Language Houses

The Macalester College Language Houses are located on Vernon and Princeton Streets at the Southwest corner of campus. Residents in the Russian, Japan, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish houses immerse themselves in the language and culture of the given house. Room cost for Language Houses and the Eco House is listed on the housing and dining agreement. A dining plan is not required but language house residents have to option to purchase dining plan A, B,C or the Commuter Meal Plan each semester.

Language Houses Locations and Application Deadlines

List of house language type, location, capacity and application deadline
House Application Address Capacity Application due date
Chinese House Application  216 Vernon Street 6 April 15th, 2021
French House Application 182 Vernon Street 6
German House Application 190 Vernon Street 8 April 15th, 2021
Japan House Application 1661 and 1663 Princeton Court 6 April 15th, 2021
Russian House Application 1668 Princeton Street 4 April 15th, 2021
Spanish House Application 196 Vernon Street 12


Bathrooms: Each house has 1 to 3 single use bathrooms.
Laundry Facilities: Coin-operated laundry facilities.
Kitchen: Full kitchens with a cook top, oven, full-sized refrigerator, and a sink. Residents are exempt from the residence hall meal plan requirement, but they may request a full or commuter meal plan each semester.
Computer Labs/Internet Access: Ethernet and WiFi.
Common space: Intentional large gathering spaces. Houses are located on a quiet residential street with porches, and front and back yards.  Residents are responsible for cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, and common area. Also, residents of each house are responsible for shoveling snow from the front door to the public sidewalk and for taking out their own trash and recycling for pickup.
Room types: The number of bedrooms in each house varies. Rooms are singles and doubles.

Application Process

The language houses are an opportunity for students to expand their language skills and cultural knowledge outside of the classroom. Living in a language house is a great option for students planning to study abroad in a country associated with the language they are studying.  Each department that supervises a language house has an application process and requirements that students must meet to be accepted to the house. Room and roommate placement within the house is determined by the department.

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply to live in the language houses.  The housing contract is for the entire year unless the resident studies abroad for spring or fall semester.

Contact the department associated with language house to apply.

Special Interest Communities

Special Interest Communities provide a learning experience and opportunity to connect in small communities beyond the classroom.  Rising sophomores, rising juniors, and rising seniors may apply to various departments and are selected before the campus wide Room Draw season.  Rosters for the 2021-2022 academic year will be completed and submitted to Residential Life by April 19, 2021.  The room cost for specialty houses and areas is available on the housing and dining agreement. The residence hall dining plan is not required in the Arabic House, Cultural House, Eco House, Interfaith House, Summit House and Veggie Co-op. Students living in the Veggie Co-op contribute money each semester to pay for bulk food purchases for the Co-op.

Special Interest Community Locations and Application Due By Dates for 2021-2022

List of house interest type, location, capacity and application deadline
House Website Address Capacity Application Due
All Gender Community Website Kirk Hall, Section 4 10 April 13, 2021 at 11:59pm
Arabic House Website 176 Vernon Street 4
Cultural House Website 37 Macalester Street 11 April 13, 2021 at 11:59pm
Eco House Website 200 Vernon Street 4
Healthy Living Community Wbsite 30 Macalester Street 33
Interfaith House Website Kirk Hall, Section 8 11 April 8, 2021 at 5pm
Veggie Co-op Website Stadium Hall 19 April 14, 2021 at 12pm
Portuguese House 204 Vernon Street 4