Communications and Reminders from Reed

Housing Portal is Open

Dear Student,

We’re writing to share the next steps to secure on-campus housing and learn more about living at Reed.

Housing Portal
All first-year and sophomore students have guaranteed and required housing on campus. 

To start the housing assignment process and to list your room and roommate preferences, submit an application through the housing portal

Applications are due on June 1. You’ll receive your housing assignment in mid-June. 

Please note that the timing of your application does not impact your assignment as long as you complete your application by the deadline. Take your time as you fill out the survey, carefully considering your answers to the lifestyle questions and building preferences, and don’t submit your application until you’re sure it’s as accurate as possible.

​To access the portal, you will need to have activated your Reed computer account. A unique activation code was sent to you in an email with the subject line “Getting Started.” If you submitted your deposit recently, please allow two business days for that email to arrive. Please note that you will need to wait up to 24 hours after activating your account in order to access the housing portal. New student accounts are imported into the housing portal at 8 p.m. PDT each evening.

If you have any questions about the activation code or need a new code, please contact your admission counselor.

Housing-Related Events
Join us for two upcoming events for incoming students and families. On Wednesday, May 8, at 4 p.m. PDT, we’ll be hosting a virtual Housing and Residence Life Panel. Staff from Residence Life will walk you through the application process and explain roommate matching, building options, and lifestyle preferences.

If you have questions about the housing accommodation request process, please join us on Wednesday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m. PDT, for a session on Disability & Accessibility Resources.

Interest-Based Housing
Interest-Based Housing is offered to all incoming students. Reed recognizes that marginalized groups are often expected to live within communities that do not represent them, their culture, or their identity. Through Interest-Based Housing, students explore their identity, learn about challenges faced by marginalized groups on campus, and create friendships and community based in healing and allyship.

Reed currently offers two Interest-Based Housing options: 
Students of Color Community and Queer Collective. For the 2024-2025 academic year, the Student of Color community will be a combined community of incoming and returning Reed students. You can apply for Interest-Based Housing within the housing portal when you apply for on-campus housing.

Residential Buildings
Reed is home to 27 residential buildings, ranging from small houses to apartment buildings to traditional residence halls, and they are all part of neighborhoods.

Our residence halls for incoming students provide a wide variety of features that we love, from floor-to-ceiling windows in Trillium to the beautiful views from the top floor of Naito. These buildings also have kitchens and common areas for students to make meals, study, socialize, and relax together.

All students living on campus will be required to sign up for a move-in time slot. You can request your move-in time in IRIS starting June 1, but no rush—while we ask for you to sign up for a time by July 15, you can make changes to your selection until August 1. New student move-in takes place on Monday, August 26, unless you are participating in one of our Pre-Orientation Programs

Residential Staffing
Students serving as House Advisors (HAs) live in residence halls and support your transition to campus with programming and peer support. These returning students are excellent resources for questions about academics, campus life, and Portland. You will meet students in these positions shortly after arriving on campus and can expect outreach from them throughout the year.  

Working with student staff is one of our favorite parts of being in Residence Life; it truly inspires us to see how student teams work to build community and support you, our residents. Recent fun events included campfire s’mores, community papier-mâché projects, and a street food cooking competition between chefs from Bon Appétit, Reed’s food service.

Area Coordinators (ACs) are professional staff members who live in the halls. They supervise HAs, plan programming, advocate for student concerns, and help residents experiencing difficulties find solutions. 

Your Area Coordinator is eager to get to know you. Whether it’s running into them and their furry friend walking around campus or chatting with them during residence hall events, you’ll soon find that they are an important part of your Reed experience.

We look forward to meeting you—and don’t hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions.


Vanessa Guerrero
Director of Residence Life