Specialty community residences

The specialty community residence program offers a broad range of floors and houses in which students with similar interests live, study, and socialize. It provides unique living environments to students who enjoy sharing intellectual, cultural, and social affinities. Specialty community houses and floors are communities created and continued by students with the support and involvement of faculty and staff. The exploration of academic disciplines and/or special interests is encouraged. Specialty community residences cover a range of interests, from language, to medicine, to the arts.

Specialty community residences are designed to:

  • Encourage the in-depth exploration of academic disciplines and/or special interests.
  • Promote group participation in University programs and events.
  • Facilitate the development of mutually respectful relationships within the community.
  • Provide safe forums in which to freely share personal perspectives.
  • Offer access to a resident assistant whose interests, qualifications, and training allow him/her to effectively guide and assist community members.
  • In most cases, provide residents access to an involved faculty advisor who is able to answer course and career related questions.

Specialty community residence floors might be of particular interest to students who are interested in living in one of the University’s large dormitory-style residences.

Specialty community residence houses might be of particular interest to students who are interested in living in one of the University’s small dormitory-style residences.

For more information about specialty community residences, contact the Office of Residence Life at 617-353-4380, or visit any residence office.