Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Transfer & Non-Traditionally Aged Student Housing 

Transfer students come to Reed with a wide variety of experiences, so our goal is to offer transfer students housing options that meet their needs based on their experiences at previous institutions. This page has an overview of the different living options available to transfer students. 

On-campus housing is arranged in neighborhoods, and transfer students may preference buildings in either first-year or upper-division neighborhoods depending on their goals and needs for their first year at Reed. You can learn more about the differences between neighborhoods below and find out which buildings are in each type of neighborhood here.

First-Year Neighborhoods

First-year neighborhoods are primarily focused on helping incoming students transition to Reed. Programs and resources are focused on finding community on campus and adjusting to Reed’s academic and campus life. Transfer students should consider preferencing a first-year neighborhood if they are interested in:

  • Opportunities and programs centered on finding your community on campus and navigating support resources
  • Meeting lots of other first-year students at Reed
  • Taking HUM 110 and receiving support in their residence hall for this course
  • Forming individual relationships with the House Adviser

Upper-Division Neighborhoods

Upper-division neighborhoods are primarily focused on supporting existing friend groups and personal goals. Programs and resources are focused on personal/professional/academic goals and sustaining community. Transfer students should consider preferencing an upper-division neighborhood if they are interested in:

  • Opportunities and programs centered on career preparation and support for the junior qualifying exam or the senior thesis
  • Connection to Reed resources with a focus on well-being
  • Enhancing community with established friend groups at Reed