Themed Living Communities
Living together and sharing a common interest, vision and goal.
Themed Living Communities at Occidental College are intended to create strong links between students living on campus and their learning experience. Each themed living community has the support of a faculty/staff advisor and the Residential Education staff. Students living in themed living community will enrich the opportunities available to the students, faculty, and staff of Occidental College by providing educational programming around this shared interest.
The Office of Residential Education and Housing Services is very excited to offer themed living community options! Students interested in living in themed living communities should fill out an application for each of the themed living community options that interest them. APPLY TODAY by clicking on the links below – application deadline is March 7, 2014 at 2pm.
Create-your-own-theme living communities are intended to give students the option to specialize their living environment. They allow students the freedom to pick an area of specialized focus while giving them extra support throughout the year in terms of staffing and resources. Students will be able to explore and grow with a group of their friends in this themed living community.
Berkus House is an all-women living option that focuses on developing a strong sense of community among women that want to live with and be surrounded by other women. Berkus House is a close-knit community that provides women with a safe space for discussion, communal living, and personal development.
E.Norris Hall (Norris)
Constructed in 1966, Norris Hall was built to give students who were interested in specific languages the opportunity to live together in a suite set-up with four double rooms centered around a common living room.
Today, Norris is the second largest residence hall, home to 155 residents in 20 suites with all double rooms, and it is home to the create-your-own-theme communities. Suites can be either single-gender or coed, and students can choose to live together in groups of six to 16 during the room draw process.
Eileen Norris Hall is named in honor of Mrs. Kenneth T. Norris in recognition of the gifts from her and her husband.
1480 (Pet House)
4863 (FOOD JUSTICE HOUSE)
1480 is currently home to the Pet House. The students living here are not only caring for Nutella, a family pet of one of the residents, but they will be volunteering at a nearby shelter as well as hosting programs on campus to raise awareness about pet issues.
4863 is currently home to the Food Justice theme. The Food Justice House creates a community within Occidental College that fosters the development of sustainable food practices and instills awareness of the possibility of an environmentally conscious and socially aware lifestyle outside of a campus setting.
|Berkus House is an all-female living option that focuses on developing a strong sense of community among women that want to live with and be surrounded by other women. Berkus House is a close-knit community that provides women with a space for discussion, communal living, and personal development.||SAE is a group of individuals who believe in the importance of academic success, career development, and social interaction, and who pride themselves on dedication to academics, community service, friendship, and tradition. SAE is comprised of approximately 20 brothers involved in numerous areas of campus life and leadership.|
Themed housing is comprised of two residence halls and three houses. The area includes E. Norris Hall (where the create-your-own themes reside), Berkus House (all-female housing), 4863 (the food justice house), and 1480 (currently the pet house). The area is staffed by one Associate Director, one graduate hall coordinator, and 7 resident advisors (RAs). Through intentional programming focusing on themes and outreach, the RAs work to create a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for the students to succeed academically, thrive socially, and become connected and involved both on campus and in the greater Los Angeles area.
Other Special Interest Housing Options Available:
Gender-Neutral housing is an environment where student housing is not restricted to traditional limitations of the gender binary. This housing option is ideal for students whose gender identification and/or gender expression varies from the standard paradigm and for students who believe that their gender should not factor into the decision of whom to live with.
During the room draw process students apply to be matched with a transfer or exchange sudent as their roommate. These students then are paired up in the summer with students who are accepted as either transfer or exchange students. This gives current Oxy students an opportunity to share their love of Oxy with new students coming in and gives them an opportunity to learn about a different area or culture as well.
Housing accomodations are not made through our office. Please contact the Dean of Students Office to go through the accomodations process.
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