Residential Life at Barrett

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Barrett is the oldest model of a residential college on the ASU campus and unique among public universities in providing a four-year residential experience. In 2009, through an innovative partnership between ASU and American Campus Communities, Barrett became the first intentionally designed honors college campus in the United States and is widely considered the most evolved concept for an honors college with the presence of distinct honors facilities on all four ASU campuses. 

Learning from and having direct access to honors administrators, faculty, staff and fellow students in a strong honors community of world-class amenities, resources and support, maximizes student participation both in and out of the classroom. A significant number of ASU students living on campus are honors students who positively impact the classroom environment and hold many university-wide leadership positions.

Honors students who commute also see Barrett as their home away from home while on campus. To learn more about the unique honors communities on each campus, please see the tabs below.

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The Barrett Residential Community in Taylor Place is an engaging living and learning environment consisting of a diverse group of multi-disciplinary honors students. Located in urban downtown Phoenix, the Barrett community ensures that students are supported academically and socially through a multitude of events and programs. Barrett also works to ensure the transition to college is supported through our network of student leaders here on the Downtown Phoenix Campus.

Residential College Student Leaders (RCSLs)

RCSLs are live-in student leaders residing within the Barrett Residential Community in Taylor Place. RCSLs provide substantial support to all honors students within this living and learning community by coordinating social events, serving as an academic resource, and providing additional support to college initiatives. RCSLs work to ensure that the downtown honors students remain engaged and are integral in fostering a positive environment for the Barrett community.

Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)

Barrett Downtown PALs are live-in student leaders residing within the Barrett Residential Community in Taylor Place. This team of student leaders provides support and mentorship to first-year honors students, with each PAL working with a smaller group (or “pod”) of Barrett Downtown freshmen. Additionally, PALs assist RCSLs in planning and executing engaging events and programs for the Barrett community.

Community Assistants (CAs)

CAs serve as undergraduate student leaders within ASU’s department of University Housing, and Barrett Downtown CAs live in the Barrett Residential Community in Taylor Place. CAs serve as an important resource to honors students living on-campus by ensuring the safety of the residents, performing many of the necessary administrative duties at Taylor Place, and fostering an engaging living and learning environment through various events and programs.

Barrett prides itself on the interdisciplinary nature of its residence halls where highly motivated students live and engage with students from multiple majors campus-wide. Each community is supported by Barrett and University Housing staff including Community Directors, Community Assistants, Barrett Student Leaders and Barrett Staff, all of whom are committed to student growth and development.

Barrett students at the Polytechnic campus live in the Barrett residential community in Lantana Hall, a new 370 bed residential building that opened in the fall of 2020, and the first LEED Platinum certified residential hall at ASU. Lantana Hall also includes a Barrett student lounge, faculty and staff offices, classrooms, a computer lab and study spaces. Take a 360 degree virtual tour of Lantana Hall.

The Barrett residential community allows students to live close to campus resources, to network with other academically-focused students, and to participate in events that support the academic experience and foster connections with peers, the university and the surrounding community.


Questions about the residential community on the Polytechnic campus can be directed to Jennifer Brady, Program Manager, at

Barrett prides itself on the interdisciplinary nature of its residence halls, where highly motivated students live and engage with students from a variety of majors.  Barrett has many unique and comfortable living options for its students on the Tempe campus.

Barrett students live on campus for two years, and many juniors and seniors choose to continue living on campus in Barrett's four-year residential college.

Whether you’re an engineering or arts major, a first-year student or an Upper Division student, or looking to lessen your carbon footprint – Barrett has the perfect community for you.

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Professional Staff and Student Leader Support

The residential college support team is comprised of Barrett Honors College Student Services staffResidential Life professional staff, as well as Community Assistant and Peer Mentor student leaders whose mission is to support and engage students. Both professional and student staff members live in the residential community and help to create a fun and safe learning environment.

Residential Colleges

Residential college communities are where students live with other students from their same academic discipline. These living-learning communities provide a supportive, vibrant environment designed to help students succeed at the university. Barrett students at the West campus live with other honors students enrolled in similar academic majors as their own. The Residential College community structure has proven to help students develop enhanced study skills and engage in university opportunities and experiences that will contribute to the personal and professional growth and development.

First-Year Experience

Barrett West first-year students live within the Barrett hall at Casa de Oro.

Upper Division Experience

Barrett, The Honors College, is the only four-year residential college at Arizona State University. All Barrett students continue to live in the Barrett residential community for their second year. Because of the numerous benefits of living in Barrett, many students choose to live in Barrett housing for their third and fourth years as well. In their second year, Barrett students transition to Las Casas, the upper division housing complex. This is also where students in their third and fourth years live in the Las Casas Residential Hall.

Residential Staff & Student Leaders

Peer Leaders are current Barrett students who engage residents and serve as an academic resource and liaison for students. 

Community Assistants are current Barrett students who plan University Housing specific programs and create a meaningful and reflective experience for residents. There are two Community Assistants for Barrett students in Casa de Oro and one Community Assistant for Barrett students in Las Casas.

Sasha Billbe, Program Manager for Barrett West, is the professional staff academic liaison for all Barrett students living on the West campus.

The Peer Leaders, Community Assistants, and residential staff all comprise the Barrett Residential College; they work collaboratively to create a fun, safe environment for current students. Interested in learning more? Contact Sasha Billbe at 602-543-3410 or