Common Interest Communities (formally thematic housing) provide students with the opportunity to live in a space around a common interest. To participate, you and your housemates must apply as a group and must demonstrate how your efforts will contribute to the Connecticut College residential experience.

Requirements for Common Interest Communities

  • Groups must have a minimum of three residents and a maximum of 20 residents.
  • Identify a theme for your residence that will enchance the residential experience at Connecticut College.
  • Identify a faculty or staff member who agrees to act as adviser to the community and obtain their signature for your group application.
  • Attend a one-hour Common Interest Group Leader Training the week of April 21, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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 Community housing.

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 (Relay for Life)
  • Leadership 
  • Sustainability issues
  • Water conservation
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Premed/pre-law
  • Gaming (video, board)

Residences available 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.