Living-Learning and Theme Communities

Looking to share a HOME away from home with other students who have similar interests? Consider one of our Living-Learning Communities (LLC) or Theme Communities (TC).

If you are interested in any of the Living-Learning Communities (LLC) or Theme Communities (TC) listed below and want to learn more, click the corresponding links. If you indicate interest in an LLC or TC on your Housing Application, your contact information will be sent to the LLC or TC of your choice beginning in the month of November through mid-March. The academic college or department will be in contact with you regarding your interest.  

Interest in a community is due by March 15.

Available Living-Learning Communities and Theme Communities include:

College of Architecture, Art and Design Living-Learning Community (CAAD): Housed in Deavenport Hall, Dogwood Hall and Hull Hall, this Living-Learning Community provides freshmen in the College of Architecture, Art and Design an opportunity to live and learn together. With studio-based learning as the predominant teaching methodology in the college, this Living-Learning Community provides CAAD students a context in which to network, study, and work together as they acclimatize to this unique learning format. This Living-Learning Community also provides close proximity to the 24/7 use of our studios in the college. For more information visit:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Sustain+Ability Living-Learning Community (CALS):  Housed in historic Hull Hall at the center of the MSU campus and for CALS majors interested in sustainable community and food systems, the Sustain+Ability LLC allows students to build relationships with like-minded peers. Working with faculty mentors, students will explore CALS career paths and promote sustainability through service-learning projects at the MSU Community Garden, North and South Farms, and other experiential sites on or close to the MSU campus. The program offers the potential for future leadership positions (e.g., CALS Ambassadors program) and access to unique scholarship opportunities such as the Waldorf Endowed Scholarship on the Environment, Precision Agriculture Scholarships, and others with a focus on sustainable agricultural systems. Students must be a College of Agriculture and Life Science major to participate in this LLC.

College of Forest Resources Living-Learning Community: This LLC for natural resource majors, housed in Cresswell Hall, will provide students an opportunity to attend the same classes, establish study groups, and network and live with like-minded students. The College of Forest Resources is a small college with career paths that provide students continuous interaction with classmates from the first day of college throughout their careers. Students in this LLC will find a valuable opportunity to ease the transition to college and to build relationships within the natural resource field. Students must be Forestry or Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture majors to participate in this LLC. For more information, visit

PGA Golf Management Living-Learning Community: Housed in Magnolia Hall, this LLC provides Freshmen PGM majors an opportunity to live, study, practice and attend class together. For more information, visit

Shackouls Honors College Living-Learning Community: This residential college community/living-learning community encompasses bed spaces in Griffis Hall and Hurst Hall. Incoming freshmen who are admitted to the Shackouls Honors College are able to live in one of the Honors College residence Halls during the duration of their freshman year. For more information please visit: