French House (la Maison Francophone or Bailey House)

exterior view of brown brick builing known as French House.
Facade of French House, located on north campus.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

French House, also called Bailey House or la Maison Francophone, is a small building on north campus just across the street from Stevenson Dining Hall (which sets aside a private room for language practitioners).

This coed residence has a capacity for 36 students and has a staff that includes a resident assistant and a faculty in residence from France. It’s available to first– through fourth-year students.

Students who choose to live in Bailey may participate in such programs as a film series, concerts and various fêtes, study breaks, lectures, French breakfasts, and other activities that provide an informal cultural component to the French curriculum.

On the other side of the house is the North Quad and Science Center. Like all the language-based Program Houses, students should have some French-speaking ability, from beginner to fluent. Some programs and events held here are often coordinated with the college’s French department and the Multicultural Resource Center.