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Special-Interest Housing

Chase House exterior

In addition to offering traditional houses, Smith has a variety of special-interest housing options, including food co-ops and apartments. Most are available only to sophomores, juniors and seniors; students from all classes may apply for a substance-free community in Chase House. Students must apply each year they wish to reside in one of the Special Interest houses. 

Room Draw 2020

The online room draw process for the 2020–21 academic year will begin for special interest lottery participants in late January 2020 and conclude in early February. The forms for regular room draw will be available in late February 2020 and close in early March. Room draw will take place in early April for special interest lottery participants; regular room draw participants will draw a day later. Forms can be found in Residence Life Self Service.

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Special-Interest Options

Like many residential colleges, Smith College offers affinity housing options to students who wish to live together in an intentional community guided by shared values, goals and activities. 

During the 2019-20 academic year, following the recommendation of the Residential Experience Working Group, the college launched a two-year pilot program that designated Park Annex and Parsons Annex as affinity houses that cultivate and foster a sense of belonging for, respectively, students of color and Black students. 

Any sophomore, junior or senior currently living on campus may apply to and be considered for affinity housing at Smith College. Applications neither request nor are judged by a student’s racial or ethnic identity. In accordance with federal and state law, housing at Smith College does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin. 

 

Tenney and Hopkins are the two cooperative houses on campus. Residents of these houses live collectively and share responsibility for buying food, cooking and cleaning. Being part of a co-op involves taking on a bit more responsibility than is required by traditional living options at Smith, and taking that responsibility seriously is an important part of cooperative living.

  • Residents are not on the meal plan and pay $200–$700 sliding scale in house dues every semester to cover food costs. Tenney is vegetarian; Hopkins is not.
  • Residents are responsible for regular cooking and cleaning chores. These include one or more of the following: weekly shopping for the house; planning and cooking a meal for the entire house at least once a week; and completing a significant cleaning task weekly according to a chore chart.
  • Residents attend a weekly house meeting.
  • Residents actively shape and participate in house community, which is a challenging and rewarding experience.

Co-ops are open to all students except first-years. All levels of cooking experience are welcome, and the co-ops are committed to supporting and fostering a diverse community of Smith students.

If you have further questions about what living in a co-op is like, please contact Dana Olivo, assistant director for residential education, at dolivo@smith.edu.

NOTE: Before considering co-op living, students should communicate with Student Financial Services to determine if and how living in a non-meal plan house will impact their financial aid or grants.

If you are interested in joining or returning to the Tenney and Hopkins food cooperatives, you must complete the application(s) on your Self-Service page. You must complete the application to rejoin these communities.

A committee composed of Residence Life professional and student staff will review applications and make decisions the week of February 11–15. We will reach out to students who have been approved to join the cooperatives that week with more information about the lottery process.

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The college offers a a substance-free living area in Chase House. Alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs are not allowed.

If you are interested in joining or returning to the Chase House Substance-Free community, you must complete the relevant application on your Self-Service page. You must complete the application to rejoin the Chase Substance-Free community.

A committee composed of Residence Life professional and student staff will review applications and make decisions the week of February 11–15. We will reach out to students who have been approved to join Chase Substance-Free that week with more information about the online room draw process.

If you wish to remain in Chase but not live within the Substance Free community, you will need to instead submit the "Remain in House" form (available on your Self-Service page between February 23 and March 10). You will then pick your room during online room draw in April.

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If you are a rising senior who is interested in living off-campus in non-Smith housing accommodations, then you must complete the Off-Campus Lottery application on your Self-Service page. We will assign lottery numbers based on how many spaces are open and how many applications we receive. We will email you by February 24 to confirm if your lottery number was high enough to be granted permission to live off-campus. You must be a rising senior to participate (with a current class year of 2020 or 2020J). We will verify class years based on the first day of class this semester.

NOTE: Before considering living off campus, students should communicate with Student Financial Services to determine if and how living off campus will impact their financial aid or grants.

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