Office of Residence Life

Village Housing

Oberlin College proudly offers Village Housing for upperclassmen students (students with 4 or more completed semesters in residence)

This popular college-owned housing option includes small, domestic-style houses, as well as several styles of apartments. This option provides the privacy and space of postcollegiate life while retaining many of the conveniences of college-maintained property.

This area is overseen by the professional staff of the Upperclass Student Experience (USE) cluster.

If you want to have party in your village housing space, planning a party is quick and painless. Please follow the simple steps below to plan a successful party in your village house.

  1. Complete the Village Party Application.
  2. Print, fill out, and sign the Party Agreement. All housemates must sign. Bring application to your scheduled meeting (All housemates are equally responsible for the party. For this reason, as many housemates as are available should come to this meeting).
  3. Create your guest list. Please include your guests' full name and T-Number in a typed list. There is a maximum of 25 guests regardless of space. 
  4. Contact The Office of Residence Life at to schedule a pre-party walkthrough. This meeting will facilitate an inspection of your Village house to check for safety issues as well as a discussion of how to keep you, your guests, and your belongings safe, things to watch out for, and what to do if your party gets out of hand. Please be cognizant of the following: 
    1. Please make sure to have your signed Party Agreement and Guest List ready at this meeting. 
    2. If you miss this meeting, are late, and or do not bring the required documentation, you forfeit your party for that weekend.​​​​​​
  5. Note: Facilities Operations will conduct a post-party walk-through on the Monday following your party for all unapproved parties, or parties that exceeded the 25-person limit. Judicial action and fines apply. 


Things to Keep in Mind
  • The host of the party must be a resident of the desired party location.
  • If there will be alcohol at the party, the host must be at least 21 years old.
  • If there will be alcohol at the party, the hosts must stay sober.
  • Make sure all housemates are ok with you having a party.
  • Follow all state, local, and federal laws.
  • Don’t forget to read up on college policies regarding alcohol and parties.
  • Don’t let partygoers into bedrooms. Keep your valuables well hidden.
  • Have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food available at your event.
  • If extra guests show up at your party, be sure to call Campus Safety for assistance.
  • If Campus Safety stops by, be sure to follow all directions issued by the officers.
  • No hard alcohol. The college only allows beer (no kegs/party bowls) and wine.
  • Each individual should assess the personal risk involved in gathering with others. Ideally, individuals will self-disclose vaccination status.

Parties are not permitted during the following:

  • Fall Break
  • Spring Break
  • The first two weeks of the semester
  • The last two weeks of the semester

If you have questions, please speak with your Village Assistant or stop by the Office of Residence Life.

Each village house address will receive one bag of snow-melt salt. The salt provided to residents is to be used for removing ice from exterior stairs and walkways immediately adjacent to the house. The bag of salt should be kept inside the house out of the weather. If your house did not have a bag of salt when you moved in during the fall, please place a work order with facilities in the beginning of October.

In addition, if the residents have not received a bag of salt by early November, then they should contact Facilities Operations with the work order number associated with that request.  

If the first bag residents have is fully used, residents can place a work order to have a second bag delivered. If a house needs more than the two bags provided by the College, the residents will be responsible for purchasing additional bags.

The section below contains every option available in Village housing, scroll through to see more information about each of these spaces.