Oberlin College believes that having students living and dining together fosters community, discourse, and debate. Therefore, all students are required to live in college housing (Res Ed) or an Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) co-op, and to participate in one of the dining programs through graduation.
Oberlin students 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 housekeeping.
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 or sustainability housing areas.
Our residence halls provide comprehensive and tailored living opportunities for all students. Trained personnel live in the halls to help meet the needs of students and to plan activities. From faculty in residence to resident directors, teaching assistants to resident assistants, they're all here to help each student have a constructive, successful year.
While Residential Education tries to accommodate all housing requests, we fully encourage students to explore the possibilities and learn something new. Choosing a hall in the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program may allow for more social programs and interaction with peers, while living in a Program House offers the opportunity to grow through learning and exploring the house's mission. A traditional residence hall might be just right for your comfort level of interaction with your neighbors, while having a place in Village Housing might be just what you want in order to try a more autonomous approach to the living experience.
Take the time to explore each of the housing options available to you at Oberlin.
Eleven of Oberlin’s residence halls offer a traditional college living experience that brings together students of many different interests and majors. Programs offered in these residential halls assist in the transition to college life. Each hall has its own culture and amenities, so you can find the right environment for your needs and routine.
Three First Year Residential Experience halls—Barrows, Dascomb, and Robert L. Kahn—offer programs that help first-year students transition to college life.
Oberlin has 10 Program Houses that offer unique opportunities for immersion in another language or culture. Four language-based halls provide support in learning and conversing in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Five Program Houses encourage students to celebrate and embrace various identities, and educate others about them. We also offer a Substance Free Program House for those committed to live in an environment that supports their decision to limit their exposure to alcohol and other drugs while avoiding the secondhand effects of peer habits. You must apply for residency to live in one of the Program Houses.
Oberlin has eight dining co-ops; four of which are connected to the residential housing co-ops. The student-run Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) oversees the co-ops, enabling students to plan and purchase food, cook, clean, and manage residential tasks. On average, one in every five Oberlin students is a member of OSCA each semester.
Village Housing, the college-owned houses and apartments, is for mostly fourth-year students who want to experience postcollegiate living while enjoying the benefits of college-maintained property. This popular housing option includes small, domestic-style houses as well as several styles of apartments.