Waterloo Residences acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
Living Learning Communities during COVID-19
Our Campus Housing team is continuing to work closely with faculties to adapt the Living Learning experiences throughout the pandemic to support our student’s needs. Here are some of our primary changes:
- Living Learning programs are currently virtual. We will be introducing online platforms to connect you with other students in your program.
- You will live near other students in a variety of programs and may live near students from the same program or faculty.
- Certain programs have access to an upper-year Peer Mentor who will help you transition into your program and into residence.
- Your mentor will engage with you individually as well as provide academic support and social experiences.
Living Learning programs are continuing to be determined for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 and depend on public health guidelines. We will communicate any modifications once decisions have been made. Know that we are committed to creating a great residence learning experience despite the circumstances. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the Residence Learning team.
Living Learning programs are offered by both Campus Housing and the University Colleges. To learn more about University College Living Learning programs, visit St. Paul’s University and Renison University College.
There are two types of Living Learning programs in Campus Housing – Living Learning Communities and Academic Clusters. While Living Learning Communities have a dedicated upper-year Peer Mentor provided by the Residence Learning team, Academic Clusters may or may not have a Peer Mentor provided by the relevant faculty. In all cases, students enjoy the benefit of living near peers from both within and outside their faculty.
Living Learning Communities
- Arts and Business
- Global Business and Digital Arts
- Health Hub (All programs from the Faculty of Health)
- School of Accounting and Finance
- Science (All programs from the Faculty of Science)
If your program does not have a Living Learning Community or Academic Cluster, you can still enhance your academic experience through Drop-In Tutoring and utilize the study spaces in residence.
What is a Living Learning Community?
Make connections with peers
Living Learning students from the same program or faculty live together in the same area of residence. This means you will live, study, and socialize from other students in your program.
Experience a smooth transition to university
Living Learning students will also live near and be exposed to a variety of other first-year students from different areas of study so that they get the best of both worlds in their residence experience.
Build a sense of belonging to faculty / academic programming
The community gains enhanced access to great academic and faculty programming that helps students with many of their academic needs in first year!
Living Learning Communities
ARTS AND BUSINESS
This Living Learning Community is open to students entering the Arts and Business program.
Activities & Events
As a Living Learning student, you will have access to events and mentorship that enhance your classroom learning and further develop skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. As a member of the ARBUS Living Learning Community, you will have access to:
One-on-one goal-setting conversations with your upper-year mentor who can help you build your schedule to find time for both your studies and extracurricular involvement
Email newsletters with important dates, event invitations, and tips directly from your upper-year mentor to help you succeed in your first year of studies
Community-building initiatives so you can get to know other Arts and Business students
The community is very welcoming, and they offer numerous resources to help us with our coursesfirst-year Arts and Business student
GLOBAL BUSINESS AND DIGITAL ARTS
This Living Learning Community is open to students in the Global Business and Digital Arts program.
Activities & Events
As a Living Learning student, you will have access to events that enhance your classroom learning and further develop skills to help you succeed in the GBDA program such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. Examples of GBDA Living Learning events include:
- Study sessions for core GBDA courses
- Academic information sessions
- Stratford Campus preparation and orientation
- De-stress social events
- Faculty meet and greet events
We know the GBDA program is unique, so our Living Learning events are tailored to help first years understand and get the most out of the program. Past GBDA Living Learning Community Events include:
- Building a Portfolio Info Night
- Living in Stratford Upper-Year Panel
- Halloween Movie Night at the Stratford Campus
I liked being a part of the LLC because I got to connect with other first years who were learning the same things I was. The LLC gave me an instant study group!First-year Global Business and Digital Arts student
This Academic Cluster is open to students entering the Faculty of Health (formerly named Faculty of Applied Health Sciences).
Health Hub offers first-year students in the Faculty of Health the opportunity to live near each other in residence. Whether it is forming study groups or collaborating on group projects, building relationships and learning from peers are important parts of the first-year experience.
In this academic cluster, groups of students from all programs in the Faculty Health are placed within larger residence communities. This arrangement allows you to fully experience residence (e.g., meet students from other faculties) with the benefit of also living near peers in your Faculty.
Activities & Events
You will have access to an upper-year student who will connect you with activities or people that will enhance your classroom learning, support building connections within your program and faculty, and help you understand more about the field. Examples of Faculty of Health activities include:
- Tune in to learn more about what’s happening around campus through the Faculty of Health’s podcast - “The AHS Pod”
- Participate in group study sessions, game/movie nights, or casual chats with other students across the globe through the Faculty of Health Discord server
- Meeting a weConnectu mentor from your program to learn more about your program, faculty, and university
- Connecting with peers through the student society (AHSUM)’s activities
- Group study sessions for core courses
- Academic study skills and course content workshops
- Organized events with faculty and alumni such as Trivia Nights, and “Pops and Talks w/ Profs”
SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (SAF) ACADEMIC CLUSTERS
In an Academic Cluster, School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) students can choose to live near other first-year students from AFM, CFM, Math/CPA, and Biotech/CPA. Clusters of SAF students will be placed within larger residence communities with students from a variety of other programs, so you receive support from those in your own program as well as experience from students in other programs.
Joining an Academic Cluster will help you easily meet other first-year School of Accounting and Finance students. Whether it is practicing your professional skills together or forming a study group, building relationships with and learning from peers is an important part of the first-year experience.
The School of Accounting and Finance Academic Cluster is open to students entering the following programs:
- Accounting & Financial Management
- Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accounting
- Computing & Financial Management
- Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accounting
SCIENCE ACADEMIC CLUSTERS
Live near peers who are also pursuing their passion for science.
In this Academic Cluster, Science students can choose to live near other first-year students from the Faculty of Science. Clusters of Science students will be placed together within larger residence communities.
Joining an Academic Cluster will help you easily meet other first-year Science students. Whether it is forming a study group or having someone to problem solve with, building relationships with and learning from peers is an important part of the first-year experience.
[Clusters] made making friends much easier. I was able to find many people on my floor who were in my same classes. It gave me friends to sit with for the first few weeks of first term. It was also very easy to ask for help with homework and lab reports. Having friends that I could ask for help from made my academic experience much less stressful. It was also nice to have a group to stress about midterms with.First-year Science student
How to join
Incoming students can indicate their interest in a Living Learning Community on the Residence Community Ranking Form during the residence application process.
The Residence Community Ranking Form for fall 2021 is now open.
If you have any other questions about Living Learning Communities, please email our Residence Learning team.
Frequently Asked Questions
DO I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA TO BE IN A LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY?
There is no separate application process or additional fee to participate.
WHAT IF MY PROGRAM ISN’T LISTED ABOVE? CAN I GET ACADEMIC SUPPORT IF I DON'T SIGN UP FOR A LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY?
If your academic program isn’t listed above or you choose not to join an LLC, you are still welcome to attend many of the events or activities that are run through the community.
We also offer drop-in tutoring so, you will find that there are plenty of opportunities for you to seek support while living on campus. In addition, you should aim to connect with your Don (an upper-year student who lives on your floor) as much as possible. Dons do a great job of connecting students through various events and programs they put on each term.
IF I JOIN A LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY — DOES THAT MEAN I WILL LIVE WITH 50 OTHERS FROM MY PROGRAM?
No. You will likely be surrounded by other students from a variety of other programs. It's the best of both worlds - support from those in your own faculty or program and experience from students in other programs.
ARE LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES LOCATED IN SPECIFIC LOCATIONS?
Students who select a Living Learning Community or Academic Cluster within Campus Housing will live near other students from the same program or faculty in clusters within the general residence community. Living Learning Communities and Clusters may be located across multiple buildings. Students who choose an Academic Community will be able to rank all available residence communities, room types, and meal plan preferences.
Students who select a University College Living Learning Community will be placed in the college where the community is based, however, depending on demand, you may be placed in another residence community.
CAN I WITHDRAW FROM A LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY AFTER I'VE SUBMITTED MY RESIDENCE COMMUNITY RANKING FORM?
Yes, you can withdraw from the LLC before the Campus Housing Preference Form closes. You must contact the Residence Learning team to withdraw.
You should carefully consider your options before withdrawing. If you live in the LLC, you'll have a high level of support. While you can still participate in some events and access resources, you will give up some extra support if you withdraw.