An Application for Residence is available from the Gutenberg office or as a PDF at www.gutenberg.edu/pdfs/residence_app.pdf. A PDF of the Resident Handbook is available at www.gutenberg.edu/pdfs/resident_handbook.pdf.
Gutenberg College is unique and so is its student housing. The Gutenberg College Residence Program offers housing and food services to Gutenberg College students and also welcomes, as space allows, other young adults who either attend other colleges in Eugene or work in the community and who are interested in participating in Gutenberg community activities, including those of its institutes, McKenzie Study Center (MSC) and Art Project. A Gutenberg student who chooses to live on campus becomes part of a community—living, studying, and sharing meals with fellow students.
Gutenberg students are not required to live in student housing, and acceptance as a resident is separate from acceptance as a student at Gutenberg College.
As part of the Residence Program, evening meals are provided each weeknight (Monday through Friday) during the fall, winter, and spring quarters on the days Gutenberg College is in session. (Meals are also provided during Freshmen Orientation Week, on snow days, and on oral-evaluation days, the first day of winter and spring terms.) The Meals Program provides the opportunity for residents and students to eat a nutritious dinner, to converse, and to build relationships. It plays a vital part in community life. Meals are served family style, and participants are encouraged to enjoy lively conversation and community time. As part of the Meals Program, residents are assigned refrigerator and pantry space to store food, and they are allowed to use the kitchen to prepare their breakfasts, lunches, weekend dinners, and snacks.
Although the routine of the house is largely unstructured, residents are required to participate in a variety of activities related to community living. These activities include the following:
- Meals Program;
- Annual residents retreat (in September);
- Quarterly house meetings;
- Regular house chores (approximately two hours per week of work inside or outside the residence);
- Weekly kitchen duties;
- Quarterly “work days” (approximately four hours).
All residents must sign a Residency Agreement in which they agree to abide by the policies in the Resident Handbook, including the Gutenberg College Code of Student Conduct and these three moral issue rules:
- No illegal or irresponsible drinking or drug use is permitted.
- No sexual activity between unmarried people is permitted.
- Residents agree to pursue kindness in their dealings with one another, especially in the midst of life’s difficult struggles.
Residents are free to pursue their lives and relationships in the house in an atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement. Because the staff and faculty of Gutenberg College are committed to creating an environment conducive to students learning to make adult decisions on their own, what the Residence Program requires—and does not require—of students has been carefully considered. The absence of some rules to regulate individual choices should not be interpreted as disregard or lack of concern for the importance of such decisions; on the contrary, individual choices, such as smoking, legal drinking, or watching films, are vitally important. Because these decisions are so important, the Residence Program seeks to provide an environment where residents can decide for themselves on these issues and, in the process, learn about decision-making in an atmosphere supportive of their faith. The Gutenberg College staff and faculty are always ready, however, to provide their input and experience to help students make wise decisions.
Cost of Residence Program
The cost for residency ranges from $3375 to $4050 for the academic year (depending on the room the resident occupies) and is due when the resident moves in, but residents may also pay in seven installments from September to April 1. The cost includes the following:
- A room;
- Meals program;
- Activity program (annual retreat, holiday parties, etc.);
- Basic utilities;
- Household supplies;
- Shared use of the common resident areas.
Reserving a Room. Incoming residents reserve their room by paying 10% of the Residence Program fee. This payment is nonrefundable, but it is applied to the fees due when the resident moves in. Returning residents may reserve a room for the following year by keeping their damage-and-cleaning deposit on account (see below) and signing the Residency Agreement for the following year in advance.
Payment Schedule. 25% of the Residence Program fee (which includes the 10% reservation fee) is due when the resident moves in. The remaining six payments (each 12.5% of the Residence Program fee) are due on the first of each month starting with November 1 and ending April 1.
Deposits. A $100 refundable damage-and-cleaning deposit and a $30 refundable key deposit are also due when the resident moves in. (Residents responsible for damaging college property must pay any costs in excess of the damage-and-cleaning deposit for cleaning, repairing, or replacing that property.)
Applying for Residence
Applicants are required to read the Resident Handbook before applying to the Residence Program. Having read the Resident Handbook, applicants complete an Application for Residence. Applicants then bring or send their completed application, with two letters of reference attached, and a $20 application fee to the Gutenberg office. (The application fee is waived for students also applying to Gutenberg’s undergraduate program.) After the application has been received, an interview with Residence Program staff will be scheduled.
The purpose of this interview is to allow both the applicant and the Gutenberg staff to determine whether the applicant’s residence at Gutenberg would be mutually beneficial. Because of the cooperative nature of the living situation, residents must be responsible, tolerant, and considerate in order to live here.
March 1 is the deadline for students to apply for fall housing. Housing is limited and fills up quickly. Qualified applicants are admitted in the order in which they apply, and applicants for whom no room is available are placed on a waiting list. Gutenberg students are urged to apply early.
Although students are urged to apply by March 1, the Residence Program accepts applications throughout the year, and rooms occasionally become available. These vacancies are offered first to people on the housing waiting list and then made available to new applicants.