why live on campus

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are groups of students who share academic goals and interests. LLC members live in designated residence halls or apartments, enroll in community-specific courses and participate in group activities designed to enhance learning.

Living Learning Communities create and extend student learning opportunities outside of the classroom that heightens student intellectual and personal growth. LLCs are purposeful attempts to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences that complement and extend classroom learning. These communities foster faculty and resident interaction that enhances both intellectual and personal growth of the residents. Each LLC is structured, so students have a high degree of involvement in its formation.

Research shows that students who participate in an LLC have a higher academic success rate, higher college graduation rates, higher levels of satisfaction with their college experience, and an easier time connecting with their peers (Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2010).

  • Opportunity to interact with others who share similar interests, academic program or personal goals.
  • Opportunity to participate in learning activities and experiences with themes related to your major or area of interest.
  • Informally participating in study groups, as well as discuss class projects, group assignment, and class notes with other students.
  • Frequent interaction and collaboration with faculty and staff outside of the classroom.
  • Enriching your overall academic and residential experience by being part of a supportive, “student-centered” living and learning environment.

  • Collat School of Business Living Learning Community (LLC)

    The Collat School of Business Living Learning Community (LLC) is for students who plan to or are interested in a Business major. This community is for those interested in joining a community of students, faculty, and staff who are passionate about all areas of business. Residents will work together to explore different business practices and engage in problem-solving and extracurricular activities that provide real-world context and experience. Students living in this community will be exposed to and be able to participate in various professional and recreational development activities that will assist in self-assessment, exploration of academic majors, career exploration, and networking. Residents in the Business LLC will also be able to build strong connections while taking similar courses, forming study groups, and living with other members.

    Students living in this community will be exposed to and be able to participate in various professional and recreational development activities that will assist in self-assessment, exploration of academic majors, career exploration, and networking. Residents in the Business LLC will also be able to build strong connections while taking similar courses, forming study groups, and living with other members

    Business LLC Benefits:

    • Opportunity to live, learn, lead and serve as you prepare to become future business and community leaders.
    • Build a community of peers interested in and taking courses in similar topics.
    • Network with other students and faculty in similar fields.
    • Programming designed to help students discover and strengthen their business-related knowledge and skills.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a first-year student interested in or intending to major in Business.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must eligible to reside in the learning community; and
      • Must have expressed interest in being a part of the community on their application and completed the sign-up process to participate.
  • Engineering Living Learning Community

    The Engineering Living Learning Community (LLC) is designed to strengthen students first year of college while fostering a sense of community. The living-learning community extends learning from the classroom into the residence hall where students participate in structured programs built around academics, common interests, and shared goals. This program will provide the scholars with a solid foundation for the successful completion of an engineering degree. Programming within the LLC is a partnership between the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life and the UAB School of Engineering.

    Living in this community provides first-year engineering majors an opportunity to live and learn together. Upper-division engineering students serve as mentors providing tutoring and support for the early engineering classes. Students participating in the LLC will also be enrolled in EGR 102 (Engineering Living Learning Community).

    Engineering LLC scholars participate in:

    • Weekly meetings
    • Study groups
    • Professional development workshops
    • Social activities
    • Networking opportunities with UAB College of Engineering students, staff, faculty, and alumni

    The goals of the engineering living-learning communities are:

    • Bring together first-year engineering students in a residential environment.
    • Build a community of peers to help with assignments, projects, and adjustment to college life.
    • Offer encouragement and support in pursuing an engineering degree.
    • Develop skills for academic success, professionalism, and personal growth.
    • Provide access to upper-class community members who serve as mentors and committee members to make the first-year experience successful and fun!

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a first-year student intending to major in Engineering.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must eligible to reside in the learning community; and
      • Must have expressed interest in being a part of the community on their application and completed the sign-up process to participate.
  • Health and Wellness Themed Learning Community

    The Health and Wellness Themed Learning Community fosters an environment that encourages and promotes the development and maintenance of a healthy body, mind, and spirit through a wide range of programs. This community will provide you the opportunity to prioritize wellness and experience positive outcomes in your academic, social, and extra-curricular development.

    In this TLC, students are encouraged to practice new wellness behaviors that will enhance their experiences on campus. As members of the Health and Wellness TLC, students are supported in making healthy lifestyle choices and leading a balanced life and have the opportunity to learn and network with wellness professionals from UAB and the larger Birmingham community. Members of the Health and Wellness commit to living a substance free lifestyle while a member of the TLC.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a first-year student with an interest in Wellness.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must be eligible to reside in the learning community; and
      • Must have expressed interest in being a part of the community on their application and completed the sign-up process to participate.
  • Health Professions Living Learning Community

    Students interested in healthcare often share common goals and benefit from sharing ideas and resources for achieving them. In the Health Professions Living Learning Community (HPLLC), students will explore the array of areas of study across the healthcare industry, discover local community organizations and have the opportunity to participate in a Freshman Year Experience (FYE) that convenes both in the classroom and at various, key locations on campus. Participants will begin forming connections with faculty, administrators, and fellow students in the School of Health Professions (SHP). If you are a first-year student who plans to become involved in a health profession, consider joining this Living Learning Community. Students participating in the LLC will be enrolled in Health Professional first-year experience (FYE) course HRP 101: Experience the University Transition.

    Health Professions LLC Benefits:

    • Live in a community that is conducive to your academic success
    • Develop friendships in a positive environment
    • Participate in high impact programming created exclusively for HPLLC residents
    • Build leadership skills to help you grow and advance
    • Explore personal growth for success

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a first-year student intending to major in an area of Health Professions
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must be eligible to reside in the learning community; and
      • Must have expressed interest in being a part of the community on their application and completed the sign-up process to participate.
  • Honors Living-Learning Community

    The Honors Living-Learning Community allows UAB Honors College students the opportunity to live together in a dedicated space, fostering a strong community focus with shared goals of academic excellence and enhanced campus civic engagement. Located in all three of our first-year residence halls, these communities help to facilitate informal interactions in the residence hall where students will cultivate an understanding of the four values of the Honors College: Belonging, Exploring, Leading, and Daring; in addition to, their own personalities, strengths, and areas of interest.

    Living in the Honors Residential Community gives you the opportunity to:

    • Create a "home away from home" with your fellow honors students.
    • Develop close relationships with students who share your commitment to education.
    • Integrate academic and co-curricular experiences
    • Continue engagement with Honors SMART Leaders who help to ensure that you have the resources to find your place at UAB and in the Honors College.

    Eligibility:

    • Students must be accepted to the UAB Honors College.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must be eligible to reside in the learning community.
  • Human Rights Living Learning Community

    The Human Rights Living Learning Community provides a unique space on-campus, in which students engage locally, nationally, and globally with the content of human rights, human rights implementation, and issues relating to human rights violations. With a particular focus on the struggle of vulnerable and marginalized populations, including minorities, refugees, women, children, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and people dealing with the consequences of poverty, participants have meaningful dialogues and experiences through active participation and learning within the residence halls and in the Birmingham community.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a first-year student with an interest in Human Rights or related issues
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must be eligible to reside in the learning community; and
      • Must have expressed interest in being a part of the community on their application and completed the sign-up process to participate.
  • Second Year Stride Themed Learning Community (TLC)

    The Second Year Stride Themed Learning Community (TLC) is designed to offer second-year residential students the opportunity to develop networks, form major and career connections, establish decision-making skills and discover co-curricular opportunities to enhance the UAB experience.

    Students living in the Second Year Stride TLC will have all the social opportunities of a traditional residence hall, while also having the opportunity to engage in activities and programs that are tailored to the second-year experience of students. Through living in a community with other students who share the same class identity, students will explore and engage with each other as they navigate this pivotal year in their college career.

    Eligibility:

    • Be eligible to reside in an upper-classmen residence hall.
    • Must be a second-year, on-campus student.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must eligible to reside in the learning community; and
      • Must have expressed interest in being a part of the community on their application and completed the sign-up process to participate.
  • Transfer Experience Living-Learning community

    The Transfer Experience Living-Learning community is specifically designed to meet the needs of students who transfer to UAB from a community college or another four-year institution. Students who reside in the Transfer Experience Community will explore what it means to be a successful UAB student by providing information about managing transitions. Throughout the year, activities, events, and programs designed in collaboration with community members will assist transfer students in navigating a new environment and meeting the goals they have for the coming academic year. These activities are different than what is offered for first year students. We have partnered with our transfer student organization to create an experience that is unique and meet the needs of transfer students.

    The community is welcoming of students of all backgrounds, majors, and experiences. The diversity of perspective and experience is one of the strongest points of the program and an opportunity for residents to learn from each other and grow together.

    Eligibility:

    • The program is available to any first-year transfer student who has earned academic credit at a college or university in the time between high school and enrolling at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Students from all majors and schools are encouraged to sign-up to reside in this residential community.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must be eligible to reside in the learning community; and
      • Must have expressed interest in being a part of the community on their application and completed the sign-up process to participate.