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Living Learning & Lifestyle Themed Communities

Want to get the most from your residence experience? Living Learning Communities (LLC)& Lifestyle Themed Communities give you the opportunity to live with peers who share the same interests or similar lifestyles as you. Be sure to indicate your interest in these communities on your Residence Application.

Residence applications have been closed. The university announced that classes for the entire fall term will be online.

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What is a Living Learning Community?

Our Living Learning Communities (LLC) are a great way to connect with fellow students who share your interests and to continue your education outside the classroom. We invite students who are passionate about these themes to apply to participate in an LLC while in residence and get more out of their first-year experience at McMaster.

Residence Life has collaborated with our academic partners and other student success partners to bring you opportunities to live and learn in an integrated academic residential environment. This means that the events in your residence community will be focused around the LLC theme, allowing you to grow in your knowledge of this area and have a great time exploring your passions.

Why Join an LLC?

Studies show participation in an LLC can lead to:

  • Increased GPA
  • An increased sense of community, even in a large university
  • Engagement with faculty, staff, and students
  • Participation in connected courses and academic experiences
Students Sitting Around a Table at an LLC Event

Explore Our LLC Themes

What is a Lifestyle Themed Community?

A Lifestyle Themed Community is for students wishing to live in an environment with shared expectations surrounding a particular lifestyle. 

Quiet Community

All residence communities have established quiet hours when noise must be kept to an absolute minimum. Students living in Quiet Communities agree to extended quiet hours and to keeping noise to an absolute minimum at all times.

  • Quiet hours for this community are Sunday-Thursday 10pm-8am and Friday-Saturday 1am-8am. During quiet hours there should be absolute quiet. This means that students should not be able to hear their neighbours in the community or students in the hall.

Substance-Free Community

This community is a welcoming space for students who wish to live in an environment free of alcohol and other controlled substances. Students living in this community agree to neither possess nor consume alcohol and other controlled substances within their room or in common spaces. These expectations also apply to all guests visiting this community.

All-Female Community

This community is a welcoming space for female students who wish to live in a single-sex environment. Although this is an all-female community, male guests are permitted to visit.

Residence Life Staff Chatting with Student