Theology House Intentional Community

About Theology House Itself

2 Raleigh Street, Boston, MA 02215

The School of Theology’s on-campus residence is a community of 21 seminarians called “Theology House.”  The home is located only a 7-minute walk from the School of Theology on the corner of beautiful Bay State Road and Raleigh Street.  Just steps from Boston’s Kenmore Square, Theology House is a twin-townhouse complex that once belonged to a wealthy doctor’s family at the turn of the century.  Bay State Road is an extension of Boston’s “Back Bay,” a fashionable neighborhood even to this day.  Fenway Park, home of Red Sox baseball, is close as well.

Full of history, each room in Theology House offers a different architectural detail; for example, some students live in the home’s “library,” lined with bookshelves, while others live in the large oval “parlor” room.  Single and double rooms are available.  It is a coed facility, though the floors are arranged by gender.  There is a shared bathroom on every floor for use between 2 and 6 students, depending on the floor’s arrangement of rooms.  Common areas include a large kitchen, dining room, lounge, as well as a converted ballroom with antique mirrors still intact on the ceiling.  Today these rooms are used for community meals, study groups, and informal gatherings, as well as regular programs that are part of the Theology House intentional community (see below).

Life in Theology House is a blend of community and individuality.  Each resident is expected to make contributions to the quality of life in Theology House.  Common meals in the house’s dining area have played an important role in the development of a supportive community of scholars, pastors, and friends.  Monthly house meetings have been a regular feature of life in Theology House, as well.  You will also find house-mates ready to take advantage of the social, athletic, and cultural offerings in Boston.  The Resident Assistant for Theology House will be a returning student at the School of Theology.

House Advantages

  • Participation in the “Theology House Intentional Community” (see description below)
  • Be a part of the seminary community – Theology House provides a built-in network of fellow seminarians; people often meet their closest friends from seminary at Theology House.
  • Academic opportunity – Theology House frequently is where study groups and test preparation groups take place.  Also, there’s nothing like being able to borrow a book you need from a friend when finishing a paper at 11pm.
  • Cost of room includes all utilities – heat, hot water, cable, internet, electricity
  • Choose to cook for yourself using the kitchen, or take advantage of a University meal plan.  Several dining halls offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher options are within close walking distance of Theology House.
  • All common areas, including bathrooms, are kept clean by the University’s unparalleled maintenance staff
  • Central location offers you proximity to both the School of Theology and city of Boston, with T (subway) service only a 3 minute walk away
  • On-campus location means access to campus events, services, and libraries at all times
  • Close proximity to Boston University’s on-campus bookstore, a 5-story Barnes & Noble in Kenmore Square
  • Choice of a single- or double-occupancy room
  • All rooms include a “microfridge” (microwave/small fridge combo), and large refrigerators are available downstairs in the common kitchen.
  • Theology House is open during the school year only (late-August through mid-May), allowing residents the freedom from a summer lease – this allows students to return home, travel domestically or abroad, or move off-campus for the summer months without having to worry about subletting their space.

Theology House Intentional Community

Students entering Theology House make a covenant to take part in the Theology House Intentional Community, offered jointly by the School of Theology and its Center for Practical Theology.  The program is designed to enhance intercultural understanding and competency among STH students while also contributing to their theological and vocational formation.  Domestic and international residents of the space will participate in programming that achieves two goals:

  1. Cross-cultural Engagement – The space will be offered to both domestic and international residents, and programming will include outings made possible through the International Student Life Coordinator’s office of the School of Theology.  Such programming will include outings in and beyond Boston, nights of cultural exchange and conversation, and special guest speakers.  The goal is to foster cross-cultural exchange for the mutual benefit of the students and their vocational goals.
  2. Vocational Formation - Theology House residents should have a desire to serve the church and/or world in a vocational way.  Students from any degree program are welcome to apply to participate, so long as they seek to serve in some way – whether in a local parish, non-profit organization, NGO, mission field, chaplaincy, or academic setting.  Interacting with others who share a similar calling to serve will itself be formative.  Additional faculty and programmatic support for vocational discernment will also be provided.  The Theology House Program Coordinator, a returning student at the School of Theology, will also serve as a one-on-one resource for students still formulating their vocational calling. Though no two students experience their spiritual journey in the same way, opportunities will be available for residents to also grow spiritually during their participation in the Theology House Intentional Community.  Individual and communal spiritual practice opportunities will help residents develop resources for their future vocations.

Residents commit to having a weekly community meal in which faculty, staff, local pastors, alumni/ae, or others are occasionally invited to join as special guests.  These informal times of fellowship and conversation allow residents to network and learn from the guests, as well as build community among themselves.  Participation in the weekly meal is a requirement of residency in the program.

Cost of the Residence and Theology House Intentional Community Participation:

  • Double Occupancy: $9,200 per academic year – Double-occupancy residents are offered a $2,990/school year scholarship to take part in Theology House.  This reduces the cost of their room to $6,210 per academic year, or $690 per month.
  • Single Occupancy: $11,980 per academic year – Single-occupancy residents are offered a $4,330/school year scholarship to take part in Theology House.  This reduces the cost of their room to $7,650 per academic year, or $850 per month.
  • Optional Board: $4,830 per meal plan (regular or kosher) – other options for meal plans are available, including Convenience Points only.  Please see the University’s Dining Plan website for more information.  Residents do not have to have a dining plan to live in Theology House.  Grocery stores are available in the area.

Process of securing a room in Theology House Intentional Community:

It is important to reserve a room promptly.  This is an outstanding opportunity for incoming students, and we anticipate that this year’s spaces will go quickly.  Interested students should complete the application form below, which is automatically sent to the Admissions Office.  As part of the application you are asked to “sign” the covenant of the intentional community and agree to the guidelines of the space.  Please note that the length of the Theology House program year is one full school year, September to May, and residents must commit to the entire length of the program to be considered.  Students graduating in December or intending to leave after one semester of residency should not apply. Preliminary decisions will be made from applications that arrive by May 20th. After that date, spaces will become less available.  Please make every effort to apply early for this opportunity.

If you are chosen for Theology House Intentional Community, the next step will be to complete a Boston University License Agreement and provide a $650 deposit to reserve your space.  Your space is not officially reserved until you have completed this step.  Please send the completed License Agreement along with a non-refundable $650 deposit check, made out to Boston University, to the School of Theology Admissions Office (745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 108; Boston, MA 02215). Once the Admissions Office has collected all incoming student License Agreements and deposits, the staff will hand-deliver them to the Boston University Housing Office.  The non-refundable check will serve as a credit on your account, as early payment toward the housing cost.

Theology House Intentional Community Application

If you are an entering School of Theology student, you may apply to be a member of the Theology House intentional community during your first year of study. Please read and sign the covenant, then complete the application. Interested students should complete this form by May 20th to be considered for the first selection round because space is quite limited. Later applicants will be considered if space remains available.
  • Theology House Covenant

    Theology House residents covenant personally and collectively to develop the following living habits:
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement

    Whether housed in a single or shared room, all residents should seek cross-cultural relationships with their fellow Theology House participants. These should be organic and cannot be forced, but their growth should be intentional with purposeful time set aside between individuals to build them.
  • Vocational Exploration

    All residents should be creative and intentional in their vocational formation process. Those who have vocational clarity should seek to connect with professionals in that field, asking advice and determining best practices and next steps toward that goal. Those without vocational clarity should explore their many interests by connecting with people in the fields to which they are attracted. (STH professors, administrators, and staff members can support residents in their searches for willing conversation partners in many vocations.)
  • Spiritual Practice

    Each resident is expected to engage in at least one personal spiritual practice each week. A spiritual practice is anything that helps move the resident toward a deeper connection with God. These practices will vary between residents, and that is a good thing. Residents should ask one another about their spiritual practices, and perhaps even try one another’s spiritual practices if it feels appropriate to do so. The goal is for each individual to draw closer to God, as well as to learn more ways of delving deeper into one’s own spiritual life.
  • Community Commitments

    In addition to the above living habits, all residents covenant to participate in the life of the Theology House community by committing to the following: WEEKLY COMMUNITY DINNER – Residents will find one night of the week when all can be present for at least a 2-hour block of time. This time will be spent building community with one another, as well as eating together. The residents can decide whether to order in, cook together, or rotate cooking responsibilities among the residents, whatever they prefer. The Theology House Program Coordinator will support the weekly meal planning process. MONTHLY COVENANT MEETINGS – Once a month, whether at a Weekly Community Dinner or at another appointed time, all residents will meet to review the status of their covenant. The Theology House Program Coordinator is responsible for planning the agenda of this monthly gathering. The goal of the meeting is to review the house covenant, share good ideas learned from everyone’s own vocational formation and spiritual practices, plan house-wide events, and develop the covenant further in whatever ways seem necessary. PROGRAMMING PARTICIPATION– Theology House programming will include outings planned by the Program Coordinator, STH International Student Life Coordinator, or Theology House RA. All residents should take part in at least one outing (museum, day trip, etc.) or program (game night, in-house lecture, etc.) per month in addition to the weekly meal and monthly covenant meeting.