Living Learning Communities

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Join a Living Learning Community at UT!

What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are residential communities that introduce and integrate academic and social learning through faculty/staff involvement and holistic education. LLCs at UT are designed to create a greater sense of community through increased opportunities for faculty and peer interaction around specific topics. Students living in LLCs live together in the same area of a residence hall and share experiences that reinforce the theme of their LLCs. LLCs provide students and faculty opportunities for connection outside the classroom and support networking across common interests.


Why would I join an LLC?

LLCs are designed to enrich the residential experience for students and connect academic and extracurricular involvement. Students in LLCs enjoy:

  • More interactions with faculty, civic leaders, and university administrators
  • Closer connections with faculty members
  • Increased sense of community at UT Austin
  • High satisfaction with their residential experience
  • Greater content knowledge in their LLC topic


What are the types of LLCs?

LLCs at UT cover a wide range of interests for students and the community. LLCs can be connected to specific academic programs, around a particular issue or interest, or be themed from a broader range of synergistic interests. Some LLCs may involve required classes or majors, while others are open to students interested in a particular lifestyle or topic.

First Generation LLC

First Generation Living Learning Community

The First Generation Living Learning Community builds a peer and faculty/staff network for first generation students so that they can get academically and socially integrated into the college setting. This LLC provides a unique opportunity for first generation college students to connect on a deeper level in order to enhance academic achievement, increase campus involvement, and engage in developmental growth in a structured living learning environment. Programming will include academic workshops, faculty and alumni fireside chats, on- and off-campus projects (service learning), and residence life interactive activities.

Global Living LLC

Global Living Learning Community

The Global LLC provides the opportunity for UT students to be placed with other students from diverse cultural backgrounds and various countries. Residents will be able to interact with students from many parts of the world through participation in social events, dinners, discussions, faculty mentorships, and residential programs. This community is a dynamic place for students to enhance their intercultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills.

Healthy Lifestyles LLC

Healthy Lifestyles Living Learning Community

The Healthy Lifestyles LLC dedicated to substance-free lifestyles, wellness goals, and peer support. Students develop individual plans for maintaining and achieving wellness in four areas: biological wellness, psychological wellness, social wellness, and making a meaningful life. These wellness plans include personal wellness or recovery, support for one another and community building, and service to the campus and community. Great for first-year students in recovery from substance use disorders, recovering from mental health conditions and seeking a sober community, or those not in recovery but dedicated to personal growth and peer support. Members of this community must abstain from intoxicating substances while in the residential area.

Jefferson Scholars LLC

Jefferson Scholars Living Learning Community

The Jefferson Scholars LLC allows students who are a part of the Jefferson Scholars Program in every college and major to acquire the essential elements of a liberal arts education and prepares them for a lifetime of citizenship and leadership. This residential community is connected to a larger community of scholars and students through the Thomas Jefferson Center who share a love of great books and thoughtful conversation. Through an integrated program of courses, extracurricular activities, and shared living space, students who are a part of the Jefferson Scholars LLC will experience the benefits of a small liberal arts college within a large research university.

Joynes Reading LLC

Joynes Readers & Writers Living Learning Community

The Joynes Readers and Writers is both an academic and theme-based community, enriching the residential experience for honors students interested in all forms of narrative storytelling - including prose fiction, poetry, journalism, essays, plays, screenplays, and comics. Students in this LLC will have the opportunity to meet and learn from award-winning professional writers who are visiting the UT campus as adjunct faculty and/or guests of the Joynes Reading Room. Students will also have the opportunity to share their own creative work with each other in writing workshops facilitated by faculty and staff. This LLC will provide an opportunity for students who enjoy storytelling to build their skills and knowledge in a supportive community of peers with similar interests.

Sustainability LLC

Sustainability Living Learning Community

The Sustainability LLC will broadly explore the connection between environmentalism, social justice, and economic longevity, commonly considered the three major components of sustainability – planet, people, and profit. This LLC encourages people curious OR skeptical about any aspect of sustainability to join the community. The year-long program will include opportunities to study the impact of personal and social activities on the environment and vulnerable populations, understand the social and natural ecosystems of Austin and the university, and go “hyperlocal” with sustainability by designing, within the community, ways to make this LLC sustainable and enriching for all participants.

Terry Scholars LLC

Terry Scholars Living Learning Community

The Terry Scholars LLC facilitates the Terry Scholars' development as leaders and scholars, while focusing on ways to give back through service, impact on their community, and by acting in congruence with shared values. The Terry Scholars LLC provides an opportunity for students to merge the academic, cultural, and social aspects of their identities within their institutional work. The LLC is focused on creating an environment where Terry Scholars can connect across difference while working through service to the UT Austin campus and surrounding community. Students who live in the Terry Scholars LLC will be able to build components of servant leadership while also participating in opportunities to facilitate activities and plan opportunities that will enhance their engagement.

Transfer Student LLC

Transfer Student Living Learning Community

The Transfer LLC brings together students who arrive at UT Austin with valuable college and life experiences. In this program, first-year transfer students build on the strength and resilience from these experiences and come together as a supportive community. Participants will benefit from exposure to a wide range of campus resources, connections with faculty and staff, workshops on self-authorship, and a built-in peer network. The program helps students translate their previous college experiences into academic success on the Forty Acres.

Women In Engineering LLC

Women in Engineering Living Learning Community

The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) LLC provides 40 first-year engineering women with the opportunity to live together in a supportive, residential community. Members are part of a First Year Interest Group (FIG) . Make new friends quickly, form study groups and have special programming and academic support from the WEP Staff. This LLC features enrollment in a WEP FIG, an interdisciplinary community of engineering women, hands-on engineering based projects, engineering study tips & academic success seminars, weekly office hours with WEP staff and peer mentors, close proximity to the engineering complex, choice of roommate (does not have to be engineering student), tutoring & academic support and organized study sessions.

Women in Natural Sciences LLC

Women in Natural Sciences Living Learning Community

The Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) LLC provides first-year women in Natural Sciences with the opportunity to live in a supportive residential community. This program creates networking opportunities and helps women develop close relationships with faculty, staff, and practitioners in their field. In this academic-centered community, students will improve their personal scholarly achievement within their science and enhance their understanding of careers in STEM fields.

How do I apply?

  • Start your housing application.
  • When you submit your housing preferences, select your interest in the LLC you wish you join. Note: selecting an LLC will override other preferences in the housing system.
  • Follow the LLCs instruction and timeline to complete your application. You will be asked to fill out a specific LLC application indicating why you want to join the community.
  • Each LLC has its own timeline requirements, outlined in the housing application.
  • You’ll know if you are accepted in the LLC no later than June 1.


What if I have additional questions about LLCs?

Contact Occupancy Management: