Living learning communities

Residence Services offers ten living learning communities (LLCs) in single dormitory rooms and in the Cluster neighbourhood to enliven your residence experience and enhance your learning. These unique residence communities encourage interaction by bringing together students with common interests or areas of study. Each LLC provides focused programming and events to connect you with other students who share your passions.

If you would like to apply to an LLC, you must select it as one of your five preferences in the residence application. You may apply for up to two LLCs.

You will be asked to answer two questions about your motivation for applying to your chosen LLC. Applicants will be selected based on their effectiveness in demonstrating:

  • experiences and genuine interest in the theme
  • a commitment to continuous learning about the theme
  • ability to contribute creatively to the theme

Applications should be no longer than 250 words for each questions, and should be written as a clear and concise personal essay. Applicants should use examples from their past experience, education, employment and life history to illustrate their answers.

The applications are evaluated and ranked by the living learning communities committee. Room offers to the LLCs are based on these rankings.

LLCs in single rooms

These LLCs are located in the Tower, South Tower, and Ring Road residences.

Arts Collective

This community provides the opportunity for you to tap into your creativity, to create lasting memories with your peers, and to showcase your strengths and ingenuity. In the Arts Collective, you will engage in a variety of programs to explore your identity as a creative person and to learn to apply this creativity to many aspects of your life.

The Arts Collective offers activities that may include theatre trips, gallery visits, dance classes, paint-in nights. You will be encouraged to take a leadership role in the design and implementation of events that promote and expand your understanding of creativity and the arts.

All students are welcome to apply to this community, regardless of field of study.

Business Community

The Business Community provides first-year students who have been pre-admitted into the Gustavson School of Business the opportunity to begin connecting with the business program and business learning opportunities. Students living in this community benefit from the friendship and support of being in direct daily contact with other students who share their academic interests and pursuits. This community also provides you with informal out-of-classroom contact with professors and activities designed to complement your interests, such as career nights, academic advising, and business learning programs.

If you live in this community, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in business challenges, attend networking opportunities with professors, participate in School of Business events and other activities to support learning and transition into university. 

Applicants to this community must be pre-admitted into the Gustavson School of Business. 

Engineering Community

Are you studying with the Faculty of Engineering and looking for support adjusting to the challenges of university life? Students living in this community benefit from the friendship and support of being in direct daily contact with other students who share their classes, academic interests and course load. This community also provides you with informal out-of-classroom contact with professors and activities designed to complement your interests such as career nights, academic advising and exam-review sessions.

In previous years, Engineering Community events have included lab tours, field trips, construction competitions, events with the Engineering Students Societies, de-stress evening events during exam time, sushi with professors, and much more.

Applicants to this community must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering program.

Global Citizenship Community

The Global Citizenship Community is a place for international and Canadian students to live together and share cultures, languages and ideas. The activities in this community explore international, multicultural, and local aspects of diversity through academic, cultural and other fun experiences.

In previous years, our staff have run events that include international movie nights, global potlucks, presentations on equity and human rights and much more. Living in the community, you are encouraged to take a leadership role in the design and implementation of events that promote and expand your understanding of what it means to be a global and inclusive citizen.

All students are welcome to apply to this community, regardless of field of study.

Health and Wellness Community

In the Health and Wellness Community, you'll participate in a variety of programs that explore the physical, environmental, spiritual, intellectual, and social aspects of health and wellness. While living in this community, you will be encouraged and supported in your desire to lead a healthy lifestyle through participation in campus events and residence programs. 

There are a variety of activities in the Health and Wellness Community that encourage you to live out this theme including intramurals like Res Soccer, spin class, nutrition information sessions, Vikes athletic events, running club, inner tube water polo, midnight swimming, meditation, lounge yoga, and more. You'll be encouraged to take a leadership role in the design and implementation of events that promote and expand your understanding of living a healthy and balanced life.

All students are welcome to apply to this community, regardless of field of study.

Leadership and Civic Engagement

In the Leadership and Civic Engagement community, you’ll participate in a variety of programs to discover your leadership style and harness it to make a positive impact on your community. Part of this self-discovery will include team-building activities that engage you as a leader and challenge your self-perception as a citizen of UVic, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and the world.

Activities in the Leadership and Civic Engagement Community give you the opportunity to develop leadership and coaching skills to enhance your university experience and personal and professional development. The community service learning opportunities will allow you to connect with local not-for-profits and other change-makers in a volunteer capacity. The skills and experiences gained from your time in this community will be great resume-builders, helping you take control of your future and contribute to the greater community.

All students are welcome to apply to this community, regardless of field of study.

Science Community

Students living in the Science Community benefit from the friendship and support of being in direct daily contact with other students who share their classes, academic interests and course load. This community also provides you with informal out-of-classroom contact with professors as well as activities designed to complement your interests such as career nights, academic advising and exam-review sessions.

As a member of the Science Community, you will be able to participate in activities such as study groups, lab tours, field trips, meals with professors and other activities to support learning and transition into university.

Applicants to this community must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program.

Sustainability Community

In the Sustainability Community, you’ll explore sustainable living as an individual, as a community and as a society. Living in this building, you will understand human influences and their effects on the environment while reducing your own carbon footprint. You will also identify changes to your behaviour that contribute to environmental sustainability and integrate sustainable practices into your everyday activities. You will participate in initiatives beyond your daily activities in order to have a positive impact on the environment.

The sustainability theme lends itself to a variety of activities that encourage you to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. In previous years events have included organic vs. non-organic food taste-tests, beach clean-ups, eco resolutions, hikes, festivals and invasive-species pulls. Living in the community, you are encouraged to take a leadership role in the design and implementation of events that promote and expand your understanding of living a sustainable life.

All students are welcome to apply to this community, regardless of field of study.

LLCs in Cluster rooms

The Cluster neighbourhood LLCs are located in four-bedroom townhouses.

Health and Wellness Community

In the Health and Wellness Community, you'll participate in a variety of programs that explore the physical, environmental, spiritual, intellectual, and social aspects of health and wellness. While living in this community, you will be encouraged and supported in your desire to lead a healthy lifestyle through participation in campus events and residence programs.

There are a variety of activities in the Health and Wellness Community that encourage you to live out this theme including intramurals like Res Soccer, spin class, nutrition information sessions, Vikes athletic events, running club, inner tube water polo, midnight swimming, meditation, lounge yoga, and more. Because students in the LLC will have access to a kitchen, particular attention will be given toward healthy eating and cooking.

You'll be encouraged to take a leadership role in the design and implementation of events that promote and expand your understanding of living a healthy and balanced life.

All students are welcome to apply to this community, regardless of field of study.

Sustainability Community

In the Sustainability Community, you’ll explore sustainable living as an individual, as a community and as a society. Living in this community, you will challenge human influences on the environment while reducing your own carbon footprint. You will also identify changes to your behaviour that contribute to environmental sustainability and integrate sustainable practices into your everyday activities.

The sustainability theme lends itself to a variety of activities that encourage you to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. In previous years events have included organic vs. non-organic food taste-tests, beach clean-ups, eco resolutions, hikes, festivals and invasive-species pulls. Living in the community, you are encouraged to take a leadership role in the design and implementation of events that promote and expand your understanding of living a sustainable life. Because students in this LLC have access to a kitchen, events will also include sustainable food consumption, composting, and food-waste reduction.

All students are welcome to apply to this community, regardless of field of study.