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Housing + Dining

Special Living Communities

2014-2015 theme housing

When you come to HSU, you can arrange to live in a residence hall organized around a theme. We call them "Theme Housing ." Theme Housing gives you a chance to hang out and learn for a year alongside people who share your interests.

By living with others who are passionate about the same things, you can explore new ideas and truly examine your chosen area of interest. Take a minute to explore the Theme Housing offered at HSU:

Academic Intensive Living

Open to all students.

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.

Location: Cypress East (1st and 2nd Floor) for first year students; College Creek (Mendocino 3rd Floor East) for returning residents and transfer students.

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Colony of The Arts

Open to first-year students only.

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.

Location:  The Hill (Sunset 2nd Floor East)

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Eco-Living

Open to first-year students only.

Eco Living residents will participate in creating a community centered on environmentally sustainable living.  Residents will learn about environmentally responsible living through everyday activities and experiences and will work together to create educational events for the campus community.  This program is offered in partnership with established environmental clubs and organizations on campus, such as the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology and Green Campus.

Location:  Cypress (2nd Floor)

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Health + Wellness

Open to first-year students only.

The Health and Wellness community is focused on living healthy and balanced lives. Through the exposure to diverse experiences and activities, this community seeks to foster a well-adjusted sense of mind, body and spirit.  This living area will offer residents many tools to explore their own definition of holistic living.  Past events have included a running club, cancer awareness programs, and stress reduction groups. 

Residents in this living area pledge to abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs

Location: (Cypress 5th)

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Indoor Adventure

Open to first-year students only.

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.

Location: Canyon (Chinquapin)

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International Living

Open to all students, based on application.

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.  Additional approval is required to live in this community. Applications will be emailed beginning in April to those selecting International Living as one of their preferred living areas.

Location:  Creekview (Laurel)

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Natural Resources + Sciences Living

Open to first-year students only.

This community is designed to assist in the transition to college for residents majoring in Environmental Engineering, Fisheries Biology, Forestry, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, Rangeland Resources, Wildlife and other sciences.  Faculty from the College of the Natural Resources and Sciences (CNRS) work closely with Housing staff to provide residents with an enriching experience through discussion sessions, field experiences and personal interaction with faculty within the residence hall community. Past activities include a community BBQ with CNRS faculty, an introduction to the Trinidad marine lab, tide pooling in the local area, stargazing at the observatory and educational community forest hikes with an emphasis on “leave no trace” ethics. Natural Resources and Sciences Living is offered in partnership with the College of Natural Resources.

Location: Canyon (Maple)

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Outdoor Adventures + Community Service

Open to first-year students only.

In collaboration with on-campus partners Center Activities, OACS 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. When OACS residents aren’t out adventuring, they have the opportunity to participate in various community service activities, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen, cleaning up local beaches or helping with the harvest at the Potowat Health Garden. The success of the OACS community is due to the students who participate and their passion for outdoor activities and community service. A non-refundable participation fee of $275 covers the costs associated with two outdoor adventure trips (one river rafting in the early fall and one other trip during the academic year).

Location:  Canyon (Alder)

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Rainbow Community

Open to all students, based on application.

The Rainbow Community is designed as an intentional living community affirming the cultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, non-identifying, and questioning residents as well as their allies.  The community also functions as gender-free housing. It allows same sex/gender roommates, opposite sex/gender roommates, or other sex/gender-identity roommate pairings.Residents who have not already chosen a roommate can elect to be assigned a roommate who is also interested in gender-free housing options. People will only be assigned to live in this area by choice. Placements will be gender blind. Participants must apply and be accepted into this theme housing area. Applications will be emailed beginning in April to those selecting the Rainbow Community as one of their preferred living areas. This community is open to all residents (regardless of identity).

Location: Cypress (4910-4920)

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Upperclassmen and Non-Traditional Aged Student Housing

Open to all students, with age requirement.

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.  

Location:  College Creek (Del Norte)

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Veterans Housing

Open to all students, based on application.

HSU’s Veterans 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. The population 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.

For more information, please see: http://www.humboldt.edu/veterans/housing.html

Location: College Creek (Trinity 1st Floor West, two apartment)

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