Residential Education and Housing Services

Occidental is a residential college that supports an integrated living and learning environment. The intellectual vitality of the institution extends to every residence hall on campus.

Accommodations in the residence halls include single, double, and triple rooms. All students in residence (except Berkus House, SAE, Theta House and Food Justice) must select one of the meal plans available.

Students entering Occidental will be required to live on campus for their first three years. New students are assigned housing based on the information they provide on the Residence Information Form. In recognition of the specific needs of first-year students, first-year students will be housed together in a community that offers a comprehensive program of support and education for life outside the classroom.

Housing agreements are for the entire academic year (two consecutive semesters). Students who withdraw from the semester will be prorated based upon the tuition withdrawal schedule. Students previously matriculated apply for residence during room draw through the Office of Residential Education and Housing Services.

The Housing and Meal Plan License Agreement is a nine-month agreement and students may be released from the License Agreement without charges only under the following conditions:

  1. Withdrawal from the College, completion of degree program, leave of absence, or participation in an approved Oxy study-abroad program.
  2. Marriage (the College reserves the right to request proof of marriage prior to granting a cancellation).
  3. Birth of a child.

Senior standing students, with written notification to Residential Education and Housing Services are able to cancel their housing for the following year. Please check the Residential Education and Housing Services page for cancelation dates.

The halls and dining room are closed during winter break. The services of Emmons Student Wellness Center, the health staff and Counseling Center staff are not available when the residence halls are closed.

The College reserves the right to entertain delegates to association meetings, conventions, and other related groups in the residence halls during vacation periods. Resident students will be notified in advance of such contemplated occasions and assurance given to them that the College will use every reasonable precaution to safeguard personal property during such occupancy.

The College reserves the right to enter the rooms of students living in the residence halls, and has the right to dispose of articles left by residents.

The College assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to student possessions.