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Living Learning Communities

Vanderbilt’s Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide opportunities for students with similar educational interests to live together in residence halls offering structured learning environments. The Office of Housing and Residential Education co-sponsors these communities with various academic departments. Specifically, the McTyeire International House is a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, and the McGill Project historically has received support from the departments of Fine Arts and Philosophy.

The fundamental premise of the Vanderbilt living learning experience is that the residence hall is an important part of the holistic growth and development of our residents. Exposure to educational themes outside the classroom will allow students to take ownership of their living and learning at Vanderbilt.  We also expect that the additional interaction with faculty outside the classroom will expand the students’ comfort with building relationships with their own professors and instructors. Students who live together and focus around common intellectual purpose have better opportunities to reinforce their academic goals.

Because Living Learning Communities tend to focus on a certain academic discipline, it’s natural to think that the individual communities would be homogenous. However, our programs are designed to attract diversity.  Students from any school or discipline who wish to live in an LLC are welcome. Both men and women may participate in any of these unique program initiatives as well.  Both Mayfield Lodges and McGill Hall have opportunities for students to live in a gender-neutral environment should they desire.

In addition to the Residential Education staff (Area Coordinators, Graduate Area Coordinators, Head Residents, and Resident Advisers), Living Learning Communities also have the support of Residential Faculty and Faculty Advisors.




Mayfield Lodges




The McGill Project





McTyeire International House