Residential Life

Shared-interest First-year Communities

A place that feels like home with friends who already “get” you.

In fall 2018, Nazareth College opens new, optional, shared-interest communities for first-year students — with many activities open to all freshmen. These themed housing areas and activities make it easier than ever to:

  • Make connections and new friendships with classmates who share common interests, goals, and tastes.
  • Get involved with activities on campus.
  • Take full advantage of all that college living offers.

How it works

These rooms and shared lounges are in designated sections or floors of residence halls on campus. A typical shared-interest community totals 18 to 21 residents who enjoy activities together.

Make your choice

  • To live in a themed community, identify your top 3 picks and complete the housing application online. Assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis according to when your completed application and deposit are received.
  • Our residence life team will confirm your final placement on July 5. Then you can begin planning and connecting with your future community members through the Naz Schools App on Facebook.

Living in a shared-interest community is entirely optional. If you opt not to, your dorm room assignment will be made in traditional housing in one of Nazareth's first-year residence halls on a first-come, first-served basis according to when your deposit is received. You can still choose to take part in special programming.

Special-interest Community Options

Creative and Performing Arts — A community for music, performance, and art lovers
Flyer Fanatics — A community of Naz sports fans
Global Commons — A community of travel and culture aficionados
Guided Exploration of Majors — A community for undeclared majors
Health and Wellness — A community committed to living well
Honors-Scholars— An invitation-only community of scholars
Interfaith Service and Social Justice — A community devoted to interfaith action
Linked By Majors —A career-focused community for all majors and interests
Outdoor Adventures — A community of outdoor enthusiasts

Having Fun

    Nazareth’s Pablo Valentin helps you consider your themed housing options.


    What does it mean to be part of a community?
    How are special programs, events, and activities scheduled?
    If I choose to live in a triple or suite, can I still participate?
    What if my preferred roommate(s) aren’t interested in the same theme as I am?
    Is there a special fee to participate?
    If I decide that I don’t like the shared-interest community, can I move?