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Living Learning Program

Residence Learning Communities and Learning Clusters

A Residence Learning Community (RLC) is a themed residence community where students live on the same floor and share a common interest, major or coursework.

Learning Clusters (LCs) provide students with the opportunity to engage in programming with others who share a common interest while living in a traditional residence community. Students participating in a Learning Cluster will be placed in the same residence building on different residence floors, participate in their own floor's programming, but have the added benefit of tailored programming based on the theme of their Learning Cluster.

RLCs and LCs are designed to extend opportunities for learning and development beyond the classroom. This is achieved by offering you opportunities to network with peers, faculty and staff through programs held both in your residence and off campus. The Living Learning Program has an intentional curriculum designed for each Residence Learning Community and Learning Cluster. Referred to as a high impact educational practice, the goal of RLCs and LCs is to encourage the integration of in-class and out of class learning by connecting faculty, staff and students in a rich learning environment.

What Can You Expect To Do in an RLC or LC?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to connect with faculty and alumni based on the theme of your learning community.
  • You’ll be participating in our Non-Profit Sector Experiential Certificate program and volunteer with local organizations, so you can make an impact in the community.
  • We’ll connect you with the Career & Co-op Centre so you can edit your resume and cover letter to help you get your first job.
  • We’ll host study sessions and academic skills workshops so you have all the tools and training you need to achieve academic success.  

Why Live in an RLC or LC?

  • "I absolutely cannot imagine what my university experience would have been if I hadn’t been part of an RLC."
  • "It was a great experience living with a group of like-minded individuals whose aim was to have friends to go on this self-discovery journey with.”
  • "From living in this community, I’ve learned the importance of communication, the value of respect, and what it means to be part of a family.”
  • "I have so many things in common with my floormates. I learn from them, and the group activities benefit me personally and academically.”
  • "I think the best part about being in an RLC is the sense of togetherness. It feels like we are a family, and we sincerely care about each other.”
  • "Our community has gone on trips that have greatly contributed to my learning and enjoyment of my first year at Laurier."

Applying to an RLC or LC

RLC and LC residents need to be active members of the community who positively contribute to the growth and support of their peers. Each RLC and LC has specific admission requirements and criteria.

If you are interested in applying for one of the RLCs or LCs, you will need to complete the Residence Learning Communities/Clusters section within the online residence application, and answer the three questions. Your completed residence application must be submitted by the June 1st, 2021 deadline.

Selections and placements will be completed in mid to late July. You will be notified by email if you are successful in receiving a space in an RLC or LC. Please note there is a cost of $60 due upon move-in for members of Residence Learning Communities and Clusters to cover the costs of learning experiences throughout the year.

Waterloo Campus RLCs

Brantford Campus RLCS

Brantford Campus LCs