Theme Houses

Theme Houses


Two theme houses offer upper-class students the opportunity to explore a house theme by providing unique chances to learn, develop and grow within their house. Students living in each of the theme houses will work alongside a faculty advisor.

The two themes for the 2012-2013 year are:

  • Sanctuary House: The mission of the Sanctuary House is to expand the "cultural horizon" of campus through learning more about and working with the refugee and immigrant populations in the Lincoln community. Some of their planned activities include volunteering at area social service offices, organize fundraisers to benefit this community and facilitate campus programs to raise awareness of the issues surrounding immigration.
  • Global House: The goal of the Global House is to create a welcoming community for international students and to create long-lasting relationships across the globe while gaining additional knowledge and appreciation of different cultures to develop into well-rounded global citizens. Both traditional NWU students and international students live in this house together and work closely with the International Relations Organization on campus.

Past theme houses have included:

  • Green House: The Green House promoted a lifestyle that embraced humanity's freedom to have a positive impact on our environment. Some of their activities included relief work with Project C.U.R.E. to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world, weekly discussion groups, environmental workshops with area elementary schools, and a spring break camping trip.
  • Dream House: The goal of the Dream House was to reignite the desire for the children in the community to always dream big. Students living in this house adopted a local elementary school and worked with students, teaching them that big dreams are attainable and instilling the value of a college education.

    Watch a video made by the students living in the Dream House this year:

Open Year-Round

Houses may be occupied during winter, spring and summer breaks, they are a popular choice of international students and others who don’t return home every vacation break.

Other Facilities

  • Study rooms.
  • Central air conditioning.
  • Full kitchen facilities with refrigerator, stove and sink.
  • Stacked, full-size washer and dryer (not coin operated).
  • Cable TV provided.
  • Cable internet access.
  • Private phone jack ready, can be purchased.
  • Carpeting provided.
  • Multiple bathrooms in each house.
  • Students are required to clean their houses. Inspections for safety and health may occur from time to time with 24-hour notice.


Blinds are provided, as well as a small storage space. Each bedroom is furnished with a desk, a two-position chair, a four-drawer dresser, and a single bed for each student.  Students may configure their furniture to fit their living spaces.


  • Upper classmen only by application
  • No ADA accessible rooms available
  • Students are selected through a proposal process in the spring semester.
  • Theme house requests are due to Brandi Sestak, Director of Residential Education.