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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 how to join these special-interest houses, please visit Special-Interest Housing Applications.

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.

Food Cooperatives

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

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Friedman Apartments

There are 20 four-person houses in the new Friedman Apartment complex (on Paradise Road). There are five buildings with four apartments in each building (two apartments on the first floor and two apartments on the second floor) and they are all four single rooms in each apartment.

The new houses are known as Cromwell House, after Otelia Cromwell, class of 1900, Smith's first African American graduate; DeCora House, after Angel DeCora, class of 1896, Smith's first Native American student; Hashimy House, after Sabiha Yassin Hashimy, class of 1937, Smith's first Middle Eastern student; Machado House, after Salomé Amelia Machado, class of 1883, Smith's first Latina student; and Ninomiya House, after Tei Ninomiya, class of 1910, the first Asian student to graduate from Smith.

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.