Casa Italiana is Stanford’s Italian language and culture focused academic theme house. In many ways, Casa has an Italian vibe; Great emphasis is put on humor, social interactions, and taking it easy. Socially, casa residents tend to be warm, friendly, and inviting. Casa was established in 1976 for students interested in Italian language and culture. Traditionally, a large majority of residents come to the house with some Italian language experience. All residents are expected to participate in theme-related events and in-house seminar.
Because of its location on the lower row and the open architecture of the house, Casa is often a noisy and social house. Casa hosts a variety of social events for both its residents and the general Stanford community. Weekly Italian-language dinners (Tavola), a quarterly Pizzeria, wine tasting, and espresso breaks are just a few examples of theme events unique to Casa. In addition, Casa hosts non-theme events on a weekly basis.Casa Italiana is Stanford’s Italian language and culture focused academic theme house. In many ways, Casa has an Italian vibe; Great emphasis is put on humor, social interactions, and taking it easy. Socially, casa residents tend to be warm, friendly, and inviting. Casa was established in 1976 for students interested in Italian language and culture. Traditionally, a large majority of residents come to the house with some Italian language experience. All residents are expected to participate in theme-related events and in-house seminar.
Because of its location on the lower row and the open architecture of the house, Casa is often a noisy and social house. Casa hosts a variety of social events for both its residents and the general Stanford community. Weekly Italian-language dinners (Tavola), a quarterly Pizzeria, wine tasting, and espresso breaks are just a few examples of theme events unique to Casa. In addition, Casa hosts non-theme events on a weekly basis.
Note About House
Casa is the only undergraduate residence to have three academic theme advisors in addition to a standard row staff. Casa’s staff, residents, chef, and building managers work hard to make Casa one of the most inviting communities on campus.
Information regarding mail and package delivery
Students living in Row Houses (Upper Row, Lower Row, Clusters 1, 2, or 3/Cowell) are strongly encouraged to follow the directions for the mail and package process provided on the Mail Delivery and Shipping page, as the PO Box address is each student’s official Stanford address and should be maintained during their entire undergraduate career. However, Row residents are also able to have mail packages delivered directly to their Row house by addressing mail and packages to the house's street address. Please be reminded that Student Housing/the University accepts no responsibility for packages sent to/delivered at individual residences.
Additional Community Information
What is the coolest thing about your house & community?
Casa is one of the most loving and active communities to be a part of on campus. Other than our amazing chef, Jose, the greatest thing about our house is the open layout that makes it possible to communicate with anyone at any time. We try to mirror this inclusivity in the way we shape the house environment as well, with sophomores, juniors, and seniors living in as well as a mix of pre-assignees and non-Italian speakers.
What makes a successful Casa Italiana staff member?
A successful Casa staff member is a leader who can connect with a variety of personalities and stay cool under pressure while planning and managing a bunch of awesome events for the community.
Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because…
Speaking of awesome events, our favorite tradition is Pizzeria! Each quarter, the whole house comes together to put on Pizzeria, preparing 300+ pizzas, decorating the house, dressing up, and dancing the night away. We love Casa and we know you will too!
Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment
Pre-assignment to Casa Italiana REQUIRES the use of a TIER TWO housing choice.
- Pre-assignment Requirements: enrollment and completion of house seminar (Fall plus one other quarter -- see below) and attendance at more than half of the quarterly scheduled themed events?.
- House Seminar: Each resident is required to participate in two quarters of house seminar per year of residence. The house seminar, ItalLang 126, is a two-unit CR/NC course that must be included in the Axess study list. Residents living in the house for one to two quarters only must participate in one quarter of house seminar.
- Language and Culture: As a Language and Culture Residence, La Casa Italiana is dedicated to providing opportunities for residents to improve and share their cultural knowledge and language skills. Each resident is expected to contribute to the community. Beyond the house seminar requirement, students are encouraged to attend the weekly Tavola Italiana (Italian language dinners) and to participate in cultural and academic events planned by the Academic Theme Associates and the Graduate Theme Affiliate. Tavola is held every week on Wednesdays or Thursdays and invites guests and students interested in practicing their Italian. Residents are expected to speak Italian to the best of their ability throughout the meal. Quarterly, residents will assess what they have learned from Language and Culture activities in order to assess the contributions of La Casa Italiana to the intellectual life of its residents.
Residents of La Casa must fulfill the following requirements:
- Preference is given to students who have already taken the initiative to learn Italian (completion of Italian 3 or equivalent) or who are adequately fluent. However, Italian fluency does not guarantee pre-assignment to the house. We will also consider students who have no knowledge of Italian, but who are able to demonstrate a concrete interest in Italy and a dedication to promoting the house’s cultural theme and community.
- Hash: We are extremely lucky to be served food everyday by our beloved and incredible chef, Jose. Jose puts in a huge amount of effort into making us the tastiest meals, and never compromising on the quality of our food. Casa Italiana is known for its unparalleled meals, and we know that they will soon become a highlight of your day. Because of this, we are happy to spend the majority of our food budget on Jose's cooking, and as residents, take up the duty of hashing. Each resident has to hash for 15 minutes a week on a time slot of their choice (e.g. Wednesday after dinner), and complete one Sunday hash (~1 hr) a quarter. This has been a great opportunity to make friends with the other residents in your hash group, blast the music and bop along doing your part to make our house a home :)
- Seminar: Every week, we hold a 1.5 hour seminar, which is a great opportunity for residents to engage with the Italian theme of the house. From movie nights in the fall and winter to cooking classes in the spring, we are lucky enough to have a dedicated team of ATAs, our preassigns and an Italian Graduate Fellow plan seminar events for us. Pre-assign residents must take two quarters of seminar (any quarter), and can take the class for 0 or 2 units. Residents who draw in only need to take one quarter (fall or winter), and can also take seminar for 0 or 2 units! The movie nights in the fall and winter are generally held on Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm after Tavola and the cooking classes are generally on Sunday evenings to make your own dinner. Our ultimate goal with this light-weight seminar is to expose you to perspectives from Italian culture, and make sure you have fun in the process.
- Pizzeria set-up: Casa Italiana is proud to continue our tradition of our quarterly Pizzeria event. This incredible 400-person event is a chance for us to welcome the Stanford community into our home, Italian style with plenty of pizza and wine. The day of pizzeria, all residents pitch in to help on a set-up shifts (4 hours), from building the pizzas in our assembly line races to decorating the house. Cleanup the next day (2 hours) is also mandatory for residents. To compensate for your time and commitment, you will receive a guaranteed table at a Pizzeria event, where you can bring all of your friends. Overall, Pizzeria is the night that you will be the most popular kids on campus, and we want to make sure you feel like the event is truly yours.