Residence Halls

The residence halls are a place to come together to celebrate each other and learn to live as a community.

In your three years on campus at Occidental College, you will have many different living options. During your first year, you can live in a Themed Living Community, a first year hall, or a hall with both first year and upper division students. 

Sophomores have the option to live in an upper-divison Themed Living Community or in one of the Sophomore Experience Halls. In your third or fourth year you will go through the room draw process. This allows you to select your room in one of our Upper Division halls or a hall with both first year and upper division students. You also have the option of applying for themed living communities. Or, explore Greek Life at Oxy.

The goals of the Residential Education and Housing Services program are as follows:

  • To foster inclusive living-learning communities, both micro and macro, within the residence halls.
  • To provide avenues for learning life skills and abilities that prepare students for lifelong learning in a global society.
  • To encourage the appreciation and understanding of Occidental’s unique location in an urban city that promotes the development of the entire student.
  • To provide and maintain safe and clean housing environments which promote individual responsibility and community accountability.
  • To effectively recruit, train, develop and support a diverse team of staff members who strive to meet and exceed student needs and expectations.
  • To encourage the holistic development and wellness of students by intentionally challenging and supporting them.

Occidental College makes a firm commitment to the value of a residential experience for college students and recognizes the significant role that the residential education program plays in the lives of our students. There is a dedication to providing all residents with a safe and comfortable living environment, free from hazards and harassment.

Through building a framework in which all community members can participate in an active social life and form resource networks with one another, a community atmosphere that empowers individuals with the responsibility for involvement, personal initiative, and free expression is fostered.