Living Learning Communities

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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  

Academic Clusters

  • 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?


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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.

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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.  

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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  

Academic Clusters 

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