Living-Learning Communities


Each floor on campus promotes academic success and offers programming tied to transition students as they move through their years at college. Living-Learning Communities go one step further in strengthening connections between students and faculty within a chosen course of study. These dynamic learning communities have some added benefits including:

  • Formal and informal out-of-class interaction with professors in your academic field.
  • Increased opportunity for career information, internships, and professional networking.
  • Access to special facilities and equipment in a supportive learning environment.
  • Educational programs that will enhance your classroom learning.
  • Social and cultural activities with students and faculty.

Each of our programs is unique and interesting. They are jointly sponsored by Housing & Dining and an academic unit of the university. There is at least one faculty advisor from each academic department or college affiliated with each floor. We encourage you to consider joining a Living-Learning Community.

For general questions related to Living-Learning Communities at NIU, please contact the Associate Director for Residential Education at 815-753-9605.

How to Join an LLC

After being admitted to NIU and completing your Housing Agreement, you can begin to think about selecting a Living-Learning Community to join. Each community has its own eligibility requirements. In most programs, priority is given to students who have a major or who intend to have majors in the academic field related to the program. In some cases, students with a strong interest in the academic discipline are accepted. Visit each of the LLCs below to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to join.

ACES House: Academic and Career Exploratory Scholars

Formerly the Exploring Majors House

Discover your Dreams... while EXPLORING the Possibilities!

Business Careers House

Experience unique opportunities to connect with business faculty and other business students

Fine Arts House

Live with other students from the Schools of Theatre & Dance, Art, and Music

Foreign Language Residence Program

Practice your language skills outside the classroom in a relaxed residential environment

Green Living Community

Live among students who want to add environmental experiences to their resume

Health Professions House

Enjoy professional development opportunities, social activities, and more with others interested in health and service related careers

Honors House

Participate in intellectual, cultural, social activities, and community service projects with Honors students

Interfaith Community

A safe environment for faith exploration, mutual understanding, and relationship-building across faith lines

Leadership and Service Community

Where leaders can grow, live, learn, and serve together

LGBTQA Community

Connect with others who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or as an ally

ROTC House

Live with other students who are part of NIU’s ROTC program and have a similar schedule

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Careers House

Gain a valuable edge in the competitive technical fields of General Science, Computer Science, and Engineering and Engineering Technology

Second Year Experience Community

Make Year 2 @ NIU your best year!

Teacher Education and Certification House

Home to students pursuing any area of teacher certification

Transfer House

A community designed specifically for new transfer students at NIU