Russian House, officially known as Allencroft, is a language-based coeducational residence hall on the Oberlin College campus. This residence hall is closely connected with the Russian department and other related programs.
If you are looking for a place to practice and improve your Russian-speaking skills and knowledge of Russia, Allencroft is the place for you.
Built in 1861 by Ralph Plumb, a hero of the famed Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, Allencroft was home to Dr. Dudley Allen beginning in 1865. In 1899, Allen’s son, Dudley Peter Allen and his sister Emily Allen Severance, gave the property to the college, making it the oldest residence hall on campus. It’s been renovated over the years but has retained its welcoming front porch and spacious interior common spaces.
Today Allencroft is home to one faculty-in-residence and the visiting Fulbright teaching assistant, who support programming for the 15 students who live here. This community, though small, is passionate about Russia, Russian language and culture, and all that comes with it.
We encourage Russian majors to live in Allencroft, where Russian is spoken regularly and where they can plan and participate in extracurricular activities related to Russia. You can improve your studies, practice your language skills, and increase your cultural knowledge through the varied academic and cultural offerings. These programs often include lectures, shared cooking experiences, poetry readings, films, book discussions, and Russian teas.
Allencroft has satellite television for students to watch Russian-based television shows, news, and movies.
If you think you may want to live here, apply through the Office of Residential Education.