Residence Life at Reed

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Language Houses Application

Department faculty, Language Scholars, and Residence Life staff will review all completed applications for residency in the language houses. It is strongly encouraged that applicants attend the Theme and Language Houses Fair which occurs in the Spring prior to the Room Registration process. At the fair, you will be able to engage in discussion about what it means to live in a language house, and the additional responsibilities and opportunities there are. If you are unable to attend and have questions or just need more information, please contact Lindsay Stoddard, the Resident Director for the Language Houses.

If interested, your application essay should address the following:

  • How have you been involved with weekly events at the house and how will you contribute to the house if you live in it next year?
  • Why are you interested in living in this specific language house and how will this community benefit you?
Feb 16: Theme & Language Housing Fair (5:30-7:30 pm at GCC B-D).
Feb 16-25: 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

Language House Responsibilities

Language houses are different from other residence halls on campus. In such a close-knit community, communication and teamwork are essential. Residents will meet weekly to plan, organize, and attend activities. These events support the mission of the Language House by generating interest and awareness of the language and the social, political, and cultural impact of the language-speaking countries within the student body.

Here is a list of Language House activities that you will work as a team to plan and/or participate in. It is an unique and rewarding experience and will require a time commitment every week.

  • Eagerness to improve language skills
  • Semester, campus-wide cultural event
  • Bringing performers and speakers to campus
  • Weekly to monthly weekend open to the community house events
  • Language Dinner table
  • Movie Nights
  • Attending house meetings
  • Prompt communication with HA and other house members

If you have any questions please feel free to email the RD for the Language Houses, Lindsay Stoddard (

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