Housing at Merrill College

Residence Halls

Merrill College has four residential buildings set among the redwoods. Although two of our buildings are divided into sections with each distinct section possessing a name, they are known colloquially as ‘A Dorm’ and ‘B Dorm.’ A Dorm’s houses are Lorde-Studds, Kochiyama, and Bulosan. B Dorm’s houses are Gandhi and Kahlo. Each house's name honors contributions made by an individual to their community. Most of Merrill’s first and second year students live in singles, doubles or triples in these buildings. Our other two residential dorm buildings, D Dorm (DuBois) and  C Dorm (Chávez-Menchú), are smaller houses and are reserved for continuing students. In all the houses, students are clustered in small living areas of fifteen to seventeen residents. These residents share a common bathroom and a comfortable lounge. The lounges serve as informal settings for study groups, hall meetings, workshops, study breaks, and TV/movie nights.

Residence Hall Theme Areas:

In addition to co-ed general interest housing, Merrill has a variety of housing options for students. Our housing options are based on individual backgrounds, lifestyle preferences, and academics. These options serve to compliment a student's experience on his or her hall. Hall activities are open to all Merrill students regardless of where they reside. We are aware that our students are from a variety of backgrounds and we make an effort to make our halls welcoming to all students.

Single-Gender Floor
Provides a supportive living and learning environment with the opportunity to get to know one another in a single-gender environment. Bathrooms are single gender.

GLBTIQQ Supportive
The Audre Lorde (lesbian poet/author) hall was established to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTI) awareness and to provide a safe and comfortable living environment for both queer identified students and allies. The floor provides education and support for the GLBTIQQ community via programming tailored to meet the needs of LGBTI students and anyone who values diversity. Past events have included movie nights, campus dances, and participating in the UC- and CSU-wide GLBTIQQ conference.

All-Gender Room Assignment
This housing option is ideal for students whose gender identification and/or gender expression varies from the standard paradigm, as well as any student sensitive to the concerns of transgender people.  Gender Neutral Housing allows for same gender or other-gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex.  Students wishing to live in gender neutral housing who do not self select a roommate on their housing application will be assigned a roommate based on answers provided on the Lifestyle Questionnaire and follow up interviews.

Substance Free
Students wishing to live in an environment free of fragrance, tobacco, alcohol (regardless of age), and other substances are encouraged to consider this option. Residents living in and/or visiting substance free housing areas agree not to bring any substances onto the floor, and also agree not to be in the area while "under the influence."

Quiet Floor
Residents looking for a living environment especially conducive to studying are encouraged to apply to this hall. Quiet hours are enforced 24 hours and day 7 days a week, and all residents are expected to uphold this policy. Residents who opt to live in this environment are requested to have & use headphones in their music players, and actively communicate with their community about respectful noise levels. Students pursuing intensive academic degrees who desire a peaceful living space are ideal candidates for this housing option.

Additional Theme Options:

Science and Engineering Learning Community
Academic Focused Community
Global Engagement
Social Justice