The founders of University Commons envisioned an active adult community where residents can engage in intellectual exchange and immerse themselves in learning and cultural events. This led to the inclusion of a 17,000 square feet common space called Houghton Hall, which hosts a rich and varied schedule of cultural, educational and social events. Part of the effort to foster community involvement includes occasional catered dinners. These are optional and are at an additional cost to the resident. Dining with a group provides an especially nice evening when combined with a lecture or concert. Catered meals are typically offered twice a month.