The advantages of living-learning communities in university residences
Once you receive your admission offers, you will start to consider your options for residence. Many universities offer students the opportunity to choose a living-learning community as part of that residence experience. Some of these programs are tied to academic programs; others are based on shared interests such as sustainability, volunteering or healthy lifestyles. Laurier, for example, has a residence floor dedicated to history students; York has a politics, law, and public affairs program; the University of Ottawa offers a community engagement and leadership program.
Research shows that such programs help students to develop closer friendships and connect better with faculty as they transition to university. Students who engage in such communities also tend to earn higher grades in first year. It is certainly worth investigating living-learning communities at the universities that you are considering!