New Student Information

Living on campus is a wonderful way for new students to get connected at Lake Forest College.  Students make new friends, learn to navigate roommate relationships, and find study partners right down the hall.

Housing Application

The housing application for new students, including transfers, is available online and requires Lake Forest College credentials. The application will be available on Friday, May 15. The priority deadline for housing applications is May 29, 2015.

Please note that different room types and residence halls have different fees. Because your preferences on this application will impact your housing costs, we strongly encourage you to review pricing information before moving forward. For detailed cost information, please click here.

Housing assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  We do our best to honor mutual roommate preferences and special accommodations when assigning residence halls and roommates.   

Residency Requirement

The College has a residency requirement for most first, second, and third year students. This means that most first, second, and third year students are required to live in campus housing. As we strive to increase student success, build community, and educate students outside the classroom, we believe that it’s important to have as many students as possible participate in our residential program.

There are some notable exceptions to the residency requirement. Students who meet any one of the following conditions may apply for an exemption from the three-year residency requirement:

  • Live at home with parent/guardian within 30 road miles of the College;
  • Age 23 or older;
  • Have dependent children;
  • Are married;
  • Active members of the armed forces; or,
  • Have completed 24 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.

Please make travel and lodging arrangements accordingly. Early arrivals are not possible.

Fall 2015 Important Dates:

Friday, August 21 at 9:00 a.m.: Move-in for new students, including transfers

Tuesday, August 25 at 9:00 a.m. Move-in for returning students

Friday, December 18 at noon: All residence halls close for semester break

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. Microwaves attached to the “MicroFridge” rental units are permitted in Deerpath, Cleveland-Young, Harlan, Blackstone Academic, and Nollen Halls. Individual microwave units are not permitted in any resident room. All residence halls have at least one communal microwave available for resident use.