Off-campus rentals are another way to create your own living and learning environment. This tradition goes back to the late 1940s, when one of the first such off-campus houses sheltered poet and future Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder '51, beat poet and future Buddhist abbot Philip Whalen '51, poet Lew Welch '50, novelist Don Berry '53, and future award-winning poet William Dickey '51. Some say this was the birthplace of the beat generation.
Available housing, on and off campus, is tracked by the residence life office. Also available in that office is a booklet created by Reed students: The Off-Campus Survival Guide, which helps off-campus Reedies participate fully in campus life. The majority of off-campus dwellers live a 10-minute bike ride or less from Reed, thus along with a bit of exercise they take full advantage of the opportunity to meet new students and engage in the active on-campus social life.