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


View photos of the TLCs

1480 Campus Road: Queer House

Queer House aims to create a space for queer, LGBT+, non-heterosexual and non-cisgender students to explore their identity, foster intragroup solidarity, and create intentional programming for the Occidental College community.  Queer refers to any individual identifying as anything other than cisgender and/or heterosexual.  Any individual who does not align with hegemonic and normative sexual and gender identities is welcome to live in this space as well as any individual that could further the mission of the house through their residences.

4863 Stratford Road: Food Justice House

4863 Stratford Rd is home to the Food Justice House. 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 of eating and cooking ethically.

1601 Campus Road: Berkus House

Berkus House is a close-knit community for women wanting to live with other women. The house provides women with a safe space for discussion, communal living, personal development, and scholarship.

E. Norris Hall ("Norris"): Create Your Own Theme

Constructed in 1966, 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.  This community is home to our Create Your Own Theme. Suites and individual rooms are gender inclusive and can accommodate groups of 6, 8, 14 or 16.

Pauley Hall: Multicultural

The Multicultural TLC centers and supports 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.  

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.