Xenia (Greek: ξενία, xenía) is the Greek word for the concept of hospitality, or generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home.



Xenia is Middlebury College’s substance-free social house. It provides an environment where students can come and have fun, without the pressure of alcohol, drugs and other substances. With its large sofas, big TV, numerous blankets and stuff animals, and great quantity of board game, video games, card games and role playing games, Xenia is the perfect place for anyone looking for a cozy night in with good company.

What’s the house’s mission?

“Xenia” is the Greek word for “hospitality,” and Xenia seeks to embody the concept of hospitality on the Middlebury campus.  Our mission, then, is to create a welcoming environment where students of all backgrounds can feel at home.  To this end, we provide a living and social space for students to engage in an open and positive social scene without dealing with issues that stem from alcohol, tobacco, and other intoxicants.  Xenia seeks to be a place where the decision not to be under the influence of such substances is an accepted and respected choice, where intoxicants are not seen as a necessary prerequisite for social life, and where students can feel comfortable with and positive about their own and one another’s unaltered selves.

Where is Xenia?

Xenia is the little red house right behind the RAJ, and across the street from Tavern.

If I join, does it mean I can never drink again?

Not at all! It simply means we request you to not drink/smoke/use substances while inside the house. What you do outside, be it before or after dropping by the house is up to you. The same applies to the people who choose to live in Xenia.

Why should I join?

Because we are awesome.


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