Waterloo Residences acknowledge 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 six miles on each side of the Grand River.
If you have any questions regarding Living-Learning Communities, please email Living-Learning or call us at 519-888-4567, ext. 31314.
Do I only attend drop in tutoring if I need tutoring?
No! This is also a great space for you to study whether or not you need the guidance or support of an upper year tutor.
How many students are in a Living-Learning (LLC) cluster?
You will be living on a floor next to approximately 10-15 other students from the same faculty or program. The other approximately 30 students on your floor will be from a variety of other programs.
Is there a Living-Learning Community for my program?
You can find out if there is an LLC for your program here: Living Learning Communities.
How do I apply?
Incoming students can indicate their interest in a Living-Learning Community on the Residence Community Ranking Form during the residence application process by June 1, 2020.
If I join a Living-Learning Community, does that mean I'm living where
the community is located?
If you select to participate in a Waterloo Residences Living-Learning Community, you will be automatically assigned to the residence where the Living-Learning Community is based. For example, if you choose to join the School of Accounting and Finance community based in Village 1, you will automatically be assigned to Village 1, however you will still have the option to choose your preferred room style (single, double, interconnecting) and request a roommate. If you select to participate in a Science Academic Cluster, you will have the option to choose any of the available Science Academic Cluster communities.
For Living-Learning Communities in Colleges, every effort will be made to place you in the college where the community is based, however, depending on demand, you may be placed in another residence community.
What if my program doesn’t have a Living-Learning Community?
Can I join a community that's similar?
No, you must be enrolled in the specific Living Learning Program in order to be eligible for the LLC
- e.g. An incoming Honours Arts student is ineligible for an ARBUS LLC
You will still have access to a variety of academic supports. The Tutoring in Residence program offers free assistance from paid tutors to all Waterloo students, regardless of where you live
- Tutoring is offered for Accounting, Math (Calculus and Algebra), Math 127/128 for Science Students, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering.
If I ranked V1 or REV as my second choice can I still be admitted
to the Living-Learning Community?
If the Living-Learning Community for your program is in REV or V1 you have to select the LLC as your first choice to guarantee to your spot in the LLC. This selection will automatically place you in the building that houses the LLC and you will not have the opportunity to rank other residence buildings.
Am I guaranteed a spot in the Living-Learning Community?
Yes, for the Waterloo Residences communities. If you choose to be part of a Waterloo Residences Living-Learning Community, you will automatically be placed in the residence building that the community is in.
I want to be a part of Living-Learning but I want to request to be roommates
with a friend who is a part of a different program. Can I do this?
Yes, you can still be a part of Living Learning and request to have a roommate outside of the LLC. If your roommate is eligible for another LLC, you will need to decide which one you both will live in. We won’t be able to accommodate roommates who are in two different Living Learning communities.
Am I able to join an LLC for my program after I have been given my room assignment?
No, you need to identify your desire to join an LLC before the allocation process is complete. In order to access the full benefits of an LLC and upper-year mentor, we ensure all participants are living on the same floor or house. Thus, you need to select to be a part of your program’s LLC before you receive a room assignment so that you can be placed into this community.
I didn't select to be a part of an LLC, can I still participate in events?
If you did not select an LLC during the allocated time, you are still welcome to attend many of the events or activities that are run through the community.
We also offer drop-in tutoring right in residence, 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.
For the GBDA Living-Learning Community and the Science Academic Clusters, am I guaranteed to live in my first preference of room type?
No, selecting the GBDA LLC guarantees you a place in the LLC. It does not guarantee that you will receive your first choice of room type. Similarly, selecting the Science Academic Cluster guarantees you a place in a cluster, but not a specific room type. Many students select the same room type and therefore it is impossible to guarantee every student their first choice.
How are Science academic clusters different than Living-Learning Communities?
Unlike other LLCs, Science Academic Clusters do not have additional programming or peer mentor support. The benefit of living in a Science Academic Cluster is that it guarantees that you are living with or close to other Science Students who are likely taking many of the same classes.