The Thompson

Thompson home

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Located across Cass Avenue from Old Main, the historic Thompson Home is part of the University's "Arts on Cass" project. Refurbished in 2016 with the fine, performing and communication arts in mind as "The Thompson," this residence hall contains specialized spaces throughout. Historic features such as fireplaces and a formal reception lounge have been preserved. Most rooms are doubles with three floors offering kitchenette and dining spaces and comfortable lounges with bay windows.

Preference for an assignment in the Thompson is given to undergraduate students in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA), but this is not required. One floor is reserved for First-Year students who are interested in participating in CFPCA's First Year Living Learning Community.

Community Features

At The Thompson, students in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and other colleges live together in a unique setting that fosters community with fellow creatives and supports students as they prepare for their professional futures.

The Thompson offers unique amenities that foster collaboration and learning for CFPCA students. These include: 

  • Community room with sprung floor, mobile projection equipment, and storage areas
  • Gallery space with directional lighting
  • A collaborative room with floor-to-ceiling writing wall, mobile tables, and projection equipment
  • Multi-station video editing studio
  • Sound insulated practice booths

Building staff information

  • 1 full-time Community Director
  • 2 Resident Advisors (student staff)
  • 1 Office Services Clerk
  • 15 Community Assistants (student staff)

To Apply To Live In The Thompson

Please complete a residence hall application and select The Thompson as your housing preference.

After completing the residence hall application, notify Erika Robinson that your first preference is The Thompson.”

Special note for incoming first-year students: To live in The Thompson, you must participate in the CFPCA Living Learning Community. In addition to the residence hall application, please learn about this first year learning community and apply if you are interested.

Take a look around

Map of The Thompson



Student Name
The Thompson, Room #
4756 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Phone number


Building information

Building style

  • Residence Hall

Room types

  • Single
  • Double
  • Triple

Bathroom style

  • Community bathrooms

Student population

  • ~55 CFPCA students.

Meal Plan

  • Voluntary for upper-class students
  • Mandatory for first-year students


  • Reception area with fireplace
  • 3 community kitchens with a full-size refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave, and dining areas
  • ADA Rooms Available
  • Secure Wireless Internet
  • Card building and room entry
  • Green space and bike racks
  • Fully-equipped on-site laundry facilities
  • Free cable TV available
  • 24/7 permit parking in Structure 8

2024-2025 Semester rates

Single suite with shared bath $4,781.00
Double Occupancy rooms with shared bath $3,578.00
Tripple Occupancy rooms with shared bath $3,086.00