Theme & Learning Community Housing

Finding Common Ground

Another perk of living at HSU is the option to live in a residence hall organized around a particular academic, cultural, or personal interest. Academic Intensive Living, for instance, provides an atmosphere that encourages scholastic achievement and respect for individual academic goals. Sankofa House is intended for students with an interest in exploring Black culture, history, identity, and African diasporic intellectual traditions.

Explore our vast offering of Theme, Cultural, and Living Learning Communities below. If you are interested in living in one of these communities, please indicate your preferences for Theme & Living Learning Community Areas when you complete the Housing application online.

If you are interested in living in Rainbow / Gender Inclusive, you will need to complete additional questions in your Housing Application. 

Every year our communities change. If you are an HSU staff, faculty, or administrator, you have the opportunity to start your own community by filling out the LLC Proposal Form. Beginning in March, you can find out what Theme & Learning Community Housing will be offered for the following Fall.

Academic Intensive Living

Open to non-freshmen
College Creek - Mendocino

The Academic Intensive Living community provides an atmosphere encouraging scholastic achievement and respect for individual academic goals. Residents living in Academic Intensive observe daily quiet hours from 10:00pm-10:00am. Extended community quiet hours help to create an environment conducive to studying and sleeping.

Among Giants

Freshmen only, based on application to the Among Giants program
The Hill - Redwood

This residence option is for freshmen studying Biology, Botany, or Zoology. Final placement in this area is dependent upon acceptance into the Among Giants program via a separate program application. Residents within the Among Giants Living Community will share living space and experience special programmatic activities focused on the biodiversity of the redwood forest including presentations, field trips, and study groups.

For more information and to apply visit humboldt.edu/amonggiants

Colony of The Arts

Freshmen only
The Hill - Redwood

The Colony of the Arts is offered for residents interested in an environment of artistic expression.  This community is designed for aspiring studio artists, art historians, dancers, theatre artists, musicians and art educators. Participants will have unique opportunities to interact with other student artists and get involved with special activities.  Activities that have occurred in the past include trips to local and regional art gallery openings, art-making events, art film screenings, music recitals and community-based art and music projects.

Global Humboldt

Freshmen only, based on application to the Global Humboldt program
Canyon - Cedar

Placement in this area is dependent upon acceptance into the program, which is designed for undeclared freshman who are interested in exploring new places, ideas, and cultures.  Residents within the Global Humboldt Living Community will share living space and experience special programmatic activities focused on exploring the connections between our many local communities and the rest of the world while investigating academic major options and future career opportunities.

Indoor Adventure

Freshmen only
Canyon - Chinquapin

Indoor Adventure is a community focused on the common interests of video gaming, other gaming, anime, and comic books. It will bring together individuals who want to share these passions with others in a supportive community setting that establishes a balance between the virtual world and real world responsibilities (e.g., academics and personal connections). Residents within the Indoor Adventure community will have the opportunity to network with various on-campus organizations, including the Residents’ Official Board of Technology (ROBOT). Indoor Adventure also features a gaming lounge at the bottom of the building. Open to casual and serious gamers alike from all academic disciplines.

International Living

Open to all students
Creekview - Willow

International Living offers an opportunity for visiting international students and U.S. students interested in cultural exchange to live together in the same apartment. If you are considering international exchange, participating in the International Living community can assist you in building a relationship with a roommate who is on exchange in the United States.  Share in this cross-cultural experience and learn from students who are studying abroad.  

Klamath Connection

Freshmen only, based on application to the Klamath Connection program
The Hill - Sunset

This community is for freshmen Environmental Science & Management, Environmental Resources Engineering, Fisheries Biology, Forestry, and Wildlife majors in the Klamath Connection Program. Residents will share living spaces and experience special programmatic activities focused around their majors that support the courses they are enrolled in. 

For more information and to apply visit humboldt.edu/klamathconnection.

La Comunidad

Open to all students
Canyon - Tan Oak

Designed for students who share an interest in regenerating cultural values, traditions, and customs rooted in the experiences, histories, and multidimensional identities of those who do and do not identify as Latina. It’s also designed to be a space where students feel connected and supported in a community centered on the experiences and heritage of the Latina people. 

Native American Living

Open to all students
Cypress

Native American Living is a community of residents interested in native culture and history.  Residents living in this area will develop programs and activities that may include guest speakers, discussion and community projects. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in local activities within the native communities. HSU Native American staff members advise this special interest area.

Outdoor Adventures & Leadership

Freshmen only
Canyon - Alder

In collaboration with on-campus partners Center Activities, OAL residents participate in a series of outdoor adventure trips throughout the year to establish community and build lasting friendships. Past adventure trips include: sea kayaking, rock climbing, river rafting, surfing and backpacking. The success of the OAL community is due to the students who participate and their passion for outdoor activities and leadership. A non-refundable participation fee of $275 covers the costs associated with at least one outdoor adventure trip each semester.

Rainbow / Gender Inclusive

Open to all students, based on application
Creekview Suites

A gender-inclusive living community that affirms the cultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, non-identifying, and questioning residents, and their allies. Students are paired regardless of sex or gender identity. Prospective residents must complete supplemental questions in their Housing application regarding their interests in this community; admittance will be contingent upon the responses to these questions.

All Gender Restrooms (On Campus and Off Campus)

Rising Tides

Freshmen only, based on application to the Rising Tides program
The Hill - Redwood

This community is for freshmen Marine Biology and Oceanography majors in the Rising Tides Program. Residents will share living spaces and experience special programmatic activities focused around their majors that support the courses they are enrolled in.

For more information visit humboldt.edu/risingtides.

Sankofa House

Open to all students
Cypress

Sankofa House is a living community intended for students with an interest in exploring Black culture, history, identity, and African diasporic intellectual traditions. Sankofa is a West African term that communicates the importance of reaching back or retrieving one’s past, to better prepare for the future, and is a symbol frequently used in African American cultural ceremonies. Sankofa House is designed to intentionally create a space for students to feel connected and supported in a community centered on the experiences and heritage of Black/African people. Sankofa House is not for Black people, but it is about Black culture. Sankofa House is a collaboration between Housing & Residence Life and the African American Center for Academic Excellence. 

Stars to Rocks

Freshmen only, based on application to the Stars to Rocks program
The Hill - Redwood

This community is for freshmen Chemistry, Geology, Physics & Astronomy majors in the Stars to Rocks Program. Residents will share living spaces and experience special programmatic activities focused around their majors that support the courses they are enrolled in.

For more information visit humboldt.edu/starstorocks.

Students for Violence Prevention

Freshmen only, based on application to the SVP program
Cypress

This residence option is for freshmen interested in the Students for Violence Prevention Program (SVP). Final placement in this area is dependent upon acceptance into the SVP Program. The SVP living community centralizes the importance of community, consent, respect, and supporting one another. It is intended to support you as you develop skills to change the culture of violence. Anchored by the award-winning student bystander intervention movement CHECK IT, this program offers you the chance to develop skills in violence prevention, build community, and take meaningful courses with faculty that care about you, your well-being, and social justice.

Upperclassmen and Non-Traditional Aged Housing

Open to all students, with age requirement
College Creek - Del Norte

This community is comprised of residents interested in living with others who are older, upperclassmen students, or transfer students.  You must be at least 21 years old when the residence halls open in the fall semester.

Veteran Housing

Open to all students, with Veteran status
College Creek - Trinity

HSU’s Veteran Housing community was established in 2012 as a place where veterans both transitioning to civilian life and those who left the service long ago could find a community of like-minded individuals. The Veteran Community at Humboldt State University is diverse: it ranges from approximately 22 years old to approximately 50 years old, is 83% male and 17% female, and represents numerous ethnicities. Together they make up about 4% of the student population. The Veterans Housing community is a partnership with HSU VETS program and provides opportunities to get involved with both veterans and our student body at large. Anyone who has served at least one day of active service in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard is eligible to live in this community. 

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