APPLY NOW – Food Exploration Community in Mercer Court

APPLY NOW to live in the Food Exploration Community in Mercer Court

Apply now to live in a new residential community for students interested in food studies located in the brand new LEED-certified Mercer Court Apartments residence hall. The Food Exploration Community brings students together to explore the connections between growing, eating and learning. From field to table to classroom, food intersects with farming, plant biology, culture, community, human health, restoration ecology, economics and politics. Activities and opportunities will draw on the rich food resources of the area including the robust Resident Dining Program offered by HFS, which features locally grown products, Fair Trade Certified coffee, creative culinary teams, and environmentally conscious food production and delivery. Students will also have opportunities to explore the UW Farm, local gardens, urban farming and the thriving Seattle food culture. The Food Exploration Community is offered in collaboration with the College of the Environment and the School of Public Health, which will help students explore academic pathways related to food including new UW minors in food studies and in nutritional sciences to be launched 2013–14. The community may be of special interest to students interested in environmental sciences, food production, food studies, health sciences, law, nutritional sciences, political science, public health and sociology.

Opening in autumn 2013, Mercer Court will provide opportunities for small group living in shared apartments. The apartments are open during academic break periods, which make them ideal for students who wish to remain on campus. Mercer Court is conveniently located in the vibrant West Campus community close the University District’s Ave. and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Residents also have access to all of our West Campus Amenities.


Current residents requesting assignment to the Food Exploration Community for 2013–14 must submit their housing application by April 11, 2013, for priority consideration, and request the Food Exploration Community.

New student receive housing assignments based on their date of application, which determines their Priority Group. New students requesting the Food Exploration Community for 2013–14, who apply from May 8–14, 2013, have the best opportunity for placement in the Food Exploration Community through random selection from that Priority Group.

A request for placement in the Food Exploration Community will supersede a request for other residence halls, and students may be assigned to a different room type than they would otherwise be assigned in order to accommodate their request to live in the Food Exploration Community.

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We hope you’ll consider this exciting housing option!