Common Interest Communities Housing

Common Interest Communities (formally Thematic Housing) will become a dedicated and valued part of the Connecticut College residential experience. With this in mind, we have created a process that takes into account the shared governance experience of our community, but also provides opportunities for groups to thrive around a common cause.

These communities provide students with the opportunity to live in a space around a common interest. They will apply as a group and must demonstrate how their efforts will contribute to the Connecticut College residential experience. Requirements for Common Interest Communities are as follows:

  • Educate community members on topics directly related to the community theme. This could take the form of bulletin boards, flyers, discussion during community meetings, on--line resources shared with community members or other agreed upon means.
  • Identify a faculty or staff member who agrees to act as adviser to the community and obtain their signature for your group application.
  • Host at least one community event for the Connecticut College community per semester. Collaboration with REAL student staff is encouraged.
  • Create a Community Living Agreement with the other members of the community to be posted within a common area and filed with Residential Education and Living. Agreement should include provisions for dealing with students not participating in the community.
  • Attend a one-hour Common Interest Group Leader Training the week of April 21, 2014
  • Prepare an end-of-semester evaluation to be used to reapply for Common Interest Community housing.
  • Groups must have a minimum of three residents and a maximum of 20 residents.

Possible Common Interest Community themes:

  • Social Justice (Women’s Issues)
  • Student Organization (SCUDs, La Unidad)
  • Club Sports, Centers (PICA, CISLA)
  • Majors (Government, Econ)
  • Healthy Living, Vegetarian Living
  • Charity Cause (Relay for Life)
  • Leadership (Emerging Leaders)
  • Sustainability Issues
  • Water Conservation
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Premed/Pre-Law
  • Gaming (Video, Board)

Living options for Common Interest Housing:

  • 360 House
  • Park Apartment
  • Freeman Tower
  • Winchester 4-Person House
  • Winchester 6-Person House
  • Winchester 4-Person Apartment
  • Winchester 2-Person Apartment
  • River Ridge 5-Person Apartment
  • River Ridge 2-Person Apartment
  • 191 2-Person Apartment
  • Residence Hall Corridor

Applying for Common Interest Housing:

Complete the application: Common Interest Communities Housing Application

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 
**All answers will be visible to anyone who completes this form**

Faculty/Staff Adviser Forms for Common Interest Communities are also required

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

REAL Contact Information:




The Office of Residential Education & Living (REAL)
Located in Warnshuis 
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196