Core students have the option to live in one of the Core specialty community residence areas. Specialty community houses and floors are communities created and continued by students with the support and involvement of faculty and staff. Students enrolled in any Core classes may apply with special preference.

Core Floor in Warren Towers

  • Dorm rooms – 11th floor tower B
  • Residents sign up for a meal plan
  • Located on Commonwealth Avenue in the center of Campus
  • Opportunities for study groups and social events
  • Usually reserved for first years
  • Resident Assistant for AY2020-21: Bruce Hallgren

Core House in South Campus

  • Dorm-style rooms; click here to see the layout of the Core House on the BU Housing webpage
  • Residents sign up for a meal plan
  • Located in South, at 141 Carlton
  • The Core House is one of the few campus residential options which has a common room that includes a library of Core books and a space to screen films and hold events.
  • Opportunities for study groups and social events
  • Usually reserved for rising Sophomores and up
  • Click here to view the Specialty Housing application
  • Resident Assistant for AY2020-21: Amy Wu

Are you an incoming or prospective student? For a tour of the Core floors or the Core House, contact the office staff so we can put you in touch with the current Resident Assistants assigned to the Core housing areas. For more information about specialty community residences, contact the Office of Residence Life at 617-353-4380, or visit any residence office.

First-year students new to BU do not need to apply to live in Specialty Housing. In order to be considered for a spot on the Core Floor or in the Core House, students should select their preference as the top choice when submitting their New Student Housing Application, which they have access to after paying the enrollment deposit. Students in this situation should deposit as soon as possible, and complete the Housing Application ASAP noting Core housing as their first choice, in order to maximize their chance of this specialty housing assignment.

After the first year, all residents must submit the application for specialty housing here.

The Core House Advisor, Prof. Robin Stevens, is happy to answer any questions about Core housing applications and programs. She can be reached at