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 housing costs and fees here. These charges are for the 2020-2021 academic year, but students can expect similar prices for 2021-2022.

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 45* road miles of the College;
    *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have expanded our commuter radius for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you find yourself wanting to be at home this year, please contact the financial aid office to update your status and receive a new financial aid award letter.
  • 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 (tentative) - Move-In for New Students begins at 9:00 a.m. Please proceed directly to your assigned residence hall when you arrive on campus. Volunteers will greet you and direct you where to park, help you unload and move your belongings, and show you to your new room! 

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.