Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide a unique and engaging community experience through themed living options. As a member of a LLC you’ll be able to connect with students who share similar interests, participate in fun and exciting activities, and explore your community’s theme through programs with faculty and staff mentors. Although LLCs are optional, they are a rewarding aspect of living in the residence halls! If you would like to join a LLC, please indicate that on your housing application. We strive to give you one of your preferences, as space permits.


Culture & identity living learning communities
Global Living Experience You can travel the world without leaving our house because just about the whole world is represented in Global Living. It’s a perfect place for Global Studies and language majors, international students, EAP students, and those who love travel and learning about other cultures. We all actively participate in organizing and implementing fun and exciting programs because there’s so much to learn from each other!
Asian & Pacific Islander Scholars Our dynamic and active floor explores and celebrates the broad and rich diversity of our API community.  Supported by mentors (older students who help us navigate our first year), we have in-depth discussions, fun social activities, and cultural celebrations. You’ll have numerous opportunities to learn more about API cultures, get connected to campus, and make friendships that last a lifetime!
Black/African-American Scholars “We are family; I got all my brothers and sisters with me.” We support each other and get connected to campus organizations, faculty and the Black/African-American community on campus. We’re invested in each other’s success and having a great time in the community! Through the Dr. Clyde Woods Mentors (previous students from the floor), we are connected, enriched and empowered to have an unbelievable experience.
Chican@/Latin@ Scholars Bienvenido! You’ll always feel at home and supported on our floor. With our student mentors (older students connected to our floor), we get together with good food and good friends to get involved in our community and the university through community service, and leadership development. We also have incredible cultural celebrations and welcome anyone interested in exploring Chican@/Latin@ cultures!
Multicultural Experience These vibrant communities allow us to explore our diverse cultures, while appreciating mutual respect and enjoying the richness that people from different backgrounds bring to our floor. We discuss our beliefs together, learn about new experiences from each other, and maintain a strong sense of identity in our community where everyone is supported in fully expressing themselves. We’re a model for how we could all live together. Come join us!
Rainbow House We provide a safe and supportive space for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex (LGBTQQIA) and for our allies! This is the perfect place to fully develop and discover identities, discuss gender identity/expression/orientation issues, and get connected with the campus LGBTQQIA community and resources and feel comfortable. Please note, on move-in day, students can expect a neutral environment that is not indicative of our theme so as to protect the privacy of individuals that are not yet “out” to family or friends moving them in.
First Generation Scholars If your parents were not college educated, you are a member of the unique population of first generation college students at UCSB! This LLC provides additional resources and mentorship that will help you feel comfortable as you learn the ins and outs of college. Students that come from families without a college culture will appreciate living in this helpful environment with others from similar backgrounds. Understanding financial aid, registering for classes, choosing a major, figuring out housing options, and exploring extracurricular activities are among the programs and activities you can expect while having fun with others who share this new collegiate adventure!


lifestyle living learning communities
Outdoor Adventure Hiking, biking, running, climbing, camping, kayaking, surfing, snowboarding… if this sounds like you, then this is your LLC! We love to make the most of living in Santa Barbara. We get out and explore the mountains and ocean, plan weekend trips, and teach each other about our outdoor areas of expertise and interests. You’re guaranteed to get those endorphins going and have fun.

It’s a myth that you have to party to enjoy college, and we are a community who proves it. We live with less peer pressure to drink, smoke, or use drugs, and instead have a greater focus on having fun, naturally. We love to find interesting things to do on weekend nights and take advantage of campus and local community events. Trust us, there’s a lot to do on the weekends around here.

If you are interested in a community for students in recovery, please consider The Haven, a non-profit residence in nearby Isla Vista.

Serenity There are those who are loud and obnoxious, and then, there are those who live on the Serenity Floor. Creating a peaceful community where respecting each other’s need for a quiet study environment is mixed with a genuine desire to meet others who share academic interests and a calmer, gentler approach to living. We usually use our inside voices on the Serenity Floor!
Wellness Our college years are short, so we want to get the most out of them. However, it’s equally important that we maintain a healthy balance. Looking holistically to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and vocationally, we have a variety of activities on our floor. We learn about everything from stress management, to nutrition, to positive psychology and personal finance. We also get out and explore Santa Barbara, and enjoy events like yoga and meditation.  We live well.


special interest & academic living learning communities
Women in Science & Technology House Ever wonder who runs the world? Quite simply, we’re women in fields of math, physics, life sciences, chemistry and engineering.  This house is very empowering and supportive, especially since there aren’t always many of us in our classes.  Through activities, we connect with faculty and student organizations.  We’re glad to live with like-minded women who might just be future Nobel laureates!
Creative & Performing Arts Calling all artists, dancers, musicians, writers, actors, singers, and film makers – we are your people. Here you’ll live with others who not only encourage your talents and creativity, but share your artistic point of view. And, the creative collaborations are limitless! We also love to go to campus performances together and explore events in Santa Barbara. No need to hold the applause in this community.
First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) The best part of living on FYRE is that almost all of us are enrolled in Education 20, “Introduction to the Research University” during Winter Quarter. So, we’re classmates as well as hallmates. FYRE brings so many university resources right to us, like academic advisors.  We also have mentors (students who lived on the floor last year) who help us make our first year a memorable one. Consider FYRE an educational mash-up, combining living and learning.
Second Year Residential Experience (SYRE) Since everyone had such an incredible experience with FYRE, we decided to start a SYRE, to continue the experience. SYRE further explores UCSB’s values of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Many SYRE residents take Education 173, a course on leadership development and personal success. And, many SYRE students are active as mentors to the FYRE floors, as well as involved in hall government. Live here to continue or expand friendships with other returning students!
Green Living We’re a community that is personally committed to living lightly and reducing our impact on the earth and oceans. We find opportunities for involvement in sustainable initiatives and issues on campus, like becoming an Environmental Ambassador to promote saving our resources on campus! And, we like to do a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, and camping.
Scholars Floors If you are a Regent Scholar, Chancellor’s Scholar, Honors at Entrance student (Letters & Science Honors Program), College of Engineering or Honors student then these are great communities for you! We create opportunities for you to connect with faculty over meals, have study groups and thought-provoking workshops, as well as social events. Our floors/houses focus on holistic student success in a supportive and engaging manner. (If space permits, others not designated above may be considered as well.) *Please note, the Scholars Floor in Manzanita Village is for continuing students only (2nd year and above).
College of Creative Studies House The College of Creative Studies is home to fewer than 400 undergrads, many of whom choose to stay in the CCS House because of its uniquely supportive, engaging, and academic environment. Described as a “graduate school for undergraduates,” CCS attracts particularly driven and focused undergrads who pursue an accelerated course of study and who are expected to join the faculty in creating new knowledge through research and creative activity. Activities in this community of CCS students may include meals with faculty, study groups, special advising sessions, and social events. 

Gender inclusive housing options are available. For more information, please contact Mario Munoz, Resident Placement & Assignment Services, at