Living Learning Communities

At UB, you’ll have the unique opportunity to live with like-minded students in our popular Living Learning Communities, which are typically located on specific floors of our residence halls. By living with other students who share your interests, you’ll make friends more easily, have study partners right next door, and get access to programs specifically designed around your goals.

Request to Live in a Living Learning Community

When you apply for official on-campus housing, you will be able to list your preference for these areas if you are eligible. Spaces in all specialty areas are limited, so we encourage you to apply early. Please note that there are additional eligibility requirements for some Living Learning Communities; please click on the link after each one for more information about eligibility.

Better Academic Performance

Students who participate in residential learning communities perform better academically, thanks to the built-in support structure and peers who share their experiences.

For First-Year Students

First-Year Interest (FYI) Communities

Want to live with other students who share your academic interests? When you join one of our First-Year Interest Communities, you’ll live together on the same residence hall floors with like-minded students, and attend programs and events specifically designed around your interests. Every FYI community also has a live-in academic assistant for additional tutoring and academic support. All FYI floors are located in the Ellicott Complex except the FYI Architecture area which is located in the South Campus Halls.

Acker Scholars

The Daniel Acker Scholars Program is an individualized program that provides additional resources for academically talented students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including students with financial need, first-generation college students and underrepresented minority students (African-American, Latina/Latino American and Native American). This community also has live-in academic assistants for additional tutoring and academic support. First-year students who are accepted into the program live together in the same area of Governors Complex along with academic assistants, who provide additional support.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides an avenue for admission and means of support for talented students who have not reached their full academic potential due to barriers in their educational, economic or personal background. Applicants to the program, which is regarded as one of the most successful programs of its type in the nation, must be New York State residents who qualify under EOP financial eligibility guidelines. This community also has live-in academic assistants for additional tutoring and academic support. First-year students who are accepted into the program live together in the same area of Governors Complex.

Global 360 Community

Global 360 offers U.S. and international students a supportive space to explore and celebrate issues of intercultural and international interest. In this community, students will explore cultures different from their own, attend fun cultural events and connect with students and faculty from across the world to become more globally minded citizens. Applicants are welcomed from any major, nationality, or background. Students in this community live together in the Governors Complex.

Honors College

The UB Honors College provides the experience of a small liberal arts college backed by the intellectual resources of a major research university to deliver a dynamic curriculum that moves far beyond the classroom. This diverse community of gifted scholars, experienced advisors and committed faculty is perfect for students who crave a challenge and wish to do more with their education. This community also has live-in academic assistants for additional tutoring and academic support. First-year students who are accepted into the Honors College may choose to live in the Honors College area in Governors Complex.

Leadership House

Leadership House gives first-year students a unique opportunity to learn about leadership, service and community engagement through classes and co-curricular experiences. This community is designed to shape students’ academic and social experience, enhance personal development, and develop students who become active citizens at UB and in the community. Students who are accepted into Leadership House will live together in the same area of Governors Complex.

For Upperclass Students

Living Learning Communities

The Academies

The Academies is community of sophomore students who want to explore real-world challenges and make a positive community impact. Participants will design and implement a team project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and can receive up to $1,000 to support their project.  This community includes faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines, local and international students, and leaders who bring a real-world perspective to the classroom. Second-year students who are accepted into the program live together in the same area of Greiner Hall.

Acker Scholars L.E.A.D.S

The Daniel Acker Scholars Program is an individualized program that provides additional resources for academically talented students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The Acker L.E.A.D.S participants build leadership skills and participate in regular mentorship activities and community service. Second-year students who are accepted into the program live together in the same area of Greiner Hall.

Architecture Special Interest Housing

Architecture Special Interest Housing is a community where upperclass students studying architecture or environmental design can live together and learn from each another. Additional opportunities include mentoring the first-year architecture community and participating in career exploration programming. Open to sophomore, junior and senior architecture students, this special interest housing is located in Clement Hall on the South Campus.

Engineering Special Interest Housing

This program offers students majoring in an engineering program to live in a space together to learn more about opportunities in their career field. Additionally, these students will develop leadership skills though a mentorship program, and will meet with their assigned mentees monthly. Selected participants will live together in Fargo Hall of the Ellicott Complex.

Honors College

The UB Honors College students have the opportunity to live and study together, while participating in a year-long service project with a Buffalo community partner. Participants also take an Honors Seminar together that features successful and interesting speakers each week with a lesson about ways to impact the world. Second-year students who are accepted into the Honors College may choose to apply for the Honors College area in Greiner Hall.