Academics and Living-Learning Communities

Living in Residence at Western gives you an academic edge. In fact, studies show that living in residence has a clear positive impact for students’ first-year-GPA, retention to second year, and persistence to graduation. It’s our priority to provide you with plenty of academic resources to aid in a successful year.

Academic and Leadership Programmers (ALPs)

ALPs are live-in residence staff members, dedicated specifically to help you with everything related to your academics. They organize programs, offer workshops, meet with you one-on-one about questions and concerns, and connect you to campus resources and leadership opportunities.

They also offer ongoing support and monthly socials for international and exchange students living in residence, planning experiences to introduce them to the Western and London community.

Meet your ALPs.

Faculty Sophs

Sophs are our beloved Orientation Leaders, but their role doesn’t stop after move-in day. Specifically, Faculty Sophs are assigned a number of students that are in the same program or faculty as them, and they provide guidance and mentorship throughout the academic year.

Educational Programming

Our Office of Education and Programming is dedicated to developing meaningful, out-of-the-classroom learning experiences. We coordinate many programs in residence to support your academic and social transition to Western. Some of them include exam review sessions, study groups, professor meet-and-greets, awareness weeks and skill workshops-all right where you live!

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

LLCs are one of our most effective, high-impact, and immersive programs where academic integration meets community engagement.

After you receive your residence offer and start your Residence Placement Questionnaire on our myHousing Portal, you’ll have the opportunity select to live on a themed floor with others that share the same faculty, program, interests or lifestyle preferences. The Living-Learning Community floors are developed to give you a more enriched living and learning environment, combining academic integration, personal development, and community engagement at no additional cost.

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Faculty-Based Learning Communities

You don’t have to be worried about meeting friends in class when you can live beside them! Students on faculty-based floors form friendships and support systems with those who share the same classes, academic interests and course load. Each of these floors provide you with out-of-class contact with professors, as well as programs designed to complement their interests, such as career nights, academic counselling, exam review sessions,  and meeting faculty mentors.

Faculty-Based Living Learning Community Offered in
Arts and Humanities Ontario Hall
BMOS Saugeen-Maitland Hall
Engineering Essex Hall
Health Sciences Medway-Sydenham Hall
Information and Media Studies (FIMS) Perth Hall
Kinesiology Saugeen-Maitland Hall
Medical Sciences Elgin Hall
Music Delaware Hall
Nursing Program Delaware Hall
Scholar's Electives Program Elgin Hall
School of Advanced Studies in Arts & Humanities Ontario Hall
Science Medway-Sydenham Hall
Social Science Saugeen-Maitland Hall

Interest-Based Learning Communities

LGBTQ & Ally Floor

Do you feel passionate about expanding your knowledge in the area of gender identity, sexuality and social issues? The LGBTQ & Ally Floor supports advocates for LGBTTQQ rights, students questioning their identities, and those striving for an environment where all residents feel celebrated and empowered. An Ally is someone who supports and positively affirms all members of the queer community.

Offered in Ontario Hall

Leadership & Volunteer Community

Were you involved in your high school student council or wish you were? The Leadership and Volunteer Community connects you with friends who want to give back to the community. Strive for your personal goals as you participate in various leadership development opportunities and service-learning initiatives.

Offered in Saugeen-Maitland Hall, Essex Hall and Perth Hall

Ayukwanaktiyóhake’ and Ally Community (Indigenous and Ally Community)

Members of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities as well as their allies are welcome to learn about Indigenous culture, history and identity. In collaboration with Indigenous Services, this community offers culturally responsive programming and academic support with the goal to foster Indigenous presence and inclusion. Some examples include ceremonial celebrations, understanding Indigenous history and language, and a visiting elders program.

Offered in Delaware Hall

Lifestyle-Based Floors

Alcohol-Free Floor

The commitment of all residents to maintain an alcohol-free environment forms the basis of this respectful and encouraging community. Floors that are designated alcohol-free are for students (regardless of age) who commit to an alcohol-free lifestyle and want to live among others who have chosen the same.

Offered in Saugeen-Maitland Hall and Medway-Sydenham Hall

Quieter Lifestyles Floor

Shhh-ure bet, you can request to live on a Quieter Lifestyle Floor if you prefer to live in an environment with less noise. Evening quiet hours are observed in every residence, but we understand that some students want a little bit less noise than others.

Offered in Saugeen-Maitland Hall and Medway-Sydenham Hall

Single-Gender (Woman) Floor

Available upon demand.

*Please Note that there is no additional cost to live on any community floors and their availability is based on demand.

Download our Living-Learning Communities brochure.