Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life

4 Yost Hall
Phone 216-368-3780

Fax 216-368-6658
E-mail: housing@case.edu


Undergraduate Housing

Case Western Reserve University believes strongly in the value of the living and learning environment that is provided on campus. In addition to the opportunities to meet new people and to develop a sense of campus community, students appreciate the convenience of being close to classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and other campus facilities. Because of this, Case Western Reserve has a two-year residency requirement. Students who live within forty miles of the university may commute from home.


To enrich the college experience, the Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life Program is designed to meet the needs of residential students throughout their time on campus. The program is designed to meet the specific needs of first year, second year and upperclass students by exploring the academic and social expectations students experience as they progress through their university education.


Each residence hall is staffed with trained undergraduate students (residence assistants), graduate students (assistant coordinators, and graduate resident mentors), and professional staff (coordinators of residence education).


In addition to administering the daily operation of the buildings, the staff works to meet the academic, interpersonal, social and community needs of their populations. Staff members also work with students in developing quality programs, projects, and social activities in the residence halls. Through a variety of programs, students explore personal and social issues, make new friends, and discover opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. The staff members know the university community resources and are committed to helping each student benefit to the fullest extent from his or her college experience.

The First Year Experience

The first year at the university is the beginning of an exciting time of learning about the many opportunities and resources available on campus, in University Circle, and beyond. To facilitate and maximize this learning, all first year students who reside in University Housing live together in one of four Residential Colleges: Cedar Residential College, Juniper Residential College, Magnolia Residential College, and Mistletoe Residential College. Programs are designed specifically to assist students in their transition to the university, involving various departments across campus. Each Residential College consists of three residence halls, each Residential College housing approximately 100 students. Residential Colleges are staffed by full-time, live-in Coordinators of First Year Residence Education (FYC). With offices located in the Residential Colleges, the FYCs strive to build a community where students can live, learn, and reach their maximum potential.

The Second Year and Upperclass Experiences

The second year is a time of continued social and academic adjustment, and a time when students are expected to commit to a particular academic major. Therefore, the focus of the Second Year Experience is the emphasis on the exploration of academic, career and personal decisions, engaging in leadership opportunities, traditions, and mentoring relationships and creating a personal vision for the upperclass years. Upperclass students are faced with many questions and decisions regarding their future. The Upperclass Experience is designed to ease the transition to life after graduation. In collaboration with numerous other Student Affairs and academic offices, the Residence Life Staff works to provide information and services designed to assist upperclass students in their decision making process.

Fraternities and Sororities

Greek Life is the largest campus activity at the university, involving 30 percent of the undergraduate population in the twenty-four fraternity and sorority chapters. All of the chapters belong to one of the two umbrella organizations which govern the Greek community and link the chapters to the campus. The Panhellenic Council coordinates the activities of the seven sororities, while the Interfraternity Congress governs the seventeen fraternities. The Greek community also supports the Order of Omega, a society that recognizes outstanding Greek leaders, and Gamma Sigma Alpha, a scholastic honor society for Greeks with a grade point average above 3.60. The Greek Life staff, including the director of greek life, assistant director of greek life and coordinator of greek life, are full-time staff members who offer administrative, supervisory, counseling, and related services to all facets of Greek life. The Black Greek Council (BGC) is the governing organization of the eight historically Black Greek fraternities and sororities represented at Case Western Reserve University. The five national sororities are Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Phi Mu, and Phi Sigma Rho. There is one local interest group sorority—Sigma Psi.


The seventeen national fraternities are Alpha Epsilon Pi, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Theta Chi, Zeta Beta Tau, and Zeta Psi. Nineteen chapters reside in houses on either the north or south campus. The other five chapters reside in residence halls or do not have an organized house.

North Residential Village

The North Residential Village (NRV) is situated just a few blocks from Cleveland’s renowned museums, cultural centers, and the humanities and social sciences classroom buildings. The NRV is the home to twelve residence halls with beautifully landscaped outdoor areas, recreational fields and a dining commons. It is also home to three sororities and seven fraternities. It offers students a variety of living arrangements convenient to classes and community resources. Cedar Residential College (Taft, Smith, Tyler), Juniper Residential College (Norton, Raymond, and Sherman). Mistletoe Residential College (Pierce, Hitchcock ,and Storrs)feature double rooms and some single rooms with community bathrooms and floor lounges Also in the North Residential Village are areas designed to meet the needs of second year and upperclass students. Clarke Tower provides suite-style living with single and double room options for second year students. The Village at 115, is an apartment-style option for upperclass students and offers one- to nine-bedroom apartments around new athletic fields.


In the center of the North Residential Village community, students can find Leutner Commons, which houses Leutner Dining Commons and L3, where meals are served for all North Residential Village residents. Wade Commons houses a Resource Center, which consists of satellite offices for the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Women, the SAGES writing center, and the Peer Helper Network. There is also a fireplace lounge, a walk-in tutoring center, and the NRV Area Office. The NRV Area Office is the central location for picking up packages, filing maintenance requests and distributing room keys for the North Residential Village residence halls.

South Residential Village

A mix of second year and upperclass students live in the seven, suite-style residence halls, and nine fraternity and three sororities located on Murray Hill Road and Carlton Road that make up the South Residential Village. Glaser House, Kusch House, and Michelson House are three high-rise undergraduate halls located on Carlton Road. Alumni House, Howe House, Staley House, and Tippit House are located on Murray Hill Road. Each suite has six private bedrooms that share a furnished living room area and bathroom. Also within the South Residential Village is Fribley Commons, which houses Fribley Dining Commons, a twenty-four hour study lounge, two classrooms, satellite offices for the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the SAGES writing center, and the SRV Area Office. The SRV Area Office is the central location for picking up packages, filing maintenance requests, and distributing room keys for South Residential Village residents.

Students with Disabilities

Students who have a disability that requires special accommodations should contact the Coordinator of Disability Services at 216-368-5230. For more Information, see the “Disability Resources” section in this General Bulletin or go to: http://studentaffairs.case.edu/education/disability/.

Room Rates

For the most up-to-date rate information, please visit our website at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/living/resources/documents/. The following accommodations are currently available for Case Western Reserve students:

Doubles (North Residential Village), Singles (North and South Residential Villages), One- to nine-person apartments (North Residential Village).

Meal Plan

For the most up-to-date meal plan rate information, visit our website at http://www.case.edu/diningservices/.


The following meal plans are available to all students. First- and second-year students must choose from the Standard or Gold Meal plans. A Halal/Kosher meal plan is also available.

Graduate Housing

There is currently no graduate housing available. However, to assist graduate students in identifying off-campus housing, the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life suggests visiting ALOHA, the off-campus housing listing service available online at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/living/housing/offcampus/. ALOHA lists apartments and houses for rent that are a short distance from campus. ALOHA is updated daily.