In addition to the traditional housing choices offered, we provide several special housing and learning community options. Preference for any of these options should be noted during on-line housing preferences process or indicated at Returning Students Room Selection signup.

First Year Learning Communities

Global Learning: Do you enjoy trying ethnic foods, seeing international films, or viewing culturally-themed art shows? If you answered "yes," then the Global Learning Community may be for you. This community of students (a mix of international and domestic students) comes together to learn about diverse cultures by getting to know each other and taking part in fun events designed to take advantage of New York City's great cultural and artistic opportunities.

In the Global Learning Community, residents have a unique experience that pairs their Freshmen Humanities class (HMS 101) with the special interest housing theme. The Humanities class incorporates global issues and receives special funding to attend a course-related performance in the city. Learning communities make it easier to seek out study partners, ask homework questions, and share insights and information with classmates who are also your neighbors. This Global Learning Freshmen Humanities collaboration allows students to interact more with their Humanities faculty and partake in some exceptional activities.

Community Service: Do you like to engage actively in your community? Do you enjoy spending time with other people while volunteering? Would you like to strengthen neighboring Pratt and New York City communities through various service opportunities? If so, please join the Community Service floor. The community's mission is to explore service initiatives that improve the quality of life for others around them. Possibilities include: art murals, park beautification, food and clothing drives, and promoting issue awareness. Students on the floor will choose projects and topics of interest to address.

On the Community Service floor, residents have a unique experience that pairs their Freshmen Humanities class with the special interest housing theme. The Humanties class incorporates social justice issues and receives special funding to attend a course-related performance in the city. Learning communities make it easier to seek out study partners, ask homework questions, and share insights and information with classmates who are also your neighbors. This Community Service Freshmen Humanities collaboration allows students to interact more with their Humanities faculty and partake in some exceptional activities.

Art History: Art History learning communities are available in all first-year residence halls. Students from one hall make up an entire Themes in Art and Culture survey section (the course required for all Schools of Art and Design students). The Learning Communities emphasize engagement and discussion and receive special funding to attend a course-related performance or tour. Learning communities make it easier to seek out study partners, ask homework questions, and share insights and information with classmates who are also your neighbors. This living option allows students to interact more with their Art History faculty and partake in some exceptional activities.

Other Special Interest Housing Options

Healthy Choices Communities: Do you sometimes find it hard to meet other students who enjoy hanging out and having fun, but don't want to drink or smoke? Do you value a substance-free living space because it makes it easier to do your work? You may find what you're looking for in the Healthy Choices Community. This group of like-minded individuals creates a welcoming, fun environment for those who live substance free. The community expects that all members refrain from possessing, serving, and consuming alcohol and all forms of smoking. In addition, everyone must be aware that their choices regarding substance use off the floor can affect those on the floor. A respectful attitude towards those who live substance free is encouraged and expected.

Gender Inclusive Communities: Do you feel your needs would be better met if you could live with others regardless of their gender identity and your own? Do you want to learn more about gender identity and development? The Gender Inclusive housing option provides an alternative housing choice for students who may identify as transgender, are more comfortable living with another sex or gender, do not wish to prescribe to gender classifications, or are allies of LGBTQIA students and would like to live in this community. While the Gender Inclusive housing option offers a community supportive of cross-gender understanding, this option is not intended for couples in romantic relationships.

The Gender Inclusive housing option is offered for all students (first year, new transfer, upperclass and graduate). Housing assignments are in the same room/apartment/suite without regard to gender. Outside of Gender-Inclusive housing, students are assigned rooms and suites by their legal gender marker.

Quiet Floor Communities: Are you annoyed by your current neighbor's loud music? Do you need lower noise levels to sleep, study, and work? A Quiet Floor may be just the thing. All residence halls have quiet hours, but on a quiet floor, sounds (including those in apartments, hallways, and among apartment-mates) are kept to a minimum 24 hours a day. All residents will be expected to sign a contract indicating that they will show courtesy and respect when asked by fellow students to lower the noise level. Quiet Floor Communities are an option for both continuing and new students.