In addition to fostering interdisciplinary, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in the classroom, an optional clustered housing space is provided for SHS students. This gives students an opportunity to get to know one another outside of class and bond with others who have interests in both humanities and sciences. The housing cluster provides students with a wide array of social and academic opportunities since many students have similar interests. Socially, SHS cluster students take trips to museums, participate in intramural sports, and have floor movie nights. Academically, students are able to study together since many students take the same classes. In the past, professors have come to the housing cluster to do review sessions before exams.
The SHS cluster is located on the 5th floor of the Stever House dormitory (formerly known as New House), which was built in 2003. Stever House is the first dormitory in the country to become certified under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The rating examines such features as water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and materials. Stever provides students with many modern amenities, such as air conditioning, constant air circulation, a workout facility, and study rooms on each floor.
Beyond their first year, SHS students frequently choose to arrange living in close proximity to each other. One formal residential opportunity for SHS upperclass students is Interdisciplinary House, founded by a group of SHS students starting in fall 2008. Students in the SHS Program as well as the BXA (Bachelor of Science and Arts, Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts) Programs are eligible to apply to live in Interdisciplinary House.