Living-Learning FAQ

L-LC Membership

What does it mean to be in an L-LC?

  • Immediately connect with friends, mentors and faculty
  • Have fun and learn with your community
  • Attend a special orientation session and meet your whole community before classes begin
  • Have lunch or dinner with your World one day a week
  • Meet with your World once a week for fun, programs, study sessions, community service, etc.
  • Participate in All-World events once or twice a semester.
  • Have an amazing freshman year!

With all the special events and perks of being in an L-LC, does it cost extra to be in one?

No! There is no special fee to be in an L-LC.

Do I do everything with my L-LC?

No! L-LC members meet other friends, take other classes, join groups and participate in lots of other things at UAlbany. But being in an L-LC gives you a first “home” where you will have friends and a support network.

Now that I am in my L-LC of choice and am working with my advisor on my fall schedule, I see that I have a “discussion section” on my schedule. What is this?

Your fall schedule has been customized so that you have a discussion time slot to have lunch or dinner once a week with your L-LC friends and professor (and often, your advisor will join). Space is reserved for you all to meet weekly in one of our dining halls. Some Worlds meet together every week; in some of the larger Worlds, the professor meets small groups of freshmen for a meal and students rotate. You will learn more about your World meal at your special orientation when you arrive on campus.

What if I change my major, do I have to leave the L-LC?

No. The L-LC is your home for your freshman year. Each L-LC will have its own dedicated academic advisor that you will get to meet with regularly during your first year. They will help you figure out what major is best for you. If you do end up changing your major and the spring classes we’ve picked for the L-LC no longer work for you, your advisor will help you develop your schedule for the spring semester that makes sense for you.

Applying for an L-LC

How do I apply / join?

You apply for L-LCs when you pay your housing deposit and apply for housing. When registering for housing, you must note your interest in the appropriate L-LC(s). You can designate a first, second, and third choice L-LC.

How are applications for an L-LC evaluated?

Tell us why you want to be in your chosen L-LC and if it is a good fit for you, you’ll be placed on the floor. L-LCs often fill quickly so we recommend you apply as soon as the Housing Application is available.

If I am requesting a roommate, must they also apply for the same L-LC?

In Major-Specific L-LCs, yes. If you are requesting a roommate, your roommate MUST also apply for and be eligible for the same L-LC as you. For example, if you are a future biologist and want to live in the World of Biology but your requested roommate is an intended Spanish major, you will not be able to live together in the World of Biology. However, if you and a friend want to live together in an L-LC but have different majors, take a look at our Special Interest L-LCs which are open to all majors. We encourage students to search for potential roommates interested in the same L-LC on

How quickly should I apply for an L-LC?

L-LCs often fill quickly so we recommend you apply as soon as the Housing Application is available.

Can I apply for more than one L-LC?

Yes! On your application, you can list up to three L-LCs you are interested in. Tell us why you want each one. We will place you in one of your choices based on your academic plans and space availability. Student Engagement will call you if we cannot place you in any of your requested L-LCs.

When will I be notified if I have been accepted into an L-LC?

You will be notified by July 1st if you have been accepted into the L-LC.

Where can I find our more about L-LCs?

You can direct questions about the various L-LCs to the Office of Student Engagement at Questions about housing and housing/roommate assignments can be directed to the Department of Residential Life at