Afro House

African American Theme House
2347 Prospect Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Total Occupancy: 21 residents
Single Bedrooms: 3
Double Bedrooms: 6
Triple Bedrooms: 2

Members who live or board at Afro House also agree to abide to the terms and conditions of the African AmericanTheme House contract addendum below.

This funky eleven-bedroom house in the Berkeley Hills has beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay as seen from the Certified Best Roof in the BSC. It is located within easy walking distance of campus and Strawberry Canyon, perfect whether you are going to class or on a moonlight hike with fellow housemates.

The African-American Theme House (informally known as "Afro House", “The Afro-Haitian Dorm”, or “Nyumba ya Bwana”) fosters a supportive community for people of all backgrounds. Its diverse population reflects the house theme by hosting meetings and events in support of African-American student groups. Members of the house are expected to invest a few hours every semester doing outreach, contributing meaningfully to the African-American community at large.

Afro House's atmosphere is that of a log-cabin tree-house palace-shack in a spaceship piloted by Marvin Gaye, orbiting eternally around Cloud City. Dinners are a central part of house bonding, with everyone seated around a single large table. Social events include dances (including the recurring Jock Jamz theme), music and story nights, celebrations of the yearly Afrocalypse, and special dinners like our soul food Thanksgiving. On any given night, you are sure to find residents studying with others in the dining room, discussing any range of subjects while screening films on the state-of-the-art projection system, or reveling in one of eleven of some of the best rooms you'll see in the State of California.

The residents of the African American Theme House are devoted to serving the local African American community. The following is based on the Constitution of the African American Theme House.

All Members of Afro House are expected to:

1. Attend events hosted by the African American student groups at UCB*
2. Understand that the African American Theme House fosters a supportive community for African American students at UCB.
3. Acknowledge that black organizations are welcome to hold their meetings, events, and social gatherings at the African American Theme House, with the approval of the house council.
4. Encourage a sense of unity and dignity in the African American Theme House that supports all members as well as the entire black community at UCB
5. Complete hours of involvement in the African American Community at Cal (the number of hours may vary on a semester basis, usually 3 hours per semester)*
6. Put in effort in the various AATH events (including the Black History Month program, evening study hour, Kwanzaa celebrations, movie and discussion nights, and many others constantly being held throughout the year) hosted by the African American Theme House.
7. Promote multi-racial unity and equality and encourage anti-racist beliefs and practices

*We offer students attending other local colleges fulfilling the BSC student status requirement a welcome invitation to these pursuits.

For more information, please contact the Afro House House Manager (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or House President (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

AFRICAN AMERICAN THEME HOUSE ADDENDUM

and CONTRACT ESSAY information

African American Theme House (Afro-House) is a unique co-op.  One critical purpose of the house is to provide a culturally rich environment which includes and emphasizes, but not to the point of exclusion, the African American community both here on the UC Berkeley campus and within the larger metropolitan area” (The Constitution of African American Theme House, 2.1d.).

Therefore, all Members of Afro-House must contribute a few hours each semester performing outreach/community service, working towards the betterment of the local black community.  In the past, examples of such events have included food service to the local homeless population, working with black-owned businesses in Oakland, and partnering with black organizations at UC Berkeley.

Failure to complete this requirement can and will result in fines levied by Afro House’s Outreach Manager.

In order to fulfill our mission, the African American Theme House Constitution requires Members to actively work towards achieving these objectives by agreeing to the following:

  1. I agree to attend events hosted by the African American student groups at my school. 
  1. I understand that the African American Theme House fosters a supportive community for African American students.
  1. I understand that black organizations are welcome to hold their meetings, events, and social gatherings at the African American Theme House as approved by house council.
  1. I am willing to commit to the efforts in encouraging a sense of unity and dignity in the African American Theme House that supports all members as well as the entire black community at UCB and at other local colleges & universities. 
  1. I understand that all members of the African American Theme House must complete hours of involvement in the African American Community at UC Berkeley and/or at local colleges & universities (the number of hours may vary on a semester basis, usually 3 hours/ semester). 
  1. I am willing to put in effort in the various events (including the Black History Month program, evening study hour, Kwanzaa celebrations, movie and discussion nights, and many others constantly being held throughout the year) hosted by the African American Theme House. 
  1. I am willing to promote multi-racial unity and equality and encourage anti-racist beliefs and practices.

 

*Because the majority of our residents are UC Berkeley students, our outreach efforts focus primarily on UC Berkeley.  However, students attending all local colleges and universities are welcome to support these efforts, or engage in outreach efforts at their specific school. 

AFRICAN AMERICAN THEME HOUSE CONTRACT ESSAY ADDENDUM

If you are a returning Afro-House Member, you do not need to submit another essay.

If have not lived at the African-American Theme House during the academic year, you must submit an essay.  You will need to email your essay to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well as completing the other portions of the contract.

Please state why you wish to live in the African American Theme House.  Your response should be 200 words or more, typed and submitted with your contract.  Contracts submitted without this essay by new Afro House Members will not be accepted by the BSC.

Please note the following:  The purpose of this essay is to ensure that all applicants to Afro House understand and are willing to comply with the outreach/community service requirement.

Essay quality will not be evaluated, nor used to discriminate against any applicant to Afro House. 

I hereby acknowledge that I have thoroughly read the entire African American Theme House Contract Addendum, and agree to abide by all of the provisions outlined above.  If I am new to the African American Theme House, I have also emailed my 200+ word essay to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..