Common Interest Communities provide students with the opportunity to live in a space around a common interest. It highlights the co-curricular approach and collaborative nature of Connecticut College.

Requirements for Common Interest Communities

  • Groups have a minimum of five residents and a maximum of 20 residents.
  • Groups may apply for a corridor in a residence hall.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

 Your application should address the domains of the Common Interest Rubric. All advisers are asked to sign the Common Interest Adviser Expectations sheet.  This can be emailed to Lil Carrasquillo-Vasquez (lcarrasqu@conncoll.edu).  Once your application is reviewed, we will be in touch with you about next steps. 

For Current Common Interest Groups

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