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Living Learning Community (LLC) Program

Live where you learn

The Living Learning Community (LLC) program is a unique, transformational experience for students to live and learn with their peers — creating a bond through common values and interests. Each LLC intentionally connects four pillars for success: a central theme, academic courses, growth and engagement opportunities as well as service learning hours.

As part of an LLC, you will:

  • Cultivate a sense of belonging, purpose, and connection.
  • Gain an understanding of what it means to achieve independence.
  • Plan for the goals you would like to accomplish over the next four years.
  • Take courses and attend events focused on the community's theme.
  • Learn about and leverage UWEC’s many campus resources.
  • Have access to unique volunteer opportunities.
  • Engage in opportunities to interact with faculty.
  • Lead within and contribute to the overall dynamic of the LLC.
  • Fulfill half of your UWEC Service Learning requirements.

Choose your community

Featured communities for Fall 2022

Other communities

First Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

Are you equal parts excited and nervous about your first year at UW-Eau Claire? Would living with other first-year students who are experiencing the same transition that you are give you confidence? How about if we told you that we have caring and dedicated staff who have designed a series of activities that will help you get connected socially and ensure your success if you participate fully?

In the First Year Residential Experience LLC (FYRE), our intent is to help spark your success. In the fall semester, we’ll help you bring the large scale of the university down to a more personal size, making it easier to find opportunities for involvement that meet your interests and personality.  At the same time, we'll introduce you to campus resources that help you achieve academically, and we’ll include intentional programming opportunities to help get you started on the path toward earning your EDI certificate.  In the spring semester, when you are more settled and comfortable, we’ll stretch you by helping you select or confirm your major, exploring on-campus employment opportunities, investigating Study Abroad or National Student Exchange options for your future, and asking you to consider making commitments to follow your dreams for college.  

Program Location: Oak Ridge Hall 
Program Prerequisites: Open to all students living in Oak Ridge Hall 
Program Requirements: Recommended SOC 101, GEN 250, SW 100 bundled with IDIS 187, or any FYO/FYE course.


The Leadership Living Learning Community provides an opportunity for up to 40 first-year students to explore the concept of leadership both in theory and in practice. Students will attend leadership seminars (non-credit and for credit), listen to speakers, take field trips, and participate in specialized programs designed only for the learning community participants. Living in the Leadership LLC is a great way to start your college experience and meet others interested in making a positive impact on the UW-Eau Claire community!

Goals of the Leadership LLC

  • Apply leadership knowledge through involvement in bettering the campus community
  • Articulate the importance of and the practice of ongoing leadership development and lifelong learning
  • Understand the evolution of leadership theory, the variety of theories in practice, and how to apply theory appropriately
  • Understand themselves as leaders and how their leadership strengths and styles affect relationships with others
  • Develop strategies to foster the development of leadership in others

Program Location: Governors Hall
Program Prerequisites: None
Program Requirements: LLC members are strongly encouraged to enroll in IDIS 190 Leadership for a Better World for the fall semester. Participation in the non-credit leadership seminar is recommended for students in the spring semester.

Live Well Blugolds

The Live Well Blugolds Living Learning Community combines two former LLCs located in Murray Hall, Healthy Living and Pre-Health Professions, into one community focused on Wellness. Whether you are interested in furthering your own personal wellness or in learning more about how wellness concepts can factor into your future career, Live Well Blugolds has something for you! LLC-focused programming will cover a variety of wellness topics including but not limited to stress management, nutrition, exercise, and mental health. Additionally, opportunities will be offered for enrichment programming related to course content.

Program Location: Murray Hall
Program Prerequisites: Open to all students living in Murray Hall. Recommended for any of the following majors or minors: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology, or any Pre-professional health-related program including but not limited to Medical, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Dental, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine.
Program Requirements: Recommended KINS 200, PSYC 100, WRIT 116 (Exploring Healthcare bundle with IDIS 187) or a Biology or Chemistry. Ask your advisor for details.

Outdoor Adventure

Residents in the Outdoor Adventure LLC will discover the wonders and challenges of the great outdoors! You'll be introduced to outdoor adventure, wilderness stewardship, and group dynamics. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to take part in adventure trips like indoor/outdoor rock climbing, low and high ropes courses, hiking in local parks, canoeing/kayaking/paddleboarding, cross country skiing/snowshoeing, archery, and camping. Students will also have the opportunity to explore leadership by helping determine and plan the activities for the community. No prior experience is necessary.

Program Location: Horan Hall
Program Prerequisites: Open to all students living in Horan Hall
Program Requirements: Recommended ENV 101

How do I join?

I already applied for housing

If you have already submitted your UWEC Housing Application, you can make changes to your LLC preferences in the Housing Portal until May 1.

I have not applied for housing

If you have not applied for housing yet but have been accepted to the University, you will need to pay the $75 housing deposit and complete your online housing application.

IMPORTANT! Students interested in the Honors LLC must be accepted into the University Honors Program.

NOTE: While you are in the online housing application, you'll be prompted to complete the section about Living Learning Communities. If you have a specific person in mind as a roommate, make sure they apply for the same Living Learning Community.

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