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Living & Learning Communities

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A Focused Living Experience:

Our Living & Learning Communities (LLCs) provide students the opportunity to live alongside peers who share similar interests in an environment that intentionally facilitates increased interaction with faculty and staff across various areas of the university.  LLCs offer community members meaningful experiences specifically designed around the community theme.  In addition to the emphasis on student formation that defines the Boston College residential experience, LLCs have an increased focus on the following areas:

Collaboration » Creative partnerships that serve to enhance the student experience.

Connection » Interactions that facilitate integrated learning and the exchange of ideas.

Community » Relationships cultivated through engagement around shared interests/values.

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How to Apply:

Students interested in applying to a LLC should complete the appropriate LLC pages within the Housing Application found on the My ResLife link on the Agora Portal. Please visit our Room Selection Page to see the most up to date timeline and deadlines for applying for a Living & Learning Community.

Living & Learning Community Application Timeline & Process


For questions contact the Office of Residential Life at or 617-552-3060.

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Open to First Year Students Only:

The Women’s Experience in Kostka Hall, an all-female hall on Upper Campus, strives to engage residents in conversations around women’s issues, empowering women, and women’s leadership. The Kostka Women's community works in collaboration with the BC Women’s Center to offer dinner series, retreats, peer mentors, In-Hall programs, and opportunities to connect with women in leadership roles.  Through the Kostka Women's Experience, community members deepen their commitment to personal health and wellness, explore and develop their identity, and engage in meaningful conversations.

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Open to First Year Students Only:

Fostering diversity is an important part of the University's educational mission. The Multicultural Learning Experience is open to students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and provides residents the opportunity to learn about various cultures.  Students will work to further define and promote diversity within the hall and throughout the University through programmatic methods. Students are encouraged to plan and participate in multicultural theme programs that address the issues of our society.

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Open to First Year Students Only:

The Perspectives Living & Learning Community is an academic initiative for first year students that possesses a distinct bond between an academic course and a residential living community. Students who live in this community are afforded the opportunity to participate in specialized programming which creates links with the Perspectives curriculum, creates deeper relationships between students, faculty, and administrators, and develops a strong peer cohort. The program’s goal is to promote the development of authentic friendships that are both intellectual and social. This common bond and social interaction increases academic attentiveness and connection with classmates.

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Open to First Year Students Only:

The Shaw Leadership Program is a unique four-year living–learning program run through the Office of Residential Life. Each summer, 20 highly motivated incoming First Year students are selected from a competitive applicant pool to become the "Shaw Class" for that graduating class. During the first year in the program, students reside in the Shaw House, attend weekly leadership workshops, participate in community service opportunities, and apply the skills they learn to create and complete a leadership project.

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Open to All Class Years:

Boston College offers two Healthy Living Communities for students interested in living in an environment free of alcohol, tobacco, and other unhealthy substances. Each community encourages members to maintain a lifestyle that supports academic success, personal development, well-being, and a sense of community. Residents work to promote healthy choices within the hall and throughout the University through a variety of programs.

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Open to All Class Years except First Years:

Students have the unique opportunity to live in an atmosphere that starts in the classroom and extends to the residence hall. Faculty lectures and cultural, academic, and social programs are held in this residence hall throughout the year. Residing with the students are three Resident Assistants from the Honors Program. The application process is also highly competitive, and housing in this program is not guaranteed to all honors students.

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Open to the Sophomore Class Only:

The Sustainability Living & Learning Community in Reservoir Apartments is a community dedicated to rising sophomores interested in exploring the broad topic of sustainability, engaging in service, and being part of a new opportunity to promote environmental awareness. While no prior experience is necessary, an interest in and commitment to living in an intentional community around the issues of sustainability is necessary. A limited number of spaces are available on lower campus in Reservoir Apartments. Students must apply at the time of their housing intent.

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Loyola House, a residential program entering its second year, is for male students thinking about the possibility of becoming Jesuits. It offers opportunities for community, prayer, service, discernment, and conversation with peers and Jesuits at Boston College. Its goal is to assist them to grow in self-knowledge, faith, friendship, and vocation—especially to discern if God is inviting them to become Jesuits. During the school year the house provides experiences that promote community life, like weekly dinners with visits from Jesuits from the Saint Mary and Saint Peter Faber Jesuit communities of BC. House members have spiritual directors, a service project with outreach to the poor, and access to other experiences like the Candlelight Mass and house discernment retreats. Located at 50 Quincy Road, Loyola House includes a chapel, kitchen, dining room, and spaces conducive for good conversation. For more information about the program, view this article from the Boston College Chronicle. If interested, please contact Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J.

Recovery and Support Housing

Boston College Recovery Housing (BCRH) is a community within the BC campus for students who have made a commitment to their recovery from substance dependence and long term sobriety. Through a structured, supportive, substance free and enriching environment, students are held accountable for their sobriety while continuing to develop as individuals, thrive academically, build supportive relationships and inspire others by continuing the mission of hope to those entering recovery. BCRH intentionally integrates a holistic understanding of addiction with Boston College's formational mission into a community based residential collegiate recovery program, strongly rooted in the 12-step tradition and Jesuit Spirituality.