Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Living Options

In addition to general housing, Reed offers several living options in our residence halls that are centered around a shared identity or values. Students who feel that living in one of these communities is essential to their academic success may submit an application when they are signing up for on-campus housing. Staff will review applications to ensure the students applying understand the purpose of the living option, and are willing to engage in collaboratively developing and then living by community norms.

Spaces in these communities are limited, and students for whom these specific types of living environments are not a necessity are asked to refrain from applying so as to leave space for others who need it.

Students of Color Community

(Naito I) Open to incoming first-year students and returning students

The Students of Color Community (SOCC) is an intentional living community for students of color from all backgrounds to heal together, explore our individual and shared cultures, and build a vibrant, loving community. We value equitable decision-making, connecting with local communities of color, and affirming individual identities in all of their complexity through sharing and growing together. We consider larger group interactions a necessity and will regularly host campus-wide events open to the greater community of students of color at Reed. If you have been searching for a supportive space to heal, dream, and interact with other students of color, please consider applying to live with us!

Substance-Free

(Aspen & Bidwell) Open to incoming first-year students and returning students

The Sub-Free community agrees not to consume tobacco, alcohol, and other substances in the residential community. At the beginning of the academic year, House Advisers guide the community members through establishing community norms. Community members are expected to uphold these community norms and have intentional conversations (guided by the Honor Principle) if they feel the norms are not being followed. 

Women’s Floor

(Sullivan I) Open to incoming first-year students and returning students

This is a small, close-knit community designed for students who identify as women. We use an inclusive definition of "woman" and "female" and the community welcomes trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary students.  At the beginning of the academic year, the House Adviser guides the community members through establishing community norms. Community members are expected to uphold these community norms and have intentional conversations (guided by the Honor Principle) if they feel the norms are not being followed.

The Co-ops

(Farm and Garden House) Open to returning, upper-division students only

The Co-ops are home to a total of seventeen returning students who choose to create an intentional community revolving around collective meals. We value consensus-based decision-making, student autonomy, awareness of environmental impact, and sharing knowledge and skills. Participation in the everyday workings of the community is a must. There is little distinction between the two houses, although Farm House houses 7 students and Garden House houses 10. Neither house is by default vegetarian or vegan, but we always cook to the lowest common denominator to ensure that everyone is happily fed. Please note: The Co-ops are available only to returning students and involve a commitment of 5-6 hours a week. This includes chores, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and house meetings. We encourage you to visit one of the houses for dinner if you plan to apply.

Connect With Us

Contact Us

res.life@reed.edu
503/777-7536
Fax: 503/517-7691
Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.