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Participating Houses

Photograph of Branner Hall community members on a theme related event.

Introduction

Residential Education's essential conviction is that formal teaching, informal learning, and personal support are integral to a Stanford education. ResEd programs extend the classroom into the residences and complement the academic curriculum with activities and experiences supporting students' preparation for a life of leadership, intellectual engagement, citizenship, and service.

Toward that end, ResEd supports pre-assignment programs and themes in residence. Each house is responsible for crafting & managing an integrated residential learning experience for its residents. These houses enjoy a long history on campus, many coming into fruition concurrently with ResEd itself.

Activities in pre-assignment houses, whether academic or social, are related to that house's theme or focus area. Some are related to a cultural interest or affinity. Others are related to academic and career interests.

Each house has its own set of unique requirements, which you must agree to fulfill in order to pre-assign.

  • Once pre-assigned to a specific house, that house dictates how rooms are assigned.
  • Each house's profile page has a “Room Assignment” section that outlines the benefits, if any, that result from being pre-assigned to that house.
  • House-specific requirements can be found on each house's profile page (linked below). Read these carefully before applying for pre-assignment!

Academic Theme Houses

Academic theme houses offer vibrant experiences for their residents to engage in topics of interest to them. Academic themes are affiliated with  a campus department and supported by faculty and/or senior staff. 

House Name Theme Location Class Availability Required Tier Open House Date and Location
Branner Public Service East Campus Upper Class Tier 2  TBA
Crothers Global Citizenship East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 TBA
EAST Education and Society West Campus Upper Class Tier 3

TBA

Kimball Arts and Performing Arts East Campus Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Ng Humanites  East Campus Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Storey Human Biology The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA

Ethnic Theme Houses

Ethnic theme houses are hubs on campus for members of the various communities that support them.

Each house concerns itself with the exploration of a respective ethnic/cultural identity (often broadly interpreted). It is the only kind of theme housing available to freshmen.

Often these houses have a strong affiliation with their corresponding cultural centers.

House Name Theme Location Class Availability Required Tier Open House Date and Location
Casa Zapata Chicanx/Latinx Focus East Campus Four Class TIer 3 TBA
Muwekma-Tah-Ruk Native American Focus The Row Four Class TIer 3 TBA
Okada Asian American Focus East Campus Four Class TIer 3 TBA
Ujamaa Black Culture Focus West Campus Four Class Tier 3 TBA

Language and Culture Theme Houses

Language and Culture houses are academic theme houses centered on the exploration of cultural identity and their associated languages. For example, Slavianskii Dom (Slav Dom) provides residents with an exploration of Slavic/Eastern European language and culture.

These houses are favorite choices for international students, students anticipating study abroad, and/or students returning from study abroad.

House Name Theme Location Class Availability

Required Tier

Open House Date and Location
La Casa Italiana Italian Language & Culture The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Haus Mitteleuropa German Language & Culture The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
La Maison Française French Language & Culture The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Slavianskii Dom Slavic Studies The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA

Pre-Assignment Programs

The residential program at Stanford is dynamic and features a wide range of choices.

Consistent with University culture, Residential Education encourages new ideas so it is not uncommon for the department to sponsor programs in residence that do not fit neatly into a discrete category.

Sometimes ongoing programs become fixtures in the residential landscape and sometimes they exist only for a short period of time; it all depends on the success of the program. Residential Education refers to these programs as 'Pre-Assignment Programs'.

House Name Program Location Class Availability Required Tier Open House Date and Location
Castaño Community Leaders East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 TBA
FroSoCo Freshman Sophomore College West Campus Frosh/Soph TIer 3 TBA
Lantana Design Thinking East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 TBA
Outdoor House Outdoor Education West Campus Upper Class TIer 2 TBA
Roble  Sustainability West Campus Upper Class Tier 3 TBA
Substance Free Substance Free East Campus Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Toyon Sophomore Mentorship East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 TBA
Trancos Equity and Social Justice East Campus  Upper Class Tier 3 TBA

Co-Ops

Cooperative living has thrived at Stanford for over forty years. Each co-op community holds distinct values. For example, many offer gender-neutral housing; some feature vegetarian kitchens and meals; and some make house decisions through consensus decision-making. They have focuses on alternative lifestyles, intentional communities, LGBT friendliness, international awareness, or social change through nonviolent action.

One central feature across the co-op system is that you become part of a job system when you live in a co-op. You cook dinners and clean up after yourselves shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow co-opers. Cooking and cleaning for yourselves are not only a great chance to bond with your community, take pride in your contributions, and learn important real-world skills, but these jobs save you thousands of dollars a year on rent and board bills!

House Name Location Class Availability

Required Tier

Open House Date and Location
576 Alvarado The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Columbae The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Enchanted Broccoli Forest  The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Hammarskjöld The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Kairos The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Synergy The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA
Terra The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBA