Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide a unique and engaging community experience through cultural, identity or academic themes. If you would like to join an LLC, indicate your preference on your housing questionnaire. The LLC program exists to:

  • To create a community of folx who share the same identity(ies) or academic focus.

  • To cultivate a sense of belonging through shared identities and shared experiences.

  • To encourage curiosity around exploring identities.

  • To develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

  • To provide holistic support for academic success and wellness.

Culture & Identity Living Learning Community Description Location
APIDA Scholars Whether you identify as South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Southwest Asian, Pacific Islander, biracial or multiracial APIDA, this dynamic and active floor explores the broad and rich diversity of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community. Supported by campus partners and student cultural organizations, we have in-depth discussions, fun social activities, and cultural celebrations. You'll have various opportunities to learn more about APIDA identities, get connected to campus organizations, and make friendships that last a lifetime. Whether you have had strong ties to your APIDA identity your entire life or this is the first time you are exploring it, we welcome you!
Black Scholars The Black Scholars Community is dedicated to enriching the collegiate experiences of Black/African American students on this campus by providing our residents with academic, social, and cultural resources. We collaborate with campus departments and student organizations to help provide well-rounded support to our residents and get them connected to staff and faculty who look like them. We recognize the importance and value of building the bridge to ensure that our Black Scholars Community is connected to Black faculty and staff and with each other. We are invested and committed to cultivating a thriving community to support our Black scholars’ well-being and overall success. We are invested in each other’s success, strengthening our community, and empowering future leaders of change!
Chicanx/Latinx Scholars Bienvenido! This is a community for those who identify with the Chicanx/Latinx community or are interested in exploring Chicanx/Latinx identities and cultures. You'll always feel at home and supported on our floor. Supported by campus partners and student cultural organizations, we have in-depth discussions, fun social activities, and cultural celebrations. 
College of Creative Studies House The College of Creative Studies is home to fewer than 400 undergraduates, many of whom reside in the CCS living learning community due to its uniquely supportive, engaging, and academic environment. CCS attracts driven and focused undergrads who typically pursue an accelerated course of study and are expected to partner with faculty in creating new knowledge through research opportunities and creative activity. Activities within the first year CCS floor include meals with faculty, study groups, advising sessions, and other social opportunities.
First Generation Scholars Are you a first generation college student? This LLC provides additional resources and mentorship that will help you feel comfortable as you learn the ins and outs of college. While the definition of the term “first generation” can vary, students who come from families without past or with partial college experience 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!
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 and faculty. We also have mentors (students who had lived on the floor) who help us make our first year a memorable one. Consider FYRE an educational mash-up, combining living and learning.
Lavender Living Lavender Living is a new LGBTQ+ housing option in Gibraltar Village of Santa Ynez. This is a safe and supportive environment for students who identify as LGBTQ+ or as allies of the community. This is also a space to develop, foster, and explore identity as well as get connected to LGBTQ+ resources inside and outside of the Lavender Living LLC. For more information about identities that are supported by the Lavender Living LLC check out the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity’s LGBTQIA+ Glossary. 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.

Please know that prejudice and hate will NOT be tolerated in the Lavender Living LLC. This is first and foremost a space for LGBTQIA+ identified individuals to feel safe and to prosper. You will interact with a diverse and resilient community of Lavender Living LLC residents.

To inquire about gender inclusive housing options available for students that identify as trans* or non-binary, please contact Mario Muñoz, University & Community Housing Services, at mmunoz@housing.ucsb.edu.
Native Scholars In Šmuwič, the language of the Chumash people, "Kiyuš’išmoč’mu" is the word for "The place where we gather."  The Kiyuš’išmoč’mu Living & Learning Community (pronounced key-oosh-ish-moch-moo and colloquially known as the Native Scholars House) is a space designed to provide support, resources, and community for Native American, American Indian, and Indigenous college students.  By providing cultural, social, and academic resources, this floor aims to uplift and empower Native and Indigenous students navigating university life. This floor works closely with the American Indian and Indigenous Student Association as well as the American Indian and Indigenous Cultural Resource Center to connect students to other members of the broader Native community both within and outside of UC Santa Barbara.
Rainbow House Rainbow House is an LGBTQ+ housing program located in Manzanita Village. This is a safe and supportive environment for students who identify as LGBTQ+ or as allies of the community. This is also a space to develop, foster, and explore identity as well as get connected to LGBTQ+ resources inside and outside of the Rainbow House. For more information about identities that are supported by the Rainbow House check out the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity’s LGBTQIA+ Glossary. 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.

Please know that prejudice and hate will NOT be tolerated in the Rainbow House. This is first and foremost a space for LGBTQIA+ identified individuals to feel safe and to prosper. You will interact with a diverse and resilient community of Rainbow House residents.

To inquire about gender inclusive housing options available for students that identify as trans* or non-binary, please contact Mario Muñoz, University & Community Housing Services, at mmunoz@housing.ucsb.edu.
Scholars Floors Are you looking for a more academically-focused living environment? Many of the university's Regent Scholars, Chancellor’s Scholars, Honors at Entrance students (Letters & Science Honors Program and College of Engineering Honors Program) or Honors students will find a great community here, but all are welcome! We create opportunities for you to connect with faculty, have study groups and thought-provoking workshops, as well as social events. Our floors/houses focus on academic and holistic success in a supportive and engaging manner.
Womxn in STEM House Do you identify as a womxn in STEM? Our Womxn in STEM Living Learning Community is housed in Manzanita Village, and is open to any womxn studying in the fields of math, physics, life sciences, chemistry and engineering. We aim for our community to be an inclusive, equitable, empowering, and supportive space for our female-identifying residents in this space. With the traditionally low representation of womxn in the STEM field, we hope that residents find community and a support system to better their experience at UCSB both in and outside the classroom. In collaboration with faculty and campus organizations, we will connect residents in this community with other like-minded womxn on campus who will be our future Nobel Laureates, scientists, engineers, and more!

To inquire about gender inclusive housing options available for students that identify as trans* or non-binary,
please contact Mario Muñoz in University & Community Housing Services.