Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Summer Housing 2021

Summer 2021 housing is only available to students who remain on campus for the end of spring 2021 semester (April 11 - May 18). Students who are not enrolled for Fall 2021 are not eligible for summer housing. Ineligible students also include those who graduate in May 2021, are on a leave from the college for Fall 2021, or are denied registration/dismissed from the college following faculty grade review in May. Summer housing (May 18 - August 6) is available pending application approval for students who demonstrate a compelling need to remain at Reed during summer. The end date of summer housing will be announced by June 1 and August rent will be adjusted accordingly. 

Students are required to sign a summer housing contract and COVID-19 addendum.

Space is limited, and students who have remained on campus over recent breaks should not expect to be automatically approved. Priority will be given to students experiencing financial and/or housing insecurity.

We encourage those whose plans include summer travel to seek other arrangements. See this page for resources related to living off campus.

Application Process

Students must complete an application to be considered for summer housing. 

Applications will be available through the Housing Portal starting on Monday, March 29.

Applications will be reviewed by the Priority Housing Committee chaired by Julie Maxfield (Associate Dean of Students for Academic Life).

A student may have their summer housing approval cancelled if they are not compliant with public health behavior guidelines and the COVID-19 housing addendum which includes testing compliance and completion of the spring 2021 COVID-19 prevention training.


Students who stay in summer housing are charged a monthly rate of $500. Students may be charged on a sliding scale, which is determined by the Committee in collaboration with Financial Aid during application review. Students also have the option to apply for an emergency loan by working with the Business Office. Please contact the Business Office for questions regarding emergency loans.

The college is committed to supporting students who are experiencing financial difficulty or incurring additional expenses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Students who are experiencing financial insecurity should contact the financial aid office.

Summer Housing Timeline

March 29 Applications available through the Housing Portal
April 11 Applications due by 11:59pm
April 16

Students notified about application status

May 20 Students move into summer housing
June 1 End of summer move out date announced.
Rent will be prorated based upon this
August 6 Students move out of summer housing

Summer Housing Location

Summer housing will be in Trillium residence hall and all rooms will be treated as single occupancy. If relocation becomes necessary, students will be given as much notice as possible and disability-related accommodations will still be met.

Accessibility and Accomodations 

Students with disabilities who have specific housing needs are encouraged to work with both Disability & Accessibility Resources (DAR) and Residence Life to request disability-related housing accommodations. Details about this process can be found here. As with all accommodation requests, DAR will work with each student individually to determine eligibility and identify appropriate accommodations.

COVID-19 Guidelines 


From May 23 – August 13, summer housing student housing must test once weekly, regardless of vaccination status. Testing is offered from 8 a.m. to 3pm in the Student Union on the following dates.

Report time away from campus

Students living on campus during summer 2021 should complete and submit this form to report dates during which they will be absent from campus. This information is important for individual and campus safety purposes, including tracking surveillance testing participation. Please submit a new entry for each period of time you'll be away from campus. Absences shorter than three days do not need to be reported. Students who have not submitted the Absence from Campus form will be assumed to have missed their required COVID testing and subject to the appropriate enforcement.  

Guests in Reed housing

The summer COVID-19 agreement has been amended to allow residential students to have guests in their residence hall, as long as those guests are Reed community members (defined as enrolled students, staff, faculty, or contracted affiliates). Guests must follow all current COVID-19 and residence hall requirements, including the Alcohol and other Drug policy, use of the Daily Health Check, weekly surveillance testing (required once weekly during weeks in which they will be accessing campus), and current COVID-19 safety requirements

Any students living off campus who wish to access campus during summer break (including as a guest) should indicate so by submitting this form. This ensures individuals will receive relevant updates about testing and other campus operations. 

Indoor Gatherings

Residential students are permitted to have small gatherings in residence hall common areas or in private residential areas (rooms or apartments) as long as weekly surveillance testing participation for on-campus students remains at or above 80%. If participation falls below 80%, gathering size limits will be more stringently enforced and guests may not be permitted in private residential areas. Students who complete the time away from campus form will not be included in the overall number. 

Campus Service and Resources

Summer access and hours for many offices and departments is still being determined, including the Health & Counseling Center. A comprehensive guide to campus resources and services will be published here by May 17.


Residence Life Staff

Area Coordinators and House Advisers will be available to support students who remain on campus. They are available to assist residents by providing resources, coordinating events, and problem solving any issues residents may encounter. 

You can expect to hear from your Area Coordinator and House Advisers as we get closer to the start of summer housing. They will reach out to provide information regarding summer housing, including:

  • Community connection, programming, and communication
  • Roles of Residence Life staff and methods to contact them
  • Campus resources 

Food Services During Summer

Commons is open limited hours during summer break and specific hours are still being determined. Students should plan to use commuter points or a credit/debit card in Commons.

Paying Rent

You are responsible for paying monthly rent to the business office on the first days of June, July, and August. The business office will contact you and residence life if you are late with your payments. You may be assessed a $25 late fee after the 10th of the month. 


 In accordance with the COVID-19 housing addendum, students are not permitted to travel outside the Portland metro area for the duration of the summer with the exception of approved, essential travel, such as for academic purposes or family emergencies. If a student needs to travel for emergency reasons they should contact their Area Coordinator for assistance making a safe plan for their re-entry to the community.

Maintenance Requests

Submitting a maintenance request is the best way to report facilities issues over the summer. 


The community safety office is open all summer—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CSOs will be checking up on the residential buildings frequently throughout the summer to ensure safety and security. Please help them out by reporting anything that is out of the ordinary. Dial “0” from any campus phone to reach them or 503-771-1112 from anywhere. There may also be fire extinguisher and house repair checks throughout the summer as well.