Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons East

Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons opened in the fall of 2009 and features modern design while maintaining the traditional focus of the Houses. Students live in eight Houses around two courtyards, defining two distinct residence hall communities (East and West) led by two sets of Resident Deans.

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Larry and Cathe McEnerney

Resident Deans

Larry and Cathe McEnerney are the inaugural Resident Deans of Granville-Grossman East, opened in Autumn 2009. Both received their BA degrees from the College of William and Mary.

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“I loved living in South because, as crazy as it sounds, the communal bathrooms enhanced the community spirit and really helped you meet everyone in your house. They got people out of their rooms so people would run into each other more. There were countless times when I would be going to the bathroom late at night, run into a friend on my way back to my room, and next thing I knew we were lounging across the hallway floor, music playing from our phones, giggling away at 3 in the morning, only to realize 2 hours had passed and we had 9am classes!”

—Helen G., Class of 2014

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6031 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Getting Around

A short walk from the main campus quadrangles, this new residential complex is located immediately south of Burton-Judson Courts. Together with the new Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons and Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, the complex anchors a newly vitalized community on the University’s Campus South.

Total Hall Residents: 787

Room Arrangements

Half the spaces are in double rooms; a third of the spaces are in single rooms; there are 3-4 apartments (for four people) per House; and there is a triple room (for 3 students) in most houses. Community bathrooms on each floor, along with at least one private single-user bathroom per House. First year students are typically assigned to double or triple rooms (approx. 10’x20’). All rooms are carpeted.

Granville-Grossman Sample Room Floor Plan


  • Two large building commons
  • Two-story 5th floor reading room
  • Two courtyards
  • Street level cafe/convenience store
  • Music practice rooms
  • Study rooms
  • House lounges
  • Internal House staircase
  • Steps from Cathey Dining Commons