Special Interest Housing


Special Interest Housing


  Your Year – Your Peers  

Spend a year immersed in your interests or academic pursuits. Special Interest Housing blurs classroom boundaries, enriching and bringing lessons home.

Spend a year immersed in your interests or academic pursuits at UC Riverside. UCR's Special Interest Housing blurs classroom boundaries, enriching and bringing lessons home.

Spend a year immersed in your interests or academic pursuits at UC Riverside. UCR's Special Interest Housing blurs classroom boundaries, enriching and bringing lessons home.

Request Special Interest Housing

To request a community, make the selection in the “About Me” section of your Residence Hall Contract. Special Interest Housing is available to new and returning residents.


Living-Learning Communities

Academic-based living options allow you to experience college life with a group of students who share a similar major, as well as network with faculty and mentors in your field.

Click each image below to get more information on the Living-Learning Communities.

CHASS

CHASS is designed exclusively for first-year students in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences’ CHASS F1RST program.

Community highlights:

  • Residents usually share the same major and class schedule
  • Ongoing social activities to meet other students in the program
  • A Resident Advisor who is enrolled in CHASS

Community locations:

  • Aberdeen-Inverness
  • Room assignment is same gender.

Enginuity

Enginuity is designed exclusively for first-year students enrolled in the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE). The hall helps engineering students excel, network and succeed.

Community features:

  • Proximity to BCOE (about 500 feet away)
  • Access to Residence Halls academic and social resources
  • Mentoring by engineering upperclassmen

Community locations:

  • Lothian
  • Room assignment is same gender.

Pre-Business

The Pre-Business community offers students in UCR’s two-year preparatory Pre-Business program the space to explore the possibilities of the business world with like-minded peers.

Community benefits:

  • Develop a strong support system and professional network
  • Workshops
  • Talks hosted by invited speakers

Community location:

  • Pentland Hills
  • Room assignment is same gender.

Honors

Freshmen admitted into University Honors and living on campus are required to live in the Honors Hall at Pentland Hills.

Continuing and Transfer students who want to engage with other talented University Honors students may elect to live in Honors Hall at Glen Mor.

Community benefits:

Community location:

  • Freshmen only: Pentland Hills
  • All others: Glen Mor
  • Room assignment is same gender.

SiMS

SiMS is designed exclusively for first-year students enrolled in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS).

Community benefits:

  • Ongoing social activities to meet other students in the program
  • Focused programming and student outreach
  • Formalized study groups, as well as more informal study sessions

Community location:

  • Pentland Hills
  • Room assignment is same gender.

Theme Halls

Cultural-based living options connect you to other students by common interests, heritage, and/or personal development.

Click each image below to get more information on each Theme Hall.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-Inclusive Housing allows same-gender roommates, opposite-gender roommates, or other gender-identity roommate pairings, without regard to a resident’s sexual orientation or gender.

Unlike other theme halls, Gender-Inclusive Housing does not include community-specific programming with campus departments and student groups.

Community location:

  • Pentland Hills
  • Room assignment is not gender based.

Pan-African Theme Hall

The Pan-African Theme Hall (PATH) welcomes all students with similar goals and expectations of expanding and developing the consciousness in the area of Pan-African culture and its relationship to other cultures of the world. PATH provides students with a structured educational support system, social network and cultural awareness.

PATH works closely with African Student Programs.

Community features:

  • Academic workshops
  • Guest presentations
  • Hall dinners
  • Social functions
  • Field trips
  • Cultural events

Community location:

  • Pentland Hills
  • Room assignment is same gender.

Stonewall

Stonewall welcomes students of all gender identities and sexual orientations. The hall celebrates and affirms the cultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning students – as well as their allies – while welcoming the diverse and complex identities of every resident.

Stonewall works closely with the LGBT Resource Center and LGBIT Studies minor.

Community location:

  • Pentland Hills
  • Room assignment is not gender based.

Únete a Mundo

Únete a Mundo Hall was established by students seeking to help Latino/Chicano peers have a smooth transition to life at UCR. In conjunction with Chicano Student Programs, Mundo increases academic success, educates students about Latino/ Chicano culture, and builds a sense of comunidad and familia.

The Mundo experience is mental and emotional. It fosters an awareness of culture and self, as well as cultivating strong emotional bonds with peers.

Community location:

  • Pentland Hills
  • Room assignment is same gender.
 
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