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The Macalester College Language Houses currently consist of six residential-style houses located on the Southwest area of campus on Vernon and Princeton Streets. The six languages represented are Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. The function of the language houses are to provide students the opportunity to live in an environment where they can immerse themselves in the language and culture of the given house. To this end, each house employs one or two Native Speakers who help students improve their language skills and learn authentic information about the culture of the given country from which they hail.
The occupancy capacity of each house varies so some spaces are more difficult to get into than others. There are 3 student spaces available in the Russian House (1668 Princeton), 3 student spaces available in Japan House (176 Vernon), 6 spaces for the French House (182 Vernon), 6 for the German House (190 Vernon), 10 spaces available in the Spanish House (196 Vernon), and 5 spaces available in the Chinese House (216 Vernon).
For more information on how to apply to live in the language houses, please contact the language department associated with language house you're interested in.
Location: All 6 language houses (French House, German House, Japan House, Russian House, Chinese House, and Spanish House) are located on Macalester Street at the South end of campus near Olin-Rice.
Description: The language houses are living options for students enrolled in a language class who wish to expand their language skills and cultural knowledge outside of the classroom. Students live in the houses with 5-9 other students also interested in improving their skills in that particular language. To live in a language house you must be currently enrolled in a class pertaining to the language house in which you wish to live. You also must fill out an application explaining why you are interested in living in a particular language house. The language houses are a great option for students planning to study abroad in a country associated with the language class they are taking.
Resident Information: The language houses house from 6 to 10 students each semester.
Bathrooms: 1-3 bathrooms per house.
Laundry Facilities: Every house has its own laundry facilities.
Kitchen: Every house has a full kitchen with a stove, an oven, full-sized refrigerator, and a sink. If you live in a language house, you will not be required to have a meal plan.
Computer Labs/Internet Access: Every house is Ethernet accessible. The nearest computer lab is in the library and Humanities building.
Lounges: Every house has a living room in which the residents can gather.
General Room Information: The number of bedrooms in each house varies. Some rooms are doubles, some singles depending on the number of students living in the house.
Room Dimensions: Unavailable
Room Furnishings: Varies from house to house