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Special-Interest Houses

In addition to traditional houses, Smith offers a variety of special-interest housing.


The only special-interest housing option available for first-year students is substance-free housing (Chase House). The other housing options are available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

For information about living in these special-interest houses please visit the Special-Interest Housing Lottery.

Chase Substance-Free Housing

In response to student requests, the college now offers a special housing option in Chase House—a substance-free living floor where alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs are not allowed.

The application to live on the substance-free floor is available on the Forms & Applications page.

Food Cooperatives

Residents of these houses live collectively and share responsibility for buying food, cooking and cleaning.

Hopkins Food Cooperative >

Friedman Apartments

The Friedman apartments are for juniors and seniors wishing to live more independently. You are responsible for your own housekeeping and cooking. Each apartment is furnished; however you must supply your own cookware. You live in single rooms and share the kitchen, living room and bathroom. There is one six-bedroom apartment, one two-bedroom apartment and 11 four-bedroom apartments.

The application to live in the Friedman Apartments is available on the Forms & Applications page.

Friedman Apartments >

French Speaking Community

The French Speaking Community gives you the opportunity to practice speaking French. You are encouraged to speak only in French and all community meetings are conducted in French. You are interviewed in French before getting permission to live in this special interest community. The French Speaking Community is located in Cutter House.