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.


Residence Education Advisors (REAs)

REAs live off-campus and work with Student Experience, the International and Exchange Student Centre, Residence Staff, Residence and Faculty Sophs and Residents' Council to create a community in residence that supports students' academic success and leadership development. They organize programs, offer workshops, meet with you one-on-one about questions and concerns and connect you to campus resources and leadership opportunities.


Faculty Sophs

Sophs are our beloved Orientation Leaders. 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.


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. View the Living-Learning Communities brochure here.

Learning Communities

You don’t have to be worried about meeting friends in class when you can live beside them! Students on the Living-Learning Community floors form friendships and support systems with those who share the same faculty, program and interests. 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.

Living Learning Community Offered in
Arts & Humanities Medway-Sydenham Hall
Management & Organizational Studies Saugeen-Maitland Hall and Perth Hall
Engineering Essex Hall and Saugeen-Maitland Hall
Health Sciences Medway-Sydenham Hall
Information and Media Studies (FIMS) Perth Hall
Integrated Science Ontario 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


2SLGBTQ+ & Ally Floor

Do you feel passionate about expanding your knowledge in the area of gender identity, sexuality and social issues? The 2SLGBTQ+ & Ally Floor supports and advocates for 2SLGBTQ+ 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

Lifestyle-Based Floors

Substance-Free Floor

The commitment of all residents to maintain a substance-free environment forms the basis of this respectful and encouraging community. Floors that are designated substance-free are for students (regardless of age) who commit to an substance-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

All-Women Residence

Offered in Clare Hall, based on demand.

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

Download our Living-Learning Communities brochure.