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Living Learning Program

The Living Learning Program consists of Residence Learning Communities and Learning Clusters, each having an intentional curriculum design. The program is designed to extend opportunities for learning and development beyond the classroom.

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.

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 have the opportunity to develop stronger relationships with peers who share the same program or interests as you.
  • 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.
  • You'll have the opportunity to connect with local organizations within the Waterloo and Brantford communities to learn by engaging in real world problems and scenarios.
  • You'll have the opportunity to reflect more deeply on your values and interests in order to more clearly define your role as a leader and member of the community.

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 by June 3

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 3 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.

There is a cost of $40 due upon move-in for members of RLCs and LCs to cover the costs of learning experiences throughout the year.

Participants in Residence Learning Communities have the opportunity to earn Laurier Experience Record (LER) credit. In order to obtain LER credit, students must actively engage in the RLC, through attending learning experiences and programming hosted by residence learning community dons and by completing a reflection on the learning gained through this experience.

Waterloo Campus RLCs

Brantford Campus RLCS

Brantford Campus LCs