Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Housing Updates 

This page is intended to provide on updates on the changes Residence Life will be implementing for the 2019-20 academic year as we move towards the Neighborhood model. We will provide updates on a regular basis and the newest information will be at the top of the page. Please read our article in The Quest for additional information behind the changes and rationale.

The Neighborhood Map

 neighborhood map

The Changes

  • Neighborhoods: Next year, 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


February & March 2019

  • Focus Groups: opportunities for students to give feedback to help Residence Life create positive, meaningful relationships between first-year and upper-division students in their residence halls in the new neighborhood model (RSVP required)
    •  First-year focus groups
      • Tuesday, February 26 from 6-7pm in Eliot 314
      • Thursday, February 28 from 4:30-5:30pm in Psych 105
    • Upper-division (sophomore, junior, senior) focus groups
      • Tuesday, March 5 from 6-7pm in Eliot 314
      • Thursday, March 7 from 4:30-5:30pm in Psych 105
  • Housing Info Sessions: time for students to ask professional staff members any questions they have about Room Registration or related housing processes
    • February 19, 12-1:30pm in GCC-CD
    • February 27, 3:30-5pm in PAB 332
  • Transitioning Co-Ops from a theme to a living option
  • House Adviser Office Hours specific to Room Registration

December 2018

  • All-campus email reminding students of the changes
  • Announcement in the College’s quarterly email to Reed parents and families with a link to additional information including

November 2018

  • Published an article in The Quest announcing the transition to Neighborhoods
  • Conducted open meetings with concerned theme community members
  • Informed theme communities of changes
  • Met with House Advisers regarding the changes to the position in connection to Neighborhood
  • Began work with Admission to ensure updated housing information is provided to prospective students

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Fax: 503/517-7691
Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.