Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Services

Apply to Live in Themes, Living Options, or Language Housing

Application Timeline

Feb 16: Theme & Language Housing Fair (5:30-7:30 pm at GCC B-D).
Feb 17-26: Students apply to live in theme, living option, or language housing via the online housing portal.
Mar 9: Applicants are informed whether they have been accepted to live in the communities to which they have applied.
Mar 28–April 7: Room selection process. Accepted applicants select a room and sign a housing contract via the Housing Portal.
May 1: Last day to cancel your housing contract

Member Selection Process Overview

Students must apply to live in themes, living options, and language housing via the housing portal during the timeframe specified above. Specific application instructions will be available at that time. The information below is meant to provide an overview of the selection process:

Students may submit up to 3 applications for any combination of the following: theme communities, language houses, or living options. An essay is required for each community to which a student applies, specifying why the applicant is interested in living in that community and how they plan to contribute to the community’s success. Students must rank their interest in living in each community, from highest to lowest preference.

Theme Member Selection: Each community’s Theme Coordinator(s) will meet with a student representative from the Theme Housing Committee (House Advisors, Honor Council or Senate representative) to review applications and determine who is accepted to the community for the following year. Selection decisions are based primarily on the quality and content of the application essays. Identifying information of applicants is not shared with members of the Theme Housing Committee, so it is vital that essays be substantial enough to justify admittance into a community. The selection committee aims to create inclusive, balanced communities.

Language House Member SelectionLanguage house applications are reviewed by faculty of the respective language department and by the house’s current House Adviser and Language Scholar. They decide which students are accepted, which are accepted as alternates (to be offered a space in the event that a space opens up), and which are denied acceptance. Applicants will be able to select a room into the highest-ranked language house to which they are accepted.

Living Option Member SelectionLiving option applications are reviewed by the Assistant Director of Housing Operations and the Assistant Dean of Residence Life, who make determinations based on the applicant’s need and the available number of rooms. Students who apply to specific living options due to a disability accommodation request should work directly with Disability Support Services to ensure that appropriate accommodations are approved in advance.

Room Selection Process Overview

Theme Room Selection: Students may be accepted to multiple theme communities. Theme acceptance does not guarantee applicants a room on campus for the following academic year. Accepted applicants will be assigned a random room selection time slot during which they will be able to select from any rooms in those communities that are available during their room selection time slot. Students who have not been accepted to theme communities will not be able to view beds in those communities during the Room Selection process. If theme beds have all been selected by the time an accepted applicant is attempting to select a room, applicants will then be able to select from any non-theme rooms that are available at that time.

Language House Room Selection: Students may apply for multiple Language Houses, but will only be accepted into the house that was their highest preference. Students may remain alternates for other Language Houses in case space opens up. Language House acceptance will guarantee accepted applicants a room in the house to which they have been accepted for the following academic year. Students who are accepted to a language house cannot decline their acceptance. Accepted applicants will be assigned a random room selection time slot during which they will be able to select from rooms in the Language House to which they have been accepted during their room selection time slot. Students who have not been accepted to Language Houses will not be able to view beds in those houses during the Room Selection process.

Living Option Room Selection: Acceptance to a Living Option does not guarantee applicants a room on campus for the following academic year. Accepted applicants will be assigned a random room selection time slot during which they will be able to select from any rooms in the community to which they were accepted that are available during their room selection time slot. Students who have not been accepted to Living Options will not be able to view beds in those communities during the Room Selection process. If beds in Living Options have all been selected by the time an accepted applicant is attempting to select a room, applicants will then be able to select from any non-theme rooms that are available at that time.

Theme Coordinators

Theme Coordinators (TCs) provide leadership and direction within the theme community. The Theme Coordinator and the House Adviser (HA) of the community meet regularly to discuss goals, events, and community issues. There are 1-2 TCs per community, although a third can be approved based on the size of the theme on a case-by-case basis. Please see our Theme Coordinator page for more information about electing TCs and resources and information for TCs.

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res.life@reed.edu
503/777-7536
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Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.