Oberlin students may choose from a variety of housing styles: traditional residence halls, program houses organized around language or cultural affinities, and co-op houses in which students share in the preparation of meals and running the household. All college housing is smoke free, and smoking is not permitted in or within 30 feet of any college or Oberlin Student Cooperative Association housing.
Singles, doubles, triples, and quads are all available room types inside these larger halls, which vary between the extremely traditional and historical to modern architectural styles. Additionally, some residence halls feature special-interest housing, such as the quiet floor, outdoor adventures, and sustainable living areas. Should you have an interest in these themed-based housing options, you must complete additional application forms.
Eleven traditional residence halls offer a college living experience that brings together students of many different interests and majors. These halls are located across campus and range from small, intimate communities of about 65 residents to larger halls that can accommodate up to 250 residents.
Three First-Year Experience (FYRE) halls, Barrows, Dascomb, and Robert L. Kahn, offer programs to assist first-year students in the transition to college life. Within FYRE communities, students may choose to live on theme floors such as world cultures, sustainability or community service, where they can meet with others with similar interests.
Ten Program Houses offer unique housing options. Four are language-based, while the rest celebrate and embrace various identities and educate others about them.
The student-run Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) operates eight dining co-ops, four of which are connected to cooperative residence halls.
Mostly fourth-year students live in Village Housing, the college-owned houses and apartments that offer a sample of postcollegiate living while maintaining the benefits of college-maintained property.