Rutgers University offers a variety of special living options to provide a unique and rewarding on campus living experience.

These residential experiences create a strong sense of community and Rutgers pride based on similar interests and goals. The programs provide opportunities for students to connect and share experiences based on areas of similar academic, cultural, language or thematic interests. Depending on the size of the community, students will reside on a common floor, house, or building.

For our living-learning communities (LLCs) they provide an opportunity for common coursework that brings students, faculty, and upper-class students together to create academic and social support networks and contribute to a fun and rewarding student experience at Rutgers.

For first-year students and incoming transfers, students indicate these communities provide a small family-like experience that helps with their transition to college. Assessment shows that students are typically more satisfied with residential experience when residing in one of our special living options.

Applications processes vary by program. Summaries of community benefits and participation requirements can be explored below. For more detailed information on LLCs and thematic communities, please visit the Living-Learning Communities’ website.

Living-Learning Communities

Asian American Identities and Images (AAII) Living-Learning Community

Pell and Hegeman Halls, College Avenue Campus
This community seeks to enhance students’ knowledge of the diverse lived experiences of Asian Americans and other peoples of Asian descent in the US and looks to create connections with University faculty and staff and explore leadership opportunities through social and cultural organizations. For more information visit AAII Living-Learning Community

Business Discovery House

Quads, Livingston Campus
The Business Discovery House is a first-year LLC for students who have a strong interest in any field in business and closely related fields.  Students gain advantages in areas that help them academically, as well as build important skills that will allow them to succeed in the field of business e.g. networking, interviewing. For more information visit Business Discovery House Living-Learning Community

French Language and Culture Living-Learning Community

Leupp Hall – Bishop Quads, College Avenue Campus
Students in this LLC are exposed to French language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside the residence hall. For more information visit French Language & Culture Living-Learning Community

German Language and Culture Living-Learning Community

Wessels Hall – Bishop Quad, College Avenue Campus
Students in this community are immersed in German, Austrian, and Swiss culture and the German language. For more information visit German Language & Culture Living-Learning Community

Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community

BEST Hall, Busch Campus
The Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community is a first-year community designed for students who have an interest in pre-medicine and the health professions. This program focuses on assisting students in their transition to a college by sharing common first-year courses while receiving academic and personal advisement. For more information visit Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community

Latin Images Living-Learning Community

Pell and Hegeman Halls – Bishop Quads, College Avenue Campus
Latin Images Living-Learning Community seeks to enhance students’ knowledge of the experiences of Latinos and other peoples of Latin American and Caribbean descent in the United States. This LLC provides a space for both Latino and non-Latino students of all class years to learn and celebrate Latino culture, history, and heritage. For more information visit Latin Images Living-Learning Community

Leadership Living-Learning Community

Campbell Hall, College Avenue Campus
This leadership-centered community brings together incoming first-year students to share in a fun and engaging exploration of leadership and personal leadership development. All activities and experiences are designed to help student connection with faculty, staff, and mentors, develop their leadership skills, enhance their overall college experience, and better prepare them for post-graduate success. For more information visit Leadership Living-Learning Community

Law and Political Science Discovery House

Quads, Livingston Campus
The Law and Political Science Discovery House is a first year residential community tailored for students interested in political science. Additionally students benefit from special programs in the residence hall, having a peer mentor in residence to provide help in answering all those Rutgers questions, and being surrounded by students with a common interest. For more information visit Law and Political Science Discovery House

Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community

Wessels Hall – Bishop Quads, College Avenue Campus
The Paul Robeson community is a symbol of acknowledgment of the late Paul Robeson, a celebrated African-American activist, scholar, artist, athlete, and Rutgers graduate. The community strives to engender curiosity, interest, and understanding of the history and origins of the African Diaspora and the relevance and importance of that understanding in day to day life. For more information visit Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community

Psychology Discovery House

Quads, Livingston Campus
The Psychology House is a first-year community designed to assist students as they explore their interest in Psychology while building relationships with fellow Rutgers students. Students will benefit from special programs in the residence hall and the presence of a peer mentor in residence to help in answering Rutgers related questions. For more information please visit Psychology Discovery House

SAS Transfer Knights

Clothier Hall, College Avenue Campus
The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Transfer Knights program is a living-learning community dedicated to our incoming SAS transfer students who are interested in making connections with other new transfer students in similar academic fields. The community is designed for students interested in the majors/areas of criminal justice, communication/journalism, or science or pre-medical studies. For more information visit SAS Transfer Knights Living-Learning Community

Thematic Communities

Demarest Residential Community

Demarest Hall, College Avenue Campus
Demarest offers a number of varied special interest sections including creative writing, performing arts, visual arts, culture studies, sex sexuality and gender, history and political science, philosophy, cinema studies, religion and spirituality. These topics can change with changing interests. Demarest residents must contract into at least one of the communities and are expected to be active and present members in the residential community. For more information visit Demarest Hall

International Community at Frelinghuysen

Frelinghuysen Hall, College Avenue Campus
The International Community at Frelinghuysen is a special interest group of mostly first year international and domestic students. Students live together and participate in programs and events that are focused on sharing global cultures. The community is led by three Peer Mentors, who provide individualized mentoring, and a student advisory board composed of students living in Frelinghuysen. For more information visit International Community at Frelinghuysen

Global Roommates Program

Location Varies
The Global Roommate Program seeks to support new undergraduate international students in their transition to Rutgers and the US by pairing them with a mentor in 4 person on campus apartments. Mentors are current Rutgers students who have an interest in living with international students, and can be domestic or returning international students. For more information please visit Global Roommate Program

Rainbow Perspectives

New Gibbons, Cook/Douglass Campus
Rainbow Perspectives is for students interested in a residential community that explores the diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Non-Conforming, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQQIA) experiences through programs, dialogues, and community projects. Additionally students may select to live with residents of any gender, have access to gender neutral bathrooms, and are provided with housing over breaks if they choose to remain on campus. For more information visit Rainbow Perspectives

Seeing Eye Puppy Raisers

Cook/Douglass Campus
The Seeing Eye Puppy Raiser club consists of puppy raisers, puppy sitters, and general club members who collectively work on the Puppy Raising Project. The puppy raisers train the dogs in basic commands and obedience until they are old enough to be returned to The Seeing Eye where they receive further more formal training before being given to their permeant homes. Puppy raiser students can live on campus with their puppies in special housing apartments. For more information go to Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raisers Club

Other Community Options

Douglass Residential College

Cook/Douglass Campus
Douglass is a distinct community that focuses on women’s academic, personal, social and professional development. Regardless of course of study women students may be a part of the Douglass community. Douglass women receive one-on-one advising from a Douglass Advisor and enroll in a women’s leadership training course offered exclusively to Douglass Women at Rutgers. For more information visit

Honors College

Honors College, College Avenue Campus
Students are provided opportunities to research, collaborate with fellow students and faculty, and have one-on-one discussions with live-in faculty and on-site academic advising and administrative support. 500 first-year students are selected each year and given the option to return to the hall for their four year experience. For more information visit Honors College

School Affiliated and Honors Communities

SAS Honors Program Housing Options, Available on every campus
All students in the SAS Honors Program are eligible to live in Honors Housing. Honors Residence Halls are vibrant communities where students have access to special programs and events run by the Honors Program and Residence Life Office. For more information visit SAS Honors Housing

SEBS Honors Program Housing Options

School of Engineering Living-Learning Communities, Barr Hall and Mattia Hall, Busch Campus
These communities provide interaction with School of Engineering Deans and Faculty, alumni representatives from the industry, and advisors who help students succeed. Living in the Engineering Living-Learning Community allows students to connect with others in the same engineering core courses and to take advantage of extra help through tutoring support services provided in residence. For more information visit Engineering Living-Learning Community

School of Engineering Honors Living-Learning Community (McCormick), McCormick Suites, Busch Campus
A special section of the Engineering community is also designated as a School of Engineering Honors. Students reside in the McCormick Suites and receive access to School of Engineering Deans and Faculty, alumni representatives from the industry, and advisors to help students to succeed. Engineering Living-Learning Community


Cooperative Living

Heylar House, Cook/Douglass Campus
Helyar House is a cooperative living community where members have a greater responsibility of self-government than in traditional residence halls. Undergraduate first-year or continuing students enrolled at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences or Mason Gross with financial need are eligible to apply. Students receive reduced housing and meal expenses and scholarships primarily from Alumni of the program. For more information visit Heylar House

Recovery Housing

Eligible students are able to live with students like themselves and receive emotional, social, and environmental support in maintaining their sobriety. Students in Recovery Housing socialize together as well as with other friends. There is an emphasis on doing well in school and having a fun sober time in college. For Recovery Housing the student is required to interview either on the phone or in person with a counselor in the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program for Students. For more information visit the Recovery House page.