About the House System

One of the core goals of the House system is to provide more continuity in the residential experience. 

Why the House System?

Houses promote intellectual engagement, community and continuity. They increase student access to members of the faculty in residential spaces, build community by creating opportunities for enhanced social ties and shared experiences in the residential system, and respond to the long-standing call from students for more continuity in their residential experience.

For many years, students and young alums have expressed frustration with how many times they've moved across campus due to variations in their D-plan. They've told us they haven’t known anyone on their floors, and have treated their room assignment as “just a place to sleep.” 

Older alumni have reflected how much they appreciated living in the same location from year to year. 

Everyone Has a House

Every student has a House membership, regardless of where you live. As a House member, you’ll be eligible to participate in all House programs and activities, even if you live off-campus or in Greek housing or Living Learning Communities. You can choose for yourself how much you want to be involved. 

Social Activities

You can participate in all House activities, including dinners and events at your House Professor’s residence. Being a member of a House doesn’t determine your schedule, and it doesn’t change any of the other ways in which you’re involved in campus life and student organizations.

First-Year House Assignments

First-year students will receive their randomly assigned house memberships in the summer when they receive their room assignments. All first-year students will be included in House community activities, and will be able to move into their House community residences with people they know before fall of their sophomore year.

House Centers

House Centers increase currently available “living room space” for Allen House (Gile, Streeter and Lord) and School House (Massachusetts Row and Hitchcock) on the west side of campus, and North Park House (Ripley, Woodward and Smith) and South House (Topliff, New Hampshire and the Lodge) on the east side of campus.

As with similar spaces within other residence halls, these centers provide flexible, open living room space for House members to hang out, study, meet, or use for House social gatherings.