Living Learning Communities

Photo of Greiner Hall Living Learning Community.

At UB, you have the unique opportunity to live with like-minded students in our popular Living Learning Communities, typically located in 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.

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 is staffed with upperclass Resident Advisors, and also 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 and the FYI Engineering area which is located in the Governors Complex.

Architecture

The FYI Architecture Living Learning Community is designed for students enrolled in the School of Architecture and Planning. Students enjoy connecting with their peers where they live, as well as in class and studio. This community provides extracurricular activities that fit their demanding schedule, and connects students to a supportive network of staff, faculty, and administrators. This community is known for its close friendships to one another and with their RAs & AAs.

Engineering

The FYI Engineering Living Learning Community is a great community for students enrolled or intending to enroll in any of the 7 departments within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This community provides opportunities to develop problem solving, collaboration, and social skills needed in the engineering field, and make connections between their studies and events in the residence halls, and build contacts with professionals in the school of engineering.

Health Professions

The FYI Heath Professions Living Learning Community is for students enrolled or intending to enroll in a variety of health-related fields such as pre-med, pre-dentistry, and nursing. This community provides opportunities to establish study groups, networking and exploring co-curricular experiences in your field of choice.  Come live with those who share your passion for learning and helping others, while working together in common subject areas such as chemistry and biology.

Psychology

The FYI Psychology Living Learning Community is for students enrolled or intending to enroll Psychology. Staff develop programming that focuses on hot topics of the field, and personal growth and development. We also partner with Career Services to explore the variety of opportunities available to students in this major.

Management

The FYI Management Living Learning Community is for students enrolled or intending to enroll in the School of Management. This community provides opportunities for participants to support each other through prerequisite courses such as economics and accounting. Additionally, the Management FYI assists students in identifying extracurricular activities to enhance their area of interest, and connect with resources offered through the School of Management.

Pharmacy

The FYI Pharmacy Living Learning Community is for students enrolled or intending to enroll in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology, etc. This community provides opportunities for students to establish study groups, explore trending advances in the field, and build connections with faculty and peers. Staff also help students prepare for Early Assurance Pharmacy interviews and requirements.

Partner Programs

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.

Alliance

Alliance Living Learning Community is ideal for students wanting to embrace diversity in a safe and affirming environment that brings together LGBTQ+ students and straight allies to freely explore issues of gender identity and expression and sexual orientation. This spaces is intended to be a safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive community for students of all gender identities, sexual orientations and expressions. This community is open to incoming first-year students, as well as current upperclassmen students.

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 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.

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.

For Upper-Class Students

Living Learning Communities

The Experiential Learning Network

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.

Architecture Special Interest Housing

Architecture Special Interest Housing is a community where upper-class 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 Goodyear Hall on the South Campus.

Alliance

Alliance Living Learning Community is ideal for students wanting to embrace diversity in a safe and affirming environment that brings together LGBTQ+ students and straight allies to freely explore issues of gender identity and expression and sexual orientation. This spaces is intended to be a safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive community for students of all gender identities, sexual orientations and expressions. This community is open to incoming first-year students, as well as current upperclassmen students.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I Apply?

When completing your housing application, select which Living Learning Communities your are interested in. You will aslo need to enter the reasons you are interested in each community you are interested in.

Some of the above programs require additional applications, which you can click on above.

Can I apply to multiple Living Learning Communities?

Yes.  Some Living Learning Communities are competitive, so you should apply to multiple communities.  If accepted to multiple communities, you will be contacted and will have to incicalte which community to live in.

 Can I choose my roommate?

Depends on the community. Usually, your intended roommate also has to be accepted into the LLC, which sometimes means belonging to the same major or program

Can I choose my room type?

Each LLC is located in a specific space of the residence hall. If your preferred room type is available, we’ll house you in it. If it is not available, we will assign you to an available space in the LLC.

What is an Academic Assistant?

AAs are special upperclass student staff we hire to provide academic support in specific LLCs. They are student leaders like an RA, but their interactions focus on academics and theme of the LLC

Who can I contact with questions?

The Living Learning Program staff at livinglearning@buffalo.edu.