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.
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.
Students who participate in residential learning communities perform better academically, thanks to the built-in support structure and peers who share their experiences.
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.
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 along with academic assistants, who provide additional support.
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.
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 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.
PURPOSE (Providing Undergraduate Residents Practice for Outstanding Scholarly Excellence) Living Learning Community provides incoming first-year students with structured academic support during their first year of college. Students in this community have the opportunity to build close relationships with university academic resources, as well as one other. The PURPOSE LLC provides students with specialized support, assisting in their transition from high school to college by building essential success skills. This NEW, specialized community promotes strategic exploration and engagement as students grow into independent scholars. To apply for this opportunity, please contact Frank Tierney, Coordinator of Academic Initiatives, at email@example.com.
All students residing in Experiential Learning Network Sophomore Living Learning Community will participate in a project aimed at making a tangible, real-world impact on a local or global community. Students will work on a team mentored by a faculty member, receive funding to support their project, take a 2 credit fall course and 1 credit spring course. Second-year students who are accepted into the program live together in the same area of Greiner Hall.
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 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.
The Engineering SIH offers students majoring in an engineering program to live in a space together to collaborate on assignments, participate in experiential learning projects, develop skills employers will be seeking, and learn more about opportunities in their career field. Housed in Fargo Hall. Required to attend 2 workshops per semester and develop a collegiate career plan. Limited to Sophomore Engineering majors.
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.