Global Business & Digital Arts Living-Learning Community


A note for incoming Fall 2020 students:

As you know, Waterloo Residences has been working closely with your faculty to adapt the Living Learning experience for fall 2020. In our previous communications, we mentioned that your Living Learning Community experience will be different. Here are the primary changes:  

  • All Living Learning programs will be virtual. We will be introducing online platforms to connect you with other students in your program.  

  • You will have access to a GBDA Peer Leader who will help you transition into the GBDA program and into residence.  

  • Your mentor will engage with you individually as well as provide academic support and social experiences.   

  • Students will not be physically clustered on floors. You will live near other GBDA students in Claudette Millar Hall and UW Place, and may live near students from other faculties.  

We understand that these are notable changes. 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 Living Learning team.  

If you want a dynamic environment where your floor mates also enjoy expressing creativity through emerging technologies, then Living-Learning is for you.


Join our academic community


The Global Business & Digital Arts (GBDA) program will be offering first-year students the chance to live in a Living-Learning Community.

In addition to living and learning with your peers, this community will provide you with support from your Peer Leader – an upper-year GBDA student who has been successful in the program and can support and guide you to the individuals and resources you need to make your first year a successful one.


Activities & Events


As a Living-Learning student, you will have access to events that enhance your in-class learning and further develop skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. Examples of GBDA planned Living-Learning events include:

  • Research and resource workshops
  • De-stress social events
  • Organized dinners and events with faculty members
  • Study sessions for core GBDA courses
  • Academic information sessions

About UW Place and Claudette Millar Hall


The GBDA Community will be located in UW Place. Students who select the GBDA Community will have the opportunity to rank their preference between 3 different room types:

UWP Residence

Single room in a UW Place suite

New Residence Building

Single or semi-private room in the Claudette Millar Hall (formerly the New Residence Building)


Please note that selecting the GBDA Community guarantees you a place in the community, it does not guarantee that you will receive your first choice of room type. Many students select the same room type and there are only so many rooms available to the GBDA Community. Therefore, it is impossible to guarantee every student their first choice.


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 2020 will open in February 2020.


If you have any questions regarding Living-Learning Communities, please email Living-Learning or call us at 519-888-4567, ext. 31314.

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How to apply

Indicate your interest in the Living-Learning Community on the Residence Community Ranking Form during your residence application process.


The GBDA Living-Learning Community is open to all first-year students entering the Global Business & Digital Arts program in September 2017.


If you have any questions regarding Living-Learning Communities, please contact Living-Learning or call us at 519-888-4567, ext. 31314.