Themed Living Communities

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. 

No additional fee is required to live in and participate in our TLC programs. Our TLCs are located across campus within residence halls and three houses that are owned by Occidental College. 

All residential communities include:

  • smoke-free environment
  • a computer lab
  • laundry facilities
  • meeting/gathering space

2020-2021 Themed Communities for first year students

Baldwin House (1480 Campus Rd.): Baldwin House, honoring James Baldwin, is a house for first year students that centers the experience of LGBTQIA+ students of color to explore their identity, foster intragroup solidarity, and participate in intentional programming. 

Women's Scholars Floor (1st Floor of Bell-Young): A first year TLC for students who identify as womxn. 

2020-2021 Themed Communities for both first year and upper division students

Multicultural Hall (Pauley Hall): A first year and upper division residence hall supporting the experiences of students of color.  The experiences that are gained here are intended to prepare residents to lead and thrive in an increasingly globalized society, with an emphasis on social justice and service.   

2020-2021 Themed Communities for 2020-2021 for upper division students

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. 

The following Themed Living Communities are located in E. Norris Hall. Constructed in 1966, E. Norris Hall provides students with the opportunity to live together in a suite set-up with four double rooms centered around a common living room.  Suites and individual rooms are gender-inclusive and can accommodate groups of 6, 8, 14 or 16.

Quiet Quad (E. Norris Hall  Yellow Tower): A community for students who prefer an environment with 24/7 quiet hours.

Black Excellence Quad (E. Norris Hall Yellow Tower): A community for students to share experiences and engage in being part of the Black community. 

APIDA Quad (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American) (E. Norris Hall Orange Tower): A community for students to share experiences and engage in being part of the Asian Diaspora. 

Latinx Community Collective Quad (E. Norris Hall Blue Tower): A community for students to share experiences and engage in being part of the Latinx community. 

Substance-Free Hall (Erdman) & Substance Free Quad (E. Norris Green Tower): A community for students who live a substance-free lifestyle.

Rivera & Johnson Quad (E. Norris Green Tower): Honoring Sylvia Rivera and Martha P. Johnson, this community centers the experiences of students within the LGBTQIA+ communities.  

Other Special Interest Housing Options

Gender-Inclusive Housing
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.

Housing Accommodations

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. Our office does not make any decisions on these matters.