Join a Living Learning Community
Review the information about Living Learning Communities on this website, pick your top three, and then sign into your Banner Student Housing Star Portal to fill out the Housing Application — including the application prompts for up to three Living Learning Communities.
Fall Application Details for 2023s
- Incoming first-year students can apply to live in LLCs! You may apply to up to three LLCs via your housing application.
- In mid-May information about the housing application is sent to your Dartmouth email and the application is due via Banner Student at 11:59pm EST on June 10th.
- Learn more about LLCs available to first-years.
- Please become familiar with the residency expectations of the communities to which you are applying.
- LLCs are located in McLaughlin and the LLC Houses.
Thoughts from former first-year residents
"Some of the best learning experiences I’ve had this year have been through my LLC. I’ve been able to engage in meaningful conversations with my floormates and have learned so much from the rich, diverse perspectives they bring! The plentiful free food is a nice perk, as well.”
- Rachel Kent, Global Village, Great Issue Scholars
"I seek to live with greater purpose, and religion is one of the dominant frameworks of my value system. It is easier than I had hoped to forget the values that I felt were so important to my identity growing up now in a new environment. Discussion about faith and religion with different people allow me to understand what spiritual practices bring me peacefulness and hope. Comparative theology guides how I experience and think about my religion. The questions people ask allow me to understand my religion better by encouraging me to learn more about it. Additionally, I can converse about flaws in my religion and the parts that I do not agree with without feeling as judged as I would in a group of like-minded peers. Finding my voice and affirming my identity is a journey, but it is a journey toward home. I may not know where this home is, but it is a place where I am with people I trust. Home is where I can find myself and learn more about myself over and over again. This is what the Interfaith Floor and LLCs mean to me.”
- Rachna Shah, Interfaith Floor
"My name is Gabe Canfield, and I'm a '21 who lived in the Native American House my freshman year. It was an awesome experience to be the first freshman group to ever live in the Native American house, as before it was only open to upperclassmen. My favorite thing about the community is being able to be connected to a lot more upperclassmen than I would be able to if I had just lived on a freshman floor. Now, some people asked if I felt separated because I lived in a house away from a floor, and that isn't the case at all! I have plenty of friends from my house community, the living-learning communities in general, clubs, sports, and classes. The mixed housing situation didn't mean it was isolating, I actually feel very comfortable here! I attend the house dinners that one of the house members volunteer to make every sunday, and baking and bonding, a fun event open to the Dartmouth community where we socialize and make food on friday afternoons. The house also has funding to go to Hopkin's events and do fun trips together! It's an awesome thing. My roommate here is my best friend and I can say that I'm close with everyone in the house. And my favorite event that the house ever put on was the NAD formal! A dance in the winter, it was catered and was an awesome thing to go with friends! You'll see me living in it next fall, so you should join in!”
- Gabe Canfield, Native American House
"I love living right next to Occom Commons because I can always spontaneously join these inspiring open dinner-talks - effort free and so much to gain."
- Katrina Yu, Global Village, Great Issue Scholars
"The Great Issues Scholars program was an extraordinarily formative aspect of my freshman year experience here at Dartmouth. Being a scholar in residence, I was fully immersed in the GIS community at all times and I found it to be incredibly supportive, warm, and engaging. From staying up into the wee hours of the morning hearing about my hallmates’ lives in Brazil or Kenya, to sipping homemade pho in the common room, my GIS experience gave me a taste of the world in this small corner of campus. After every morning breakfast, lunch discussion, and evening lecture, I left with a sense of gratitude for the privilege I had to be in a program that allowed me to meet with some of the most inspiring international figures of our time. Here, at Dartmouth, it is easy to get caught up in our little college bubble and forget about the broader world around us. As an elite educational institution, it is vital that we continuously burst that bubble and step into our role in the global community. What I love about the Dickey Center and, more specifically, the GIS program is that it builds the framework to allow students to view themselves and this community in an international context and provides the resources for them to take action all over the world.”
- Julia Snodgrass, Global Village, Great Issue Scholars
"Definitely DEN West coast trip! So great for anyone!”
- Mihovil Mandic, Entrepreneurship LLC
"I think DEN has many resources and a large network. There are east coast and west coast trips during the breaks to visit alums and their startups, which I think are very meaningful and interesting. We have weekly dinner discussion. Everyone on the floor is very smart, and many of them have their startups already."
- Yangling Lei, Entrepreneurship LLC
"I met my best friend through my LLC. I’ve also met people from all different kinds of backgrounds, so I've learn a lot about different cultures and gained a new perspective on life. My favorite memories over the past year have been attending the Qawwalyi performance through the Hopkins Center for the Arts and going to the golf course together at 4am to watch the meteor shower.”
- Maryam Iqbal, Thriving Through Transitions (T3)
This year the first-year and upperclass residents of The Thought Project together with one of their faculty advisors and the help of DCAL staff made a video highlighting their experience living and learning in The Thought Project.
- Student Leadership Team, The Thought Project