Living learning communities

While all of SFU residence is a learning community, you also have the option to apply to one of our specific Living Learning Communities (LLC) which are grouped around a particular focus with additional support and programming. LLCs connect students academically and socially while creating a space for continued learning, personal growth and strong connections with other students, staff and faculty outside of the classroom.

2024 LLC Locations

  • The Beedie School of Business LLC and the Global Citizenship LLC will be located in our East/West Towers Community
    • These LLCs are primarily focused on supporting first year students in their transition to university life, but we welcome applications from students in all years who feel they would fin value in the LLC experience.
  • Students in the Indigenous LLC are invited to live in a building type that best fits their academic and personal needs.

*Please note that all of our Living Learning Communities are gender inclusive.

How you benefit

Students who participate in Living Learning Communities are more likely to feel they had an easier transition into university life, a higher sense of community and belonging in residence. They have higher levels of academic self-confidence and are more likely to successfully engage in academic projects (such as honours), study abroad opportunities, and research/capstone projects. Students who participate in LLC communities are more likely to become student leaders and mentors.

(National Study of Living Learning Programs, 2007; Spanierman, Soble, Mayfield, Neville, Aber, Khuri, & De La Rosa, 2013).  

How to apply  

When completing your housing application, apply for one of SFU’s Living Learning Communities (LLC). You will be asked to complete a questionnaire explaining your interest in becoming a part of that specific LLC. You must have a completed housing application (fully filled out and application fee paid) in order to be considered for a LLC.

Offer process

  • All completed LLC applications will be reviewed starting in late February and will continue until the LLCs are full.
  • If you apply and are accepted to a LLC, you will receive an offer via email which may include a Student Agreement. You will need to submit a signed Student Agreement prior to being placed in the LLC.
  • If you accept, your housing offer will be for this LLC. If you receive a LLC housing offer and wish to live elsewhere in residence (including living on a specialty floor), you will need to decline your LLC Housing offer and will then be placed on the Residence and Housing wait list at this time. 
  • As LLC space is limited, you will still be considered for a space in housing outside of your LLC preference. This will be based on the date of your completed housing application (including your application fee).