Themed Living Communities (TLCs) are a rewarding aspect of living in a residential community at Occidental College.
TLCs are intended to create strong links between students by providing educational programming around a shared interest or identity. While students interested in our TLCs do not have to specifically identify with the particular theme of the community, it is expected that students will support and uplift the spirit and values each community espouses.
No additional fee is required to live in and participate in our TLC programs. Our TLCs are located across campus within residence halls and two houses that are owned by Occidental College.
All residential communities include:
- smoke-free environment
- all-inclusive laundry facilities (no charge to use)
- meeting/gathering space
2023-2024 Themed Communities for first year and new transfer students
(Guest House, 1480 Campus Rd.)
Baldwin House is a welcoming and affirming residential community that celebrates and empowers first-year Trans/Queer Students of Color. Named to honor James Baldwin, a Black Queer, novelist, poet, and activist - Baldwin House aims to celebrate Queerness in all its expressions, cultivate a sense of self, and honor the origins of Pride. Baldwin House residents will have the opportunity to engage in programming, experience the rich, Queer LA community, and develop meaningful relationships. The framework of intersectionality informs the ways in which Baldwin House residents work to deconstruct heteronormative and patriarchal systems.
A first year TLC for students who identify as womxn.
2023-2024 Themed Communities for both first year, transfer, and upper division students
(Berkus House, 1601 Campus Rd)
Berkus House is a residential community that supports both first-year and upper-division students, and is home to the Multicultural Themed Living Community (TLC). The Multicultural TLC celebrates students from all cultural backgrounds and experiences.
2023-2024 Themed Communities for returning upper division students
Black Soul Collective
The Black Soul Collective (BSC) was created to celebrate Black students throughout the African Diaspora. We aim to create spaces where Blackness– culture, language, expression– can be cherished, celebrated and shared freely. The BSC is a communal space dedicated to supporting the wellness of Black students as we foster relationships whilst navigating the landscape of a Predominantly White Institution (PWI). We also hope to affirm the intersections and experiences that span across the Diaspora as extensions of the greater Los Angeles community.
Themed Community (
Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American)
The Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American (APIDA) Hall strives to cultivate an intentional space of community and care where residents feel their experiences are validated and celebrated as members and allies of the APIDA diaspora. Our community recognizes the multiplicity of cultures, histories, and languages from which our members come from and hope to establish solidarity and trust amongst one another. In tandem with the diversity within our community, APIDA Hall acknowledges the social positions of the APIDA diaspora in a highly racialized world. Involvement within APIDA Hall is intended to provide members with ao foundations of belonging and self affirmation that they can take into the world beyond Occidental.
Latinx Culture Collective
The Latinx Culture Collective (LCC) is a space to honor the historical and affirm the contemporary experiences of the rich diversity of Latinx/a/o people in order to cultivate and celebrate systems of care, culture and community. While recognizing and working to dismantle racial and colonial structure the LCC will center on supporting and exploring Latinx identities and expressions throughout the Occidental and greater Los Angeles communities.
Rivera & Johnson
Honoring Sylvia Rivera and Martha P. Johnson, this community centers the experiences of students within the LGBTQIA+ communities.
Food Justice House
(4863 Stratford Rd.)
A house for students focused on rebuilding relationships with land and food. The housemates tend a garden and engage in an environmentally and socially aware lifestyle.
A community for students who live a substance-free lifestyle.
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 binary paradigm and for students who believe that their gender should not factor into the decision of whom to live with.
If you require a specific housing accommodation, you will need to register your request with the Disability Services Office. Get more information on how to register your request. Residential Education and Housing Services does not make any decisions on these matters.