Theme House Program

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

Application process:

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.