Casa Italiana is Stanford’s Italian language and culture focused academic theme house, established in 1976 for students interested in Italian language and culture. With a great emphasis on humor, social interactions, and taking it easy, Casa Italiana maintains its Italian roots in its core. While, a large majority of residents come to the house with some Italian language experience, Casa tends to house a diverse, inclusive, and warm group of residents that make the house into a home. With this in mind, all residents are expected to participate in Italian theme-related events and in-house seminar. Because of its location on the lower row and the open architecture of the house, Casa often is a hub of social events and cultivates community. Casa hosts a variety of social events for both its residents and the general Stanford community; amongst the events that Casa throws include Tavola (a weekly Italian-language dinner), a quarterly Pizzeria, wine tasting, self-care nights, or study breaks.
Note About House
Casa is one of three undergraduate residences (others are Haus Mitt and La Maison Francaise) to have academic theme associates in addition to a standard row staff, and is the only house to have a Graduate Advising Fellow. 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.
Enrollment and completion of ALL quarters of house seminar and attendance at more than half of the quarterly scheduled themed events. Pre-assignees must live in the house for the entire academic year. Preference is given to students who have already taken the initiative to learn Italian 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.
Each resident is required to participate in one quarter of house seminar per year of residence. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, this will be the FALL quarter seminar. The house seminar, Itallang 126, is a two-unit CR/NC course that must be included in the Axess study list.
Language and Culture
As a Language and Culture Residence, La CasaItaliana 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 Weeks 2-9 of every quarter on Wednesdays, and is an opportunity for invited guests - undergraduate, graduate, and faculty - and residents to practice their Italian. Residents are expected to speak Italian to the best of their ability throughout the meal.
Residents of La Casa must fulfill the following requirements:
We are ~extremely lucky~ to be served food everyday by our beloved and incredible chef, José. José puts in a huge amount of effort into crafting a variety of delicious meals while never compromising on its quality. 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, or rather, cleaning up the kitchen area. Each resident proudly signs up to hash for a weekly 20 minutes a time slot of their choice (e.g. Wednesday after dinner), and one quarterly Sunday hash (~45 min). This has been a great opportunity to make friends with other residents in your hash group, put on some bangers, and bop along doing your part to make our house a home!
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, to guest lectures and discussions in the Winter, to a cooking course in the Spring, we are lucky to have a dedicated team of ATAs, pre-assignees and an Italian Graduate Theme Affiliate plan seminar events for us. Pre-assignees must take all three quarters of seminar, and can take the class for 0-2 units. Residents who draw in only need to take one quarter (Fall), and may also take seminar for 0-2 units! Seminar in the Fall and Winter is generally held on Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm after Tavola and the cooking classes are generally on Sunday evenings. Our ultimate goal with this light-weight seminar is to expose you to perspectives from Italian culture, and make sure you have fun and build community in the process.
Pizzeria Set-up and Clean-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 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 during 1 quarter, where you can invite 5 of your friends to your table. Pizzeria is your night to celebrate Casa Italiana, and we want to make sure you feel like the event is truly yours.