Communities Based on Common Interests
There are five co-ed Living Learning Communities, designed to encourage interaction by bringing together students with common interests. This is a place to live and to learn, a place where the whole world is your classroom. Groups of 25 to 50 students live in each community, where they share experiences, have fun, and learn together. All of them are vibrant and unique places to live.
The cornerstone of the Living Learning Community experience is social and educational programming and involvement. Through programming, residents learn about so much more than just their classroom curriculum. Each house has a Program Facilitator (PF), who plans weekly events around the theme of the community, helping unite each other and create memorable experiences.
Students don't have to be registered in a related academic program to apply for a Living Learning Community, all you need is to have enthusiasm for the theme of the house and a commitment to participate in house events. In the end, it's the students who make each Community a success. Whether you choose to formulate new ideas, expand your creative interests, surround yourself with Francophone culture, immerse yourself in an exciting international setting, or build a lifestyle that is dedicated to the environment, you'll find what you're looking for!
The following Living Learning Communities will be offered in 2022. Living Learning Communities are located in East Residence (Dundas Hall), with the exception of Arts House, located in Maids Hall.
Arts House, located in Maids Hall is a small traditional red brick building built in 1914 and is home to one of our most active Living Learning Communities on campus. Most of the 50 students living in Arts House share double rooms. They form an eclectic residence community of students interested or involved in all forms of artistic expression. Everyone is welcome—scientists, actors, musicians, economists or artists—as long as you're willing to get involved! Spontaneous, creative and energetic are words often used to describe the groups of students living here, whose goals are creative expression and self-discovery. Most of the 50 students share double rooms and everyone uses the study room, piano room, fireplace lounge, two kitchens, and craft room.
If you are dedicated to learning about environmental and social issues and want to make responsible changes in our society towards living in harmony with the planet, then Eco House may be the residence experience for you. Eco House is an upbeat and supportive community dedicated to learning about environmental and social issues and using that knowledge to create changes within individuals and in the larger community. Residents also balance their politics with fun and interactive events and activities. After all, what's the point of saving the forest if you don't take the time to frolic in it?
Interested in living in a vibrant and respectful intercultural community and learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures? Indigenous House is a supportive environment centred around self-discovery, community and Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing. You will have opportunities to learn with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Knowledge Holders, staff and faculty through ceremonies, storytelling, circles, socials and events. All students are welcome to join this community to gain a greater understanding of themselves and others. Indigenous House is supported in collaboration with the Indigenous Student Centre.
If you are dedicated to learning about different cultures, food, and people around the world, then International House may be the residence experience for you. International House is an upbeat and supportive community dedicated to learning about global and social issues while engaging with students from all cultures and backgrounds, using that knowledge to create changes within individuals and in the larger community. Residents also balance their politics with fun and interactive events and activities. Students connect with others about food, music, and culture, and even host an event called World on a Plate for others outside of their community to engage with!
La Maison Française
In French House, you will have a chance to live in a tightly knit co-ed community, located in East Residence. You can develop and maintain your language skills in an environment where others speak French. You don't have to be bilingual, but you do have to have an interest in learning and improving your French language skills. Celebrate and learn about Francophone cultures and traditions from around the world while building a supportive and open-minded community. This fun and supportive community has strong ties with the French department on campus.
How Do I Join a Living Learning Community?
It's easy! When you complete your online Residence Application, select your preferred LLC as a building choice in the Residence Preferences section. Learn more here.