2020 Event Canceled

We are sorry to announce that Grandparents University, scheduled for June 25–26, has been canceled.

Guided by Tippecanoe County public health and safety officials, Purdue University has canceled all public events scheduled through June 30, 2020, due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are disappointed we aren't able to share in the joy of the memories made during GPU; however, the health and safety of the Purdue community is our top priority.

Please contact Purdue Conferences at 765-496-6205 or conferences@purdue.edu with questions.

We appreciate your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you to GPU next year.


Grandparents University — June 24–25, 2021


The Greater Lafayette area is proud to be the home of many annual programs and events for the University and to welcome visitors from all over the world. Our housing options allow guests to feel right at home no matter if you choose Third Street Suites or a local hotel during your stay at Grandparents University.

Residential Housing

Thirds Street Suites

University Residences provides:


  • Two flat sheets
  • Blanket
  • Pillowcase
  • Washcloth
  • Bath towel

Linens can be exchanged daily in a designated area of the residence hall.


  • Fully air-conditioned facility offering several lounge areas with complimentary wireless internet access, space for board and card games, and free parking for all overnight guests.
  • Access to Third Street Market and Starbucks on the ground floor.
  • Four-person suites. Each unit (accessed by a single entry door) provides guests with two bedrooms (sleeps two each), a shared bathroom, and dual sinks.
  • If your family has more than four total participants, you will be required to occupy a second suite. An adult must accompany a youth in each suite assigned. You are not permitted to occupy more than four people per suite, as it is a safety violation.
  • Families will be required to stay together and will not be housed within a suite with another family.
  • Purdue University residence halls are barrier-free and have a limited number of rooms for guests with special accessibility needs. Please be sure to indicate any special requests when you register.
  • Participants are responsible for the safekeeping of their conference meal cards and room keys.
  • Room keys are distributed at Third Street Suites.
  • All cards and keys must be returned at the conclusion of GPU on Friday. There is a fee of $20 for each unreturned conference card and a $75 fee for each unreturned room key.

Suggested items for staying in residential housing

  • Alarm clock
  • Water cup/bottle
  • Soap, shampoo, and personal toiletries
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes
  • Rain jacket/umbrella
  • Bug spray
  • Phone charger
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Notebook, pens/pencils
  • Camera
  • Swimsuit
  • Money for souvenirs, vending machines, or other purchases

Bring your favorite Purdue University gear (or buy some here!) and be ready for a great time!

Check-in at Third Street Suites begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

While there are NO scheduled GPU program activities during this time, please plan to attend the Third Street Suites orientation at 8:00 p.m.

Otherwise, this time is yours to explore and reacquaint yourself with campus! Visit the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC), stroll through the Purdue Mall Fountain, or visit the John Purdue Statue and the Hello Walk.

There are several dining options available on campus for dinner including Pappy’s, the Purdue Memorial Union, or Ford and Earhart dining courts — plus many off-campus locations within walking distance.

Hotel Options

Hampton Inn - Located at 3941 South Street, Lafayette, this nonsmoking provides a free breakfast and free high-speed internet access. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel at 765-447-1600 and ask for the discounted Purdue Grandparents University room rate. Room rates are $117 + tax.

Residence Inn - Residence Inn features an indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, and spacious rooms that include a kitchen area with full-size refrigerators and stovetops.

  • King suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps four) – Rate: $119 + tax
  • Two queen bed suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps six) – Rate : $129+ tax

Home2 Suites - Every room in this pet-friendly hotel is customizable to your needs. Moveable furniture, a full kitchen, sofa bed, free Wi-Fi, and an HDTV with premium channels. Take advantage of the fitness center, indoor saline pool, 24-hour business center, and complimentary hot breakfast.

  • King suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps four) – Rate: $119 + tax
  • Two queen bed suites w/ pull-out sofa sleeper (sleeps six) – Rate: $129 + tax
  • Free parking, free Wi-Fi
  • 72 hour Cancellation policy

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