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If you’re thinking about living on campus at USF, a LLC might be just the thing for you! For those who don’t know what they are, a Living Learning Community is a specialized residential community with an emphasis on an academic major or other area of interest.

There are so many amazing advantages and opportunities you get from being in a LLC! Here are the top 5 reasons to live in a Living Learning Community at USF.

 1. Easier to Make Friends

A LLC is a living space that allows students with certain similarities to live together. By living with other students who have something in common with you, you can become close and make friends with others much more easily. You’ll already have something in common to talk about! Going off to college can be scary, especially if you’re leaving all your friends behind back home. If you’re worried about not knowing anyone and not sure how to make new friends, then a LLC is where you need to be. Living Learning Communities are close-knit, so you’ll become very close to your LLC peers very quickly. You’ll have nearly 20 new friends in your first week of college just from living in the LLC!

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 2. Better Academic Performance

More often than not, the students you live with in the LLC will take a lot of the same classes as you. This means that you’ll be able to get help with classes and homework from those you live with. You can also have study sessions and work on projects together right where you all live. It’s a very convenient way to get help quicker and finish assignments faster. Living in a LLC is a great way to succeed in your classes and stay on track. 

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3. Get Ahead in Your Career

It’s getting harder and harder every decade to find a job after graduation. This is due to the job market growing increasingly more competitive. You need to have an impressive resume and experience in the field in order to even be considered for a position. Living in a LLC is a great way to get ahead in your field of study and future career. LLC’s offer students the chance to make lasting connections with professionals through events put on specifically for the LLC. By being engaged and involved in your LLC and attending the events, you will have opportunities for networking, company tours, guest speakers, etiquette dinners, internships, etc. All of these events will give you an advantage in your career field.

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4. Sense of Belonging

It can be easy to feel alone and unnoticed on a big campus. You’re not familiar with the huge campus yet, you get lost sometimes, and you’re surrounded by thousands of strangers. There’s no dodging the homesickness. But after a little time, living in a LLC will make you feel at home. Your LLC peers will become your second family, and your Living Learning Community will be like a second home. When you live in a community with all your close friends and attend the LLC events, you start to truly feel like you belong.

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5. Have an Incredible College Experience

Sure, you might still have an awesome college experience without living in a LLC, but you’ll definitely have a better experience being in one. Being in a LLC gives you so many opportunities to make lifelong friendships, enjoy fun student events, gain experience in your field, and make memories that will last you a lifetime. With so many benefits to living in a LLC, it’s hard to find a reason not to! If you’re planning on living on campus and want to have an amazing college experience, then consider choosing a Living Learning Community as your new home.

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Deciding to live in a Living Learning Community is one of the best decisions you can make. There are 14 different LLCs to be exact. For example, if you wanted to live in a LLC focused on your specific major, you could choose the Bulls Business, Engineering, STEM, or Zimmerman Advertising LLC. If you wanted to live in a LLC with a different area of interest, you could choose the American Sign Language, ROTC, or Stonewall Suites LLC. Of course there are many others aside from those, so check them all out at the USF Housing and Residential website! As always, go Bulls!


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Brittany Junkins


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