. Grad Rapids Host families n have a genuine interest in sharing American culture as well as learning the background of the students. ELS takes great care in finding families that fit both student needs and preferences to ensure a positive homestay experience. All families provide a private bedroom with breakfast and dinner on weekedays and all three meals on weekends. Many of the families are near free Rapid public bus lines. If the homestay is not on the public bus line, the family may choose to bring their students to and from school every day.

  • Cost per Session
  • $912
  • 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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