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Living-Learning Communities of Roosevelt University

Roosevelt students have the opportunity to join a Living-Learning Community (LLC) while living in the Wabash Building. By selecting one of these special living options, you’ll discover an avenue for making friends and connecting with the campus community. LLCs are the perfect place to embrace your sense of adventure, broaden your horizons, and make the most of your college years.

What LLCs Are About

  • Blending the residential and academic experience
  • Trying new things, making new friends, and challenging yourself
  • Connecting with peers, mentors and campus resources
  • Interacting with professors and university staff members
  • Getting a good education, but also growing as a person
  • Exploring and experiencing the university and Chicago with students who share your interests
  • Taking trips to events on and off campus


LLCs for 2016-2017

Explore Chicago

Discover our great city of Chicago by exploring neighborhoods, cultures, cuisines, people, organizations and urban issues. Become comfortable and confident living in an urban environment and navigating downtown. As a student living in downtown Chicago, you’ll have access to one of the largest cities in the world. The third-most populated city in the country, Chicago offers something for everybody, including world-renowned museums, music, architecture, professional sports, diverse restaurant, and miles of lakefront parks and beaches. Residents will be exposed to a wide array of Chicago related events and topics with the city serving as a classroom.

Programs, Events and Experiences

    • Check out the Air & Water Show on North Avenue Beach, featuring daredevil pilots, parachute teams, and jets flying in formation over Lake Michigan.
    • Experience a professional beach volleyball game at AVP Kingston Chicago Open and stay for the festival, music and food at Oak Street Beach
    • Visit the The Art Institute of Chicago and its collection of impressionist and post impressionist art
    • Enjoy a 40-foot movie screen experience while sitting on the lawn in Millennium Park
    • Expend your awareness of all forms of jazz at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park
    • Decode the Chicago Grid System with essential information that will make finding your way around the city easier
    • Tour Pilsen Neighborhood filled with a rich working-class legacy, vintage shops, authentic Mexican cuisine, coffee houses, bodegas, murals, and pandaerias.
    • Take a trip to Cheesie’s Sandwich Shop located in historic Lakeview neighborhood and experience specialty grilled-cheeses like no other
    • Volunteer at the Bank of America Marathon to assist 45,000 participants and spectators
    • Participate in The Halloween Gathering of communities for an all-day festival and parade!
    • Go to the Shedd Aquarium to experience 32,000 members of the aquatic world
    • Check out the tree lighting parade and firework display on historic Michigan Avenue at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
    • Visit Lincoln Park Zoo for the millions of holiday lights, ice carvings, music, train rides at Zoo Lights
    • Shop with friends at Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza's european holiday market showcasing handmade gifts, German food, choirs, and art

Lab Coats

Interested in science? Students in the biological, physical, and health sciences, who share a desire to excel and belong to a fun and supportive community live here.  Belong to a productive and engaging community which caters specifically to the budding scientist.

Programs, Events and Experiences

  • Benefit from early registration for high demand core courses
  • Enjoy a special section of ACP 101 taught by science faculty
  • Form study groups for core science courses, while making new friends and other useful connections
  • Receive a personal introduction to resources on campus which include; tutoring centers, 24 hour computer and internet access, library, labs, and research facilities
  • Take advantage of informal opportunities to meet with science faculty members
  • Form sub-interest groups and clubs such as pre-health professionals and research groups
  • Participate in local group outings to; Fermi Lab, Argonne National Laboratory, International Museum of Surgical Science, Botanic Gardens, and the Field Museum
  • Join in group outings to local science related job fairs, connections to volunteer opportunities; e.g., La RaBida Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital, North Shore Hospital


College of Arts & Sciences, Academic Success Center, Career Center

Gender and Diversity Inclusion

Join a safe and supportive environment for students of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. The Gender and Diversity Inclusion community has been established to support the diverse student population at Roosevelt and to examine contemporary issues and enhance student learning as they partake in programming that is sensitive to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity.  Specifically, Gender Inclusive Housing reflects Roosevelt University’s social justice mission through structured support of our diverse student body. This community promotes ethical awareness by providing a safe and supportive environment for students of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.

Programs, Events and Experiences

  • Establish a hate free environment in the community by pledging to have a hate free room 
  • Explore Chicago attractions and museums, such as the Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Maggie Delay Park, and Millennium Park
  • Watch and discuss pop-culture films that have themes of gender, diversity, inclusion
  • Create a visual representation of the diversity within our on-campus community by designing a puzzle piece door tag that represents you to share with the community
  • Attend Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts performances through out the semester to support your fellow peers

Students interested in this housing option may include, but are not limited to, those who identify as transgender*, gender non-conforming*, intersex, genderqueer, and allies. All residents are expected to be active members of this community by providing support and encouragement to each other both in and outside of the residence hall environment, and by participating in continuing education surrounding gender and sexual identity.”

Students in this community agree that:

  • Individuals have the right to identify themselves as any gender or sexual orientation and have the right to not identify.
  • Individuals may change the way they identify their gender or sexual orientation

View the Gender & Diversity Inclusion Community Task Force Report

Health and Wellness

Lead a healthy lifestyle with peers, who value wellness. Learn about emotional wellness, healthy relationships, fitness and physical health, and spiritual wellness. The Health and Wellness Community creates an environment that encourages students to develop and maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit as well as an examination of the current status of public health issues.

Programs, Events and Experiences

  • Create video projects on body image, stereotypes, exploration of social norms, and gender roles
  • Try yoga and meditation
  • Attend a program about healthy cooking in the residence halls
  • Explore relaxation techniques
  • Learn about safe sex and what "affirmative consent" means
  • Participate in body image workshops
  • Complete a fitness assessment
  • Attend a session facilitated by a life coach
  • Participate in a 5K Training program
  • Attend plays, musicals, and festivals
  • Play health jeopardy with floor mates.
  • Learn about and interact with therapy dogs
  • Join in kickball and volleyball tournaments
  • Do some myth busting about health issues in the media
  • Learn about the residence hall fitness center
  • Participate in stress relief programs

Global Village

Begin your journey to becoming a global citizen by living in a community of international and domestic students. Develop cross cultural understanding by learning from each other and attending events about contemporary global issues. This mission of this LLC is to connect others through differences, support the needs of international students, and give the domestic student a taste of traveling abroad.

Programs, Events and Experiences

  • Tour the Ethic Neighborhoods of Chicago with the Explore Chicago LLC: Pilsen/Little Village, Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown, Little India, and many more!
  • Educate others about your own culture through "Food Talks"
  • Go to cultural festivals and parades like Chicago Chinese New Year
  • Create artwork that gets residents talking about diversity
  • Sample art, music, and cuisine from different areas of the world
  • Learn how to roll your own sushi
  • Join the discussion on human rights through film screenings and guest speakers
  • Participate in the Study Abroad Fair to learn about studying abroad opportunities 
  • Volunteering opportunities with organizations like South Loop Campus Ministry and Breakthrough
  • Meet students who have studied abroad and learn about their experiences
  • Get to know faculty members from International Programs over dinner and conversation
  • Check out music and art events like those at Lyric Opera Chicago or World Music Festival
  • Support International Students with the resources they need
  • Study nights with goodies, treats, and relaxing music
  • Establish community with "Family Dinner Nights"
  • Get to know others through intense and deep dialogue
  • Becoming a globally conscious citizen through community engagement, social justice, and academic success
  • Attend international movie screenings
  • Explore art from around the world at the Art Institute of Chicago

Transfer Experience

Join a community of transfer students who are new to Roosevelt, but not to college life.  Make great friends, create shared memories and help each other navigate RU. The Transfer Experience Theme Community provides a supportive environment for transfer students to successfully transition into RU’s culture and community.  RU recognizes that the needs of transfer students vary significantly than that of the incoming freshman class and it is our hope that all transfer students feel the inclusion and pride associated with becoming a Laker.

Programs, Events and Experiences

  • Go on trips to the Field of Museum, Shedd Aquarium or Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Check out the Involvement Fair and meet the student organizations on campus
  • Get resume writing tips and career advising for transfers
  • Participate in the Winter Holiday Celebration
  • Join friends for RU Lakers Men’s Basketball Nights (March Madness)
  • Attend local festivals and concerts
  • Take walking tours of popular lunch places, coffee shops, and study spots
  • See a concert at Millennium Park
  • Go to a professional music and dance performance at the historical Auditorium Theater
  • Take advantage of tutors on campus at the Academic Success Center
  • Tour university offices, such as Academic Advising and Financial Aid
  • Attend social events at the most popular campus hangout, the Fainman Lounge