Common Cause Communities

Common Cause Communities (C3) are housing options for students who wish to build community and live with others while exploring a theme or common interest/passion. Residents in C3 areas apply to be part of these unique communities and are offered special programs and opportunities to teach others about their interests, strengths, and passions. Similarly to our Leader-Scholar Communities, C3s allow residents to get to know one another on a deeper level through student-driven programmatic opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits to living in a C3?

C3s are a great opportunity for students to gain great leadership skills, share their knowledge with others, and live with people who hold similar values.  C3s are different from other residence halls because they allow students to further explore topics and causes important to them. These communities receive on-going support and programming opportunities from the Area Coordinator of East Quad and a CA of the respective area.

Can I live with my friends?

Yes!  Students interested in the C3 must be in a group of 4 as Juniors and Seniors.

Do C3 have an added cost?

No. The same room rates apply to C3s.

How do I choose my room in a C3?

DCL will hold a separate room selection for C3 areas. The C3 room selection will occur prior to regular room selection and will be run similarly. At the C3 room selection, you will choose your specific room assignment.

Can I pull-in a friend who did not sign-up for the C3 or is on the C3 wait list?

No.  Only students who are accepted to the C3 can be pulled in.

What if I cannot attend the C3 Room Selection?

Students may designate a proxy by completing a proxy form. For more information about proxies, please see the room selection section of the website.

Can I study abroad as a junior or graduate early as a senior?

Unfortunately, in order to be eligible to apply for this program, you will need to be attending Brandeis through the entirety of the academic year.

What is required of students who live in C3 areas?

Students must plan and implement a program that is keeping with the theme of the C3.  The program must occur during the academic year. See the C3 application guides for more information.

What if I change my mind about living in a C3?

If you wish to withdraw your C3 registration, there is information in the Guide. After then, if you wish to withdraw from the C3, you must make an appointment with Scott Berozi, Assistant Director of First Year Programs and Orientation, to receive permission to withdraw and find a replacement.