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Living & Learning Communities

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A Focused Living Experience:

Our Living & Learning Communities (LLCs) provide students the opportunity to live alongside peers who share similar interests in an environment that intentionally facilitates increased interaction with faculty and staff across various areas of the university.  LLCs offer community members meaningful experiences specifically designed around the community theme.  In addition to the emphasis on student formation that defines the Boston College residential experience, LLCs have an increased focus on the following areas:

Collaboration » Creative partnerships that serve to enhance the student experience.

Connection » Interactions that facilitate integrated learning and the exchange of ideas.

Community » Relationships cultivated through engagement around shared interests/values.

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How to Apply:

Students interested in applying to a LLC should complete the appropriate LLC pages within the Housing Application found on the My ResLife link on the Agora Portal. Specific application dates for returning and incoming first-year students will be made available in the spring of 2018.


For questions, please contact Holly Rodden at or call 617-552-3302.

Kostka Web Banner

Open to First Year Students Only:

The Women’s Experience in Kostka Hall, an all-female hall on Upper Campus, strives to engage residents in conversations around women’s issues, empowering women, and women’s leadership. The Kostka Women's community works in collaboration with the BC Women’s Center to offer dinner series, retreats, peer mentors, In-Hall programs, and opportunities to connect with women in leadership roles.  Through the Kostka Women's Experience, community members deepen their commitment to personal health and wellness, explore and develop their identity, and engage in meaningful conversations.

MLE Web Banner

Open to First Year Students Only:

Fostering diversity is an important part of the University's educational mission. The Multicultural Learning Experience is open to students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and provides residents the opportunity to learn about various cultures.  Students will work to further define and promote diversity within the hall and throughout the University through programmatic methods. Students are encouraged to plan and participate in multicultural theme programs that address the issues of our society.

Perspectives Web Banner

Open to First Year Students Only:

The Perspectives Living & Learning Community is an academic initiative for first year students that possesses a distinct bond between an academic course and a residential living community. Students who live in this community are afforded the opportunity to participate in specialized programming which creates links with the Perspectives curriculum, creates deeper relationships between students, faculty, and administrators, and develops a strong peer cohort. The program’s goal is to promote the development of authentic friendships that are both intellectual and social. This common bond and social interaction increases academic attentiveness and connection with classmates.

Shaw Web Banner

Open to First Year Students Only:

The Shaw Leadership Program is a unique four-year living–learning program run through the Office of Residential Life. Each summer, 20 highly motivated incoming First Year students are selected from a competitive applicant pool to become the "Shaw Class" for that graduating class. During the first year in the program, students reside in the Shaw House, attend weekly leadership workshops, participate in community service opportunities, and apply the skills they learn to create and complete a leadership project.

Healthy Living Web Banner

Open to All Class Years:

Boston College offers two Healthy Living Communities for students interested in living in an environment free of alcohol, tobacco, and other unhealthy substances. Each community encourages members to maintain a lifestyle that supports academic success, personal development, well-being, and a sense of community. Residents work to promote healthy choices within the hall and throughout the University through a variety of programs.

Honors Web Banner

Open to All Class Years:

Students have the unique opportunity to live in an atmosphere that starts in the classroom and extends to the residence hall. Faculty lectures and cultural, academic, and social programs are held in this residence hall throughout the year. Residing with the students are three Resident Assistants from the Honors Program. The application process is also highly competitive, and housing in this program is not guaranteed to all honors students.

Sustainability Web Banner

Open to the Sophomore Class Only:

The Sustainability Living & Learning Community in Vanderslice Hall is a community dedicated to rising sophomores interested in exploring the broad topic of sustainability, engaging in service, and being part of a new opportunity to promote environmental awareness. While no prior experience is necessary, an interest in and commitment to living in an intentional community around the issues of sustainability is necessary. A limited number of spaces are available on lower campus in Vanderslice Hall. Students must apply at the time of their housing intent.

Romance Language Web Banner

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:

The Romance Language Community seeks to bring students and faculty together to foster an intellectual community that shares the events of daily life in French and/or Spanish. Students living in the Maison Française and the Casa Hispánica participate in a unique academic living environment and must be proficient in French and/or Spanish to live on the floor. Students applying to the Romance Language Community are also required to interview with the Romance Language Fellows-in-Residence.