Reed offers a Students of Color Community, Substance-Free, and Women's Floor living options in our residence halls. 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
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!
The Sub-Free community agrees not to consume tobacco, alcohol, and other substances in the residential community. At the beginning of the academic year, the student 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. Questions? Need more information? Contact Clea Taylor, Assistant Director of Housing and Operations.
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 student 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.
At Reed, gender-inclusive housing (GIH) options are available for all incoming and returning students. Residence Life welcomes students of all gender identities and expressions and works with students to find appropriate housing placements, regardless of designated gender.
Incoming students who are placed in doubles are typically assigned a roommate of the same designated gender unless specific alternate arrangements have been made with the residence life office.
Students who identify as trans or gender nonconforming can request a single room, and historically, we have always been able to accommodate this request. Students also can request to be assigned a roommate regardless of gender, or request to be assigned a roommate with similar gender identities. Reed does its best to ensure that roommates are drawn from a pool of incoming students who have indicated that they are open to a gender-inclusive housing placement (i.e. being matched with a roommate who is a different gender or who is gender nonconforming).
Contact Reed’s Assistant Director of Housing Operations, Clea Taylor, to discuss your housing preferences.
All Reed College rooms designated for returning students are gender inclusive. Available rooms in Room Registration can be selected by students of any gender identity. Students who wish to live in double or triple rooms or apartments can select and confirm other students as roommates (regardless of gender identity) through the Housing Portal.