Thoreau Hall

A Cuarto Area Building

  • Thoreau Hall entrance
  • Thoreau Hall
  • Thoreau Hall courtyard
  • Thoreau Hall courtyard
  • Thoreau Hall lounge area
  • Thoreau Hall living room
  • Thoreau Hall double-occupancy room

Building Details

Thoreau Hall features the following:

  • Floors: 3 floors
  • Building Occupancy: about 225 students total
  • Occupancy Type(s): double-occupancy rooms
  • Room Dimensions: about 225 square feet
  • Bathrooms: 2 bathroom(s) for each suite
  • Laundry Facilities: there is one laundry room with 6 washing machines and 6 dryers
  • Flooring Type(s): all suites are carpeted, except for main entry and bathrooms
  • Bed Type(s): all rooms have extra-long (80 inch) twin beds
  • Computer Network Connection(s):¬†wired and wireless
  • Cable TV Connection: Coaxial and IPTV
  • Landline Telephone Availability: optional; service available through¬†IET Communications Resources
  • Mailbox Location: Emerson Hall (1st floor, near the lobby)
  • Additional Notes: Thoreau Hall features a beautiful courtyard with fountain, benches, planters, and grass and masonry paver areas; the Cuarto Academic Advising Center is located in Thoreau Hall, as well as Cuarto's central administrative offices, which include the Area Service Desk, area office, and Coordinator offices

Living-Learning Communities

2018-19: Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program and Rainbow House

Mail, Mailboxes, and Care Packages

Use the following address to send mail and packages to Thoreau Hall residents.

There is one mailbox for each room. Thoreau Hall's mailboxes are located on the first floor of Emerson Hall.

Packages that do not fit in a mailbox are held at the Area Service Desk until residents can pick them up. The ASD notifies residents via email when they receive packages.

Mailing Address

(student name)
(room #) Thoreau Hall
533 Oxford Circle
Davis, CA 95616

Items in parenthesis should be customized with residents' specific information, including their names and room numbers.

Maps, Plans and Models

Graphic: 8-Person Suite 3-D room rendering

8-Person Suite

360° View Virtual Rooms

Double-occupancy bedroom, view 1

Double-occupancy bedroom, view 2

Common room

Move-In Information

Refer to the move-in webpage for information about moving in to Thoreau Hall. Move-in details vary based upon the time of year.

Building Namesake

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
Born: 1817
Deceased: 1862

Webster, Emerson, and Thoreau Halls were named by the original owner of what we now call the Cuarto housing area. When student housing purchased these buildings in fall 1986 they decided to keep the original building names. Thoreau Hall was named after American author, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience", an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. Thoreau was also a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.