Living Learning Communities

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Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are floors or clusters of rooms where you live together with students who share similar interests and values and engage in creative, social, and educational programming related to the topic of your specific community. As an LLC student, you will: 

  • Meet like-minded friends 
  • Connect with a variety of Queen’s Faculty outside of the classroom 
  • Share goals, projects, and challenges 
  • Benefit from peer and professionally led events created with your interests and development in mind 

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



We offer three preferred communities that you can request. Your application must note this choice to be considered for one of these communities. There is no specific programming for these floors. Instead, you share a desire to live in these environments. The three communities are:

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. 

Located in Leonard Hall

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.

Located in Victoria Hall

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

Located in Adelaide Hall and Ban Righ Hall.

Applying to an LLC

The Living Learning Program does not have any mandatory time commitment. We hope you will get involved, make friends, and participate in the additional opportunities and events offered to students throughout the academic year! LLCs are most successful when everyone actively engages with each other and the LLC-specific programming. 

Key Dates

June 8 at 4:00 pm ET: You may apply for up to 2 LLCs in your residence application. Your written description of your interest in the LLC is essential to your LLC application!

Mid June: You will find out the location of the LLCs (Brant House – single-plus rooms only or McNeill House – single, double, and loft double rooms).

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 Living Learning Communities, please contact Olivia Winder, Academic Initiatives Coordinator at and for the Preferred Communities, please contact