From the formation of lifelong friendships to the discovery of your cooking skills, a lot happens in a Reed house. Our on-campus residential community provides a safe and welcoming environment to support students in their academic pursuits, personal growth, and participation in an interdependent community.
Reed’s residence halls are designed to bring people together. Students are able to select their own roommates, if they wish. Ample common spaces allow for group studying and spontaneous conversation; all floors, except the women's floor, are coed. Student life in residence halls is guided by the Honor Principle, which promotes self-governance and encourages students to be respectful of one another and of all community members. Reed’s housing program cultivates the skills students need to promote conversation, resolve conflict, build community, and spark friendship.
Residence halls are clustered into neighborhoods. First-year students live in first-year neighborhoods while juniors and seniors live in upper-division neighborhoods. Sophomores choose their neighborhood based on their interests. Programming in the residence halls is specific to each neighborhood. For example, a first-year neighborhood might host a session with Humanities 110 tutors before a paper is due; an upper-division neighborhood might plan resume workshops with the Center for Life Beyond Reed.
First-year students are encouraged to live on campus for the first two semesters at Reed. With the addition of Reed's newest residence hall in the 2019–20 academic year, housing is guaranteed in the first and second years. After the second year, students who wish to live on campus participate in a lottery, held during spring term, to determine choice of rooms.
Reed's language houses represent the five modern languages taught at Reed: French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. Reed also offers an Arabic language community. Each house is staffed with a native speaker and a student house advisor—they work together with their respective language department to cultivate the residence as a center for language and culture for the entire campus.
In addition to general housing, Reed offers several living options in our residence halls that are centered around a shared identity or value. Living options provide intentional, inclusive communities on campus.
Living options include Students of Color Community, Substance-Free housing, Women's floor, and the Co-ops (community-living houses).
Transfer students have the opportunity to live in the Canyon House and Farm House as part of the Transfer/Non-Trad living option.