This page provides updates on any changes Residence Life makes to housing processes. We will provide updates on a regular basis and the newest information will be at the top of the page.
In the Spring of 2016, demand for on-campus housing at Reed exceeded the supply of available rooms. Some students told us that living on-campus was essential to their success at Reed, and that living off-campus created a significant hardship. At the time, plans were in place to build a new residence hall. In order to respond to the immediate needs of students during construction of Trillium, the Priority Housing process was established to provide a pathway for returning students to more confidently secure on-campus housing and its benefits.
Our goal is to provide the opportunity for participation in the on-campus residential community for all students who want to live on campus. We’re pleased to say that with the addition of Trillium residence hall in Fall 2019, every student who wanted to live on campus for the 2019-20 academic year was able to secure housing.
Housing is guaranteed for all first-year and sophomore students, and we project we will be able to continue providing on-campus housing for interested students for the foreseeable future. Thus, the Priority Housing process will be discontinued for the 2020-2021 academic year. We recognize that the Portland rental market is continually evolving and we remain open to reinstituting the process again if needed. Please note: This change does not affect disability related housing accommodations that students secure through Disability and Accessibility Resources.
The Neighborhood Map
- Neighborhoods: Beginning 2019-2020, residence halls will be grouped into “neighborhood” configurations on campus. First-year students will be concentrated in first-year neighborhoods, while juniors and seniors will be able to select rooms in upper-division neighborhoods. Sophomores will be able to choose their neighborhood based on their interests.
- Intentional Community Opportunities: Additional bed spaces in the new residence hall and the new neighborhood structure will provide returning students with more opportunities to live with friends and create intentional communities based around their interests, needs, and class year. Established friend groups will have a greater ability to select rooms near each other, and House Advisers will be better positioned to meet the needs of their communities with targeted programming and support.
- Guaranteed Sophomore Housing
- Transition away from theme housing at the end of the 2018–19 academic year to focus on other approaches to building community