The residence halls are a place to come together celebrate each other and learn to live as a community.
In your three years on campus at Occidental College, you will have many different living options. During your first year, you will live in one of our First-Year Experience (FYE) halls. Students are placed in their rooms based upon their fall CSP course. This allows you to have a built in group of people to be able to study with and rely on as peers.
In your second and third years, you will go through the room draw process. This allows you to select your room in one of our Upper Division halls. You have the option of applying for themed housing in either one of our established themes or you can create your own theme and live with 6-16 of your friends exploring an area of shared interest with a faculty member on campus.
The goals of the Residential Education and Housing Services program are as follows:
- To foster inclusive living learning communities, both micro and macro, within the residence halls.
- To provide avenues for learning life skills and abilities that prepare students for lifelong learning in a global society.
- To encourage the appreciation and understanding of Occidental’s unique location in an urban city that promote the development of the entire student.
- To provide and maintain safe and clean housing environments which promote individual responsibility and community accountability.
- To effectively recruit, train, develop and support a diverse team of staff members who strive to meet and exceed student needs and expectations.
- To encourage the holistic development and wellness of students by intentionally challenging and supporting them.
Occidental College makes a firm commitment to the value of a residential experience for college students and recognizes the significant role that the residential education program plays in the lives of our students. There is a dedication to providing all residents with a safe and comfortable living environment, free from hazards and harassment.
Through building a framework in which all community members can participate in an active social life and form resource networks with one another, a community atmosphere that empowers individuals with the responsibility for involvement, personal initiative and free expression is fostered.