Living-Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are floors or clusters of rooms where students with similar interests and values live together and engage in creative, social, and educational programming related to the topic of their specific community

  • Meet like-minded friends
  • Connect with a variety of Queen’s Faculty outside of the classroom
  • Share goals, projects, and challenges
  • Benefit from peer and professionally-led events created with students’ interests and development in mind

Core LLC Experiences

In each of our LLCs, there are four core experiences:

  • Learning Lunches: Shared lunches with faculty or staff members
  • Bi-Weekly Community Meetings: Led by LLC Don where current programs and events are discussed
  • Leadership Skill-Building Workshops: All members of the LLCs come together to improve leadership skills and network
  • LLC Legacy Project: A year-long project that each LLC will pass on to the incoming LLC students

Click here to view the 2021-2022 Living Learning Community Guide

Interest-Based Living Learning Communities

Active Living Floor

The Active Living LLC is designed for students who strive to live healthy, well-balanced lifestyles. Residents in this community will explore the various elements of holistic well-being and will engage in activities throughout the year that promote healthy personal development. This interest-based LLC is open to all majors and faculties. This community is ideal for residents looking to eat well, get fit, and have fun!

Creative Arts Floor

The Creative Arts community is designed to unite and inspire first-year students from all disciplines who share a passion for the arts (fine art, music, drama, dance, theatre, and/or film). This LLC is ideal for residents who wish to explore innovation and creativity through hands-on experiential programming opportunities.

Eco-Friendly Floor

The Eco-Friendly LLC is designed to bring together first-year students who are passionate about environmental sustainability and who are interested in learning more about different strategies and initiatives that can minimize our impact on the earth. This LLC is open to all majors and faculties. The Eco-Friendly community is an opportunity to meet people who share your interests, meet faculty and staff who are actively working on sustainability initiatives on and off-campus and to challenge your own perspectives by getting involved in various workshops, programs and events.

Leadership Floor

The Leadership LLC is designed to challenge, support, and empower its residents to take initiative and leave a positive impact at Queen’s – and far beyond. This interest-based LLC is open to all majors and faculties. This community is ideal for residents looking for the opportunity to explore different leadership styles through workshops, reflection activities and involvement in other residence leadership activities.


Faculty-Based Living Learning Communities

Faculty-based LLC floors place students in the same faculty in nearby rooms, while still being part of a bigger floor with students from other programs. Your Don will offer unique educational opportunities relevant to your courses, faculty and career goals.

Computer Science Floor

Nursing Floor

Science Floor

Engineering Floor


Lifestyle-based Preferred Communities

We also offer three preferred communities that can be requested by students.  You must choose either of these communities as your first choice on your application to be considered for them.  There is no specific programming for these floors but rather students share a desire to live in these environments.  These 3 communities are the Study floor, Alcohol & Cannabis not preferred community and Male/Female Identified Floors.

Study Floor

Open to: all residence students from any faculty who agree to 22 hours of quiet on the floor. Our study floor, featuring 22 hours of quiet each day, is ideal for students looking for a quiet living atmosphere within residence. Residents and their guests both agree to abide by the principles of this floor by maintaining low noise levels.


Alcohol & Cannabis not preferred community


Open to:
all residence students from any faculty for students who are willing to make an affirmative commitment to maintain a living environment free from alcohol, cannabis and other drugs.  Led by their Don, students in this community will be asked to take an active role in creating a community agreement that outlines community expectations, norms and desires.  You may be interested in this community if you:

  • have made a conscious choice not to engage in substance use (alcohol, cannabis or other drugs)
  • make this choice based on personal or family history with substance abuse, or addiction, personal or faith-based convictions or for any other reason.

In this community, students will find less peer pressure to use substances and more support in choosing not to consume.


Male Identified

Open to: all resident students in any faculty who wish to live only with students who identify as male


Female Identified

Open to: all resident students in any faculty who wish to live only with students who identify as female

Living Learning Community FAQs

What is the benefit to living in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

Living Learning Communities are great for any student looking to make friends over a shared interest! Students who participate in our LLCs are likely to have an easier transition to university life, and a higher sense of belonging in residence. Each of our LLCs are led by trained student staff who share the same passion as the theme of the community and will work with the Academic Initiatives Coordinator for Residence Life, related Faculty, and on-campus staff and clubs to offer events and programs that will enrich our students’ university experience.

Living Learning Communities have been shown to increase student retention rates and academic performance, as well as increase overall satisfaction with college. LLC students are more likely to report richer connections to faculty and students, as well as additional social and academic opportunities.  – Arensdorf, J. , & Naylor-Tincknell, J. (2016)

Do the LLCs have any mandatory time commitments?

The Living Learning Program does not have any mandatory time commitment, however we hope the students in our communities want to get involved, make friends, and participate in the additional opportunities and events offered to them throughout the academic year! Living Learning Communities are most successful when the students engage with each other and the LLC specific programming.

Am I required to apply for an LLC?

Absolutely not! Both Living Learning Communities and Preferred Communities are completely optional. If you are not interested in either residence community, please leave that section of your residence application blank.

Where will the LLCs be located in 2021-2022?

Unfortunately, we do not release the locations of the Living Learning Communities as they are always subject to change before the residence application deadline. Each year, we try to select residence communities based on the feedback from students and staff of years past.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, each of the Living Learning Communities will be comprised of single-plus OR single room-type options. A limited quantity of double rooms will be available in select communities and will be reserved for students who expressed interest in living in a double room based on their residence application.

I want to live in an LLC, but I also want to live in a particular room-type. What should I do?

Unfortunately, we can not guarantee whether a specific Living Learning Community will be comprised of single-plus or single room-type options.

Students who have indicated their preference to live in a double-room type will only be accepted to the Living Learning Community if double rooms are available. Students who have applied to have a specific roommate will only be considered for a LLC if their roommate has also applied for the same LLC.

How do I apply to live in an LLC?

Students wishing to apply for a Living Learning Community can express their interest on their residence application. Each student may apply for two Living Learning Communities and will be asked to describe why they are interested in their LLC(s) of choice.

Please note, this written description is essential to your LLC application! As spots in LLCs are limited, we select students based on what they share in this section.

When will I find out if I am successfully accepted into a LLC?

Students who have been successfully selected for a LLC will be contacted via e-mail in late June. At that time, these students will be given a short opt-out period should they have changed their mind and no longer would like to reside in a LLC. Any student who opts out of a LLC will be moved back into the regular residence room self-selection pool.

How will my acceptance into an LLC affect my residence room self-selection period?

Students who have been successfully selected for a Living Learning Community will be removed from the larger residence room self-selection pool. On the date of their self-selection, LLC students will only be able to view rooms in the Living Learning Community to select from.

Can I opt out of the LLC that I have been placed in?

The opt out deadline for LLCs is Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1:00pm. If you choose to opt out of your assigned LLC, you will be assigned a lottery number within the general residence population for self-selection, and will be able to select a new room outside of the LLC at your assigned time during the self-selection process next week, beginning on July 19th and running until July 23rd. To opt out, please email reshouse@queensu.ca

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

For additional information regarding the Living Learning Communities, please contact Olivia Winder, Academic Initiatives Coordinator at olivia.winder@queensu.ca

For additional information regarding the Preferred Communities, please contact reshouse@queensu.ca