Live, Eat, Play

Campus Life

Buena Vista University is more than a place to learn—it’s your home and your community. Most of our undergraduate students live on campus in Storm Lake for all four years, choosing from a variety of living options and dining plans to fit you and your changing needs!

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Lakeside Location

From our student lounges you will enjoy the “Buena Vista” or beautiful view of campus and the lake.

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Residential Campus

From our modern residence halls to apartment-style suites, we have a living experience to fit you!

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Connected and Comfortable

Pierce and White Halls are connected to many campus buildings through underground walkways, keeping you warm on winter mornings.

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Specialty Spaces

Study beside the fire in a student lounge, play skee-ball or foosball in the game lounge, or bake in one of many kitchens.

Living on Campus

BVU offers a variety of co-ed residential student living experiences. Residence hall living options include traditional arrangements in Grand, Pierce, and White halls, as well as wellness housing in Liberty Hall, where residents pledge to live a substance-free healthy lifestyle.

The Suites—in Constitution and Briscoe, halls—are reserved for upperclassmen and offer apartment-style quarters for six residents with a main living area and three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom.

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Campus Dining

We take food seriously at BVU. Whether it's a quick breakfast before class, lunch with your friends, or a late-night study break snack, we have you covered. We have meal options to satisfy even the hungriest Beaver!

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The Serve

The Food Court, also known as the Serve, is the main cafeteria which boasts a variety of foods and dining options. The menu is planned with input from BVU students!

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Coffee Shop

Located next to the Library, Common Grounds offers Starbucks coffee, soups and sandwiches, as well as other grab-and-go snacks. It's the perfect place for a study break.

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Cru5h Dining

From burgers to breakfast, fresh Mex to spicy wings, our on-campus restaurant offers fantastic food blasted with bold, unruly flavor. It's a memorable and craveable experience!

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Meal Plans

The meal plans at BVU provide students with all-you-can-eat options. Students on the Marquis Plan may visit the Servery at any time. Smaller plans allow for up to 14 meals per week.

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Outdoor Recreation House

BVU students have their very own rec house right on the shores of Storm Lake. The Outdoor Recreation House is available seven days a week, and students can check out kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, and other lake gear, camping and fishing supplies, lawn games, ice skates, a variety of sports equipment, and more. All equipment is free for students on campus! 

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