New Student Information

Living on campus is a wonderful way for new students to get connected at Lake Forest College.

Living on campus is a wonderful way for new students to get connected at Lake Forest College.  

New Student Housing Contract for 2020-2021:

The Fall 2020 housing contracts for incoming first-year and transfer students are currently available on the My Housing portal. The priority deadline for completing the housing contract is June 15, 2020. Instructions for completing the housing are available online (PDF), as are the instructions for requesting a roommate (PDF).

Learn about 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 mutual roommate preferences and accessibility requests when assigning residence halls and roommates. Students will be notified of their assignments in mid-July.

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. 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 (not including AP or IB credits). 
Important Dates

Occupancy of an assigned room is limited to the fall and spring academic terms, commencing and ending with dates published in the Student Handbook.

Move-in for new students is on Friday, August 21, 2020 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please proceed directly to your 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.

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, Amazon delivers

If you find yourself missing items to make your room complete, you can always order via Amazon. Details about your mail box and picking up your mail can be found here.