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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!

Open Houses for 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 Date/Time Duration Location
Branner Public Service East Campus Upper Class Tier 2  April 3rd, 8:00 pm N/A Branner Lounge
Crothers Global Citizenship East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 April 8th at 6pm N/A Crothers Memorial Lounge
EAST Education and Society West Campus Upper Class Tier 3 30 mins RF Cottage
Kimball Arts and Performing Arts East Campus Upper Class Tier 2 April 9th, 2019, at 7:00pm 2 hours Kimball Lounge
Ng Humanities  East Campus Upper Class Tier 2 April 2nd, 2019 7:00-10:00pm 3 hours Ng Lounge
Storey Human Biology The Row Upper Class Tier 2 April 3rd, 2019 7:30 pm 90 minutes Storey Lounge

Open Houses for 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 Date/Time Duration Location
Casa Zapata Chicanx/Latinx Focus East Campus Four Class TIer 3 April 4th, 2019, 6:30pm One hour Casa Zapata Lounge
Muwekma-Tah-Ruk Native American Focus The Row Four Class TIer 3 April 5th, 5:00pm One hour Muwekma Lounge
Okada Asian American Focus East Campus Four Class TIer 3 April 3rd, 2019, 6pm One hour Okada Lounge
Ujamaa Black Culture Focus West Campus Four Class Tier 3     Ujamaa Lounge

Open Houses for 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

Date/Time Duration Location
La Casa Italiana Italian Language & Culture The Row Upper Class Tier 2 April 8th, 7-9pm 2 hours La Casa Italiana
Haus Mitteleuropa German Language & Culture The Row Upper Class Tier 2 April 4th, 8:00pm 3 hours HausMitt
La Maison Française French Language & Culture The Row Upper Class Tier 2     La Maison Française
Slavianskii Dom Slavic Studies The Row Upper Class Tier 2 April 9th, 2019, 7:00pm 3 hours SlavDom

Open Houses 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 Date/Time Duration Location
Castaño Community Leaders East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 April 2nd, 9:00pm One Hour

Castano RF cottage

 

FroSoCo Freshman Sophomore College West Campus Frosh/Soph TIer 3 April 8th, 8:00pm One hour FroSoCo
Lantana Design  East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 April 8th, 2019  7:30-8:30pm One hour Lantana Lounge
Outdoor House Outdoor Education West Campus Upper Class TIer 2

April 2nd, 5:00pm

and

April 9th, 6:30p,

90 minutes

Bollard Dining Society
Roble  Sustainability West Campus Upper Class Tier 3 April 7th, 11:00am 90 minutes Roble Garden
Substance Free Substance Free East Campus Upper Class Tier 2 Not hosting an Open House    
Toyon Sophomore Mentorship East Campus Upper Class Tier 3 April 4th at 9:30pm One hour Toyon Lounge

Open Houses for 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!

Note: The Co-Ops will be hosting the Co-Op Crawl for their open house event on Thursday, 4/5, from 8pm to 11:30pm. Please see below for specifc times of each house's event. 

House Name Location Class Availability

Required Tier

Date/Time Duration Location
576 Alvarado The Row Upper Class Tier 2

TBD

TBD 576 Alvarado
Columbae The Row Upper Class Tier 2

TBD

TBD Columbae
Enchanted Broccoli Forest  The Row Upper Class Tier 2

TBD

TBD Enchanted Broccoli Forest 
Hammarskjöld The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBD TBD Hammarskjöld
Kairos The Row Upper Class Tier 2

TBD

TBD Kairos
Synergy The Row Upper Class Tier 2 TBD TBD Synergy
Terra The Row Upper Class Tier 3 TBD TBD Terra