Common Interest Communities provide students with the opportunity to live in a space around a common interest. In an effort to emphasize the co-curricular approach and collaborative nature of Connecticut College, we are changing the Common Interest process to more directly involve the faculty/staff adviser of the group. To interview as part of the application process for a Common Interest space, your adviser must be present. To participate, 51% of your group, as well as your adviser, must interview and demonstrate how your efforts will contribute to the Connecticut College residential experience.

Requirements for Common Interest Communities

  • Groups have a minimum of three residents and a maximum of 20 residents.
  • Groups may apply for a corridor, house or apartment space.
  • Identify a theme for your residence that will enhance the residential experience at Connecticut College.
  • Identify a faculty or staff member who agrees to act as adviser to the community and will participate in your presentation.
  • Attend a one-hour Common Interest Group Leader Training.
  • Educate community members on topics directly related to the community theme. This could take the form of bulletin boards, flyers, discussion during community meetings, online resources shared with community members or other agreed upon means.
  • Host at least one event for the Connecticut College community per semester. Collaboration with REAL student staff is encouraged.
  • Prepare an end-of-semester evaluation to be used to reapply for Common Interest housing.
  • If your Common Interest depends on collaboration with another office in order to be successful, that office must be involved in the planning of your Common Interest in advance of your application.

Possible Common Interest Community themes:

  • Social justice
  • Student organizations and clubs (SCUDs, La Unidad, etc.)
  • Centers (PICA, CISLA, etc.)
  • Majors (Government, Chemistry, etc.)
  • Charities (Relay for Life, Heifer Project, etc.)

If you are interested in wellness, language, or sustainability as a theme, please consider Specialty Housing as a housing option.

Applying for Common Interest Housing

Sign up for a presentation time through the REAL Office during the first week of spring classes. Presentations will take place the first week of February and at least 51% of your group (as well as your adviser) must be present.  You will be asked to share on your Common Interest, answer questions about your topic, and detail its potential impact on the residential experience at Connecticut College. Your presentation should address the domains of the rubric found here. All advisers are asked to sign the adviser expectation sheet found here and bring it to the presentation.    

Interested in being part of a Common Interest Housing area, but don't have a group yet?  Post your ideas here to share and connect with others: Common Interest Bulletin Posting 

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All approved Common Interest groups are asked to complete a Community Development Plan.