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Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

What is a Living Learning Community?

A University of Houston Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students living together based on a common interest. Living Learning Communities support high levels of interaction between students, increased interaction with faculty outside of the classroom, and increased opportunities to learn where you live such as a shared class given on the topic, study groups, and programming.

Why Join A Living Learning Community?

  • To develop a sense of belonging within your Living Learning Community and the larger University of Houston Community
  • Experience academic achievement
  • Be exposed to learning opportunities that support your becoming a responsible member of the broader community
  • Demonstrate awareness and utilization of university resources
  • Immerse yourself in and explore new opportunities

Approximately 30 percent of Honors College freshmen choose to live on campus. By living in the Honors College LLCs, students will have the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community by way of informal gatherings, social activities, and cultural events. Students must be accepted into the Honors College or be a National Merit Scholar, Terry Scholar, or a Tier One student to reside in Honors College Housing. The Honors LLCs are housed in Cougar Village I and Cougar Place. For more information about joining the Honors College page.

Student success is the University of Houston’s biggest priority, and the Cougar Experience Scholarship was created for students who strive to make campus a more vibrant environment. The Cougar Experience Scholar LLC is for all students who have been awarded the Cougar Experience Scholarship, which covers part of the cost of living on campus. The Cougar Experience Scholar LLC is a community that promotes campus engagement, lifelong friendships, and academic success. Like every scholarship, the Cougar Experience Scholarship will decrease students’ financial stress and allow them to better concentrate on their education and campus activities, but it is also a unique way to encourage them to build an even stronger campus community that benefits all   Coogs . This community is housed in Cougar Village II. Only CES Scholarship recipients are eligible to be a part of this community.   To apply to be a part of this community, visit the Cougar Experience Scholars page.

This community living option is for students who choose to live a sober life. Students who live in the Cougar Recovery LLC are in recovery and are committed to continuing this lifestyle through college. Focus on this floor will be on community members engaging in productive campus groups and activities. Students who live in this LLC must be actively participating in a 12 step program and committed to participating in the floor community. This community is housed in Cougar Place. To apply to live in this LLC, email John Shiflet at

The Gender Diversity LLC welcomes students of all gender identities and expressions who are seeking a safe, inclusive, comfortable, and supportive living environment. This may include students who identify as male, female, trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary. Members will be able to explore expanded definitions and roles of gender in society, and engage community members in critical dialogues. Opportunities for community building, educational programming, and social events will be available throughout the year. This community will also have direct connections to campus support services and academic departments on campus. This community is housed in Cougar Place and Cougar Village II.

To apply to live in the Gender Diversity LLC, email

Do you love where you live? Living in the Impact learning community will give you the chance to explore the city of Houston in a new way. Together we will explore one of the most culturally diverse cities through participating in service projects and learning about all that Houston has to offer. We will focus on a variety of social issues throughout the year including hunger and homelessness, health and wellness, children and education, and the environment and sustainability. As we explore each social issue, you will learn how to think globally and act locally to have a positive impact on your community. This community will be housed in Cougar Place. To apply to live in the Impact LLC, email

The Theatre Community is for students who have a declared Theatre major. This community is geared toward First Year Theatre Majors with pre-professional aspirations. The community will provide opportunity for students in various theatre areas (Acting, Playwriting/Dramaturgy, Theatre Education, Stage Management & Technical Production) to collaborate on projects and rehearse in spaces specifically dedicated for that purpose. The Theatre Community is housed in Cougar Village II. For more information about joining the Theatre Community page.

The vision for the Minority Male Leadership LLC is to provide a welcoming and inclusive living space where minority male students can learn and grow from shared living experiences while establishing meaningful connections with fellow students and staff. Some of the organized activities provided to men in this community will include career exploration, leadership development, social programs, goal setting, and community service.

The Women in STEM LLC provides women a place where they can thrive socially and academically. This community will provide students the opportunity to develop friendships with each other as well as supportive relationships with peer mentors, faculty, and staff within the STEM field. We seek to integrate academic and social support for women seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students also have opportunities to network with professionals in the STEM fields and develop relationships while exploring a variety of interests and topic areas.

The Languages and Culture House will be made up of students who are studying Chinese, French, or Spanish, as well as native or near-native speakers of Chinese, French, or Spanish. Students who live in the Languages and Culture House will pick either the Chinese House, French House, or Spanish House. These students will have the opportunity through social events, conversation hours, and language exchanges to use their language outside of the classroom. They will also be introduced to other languages and cultures through film, lectures, and excursions.

The Bauer House will provide a learning environment designed to promote a community and enhance the living experience of students pursuing a degree in Bauer (Business). Members of the Bauer House will connect with their peers, faculty, and staff through social and academic opportunities. Students in the Bauer House will participate in monthly academic and social programs to build their connection with the College of Business and the University of Houston.