Oscar Wilde House

An image of Oscar Wilde House's front steps.

Wilde House
8 Singles - 15 Doubles - 38 Residents
2410 Warring Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Wheelchair accessible

Wilde House is an LGBTQIA & Queer themed Co-op.

Wickedly inspired, an ideal setting for all individuals seeking to live an exquisite life. Aptly named after the brilliant Irish writer and social critic persecuted for his queer offenses in the Victorian age, the house is an open theater for poetry, drama, wit, and aesthetic subversion. As America’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer themed house for students, the Wilde house offers a haven of tolerance for those who transcend traditional sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender presentation.

Wilde welcomes and lavishes affection upon all open minded residents and guests, regardless of sexuality or gender. In addition to offering a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for people with nonconforming sexualities or genders, Wilde House also holds a commitment to bringing about social justice in its surrounding communities, and adores those who might share that commitment with us. Wilde beseeches anyone who might help us build stronger ties with any of the LGBTQ communities to come, take part in, and contribute to our flourishing cultural space through attending or planning workshops, performances, film screenings, presentations, queer organization meetings, or anything else having to do with our LGBTQIA & Queer theme. Wilde is in close contact with the Gender Equity Resource Centre have also co-sponsors events with Queer groups and events on campus such as the Queer Straight Alliance and Queer Awareness Days.

Our beloved guests often have a hard time resisting Wilde as a second home. Understandably so, as a typical day might include a communal breakfast of pancakes and eggs scrambled with scrumptious produce delights from our rooftop organic garden; several hours of bare-chested sun worship on the rooftop with a full spectrum of the Bay Area’s delights in view; or a game of billiards in our vast and colorful living room, the mood set with music on the piano—one of the best in the BSC. Frequent trips to the dining room for decadent treats and lively conversation become part of the daily routine.

For evening stimulation, one may retreat to the Max Bader Memorial Alumni room (also known as the Oasis and often used to accomodate our guests) for some collective meditation. Also, the underground offers affordable laundry facilities, a secluded study room, and a charming media room, perfect for refining one’s cleanliness, broadening one’s intellect, and entertaining one’s fancies, respectively. Join us at the Wilde House. Our green-trimmed pleasure dome is an experiment in joy and creative living.

Oscar Wilde House Points of Unity

  1. We promote involvement in our surrounding community, both by allowing our house to be used by outside LGBTQ organizations for meetings and events**, and by encouraging member involvement in LGBTQ advocacy and community-building outside Wilde’s walls.
  2. We acknowledge the need to preserve Wilde House as a comfortable, respectful living place and space for community gathering both for our house-level members and for all local LGBTQ students.
  3. We strive to create a safe and supportive space in our house such that we understand that each member is doing their best to be respectful, and, consequently, such that we treat moments of possible misunderstanding or offense as opportunities to respectfully learn about our respective perspectives and identities.
  4. We encourage beliefs and practices that are anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-queerphobic, anti-transphobic, and generally sensitive to a multitude of differing possible viewpoints that each arise from a variety of possible personal experiences, identities, practices, and bodies.
  5. We encourage an understanding of the historical struggles of those who fought, either directly or indirectly, to make Wilde House possible.