Top 5 Reasons to Fall in Love with I-House

Some call love a chemical reaction made up of adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. Others, like the protagonist of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, quip, “Love is many things, none of them logical.” Regardless, we can all agree that love is an important factor to happiness. Below are a few reasons why I love living at I-House, and why I’m happy to call this place home.

1. There’s always something going on

An event in the Great Hall, activities put on by kind Resident Assistants, or even groups going out to explore the cities of Berkeley and San Francisco are a daily occurrence. Plus, I-House makes it easy to grab discounted tickets for basketball games, trips to Alcatraz, and more.

I-House residents during a group trip to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

I-House residents during a group trip to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

2. You can loaf about with ease

Sometimes you just want to be a homebody, you know? A hot chocolate from the dining hall, paired with some board games from the front desk, while sitting next to the Great Hall fireplace, is one of my personal favorite ways to spend an evening indoors.

Great Hall Fireplace-It's the little things in life

It’s the little things in life

3. The aesthetic is gorgeous

Every time friends visit, they exclaim, “You live at a Spanish Hogwarts!”. The architecture and interior design of I-House is beautiful, and I’m always proud to show off the intricate ceilings and historic character of the building.

Great Hall Ceiling

The Great Hall ceiling and chandeliers are right out of a Harry Potter movie

4. Access to the best on-campus dining halls

I’m not just talking about the mushroom ravioli and breakfast burritos that are offered throughout the semester, although those are definitely delicious. When celebrations like Cinco de Mayo and Diwali roll up, the staff at I-House make a sincere effort to offer themed meals that everyone can enjoy.

Prospective resident, Liliana, enjoys a meal at I-House

Prospective resident, Liliana, enjoys a meal at I-House

5. Making friends is easy

At I-House, there are almost 600 residents from all around the world, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. The Wednesday coffee hours, weekly yoga classes, etc. are simple ways to see people, and even at the library or cafe, you can meet amazing strangers.

Soya Mori and students at an ASL class during the summer

Soya Mori and students at an ASL class during the summer

Below are just a few different cultural holidays we celebrated in the fall semester.

Do you agree with me? Have more to add? Let me know in the comments below! 😀


About Loyalty Traster-Lee

Loyalty Traster-Lee was a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in anthropology. She was born and raised in Long Beach, California, but has traveled extensively, including attending kindergarten in Singapore, volunteering with the Lions Club in Germany, and studying abroad in England. Loyalty's favourite Berkeley sights include the Botanical Gardens and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, which, for the record, are both within walking distance of each other and free with student identification. Loyalty graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2019, but considers living at I-House to be one of the highlights of her undergraduate experience.
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