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Some of Stanford's on-campus residences offer special academic, cultural, social, or leadership programs. Several residences sponsor intensive foreign language study while other residences are co-ops. Co-ops offer a space where  the cooking and cleaning for residents is performed by the students who live in the house.

One of the core tenets of the Housing Allocation process is to support these unique residential programs through the Pre-Assignment process.

Students who want to live in a residence with a theme or pre-assignment program can come together with other students to create a community committed to exploring a topic, lifestyle, language, or culture.

NOTE: For Autumn 2020 quarter, Pre-Assignment will only run in the four ethnic theme houses (Casa Zapata, Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, Okada, and Ujamaa). Students eligible to participate in Pre-Assignment are: 

  • in the sophomore cohort permitted to be on campus autumn quarter, or
  • in the junior or senior cohorts who have been granted permission to live on campus autumn quarter

Application Timeline 2020-21

For the Autumn 2020 quarter, students will be able to apply for pre-assignment to one of four ethnic theme houses (Casa Zapata, Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, Okada, or Ujamaa).  

  • Thursday, July 23 - Pre-Assignment applications open for ethnic theme houses only 
  • Tuesday, July 28 - Pre-Assignment applications close at 10:00am PST
  • Monday, August 3 - Ethnic theme house pre-assignments announced to students at 1:00pm PST. Students pre-assigned to an ethnic theme house should still submit a housing application by August 7, ranking the ethnic theme house as their top choice.

Please refer to R&DE Housing Assignments for Autumn Housing Allocation dates/deadlines.

Pre-Assignment Process