Specialized Housing

Specialized housing options offer a unique opportunity to reside with students who share similar interests within a community specifically tailored to your interests.

Themed Communities

Living Learning Communities

Themed Communities

Living Green Themed Community (Hickerson Hall)

The Living Green Sustainable Themed Community is designed for first- and second-year students of any major who are interested in green initiatives including recycling, energy conservation, and community gardening. Environmentally-themed documentaries, speakers, programs, and trips off campus offer students opportunities to learn and promote environmental awareness on campus and in the larger local, national, and global communities. Members of the Sustainability Themed Community advise the Office of Residence Life on implementation of sustainable practices in the residence halls.

Students who live in the Living Green themed community will…

  • Develop a general understanding of living a sustainable lifestyle.
  • Engage in university-wide sustainability initiatives and programs.
  • Learn to identify environmental concerns on campus and provide suggestions for improvement.

Global Living Themed Community (North Campus Residence Complex)

The Global Living Themed Community is designed for junior and senior residents who wish to explore cultures of the world and global citizenship. Both domestic and international students will mutually benefit from opportunities to learn about world cultures, practice and develop language skills, and live among others with shared interest in cultural exchange. Daily roommate interactions, programs on cultural understanding and adapting to new environments, and trips off campus make this themed community ideal for students who have studied or are interested in studying abroad during their time at Southern. The themed community is also ideal for international students who are interested in developing meaningful connections with domestic students. Members of the International Themed Community advise the Office of Residence Life on international student experiences in the residence halls.

Students that live in the Global Living themed community will:

  • Engage in educational and social programs to enhance global awareness and understanding
  • Feel welcomed and assisted with their transition to the United States and Southern Connecticut State University through interactions with dedicated staff members.   
  • Experience the benefits of living in an integrated community that includes international and domestic students.

Transfer Connections Themed Community (Schwartz Hall)

The Transfer Connections Themed Community provides a supportive environment for incoming and returning transfer students to successfully transition and maintain success within SCSU’s culture and community. Students in this community will live among other students who have previously transferred or who are actively involved on campus and are looking to help new transfer students make strong connections, both academically and socially. Programming in this community will be tailored to help new transfer students make these connections and to establish themselves as Southern Owls on campus. 

Students who live in the Transfer themed community will:

  • Become acquainted with on and off campus resources that will assist their transition to the university.
  • Build a rapport with each other, recognize shared experiences, and contribute positively to the community around them.
  • Become acclimated into the academic structure of the university and recognize academic resources available to them.

Future Health Professions Themed Community (Chase Hall)

The Future Health Professions Themed Community is designed to provide support to students who are interested in health-related fields including nursing; public health; social work; exercise science; marriage and family therapy; recreation and leisure studies; and communication disorders. SCSU is the only school in Connecticut that offers these disciplines under a single umbrella. Research highlights that clients are best served when professionals collaborate. This community will focus on the shared experiences of residents interested in these fields of study. Specific programming will be centered around topics including academic support, career exploration, and the utilization of on-campus student support offices.  Additional support for members of this community will be provided by SCSU student leaders who have similar interests and who are looking to share their experiences with their peers.

Your INQ course will be specific to this community (all first year students are required to take an INQ course).

Students who live in the Future Health Professions themed community will:

  • Gain an understanding of the intersectionality of various health professions through interactions with peers in the residence hall community.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and experience outside of the classroom environment.
  • Contribute to the community by attending and participating in health related academic and social programs.

First Generation Themed Community (Wilkinson Hall)

The First Generation Themed Community is designed to provide support to students who are one of the first in their families to go to college. Whether selecting classes or understanding financial aid, aspects of university life may be confusing to any student--and particularly first generation students. This community will focus on the shared experiences and sense of responsibility many first generation students feel as they navigate their college life.  Specific programming will feature topics such as utilizing the resources of the on-campus student support offices, the importance of getting involved on campus, and ways to plan for financial well-being. Additional support for members of this community will be provided by SCSU students leaders who have experienced being a first generation college student and who are looking to share their experience with their younger peers.

Your INQ course will be specific to this community (all first-year students are required to take an INQ course).

Students that live in the First Generation Themed Community will:

  • Become familiar with and learn to properly utilize campus resources.
  • Build relationships with other first generation college students.
  • Attend programs that help students understand the financial aid process, professional development skills, and other essential tools for student success.

Living Learning Communities

Honors College Living Learning Community (West Campus Residence Complex)

The Honors Living-Learning Community is specifically designed for students who are accepted into the Honors College at Southern Connecticut State University. Students who live in the Honors LLC benefit from the opportunity to live among and receive support from other students who are engaged in this interdisciplinary program. This community offers social opportunities for residents as well as educationally enriching programs. As a member of the Honors LLC, each resident plays an integral role in the development of a positive academic residential experience where Honors students can learn, grow, and thrive during their time at Southern.

Students who live in the Honors College LLC will:

  • Engage in social opportunities provided by Resident Advisors and other community members
  • Receive mentorship and advisement from upperclass Honors College students
  • Benefit academically from increased contact with peers in the residence hall community

Still Exploring Majors Living Learning Community (Wilkinson Hall)

The Still Exploring Majors is a Living Learning Community designed for first year students that are still deciding what they would like to choose to major in. These students would identify as undeclared students. Students who live in this community will engage in an academic and residential community with other students with similar interests and commonalities while exploring there first year as a Southern student. The benefits to living in this community is building close relationships with fellow students while exploring different majors and major choices that are connected to career options. Additional support for members of this community will be provided by SCSU student leaders who will help students in this community explore and connect you to campus resources while they share their experiences with their younger peers.

Your INQ course will be specific to this community (all first year students are required to take an INQ course and is required for every major).

Students that live in the Still Exploring Majors LLC will:

  • Participate in programs that will encourage self-exploration.
  • Become familiar with and learn to properly utilize campus resources.
  • Participate in career-related university events including major expos, career fairs, and major-specific student organization events.

La Casa: Spanish Language and Cultures Living Learning Community (Neff Hall)

La Casa is a living learning community open to any student interested in improving their Spanish language fluency, while learning about the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, including those of the US. La Casa is open to students of all language levels, from those who are just beginning to learn Spanish to native speakers and heritage learners of Spanish. Residential students of La Casa will commit to enrolling in at least one Spanish course at their level in the year they reside in the hall. As residents of La Casa, students can take advantage of onsite Spanish language tutoring, conversation groups in Spanish, contact with faculty advisors, and special events related to the Spanish-speaking world organized by RA’s, Spanish faculty and/or student clubs and organizations.

Students that live in teh La Casa LLC will:

  • Have an appreciation and understanding for the Spanish language and the diverse cultures of Spanish speaking communities in this living learning community.
  • Be able to practice their language skills through living in the same community and attending various programs on campus.
  • Develop a network of friends and advisors with an interest in Spanish language and cultures that they can draw on throughout their entire university career.
  • Become more proficient in the Spanish language by taking a level-appropriate Spanish course and taking advantage of the programming and support services provided within the living learning community.

Requirements to live in this community:

  • Student in this community are committed to enrolling in a Spanish course for the fall or spring semester at any level. Spanish courses fulfill LEP requirements at any TIER level.
  • Students must meet the housing requirements to live in Neff Hall

How to Apply:

  • New students please indicate this on your Next Steps Application if you are interested in living in La Casa for the upcoming academic year.
  • Returning students please indicate on your housing application.
  • By selecting this option, The Office of Residence Life will assign you to a room in Neff Hall in La Casa Community. You may match with any roommate and they will be assigned to Neff Hall with you. It will not be necessary to participate in room selection.