Living Learning Communities

Core LLC Experiences

In each of our LLCs, there are four core experiences: 

  • Faculty Meet and Greets:  Networking lunches with faculty or staff members allows you to meet and greet professors and professionals in your field of interest! 
  • LLC Themed Events: Led by your LLC Don throughout the academic year with a focus on exploring the theme of your Living Learning Community. These may include guest speakers, hands-on activities, and trips to locations in the Kingston area. 
  • Leadership Skill-Building Workshops (Living Learning Programs): Monthly workshops that encourage all members of the LLCs to come together and learn a new skill or explore a different perspective. As an LLC student, you will be encouraged to join us each month to make new friends and learn something new! 
  • LLC Legacy Projects: An array of initiatives throughout the academic year that allow you to leave a positive impact on the Queen’s and Kingston communities. 

Living Learning Community Certificate

To encourage and reward participation in the Living Learning Program each year, we offer a Living Learning Community Leadership Certificate. To earn this certificate, you will need to complete the following: 

  • Reside in a Living Learning Community 
  • Attend three or more Leadership Skill-Building Workshops (Living Learning Programs) 
  • Participate in one or more LLC Legacy Projects 
  • Actively participate in your LLC throughout the academic year  

This opportunity is optional. You are encouraged to actively participate in our communities based on your comfort level and availability. 

Interest-Based Living Learning Communities

Active Living Floor

The Active Living LLC is designed for students who strive to live healthy, well-balanced lifestyles. As a resident in this community, you will explore the various elements of holistic well-being and engage in activities throughout the year that promote healthy personal development. This interest-based LLC is open to all majors and faculties. This community is ideal if you look to eat well, get fit, and have fun! 

Creative Arts Floor

The Creative Arts community is designed to unite and inspire first-year students from all disciplines who share a passion for the arts (fine art, music, drama, dance, theatre, and/or film). This LLC is ideal if you are interested in exploring innovation and creativity through hands-on experiential programming opportunities. 

Leadership Floor

The Leadership LLC is designed to challenge, support, and empower its residents to take initiative and leave a positive impact at Queen’s – and far beyond. This interest-based LLC is open to all majors and faculties. This community is a good option if you would like to explore different leadership styles through workshops, reflection activities and involvement in other residence leadership activities.

Faculty-Based Living Learning Communities 


Faculty-based LLC floors place students in the same faculty in nearby rooms, while still being part of a bigger floor with students from other programs. Your Don will offer unique educational opportunities relevant to your courses, faculty, and career goals. As an LLC student in a faculty-based community, you should expect regular study nights and exam review sessions, engagement with related academic student societies, meet and greets with your professors, and more!             





Faculty Based LLCs


Computer Science

Social Science



Unique Communities

We offer four additional unique communities: study floor, female identified, alcohol & cannabis not preferred and pet friendly. 

Unique Communities

There is less specific programming for these floors. Instead, you share a desire to live in these environments. Click on each community to learn more.

Open to: all residence students from any faculty who agree to 22 hours of quiet on the floor. The study floor is an ideal community if you seek a quiet living environment while living in a residence atmosphere. Residents and their guests both agree to abide by the principles of this floor by maintaining low noise levels.

We will meet all requests to live in this community.

Located in Leonard Hall , Waldron Tower and Endaayaan – Tkanónsote

Open to: all residence students in any faculty who wish to live only with students who identify as female

Located in Adelaide Hall & Ban Righ

Open to: all residence students who are willing to make an affirmative commitment to maintaining a living environment free from alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs.  Led by your Residence Don, you will be asked to actively create a community agreement that outlines community expectations, norms, and desires. You may be interested in this community if you:

· Have made a conscious choice not to engage in substance use (alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs)

· Make this choice based on personal or family history with substance abuse or addiction, personal or faith-based convictions, or any other reason.

In this community, you will find less peer pressure to use substances and more support in choosing not to consume.

We will meet all requests to live in this community.

Located in Victoria Hall and Leggett Hall

We are excited to offer a Pet-Friendly Community in Jean Royce Hall for the 2023-2024 academic year- the first of its kind in Canada! You can apply to bring your approved pet(s) to residence as an opportunity to ease the transition into communal living, enhancing emotional, social and physical well-being, while living in a community with fellow pet owners and animal lovers.  If you don’t have a pet but would like to live in a community with pets, you are also welcome to apply. Everyone who selects the Pet Friendly Community on their Residence Application will ONLY see these rooms during self-selection.

We are committed to providing a safe and well-maintained environment for all community members. Permitted pets include cats, fish, and small animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and rabbits.  Additional guidelines will be sent to all students who select the Pet Friendly Community and details shared about the approval process.  In general:

  • Cats must be spayed or neutered, and have all vaccinations up to date (verified by a licensed veterinarian).  Cats must be at least one year old, and must have lived with you for at least 6 months.  Maximum one cat per student.
  • Small caged animals must be in good health, and live in a secure cage when you are not present.  Hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils, and rabbits are permitted- maximum two per student.
  • Fish must be kept in a regularly maintained aquarium that does not exceed 10 gallons. One aquarium per student.

More information, including the Residence Pet Policy, will be available soon. If you have questions, please be in touch on LiveChat, via email at or phone at 613-533-6790

Applying to Unique Communities & LLCs

Key Dates

March 8: Applications open. You will only be able to choose one unique community from the available list. Interest based and Faculty based LLCs will need a written description outlining your interest in your chosen LLC.
If you wish to choose a Loft Double room, you will not be able to choose an LLC.

June 8 at 4:00 pm ET: Applications are due. 

Mid June: You will find out the location of the LLCs (Brant, Smith & Leonard)

Late June: You will have an opportunity to withdraw from LLC consideration

Early July: You will find out if you have been accepted into the LLC and your self-selection date/time.

Mid July: Self-selection begins!

If you are accepted into an LLC, on the date of your self-selection, you will only be able to view rooms in your assigned building’s LLC cluster. If you choose to withdraw from LLC consideration during the opt-out period, your name will remain in the larger residence room self-selection pool.

For additional information regarding the Interest based and Faculty Based Living Learning Communities, please contact Michelle Kenyon, Academic Initiatives Coordinator at and for Unique Communities, please contact