Living-Learning Communities


The University of Washington Bothell Living-Learning Communities (LLC) program is a joint partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and the First Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP) open to all first year students living in University housing.  The LLC program and additional partners create an engaging and intellectually rich experience for students living in campus housing that will extend student learning outside of the classroom and into the everyday lives of first year students.  These theme-based communities will integrate experiences both inside and outside of the classroom to enhance the social and personal growth of residents.  Please note that registering for the following courses throughout the academic year is a requirement for participation in the program:

  • 5 or 10 Discovery Core course (faculty taught) and a 2 credit First Year Interest Group (peer instructor taught) in the fall quarter.
  • 2 credit course (peer instructor taught) in the winter quarter.
  • 3 credit course (faculty taught) in the spring quarter.

LLC students will enjoy the usual perks of living in campus housing, but will also have access to the following benefits at no additional cost:

  • Living with students who share similar interests.
  • Greater opportunity to connect with faculty.
  • Exploration of major and career opportunities
  • Access to specialized programs and activities such as trips to local museums.
  • Priority Registration for Discovery Core classes. 

Science and Technology

Residents studying

This residential community is for students who have a passion for innovation and discovery in the fields of science and technology. This community welcomes students interested in environmental, biological, and health sciences, as well us electrical engineering, math, physics, computing & software systems, and video game technology.  What all of these fields share are scientific habits of mind – curiosity, skepticism, investigation – that build new and innovative ideas. 

Read the faculty letter to students here!

College Life & Leadership

In our residential community, we’re inviting students who are interested in discussing, reflecting, and analyzing leadership, at all levels of experience, in many different contexts. We welcome future students from any and all academic backgrounds/interests who want to finesse their individual leadership development (as a point person, supporter, planner, etc.), learn more about leadership opportunities across campus and beyond college, and/or simply want to practice how to work well with people in groups.

Faculty letter to students available soon!

From past LLC Community Members:

  • “My experience in the community so far, has been extremely positive. I love living in the same building as my classmates because it makes it really easy to have study groups and since we are all going into the same fields it is easy for us to help each other. It is also fun, because we usually hangout and in one of the dorm rooms or we all go out, in this way we have become really good friends."


  • “I have really enjoyed being in the Science & Technology Living-Learning Community because I know that if I am ever struggling in class, I have a close-knit community to fall back on that can help me back up. Having the same Discovery Core class and being neighbors helps us bond inside and outside of school and has helped form many potentially long-lasting friendships.”


  • “So far, my experience with the LLC has been a positive one, introducing me to my neighbors and saving me the trouble of actively seeking out those with similar interests.”



Check out this great article on the LLC Program!

STEM Faculty Letter