International Students

International Students at Evolve Allendale

Moving to a new country for your studies is one of the most exciting parts of your college experience. It can also come with a lot of questions. Evolve Allendale is here to answer all the questions you may have! If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for below, feel free to reach out to our leasing office and one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist you!

How do I get to Evolve from the airport?

GVSU offers transportation to and from the airport via the Campus Connector bus (Route 50). You can find information on how to get to and from the airport on the GVSU website. Students may also want to consider ride share options like Uber or Lyft.

How do I get around Allendale & Grand Rapids?

The best way to get around Allendale and Grand Rapids is the Rapid bus. It comes every five minutes Monday through Friday, and even comes (less frequently) on the weekends. The best part? It’s free for students!

How do I get US currency?

Generally, international travelers can find currency exchanges at the airport they fly into. However, the Gerald R Ford airport does not offer this service. You will need to inquire about this service at your local bank. You can find some banks we recommend in the area below.

How do I start a US bank account?

All you have to do to start a US bank account is walk into any bank in the Allendale Charter Township or Grand Rapids area and speak with a clerk. Some of the banks in the area that we’d recommend are below:

Where do I get a US cell phone?

You can get a US cell phone at any local cell phone store. Our recommendations for cell phone stores in the area are either T-Mobile or Verizon.

Where do I shop for items for my apartment?

You can always shop for items for your apartment online at, but as far as local stores go, Meijer grocery store in Standale is a great option for home goods. Additionally, Rivertown Mall is located in Grandville Mi, and is just a short twenty-minute drive away!

Where do I get groceries?

Local grocery stores are just a short drive from the Evolve Allendale apartments. Below, you’ll find some of our recommendations:

What is there to do for fun?

You won’t have to leave Evolve to have the time of your life at Allendale, but if you’re looking to venture outside of our Allendale apartments, you’ll find a wide variety of dining options and attractions. Restaurants in Allendale include Mug Shots, Murphy’s Family Restaurant, and Main St. Pub. In Grand Rapids, you’ll find even more to choose from including eateries like Hop Cat and the B.O.B. Looking for something outside the box? Take an afternoon trip to the Gerald R Ford Museum or the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!

Have a question we didn’t cover?

Our friendly office staff is available to answer any additional questions you may have! Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Give us a call at (616) 205-3000 to schedule a tour!