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Lagunita: Norcliffe/Adelfa

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Lagunita, Roble, Phi Sig, Xanadu, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A

About Norcliffe

Norcliffe dorm is composed of two buildings, the four-class Norcliffe hall and the three-class Adelfa. Our goal as RFs is that students in both buildings feel part of one dorm community, and that they experience the community as welcoming and real. We affectionately call the dorm “Nordelfa,” creating one cohesive community. 

Norcliffe Hall was opened in 2016 as a brand new dorm in historic Lagunita Court. It features a huge lounge with a full kitchen and big island around which people sit, study and hang out; there’s also a big flat screen in the kitchen area, plus a projector and new grand piano in the Lounge and a patio with BBQ outside. Downstairs there’s a sound-proof music room, an arts area/“maker space,” stacks of sports equipment to borrow, a bright and cheerful laundry, and a professional quality pool table. The dorm has plenty of places to study in groups of all sizes – two seminar rooms, a computer cluster, tiny and good-sized study nooks, and white boards all over the place.

About Adelfa

Adelfa is linked to Norcliffe Hall by a short arcade on the west side and its residents enjoy all of Norcliffe’s amenities, while they also live in one of the most charming dorms on campus. Adelfa features the ever-popular sinks in every room, what are said to be largest singles on campus, a lounge with piano, kitchenette and ping-pong table, and two private study rooms. Adelfa looks out on beautiful Lagunita Court and Lakeside Dining (with Late Night!). 

Lagunita Court epitomizes the laid-back quality of life on West Campus – it’s beautiful and calm, and fun is right around the corner. Across the street are the AOERC gym (with locker room, climbing wall, studios and basketball court) and Avery recreational swimming pool, a playing field on top of the new Roble underground garage, and Roble Arts Gym (TAPS Dept., theater performances, yoga studios, dance classes!).

 “Nordelfa” has plenty of fun traditions. We work to build a community of upperclass and first year students; the dorm sponsors many all-dorm activities, such as a weekly yoga class, cooking projects in the kitchen, annual trips to Monterey and Yosemite as well as “Snow Trip.” We have a tradition of great “on-calls” on Fridays and Saturdays, when an RA hosts activities like movies, video games and Wii dance parties and snacks (Norcliffe’s full kitchen makes for great cooking). During finals week we have nightly study breaks with great food! Every year Norcliffe staff and RFs sponsor “off the Farm” excursions, which have included trips to opera, ballet and musical theater in San Francisco, professional sports games, historical “food tours” exploring San Francisco neighborhoods, a hands-on lesson in glassblowing at a Bay Area factory. Whatever residents propose, we’ll try to make happen. 

Resident Fellows

Krish Seetah and Sâsa Čaval

More information about the Norcliffe/Adelfa Resident Fellows is coming soon. 

Exterior photograph of Norcliffe and Adelfa.