Residential Communities

Miami University offers a variety of residential community types for students. Students can choose which community type best meets their wants and needs for their residential experience.  When completing their Housing Contract, students can request to be assigned into General Housing, a Theme Community or a Living Learning Community.

General Housing

General Housing is an option for students to be assigned to live in residence halls with students of either similar or mixed years of experience at Miami.  Students can select to be assigned to General Housing if one of the special communities does not match their academic or co-curricular interests.  Programming will be on topics that promote community building, academic success, cultural competency and intrapersonal development. 

Theme Community

A Theme Community is a group of students who share a common interest, either academic or co-curricular.  Programming will be more focused and complement the community theme and will also including topics that promote community building, academic success, cultural competency and intrapersonal development.  Some communities will have students enrolled in a common course to also complement the community theme.  A few communities include both 1st and 2nd year students to allow for mentoring among students.

Living Learning Community (LLC)

A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who live together on a corridor or in a residence hall that is closely tied to an academic major, university program or initiative.  Through partnerships with a variety of departments, faculty, and staff, students will have access to activities that tie directly into the theme of their LLC.  In an LLC, students will be co-enrolled into one or more classes, which further support student's transition and academic success at Miami University.  Programming will be closely aligned with the community theme that often include faculty and staff partners, to assist in community building, academic success, cultural competency and intrapersonal development.  A few communities include both 1st and 2nd year students to allow for mentoring among residents.

At Miami University, we have put a lot of thought and resources into the development of our Theme and Living Learning Communities. We have researched many different types of communities and realize the benefit of offering a variety of choices for students as they enter the University and continue their residential experience at Miami. Studies have shown that students who live in living learning communities are more involved in programs on and off campus and perform better academically than students who do not live in living learning communities. Living learning communities provide students the opportunity to engage one-on-one with faculty and staff and create a supportive environment that involves new students in the life of their institution. Additionally, students have increased opportunities to do the following:

  • Develop a network of friends
  • Improve grades
  • Graduate at higher rates than students who are not part of an LLC
  • Meet people who have similar goals
  • Participate in social activities related to academic majors
  • Find help and encouragement through peer networks

Each of our communities (with the exception of Student Created Programming) are built around a specific field of study or area of interest and are structured so students have a high degree of involvement in its formation.