Themed Living Communities
Themed Living Communities each share 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. by providing educational programming around this shared interest. Themed Living Communities are housed on two residence halls and three houses.
All residence halls include:
- smoke-free environment
- a computer lab
- DIRECTV in the lounge
- laundry facilities
- meeting/gathering space
|Themed Living Communities|
1480 Campus Rd. - Queer House
The Queer Themed Living Community aims to create a space for queer, LGBT+, non-heterosexual and non-cisgender students to explore their identity, foster intragroup solidarity, and create intentional programing for the Occidental College community. Any individual who does not align with hegemonic and normative sexual and gender identities is welcome to live in our space.
Food Justice House-
4863 is 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. It is a close-knit community that provides 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. 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.
Norris also provides housing for "Create Your Own Theme" living communities.
Pauley - Multicultural Hall-
Multicultural Hall is a space in which students may openly discuss their differences and pluralistic identities with neighbors of different identities and backgrounds so that we may learn about our differences and celebrate them. By no means is Multicultural Hall intended to be an exclusive community, but rather an institution open to all who wish to engage in dialogue, serving as a living and evolving embodiment of the four cornerstones of the Occidental College mission statement: excellence, equity, community, and service.
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.
Global Diversity Floor
The Global Diversity Floor is located on the third floor of Newcomb Hall, which is a dry hall (no alcohol regardless of age).
Students living on this floor will:
Build friendships with like-minded students, as well as those from other cultures and countries
Immerse themselves in an environment that helps contribute to international understanding
Participate in programs, outings, service projects, and lectures that broaden global interests and knowledge
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta was the first Greek-letter fraternity for women and was founded on the principles of attaining the highest scholarship and influencing the campus, community, and world for good. The Eta Mu chapter is proud of it's ~70 members that serve as leading women on the Oxy campus and in the greater LA community.
Other Special Interest Housing Options
Gender-Inclusive 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 student 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 accommodations are not made through our office. Please contact the Dean of Students Office to go through the accommodations process.