USC Housing and Residential Education in partnership with Student Equity & Inclusion Programs offer several Living Learning Communities for both first and second year students.  In these communities you are given opportunity to cultivate your leadership development, your personal growth, as well as focus on the intersectionality of identities.

These communities feature activities and programs, both formal and informal, that enhance and expand your university life. For more information about these programs, please visit the USC Residential Education website.

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Living Learning Communities
Living Learning CommunityBuilding LocationCode
Annenberg CommunicationsAnnenberg HouseCOMM
Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Leadership CommunityBirnkrant Residential CollegeAPIDA
First Generation PlusBirnkrant Residential CollegeFG+
Latinx/e Pardee TowerLATF
Rainbow FloorCentury ApartmentsRAIN
Somerville PlacePardee TowerSMRV
Sophomore (Second Year) Honors (Ilium Residential College) Cowlings and Ilium Residential CollegeILIM
Sustainable LivingCardinal 'N GoldSUST
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE)International Residential CollegeWISE

How to Apply

If one of these Living Learning communities (LLCs) seems right for you, please be sure to indicate that program when completing the housing application.  When applying, some programs will require you to answer an additional question about your interest in the community.

Some Living Learning communities are located in freshman buildings and primarily available only to incoming freshmen. 

Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Leadership Community (Birnkrant) – Learn more.

First-Generation Plus Community (Birnkrant)

Latinx/e (Pardee Tower) – Learn more.

International Residential College at Parkside including the Women in Science and Engineering Floor

Somerville Place (Pardee Tower) – Learn more.

Some Living Learning communities are located in buildings for upperclassmen and are primarily available only to continuing and transferring undergraduates.

Annenberg Communications (Annenberg House) – Learn more

Sophomore (Second Year) Honors (Ilium Residential College) – This program is available only to current freshman residents of McCarthy Honors College with qualifying scholarships who are participating in University Housing Renewal. Learn more.

Sustainable Living (Cardinal ‘N Gold)

The following communities are available to undergraduates of any class standing.

Rainbow Floor (Century Apartments) – Learn more.

Veterans’ Housing (Stardust Apartments) – Learn more.