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Living Learning Experience

All of our residence halls work to provide communities where student learning is enhanced by programming opportunities.  Residence Life & Housing has worked with colleagues across the campus to develop unique opportunities that have even greater potential to increase student success. 

There are three types of living learning environments available to meet these specialized needs:

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLC) provide the opportunity to become part of a unique experience with programs and facilities to advance the interests of the community members.  Each LLC is connected with a specific academic unit or department that provides support to the residents in these communities and direction for developmental activities.  Current Living-Learning Communities include:

  • Bridge Experience – This LLC in Independence East is designed for students who have successfully completed the Associate of Arts Program.  Bridge Experience programs are designed to connect students to university resources, provide social events, and allow students to explore additional career options. The following special programming is planned:
    • Weekly resource connection programs
    • Activities with academic programs
    • Programs designed with Career Services Center
    • Weekly social events organized by residents
    • Mentoring programs with Residence Life staff and former Associate of Arts students.

    Please contact Trina Nocerino, Complex Coordinator at or (302) 831-7079.

  • Transfer Community – A community in Ray Street C designed for students who are not new to college, but new to UD, this LLC aims to connect new UD students to the requirements and resources to be academically successful and provide social events to connect to the Blue Hen experience. The following activities are planned:
    • Weekly interaction with staff members who understand the specific needs of transfer students
    • Social and career planning events designed for transfer students
    • Resources for academic advising, meeting degree requirements, and graduate school

    Please contact Cheri Skipworth, Complex Coordinator at or (302) 831-4311.

  • iHouse Community – iHouse is a global community comprised of University of Delaware International and Domestic Students.  Residents of iHouse experience a rich, cultural exchange as well as participate in extended programming and community building. iHouse will be conveniently located in Squire Hall on the South Central Green near Morris Library, Kent Dining Hall, Student Health Services, and the Green. 

    Community members of iHouse will be provided with many opportunities to interact with people from other cultures both one-on-one and in a group setting.

    To apply, select "iHouse" under "Theme Housing." Complete the remainer of the application according to the instructions.

    Please contact Katie Pifer, Residence Hall Coordinator at or (302) 831-0707 with questions.

Special Interest Housing Communities - Designed by You

Special Interest Housing Communities – Designed by YOU - are developed by students who live and work with like-minded students of various disciplines and interests.  Students, along with an advisor, develop a learning environment that supports both their interests and academics.  Groups of 8 or more students can apply to live together based on a shared topic of interest in academic majors, organization involvement, cultural groups, fraternity and sorority life, sports clubs, etc. All approved groups will be provided with a small budget from Residence Life & Housing for programming.

To apply for the Designed by You option in Ray Street, be sure to complete a supplemental application.

Learn more about Designed by YOU.

Theme Housing Options Process

Preference Form

You must submit the Preference Form to specify which Theme Housing Option is your first choice -- if applying for more than one -- and also to indicate what type of housing you wish to be considered for if you are unable to receive a Theme Housing assignment.

Except for Upperclass Honors Housing, all students who submit applications for Theme Housing Options are assigned manually. Return requests, number of Fall and Spring semesters on campus, and other criteria are considered in making Theme Housing assignments. Please read the information for complete details about your particular assignment process.

If you are unable to be assigned to a Theme Housing Option, you will be switched to the type of housing you indicate at the end of the Preference Form. If you have applied for more than one Theme Housing Option and are not assigned to your first choice, your other Theme Housing applications will be considered before assigning you to any other process.

IMPORTANT: A completed Housing Application, Preference Form, Theme Housing Supplemental Application, (except Honors) and $200 deposit must be submitted by the application deadline for a student to be considered as a Theme Housing candidate.

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