As part of Residential Education and Dining Services' effort to provide singular and individual housing experiences, Theme Communities are arranged across a number of campus residence and cover a variety of interests.
Theme Communities are created and renewed on a yearly basis.
New Theme Community Application (How to Create a New Theme Community)
- Groups must submit the New Theme Proposal Application to the Residential Education office by 5 p.m. on February 9, 2018.
- Approval of the proposal will be determined by the Housing and Dining Committee in consultation with the office of Residential Education and Dining Services. Approval will be for the next academic year only.
Theme Community Renewal Application (must be completed annually by Community Leaders)
- There are a number of changes to the Theme Living Application form including the Adviser Agreement Form and the Housing Commitment Form . The intent of these forms is to not limit a group, but to create a stronger community.
- Requests for renewal must be received by 5 p.m., February 8, 2018 in the office of Residential Education and Dining Services
Theme Living Applications
Complete the specific application(s) if you are interested in living in Themed Housing. All Theme Housing is by application only. Once you submit your application, the faculty and staff in charge of that program will review it and rank it for room selection.
You may apply to more than one Theme Housing but will only be permitted to select housing in one. Students may apply to special interest housing at any time. Priority in the application and selection process will be given to those students who meet the published deadlines; placement will be determined by the availability of space.
You can access the application by following the links below. Please note, you must be logged into only your Oberlin email account in order to access the forms. If you are logged into a different email account, you will receive an error message.
The individual applications will list the floor and specific room numbers that the theme wing includes.
Please Note: South Hall and Asia House offer all-female wings that are available to all students. Burton Hall offers a substance free floor. Dascomb Hall offers an all-female wing for first year students only. Please contact the office of ResEd Housing for further details.
Theme Housing Available to all Students
Location: Langston Hall
Classics Hall is a living space for students with a significant interest in ancient Mediterranean language, art, drama, mythology, and civilization. All Classics enthusiasts are welcome, regardless of their major. The goal of the hall is to create a small, welcoming community where resources and the opportunity for group study of Classics are easily available.
Location: 20 E. Lorain St.
The E.A.R.R.T.H. (Environmentally Active in Reducing use of Resources Themed Housing) House is an intentional community of Oberlin students who seek to practice an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
E.A.R.R.T.H House’s mission is to establish a focus on individual and community based practices to reduce consumption of resources, to connect with other environmental groups on campus, and to function as a space for increased awareness of environmental concerns.
Serve as a community of Oberlin Students who are seeking to lower their personal carbon footprints and living a life based on reducing, reusing, and recycling goods. The house is already equipped with monitoring technology that allows you to view the environmental impacts of the choices made.
Students applying to the EARRTH must meet the residency requirements (4 or more semesters in residence) for village housing. Students may apply at any time. Priority in the application and selection process will be given to those students who meet the published deadlines; placement will be determined by the availability of space.
Location: Langston Hall
Latinx Hall, La Alianza Latinx, and its supporters aim to provide a space for people that are interested in discussing, engaging, and mobilizing for the growth and development of Latinx folks and encourages applications from historically disenfranchised student communities (queer, trans students, non-binary/gender conforming, persons of color, low-income, first-generation college, and undocumented).
Location: Zechiel Hall
Quiet House is allocated for those who want quiet living conditions all the time, 24 hours a day. Availability is based on student request for this type of living and is not necessarily offered each year if we do not see enough interest for this type of environment from the student population.
Brotherhood Wing (NEW)
Location: Afrikan Heritage House
The Brotherhood Wing aims to be a space for men of color, but specifically for Black men to feel embraced, supported, and celebrated. The hall hopes to bring to light and talk about intersectionality of class, socio-economic status, Blackness, and masculinity within the context of the United States
Location: Langston Hall
Science Fiction and Fantasy Theme Living is a community of individuals living on the second floor of Langston Hall. We have chosen to live with each other because we are, for lack of a better term, nerdy. We all have interests that fall into the broad category “Sci-fi and Fantasy,” and having a theme community allows us to share our interests and experiences in a way totally unlike other campus groups.
Living together provides a unique opportunity to enjoy regular group activities as well as spontaneous events. Our planned hall-wide events include screenings of movies and television shows, including anime—we have a special Giant Robot Night, as well. Unplanned activities include games of Magic: The Gathering, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and various video and board games.
In the past, we have arranged several programs for Oberlin students, such as organizing a bus trip to go to a reading and signing done by Neil Gaiman, and having a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. We hope to continue like programming in the future, both for our residents and for others who may be interested.
SciFi Hall members have and continue to lead various 'nerdy' organizations and ExCos on campus. These include the genre fiction magazine Spiral and the gaming organization OGRE. Members taught a Genre Fiction Workshop ExCo, a Dungeons and Dragons ExCo and a Pokémon TCG ExCo. Office hours for these classes have all been held in SciFi Hall lounge.
Though we're a large group, we do our best to be open to members of the wider Oberlin community, and not just our residents. We encourage others, such as the residents of North, to use our lounge, including our library, television, and game systems.
A group atmosphere also encourages the individual members to offer new ideas and perspectives to others and instill a mindset that promotes group responsibility. Not to mention that participating in a group of twenty can often be a lot more fun than a group of five.
Dis/ability Solidarity Wing (NEW)
Dis/ability Solidarity Wing aims to create a space that foster conversations surrounding (dis)ability as identity, intersectionality (of race, class, gender, sexuality), and mutual aid both on and off campus.
Themes Available to First-Year Students Only
Community Service Wing
Location: Barrows Hall
Community Service Wing Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Community Service Wing (CSW) at Oberlin College is to connect students through their common interest in social justice issues. The Community Service Wing provides residents an opportunity to engage with the Bonner Center for Service & Learning to influence change throughout the community, and reflect upon the global and local consequences of their actions. Through active participation in community service and reflection residents will develop an understanding of their ability to impact change in the world.
CSW residents are asked to assist and or attend events that provide additional opportunities for civic engagement on Oberlin College’s campus including (but not limited to): Bonner Center for Service Learning Open House, Fall Connections Fair, & Day of Service.
Other Activities May Include:
Eco-social context tour, bulletin board about Lorain County statistics, orientation including discussion of social justice by the Resident Assistant (RA) of the floor, wing participation in group service and reflection two times per semester.
Location: Kahn Hall
Robert Lewis Kahn Hall is part of the First Year Residential Experience Cluster and is focused on sustainable living. First-year students living in Kahn Hall apply to live in the space and have pledged to make sustainability part of their everyday life by trying to conserve water and energy, reduce waste, avoid bringing cars to campus, and minimize their negative impact on the environment. In each wing of the building, students can monitor their energy and water use in real time. The U.S. Green Building Council has certified Kahn Hall with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating, signifying that the hall has met certain criteria such as water efficiency and indoor environmental quality.
Students wishing to live in Kahn Hall must apply and sign a pledge commiting themselves to living sustainably.
World Cultures Wing
Location: Dascomb Hall
The mission of the World Cultures wing is to promote intercultural interaction and understanding. Students who may be interested in living in the World Cultures wing include those with an international background and those who are interested in learning more about different cultures, beliefs and countries. Please complete this application if you wish to apply to live on the World Cultures Wing.
The World Cultures Wing has a committee that reviews applications and selects persons whom they think will contribute most to the program of the wing. A waitlist will be generated if there are more accepted applicants than spaces available.