Living Learning Communiteies

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide unique environments where select groups of students share common residential and learning experiences.

Unique living environments

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide unique environments where select groups of students share common residential and learning experiences. Based on disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes, LLCs create intentional links between academic, social, and residential experiences.


  • Living with students who share similar interests, passions and challenges
  • Access to peers for study groups, mentoring and leadership experience
  • Interest-based on-campus programming
  • Opportunities for explore off campus resources
  • Collaborative academic opportunities
  • Networking prospects
  • Global community development
  • Each of our Living Learning Communities is staffed by full-time professional administrators who work collaboratively with faculty, staff and resident. Together this team integrates both professional and personal interests to enhance the academic and social experience here at New College.

Admission Process

It is an honor and privilege to be a member of a Living Learning Community. Spaces are limited. Priority is given to students who demonstrate a commitment to academic success, intellectual curiosity, civic engagement and lifelong learning. A letter of interest outlines why students wish to participate and any previous experience should be accompanied with the housing application.

Wellness Living-Learning Community

Located in “Z” Hall: Open to all New College students.

In the Wellness LLC, community members share goals of developing well-balanced lifestyle choices. Programs are designed to provide experience in making healthy lifestyle choices and developing strategies for lifetime fitness and wellness. Members will be exposed to nutritional information, cooking classes, fitness programs and stress management programs.

Benefits of the Wellness LLC

  • Cooking lessons
  • Fitness training programs
  • Opportunities to participate in community service projects
  • Counseling programs to address strategies for stress management

Global Village Living-Learning Community

Located in “X” Hall. Open to all NCF students

Looking for a way to enhance your global experience? Members of Global Village have the opportunity to live with students who share a desire to learn more about international travel, culture and the global community. We encourage exchange students, as well as, NCF students to share their cultural differences in an attempt to strengthen international relationships and broaden their educational experience.

The Global Village is open to students of all majors who are interested in being a part of a community of scholars striving for global understanding and tolerance. Members will have the opportunity to attend cultural programming, international themed meals and guest lecturers and learn how to prepare themselves to travel abroad.

Benefits of the Global Village LLC

  • Explore world events with visiting faculty and guest speakers
  • Learn about career opportunities with a global focus
  • Learn how to travel internationally
  • Engage with current New College of Florida students studying abroad
  • Contribute to community service projects

Quiet Community Living-Learning Community

Located in “Y” Hall. Open to all New College students.

In Quiet Community, members have the opportunity to live with students who share a focus on academics. This community is allocated for those who want quiet living conditions all the time, 24 hours a day. Availability is based on student request for this type of living and interest of the student population.

Benefits of the Quiet Community – LLC

  • Enjoy shared interests with members of the community who wish to support an atmosphere which is conducive to sleep and study at all times during the day and night.
  • Creates opportunities for each person agrees to address other students if that environment is not being supported at any time. If any student is found to disrupt this atmosphere during the course of the semester, the individual may be required to move from Quiet Housing to another residence hall or house on campus.

Rules and Regulations

  1. I agree to abide by the quiet hours established at the beginning of each semester by all members of this community.
  2. I agree to address other residents if they are not upholding the contract. I will contact my Residential Advisor or Campus Police if I am not comfortable doing so myself.
  3. I agree to hold all of my guests accountable to these guidelines.
  4. I agree to hold all social activities within the established quiet hours.
  5. I agree to respect the rights of other members of the community to request a quiet environment at all times and will comply with any given request to support this type of atmosphere in the residence hall.
  6. I agree to support all programs that benefit the quiet housing community.


Located in Pei 3rd Court, First-year community

SuccessQuest is a Living Learning Community (LLC) unlike any other on campus. It is an organized year-long program (meeting on a bi-weekly basis) that aims to assist first-year students with a healthy and successful transition to life at New College. SuccessQuest helps new students orient themselves and connect with campus resources through workshops with different campus offices. As a member of Success Quest, you will be provided opportunities to integrate into the community both on-campus and in the greater Sarasota area. Students will be encouraged to get involved in a variety of ways including student government, clubs, and volunteer opportunities. The workshops and activities you will participate in as a member of SuccessQuest will shape your natural leadership skills and strengths and will help you apply them in ways that benefit you and your community. The goal of SuccessQuest is to provide experiences and lessons that will reach beyond the realm of your life at New College while also helping you navigate your first year here.

Meetings and Activities:

  • Team Building and Understanding
  • Strengths identification and goal setting
  • Campus Resource workshops
  • Group activities and programs to enhance skills in resilience, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence
  • Financial Literacy workshop
  • Career-related community engagement opportunities and programs
  • Sarasota Excursion
  • Program Completion Celebration

LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community

Located in “V” Hall. Open to all New College students.

The LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community is located in V Hall. The overall goal of this LLC is to allow for its members to share in common goals of freedom of express and exploration of identity.

Students residing in this LLC have the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable living and learning experience, where residents are placed without requirements of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

This community seeks to connect students interested in supporting and educating themselves and their community about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, pansexual, asexual, aromantic, queer and allied people.

Programming in this LLC will be focused on enhancing the intellectual and cultural environment of the New College campus with particular regard to those issues which pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of LGBTQIA+ people by accomplishing the following learning objectives:

Learning Objectives for this LLC are:

  • Community – Foster a strong sense of community and well-being among LGBTQIA+ students, based on mutual accountability and respect.
  • Knowledge – Develop knowledge of LGBTQIA+ histories, identities, culture and politics. Challenge the concepts of normativity and incorporate affiliated voices when discussing contemporary topics and issues pertaining to certain groups.
  • Action – Increase exposure to and experiential practice of contemporary models of social justice organizing, service and action. Discuss implementation of action in society.


Located in “Z” Hall: Open to all New College students

In the Sustainability LLC,  members will be encouraged to learn about and live their most sustainable lives. The Sustainability LLC will provide regular educational programs as well as the opportunity to engage with peers who are similarly seeking to reduce their impact on the Earth.

There will be no prerequisites to apply for the Sustainability LLC, besides a willingness to strive for a more sustainable lifestyle. Most importantly, participation will not be a competition, but a means for inspiration.

All members will be expected to contribute to a communal garden, with individual responsibilities and time commitments to be set at the beginning of the academic year with all members present. Individual plots will also be available by request depending on space availability.

Every semester there will be three RA events thrown relating to sustainable lifestyle topics, such as:

  • Sustainable eating habits
  • Pickling and fermentation
  • Reducing landfill waste
  • Composting
  • Using sustainable materials

The Sustainability LLC will work with the faculty sponsor to explore sustainable organizations in Sarasota and network with members of the community to promote sustainable career paths with service outreach projects and field trips, such as:

  • Bus trip to the Farmer’s Market
  • Native plant nurseries
  • Community gardens
  • Food banks

Sustainability LLC will also partner with the Council of Green Affairs and RAW (Resources Aren’t Waste) club to help in planning and volunteering for events.


Located in “Z” Hall: Open to all New College students

Do you like words? Would you like to live in a community of students interested in writing? Would you like to be involved with writing-related programming, like writing groups or writer’s retreats, or a customized tutorial for Writing LLC students? If you answered yes to any of these, the new-for-2017-2018 Writing LLC might be for you!


  • Establish healthy writing habits (all Writing LLCs residents will have two hours/week scheduled writing time).
  • Receive free access to writing software and apps.
  • Live in a supportive community of writers.
  • Participate in programming like writers’ retreats, readings, feedback groups, book club, and more!

The Writing LLC will be partnered with the Writing Resource Center (WRC).


Located in “W” Hall: Open to all New College students

The Outdoor Adventure LLC aims to foster a community of individuals who enjoy camping, hiking, spending time in the outdoors and the preservation of our natural resources for future generations to enjoy. Members will work together to plan excursions to Florida’s many beautiful public parks and forests while following the principles of Leave No Trace, and will be able to take part in workshops on various aspects of camping and hiking safety.


  • Take part in our planned camping and hiking activities in the many beautiful State Parks of Florida.
  • Lend your knowledge to help educate others learn methods for safe camping and hiking, and learn from those with different experiences than yourself.
  • Take an active role in the upkeep and preservation of the public lands in Florida to ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities to enjoy nature.

Music Performance LLC

Located in “Z” Hall: Open to all New College students.

The Music Performance LLC intends to create and support a community of individuals who enjoy playing musical instruments and watching or being involved with musical performances. Members do not need to be pursuing a music, art, or humanities AOC to be a part of this community, they only need the interest and passion. This community may be perfect for those feeling nostalgic for their high school marching band, those who spend the day in the lab and then come home and practice their cello, or those who have ever thought about trying out for the New Cats Jazz Band.


  • Live in a supportive community of musicians.
  • Participate in programs specifically related to musical performance.
  • Have a welcoming space to practice and jam in.