COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Student Housing

Reed’s housing plan for the 2020–21 academic year is focused on a shared commitment to protect the health of the campus community. Following guidance for residential activities outlined by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Committee (HECC), residence halls are open and operating with reduced density and new protocols. 

Reduced Density

In spring 2021, Reed will continue to operate with reduced campus density. To minimize potential spread of the coronavirus, all bedrooms in residence halls and campus apartments are treated as single occupancy. Moving to single occupancy has reduced on-campus housing availability; instead of being able to provide on-campus housing to 1,130 students, the college is able to accommodate about 820 students. 

Students Seeking On-Campus Housing

Students who do not currently live on campus but are interested in on-campus housing for the spring semester are encouraged to submit an interest form. If interest in spring housing exceeds available space, the following groups will be prioritized in the assignment process:

  • First-year students moving to campus for the first time
  • New transfer students
  • Returning international students
  • Students who have been issued a specific disability-related accommodation for guaranteed on-campus housing
  • Students who have previously demonstrated a need and been approved for priority housing

New housing assignments for the spring will be finalized and emailed by the end of the fall semester.

COVID-19 Housing Contract Addendum

All students who live on campus are required to sign the COVID-19 housing addendum, which outlines individual responsibilities related to protecting the health and safety of the college community. The addendum will be updated for the spring semester; in making these updates, we hope to revisit some of the restrictions and revise as appropriate based on current public health guidance. Students will receive the addendum by email two weeks before the start of the spring semester.

Quarantine and Isolation Housing Support

See the section on Quarantine and Isolation on the Individual Responsibility page.

Move-In Schedule

See the Start of the Spring Term page.

Move-out Schedule

Residence halls will remain open until Sunday, April 11, the weekend before spring break. Students should plan to move out of their residence halls by that date. In March, there will be an application process available for students who need to remain on campus past April 11. Students approved to remain on campus may stay through Commencement and depart campus by Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Graduating seniors will not have access to student housing during the summer of 2021.

Room & Board Fees

Should the college be forced to ask students to leave campus during the spring semester due to pandemic conditions, the college will prorate room and board charges and refund unused board points.

Off-Campus Housing

Reed is dedicated to providing students with the necessary information and tools to successfully secure safe and affordable off-campus housing. This comprehensive off-campus housing resource guide covers topics such as budgeting, locating off-campus housing, what to consider when signing a lease, transportation to and from campus, and cooking and eating off campus.


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