The Theme House program is an intentional way of having students live together with a common goal, purpose, hobby, or cause, in an off-campus living space. We desire for theme house residents to engage in the Logan Neighborhood and connect with their surrounding community. Learning how to be a neighbor is a valuable process and one we believe will serve students past their time at Gonzaga University.
Leases run from August 1st - May 31st for new residents, and June 1st - May 31st for returning residents (continuing in the same house).
Programmatic Requirements of theme houses and residents:
- Houses must organize/host one event per semester
- Participate in a community service event as a house once during the year
Logan Neighborhood Engagement:
- Interact with neighbors in a positive way
- Learn what being a neighbor means, and represent GU in the neighborhood
- One representative from each house must attend monthly Logan Neighborhood Association meetings
Benefits of living in a theme house include:
- Properties managed by GU Housing and Residence Life
- Close proximity to campus
- Fast and diligent response from Plant Services when needed
- Smooth transition into living in a house
Who can live in a theme house:
- 3-7 bedrooms per house
- Students who meet on-campus residence requirements
- Have lived on-campus for 4 semesters or are 21 years of age
Rent and associated costs:
- Projected rent is $385 per month per bedroom
- Rent is due the 1st of each month
- Residents are responsible for their own utility bill (through Avista), as well as wireless and any cable they may desire to purchase
- Gonzaga pays for water, sewer, and garbage
- Houses are unfurnished
Applications run from September - October each school year.
Applications can be found here (Theme House Application 2018-19), but is subject to change for the next school year
The application process includes:
- Filling out and submitting an application with others who'd like to participate in the theme house
- Presenting for 5-7 minute to the Residence Director, Assistant Residence Director and Community Advocates explaining "why".
- After viewing all applications, if you are selected for the program, you will be offered on house option.
- There will be an opportunity to tour the house, and then you have the opportunity to accept or decline the house offer.
- Groups are offered only one house. If the groups turns down the offer there is not an opportunity to live in a different them house.
Examples of past themes for houses:
Superheroes, Hakuna Matata, Passion to Serve, Love Does, We Can Do It, House of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Harry Potter House, Feline Fortress, The Cooking House
Examples of past events houses have held:
- The Cooking House and the Bon Appetite House had a cooking competition where 65 students came and judged their food.
- The G.A.M.E. House hosted a Lawn Party where students played croquet, badminton, and volleyball while enjoying "otter pops" with 45 members of the GU community in attendance.
- The Passion to Serve House heard at one of the Logan Neighborhood Association meetings that the "Welcome To Logan" sign needed painting, so they spent a Saturday morning painting it.