Themed Housing

Crown College consist of eight residence halls arranged into two groups of four: Upper and Lower Quads.

Upper Quad Harvey Maxwell Leonardo Galen
Lower Quad Galileo Rutherford Descartes Gauss

In addition to room options, there are also a variety of housing themes and options. Based on academic pursuits, hobbies, individual backgrounds, lifestyle preferences, and personal interests, these living/learning options serve to compliment a student's experience in residence.

Themes are not dictated by major, but may introduce unique activities and experiences in keeping with the theme of the building.

Residence Hall Themes


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    Harvey House

    The Gaming House is in Harvey House, located in the Upper Quad of Crown Residence Halls. This living environment is intended to create a place where anyone who likes playing games can come together. This theme offers a special environment for students, with unique connections to several programs in the School of Engineering, including Computer Game Design, Computer Science, Digital Arts, Film and Digital Media, Electronic Music, and Creative Writing. Activities can include anything from board game nights to faculty talks, tournaments, conference trips, and study group sessions. If you enjoy gaming with your friends and you would like to join a like-minded community, this is the place for you!

  • Outdoor & Sustainability House

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    Maxwell House

    The Outdoor Pursuits & Sustainability House is in Maxwell House, located in Upper Quad of the Crwon Residence Halls. Activities and events organized and hosted by this housing theme are meant to take students out of their rooms and into the wider world, including hiking, sea kayaking, and camping trips. An emphasis is placed on conservation education and activities, such as beach clean-ups, faculty talks, and exploring sustainable practices. Ideal for athletes, students obtaining degrees in environmental studies and the natural sciences, or just anybody who enjoys outdoor activities.

  • Social Justice & Diversity

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    Galen House

    The Social Justice & Diversity House is in Galen House, located in the Upper Quad of the Crown Residence Halls. This is a living/learning community dedicated to providing opportunities to students who who want to explore and promote concepts of social justice, diversity, and multiculturalism.

  • Arts & Humanities

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    Leonardo House

    The Arts & Humanities theme is ideal for students majoring in or with a general interest in the creative arts and humanities. Programs and activities directed toward this theme provide opportunities to explore various aspects of creativity and philosophy, and explores the connections between these and other interdisciplinary programs.

  • Academic, Engineering, and Science Learning Community

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    Galileo House

    The Academic House is in Galileo House, located in the Lower Quad of the Crown Residence Halls. It is ideal for students who plan to pursue a rigorous academic career and desire a community that will facilitate that goal. The Academic House features: A quieter living environment; special programs such as museum trips, faculty talks, house study groups, and workshops to develop acadmic skills; and a close connection to the Science Leanring Community and School of Engineering's ACCESS program.

  • Continuing Students

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    Gauss House

    The dedicated Continuing Student House is Gauss House, located in the Lower Quad of Crown's Residence Halls. This community is only open to residents entering or past their second year at UCSC. The Continuing Student house is an excellent option for students who wish to continue living with friends from the preceding year. Because the residents of this building are further along in their undergraduate degree, they tend to be more academically focused and as a result, the house is a quieter space more conducive to studying.

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