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Living Learning Communities

A large part of your college experience will take place in the residence halls and, to make the most out of your first year at Northeastern, you will participate in a Living Learning Community (LLC). An experience for the like-minded, LLCs bring students with similar interests, hobbies, and courses together for support and fun throughout their journey as a young Husky. There’s a community for everyone!


The First Year Experience (FYE) program has been developed to help Northeastern University’s first year students transition into this new and exciting chapter of their lives – college life. Residential Life is dedicated to working with Northeastern students to help them build strong community living environments that support personal development and academic success. These environments provide opportunities to learn outside of the classroom through the Living Learning Community program.

The foundation for the FYE program is held by four pillars: Personal Development, Academic Success, Experiential Learning and Community Development. These pillars are the guiding principles of the programs and resources specific to the needs of first year students. The goal is to help students navigate the University, familiarize them in their first year living away from home, and with life in a new environment.

Current First Year students! Join your Living Learning Community's social media page to connect with the rest of the people you will be living with! 

Living Learning Communities

Separately, each word delivers its own distinct meaning and value. Put them together and a Living Learning Community (LLC) is a sum greater than its parts - a vibrant, inviting residential environment that adds immeasurably to your college experience.

Here at Northeastern, our LLCs are welcoming, inspiring homes away from home in which to explore your interests with fellow first-year students. At its most basic, an LLC is a portion of a residence hall where students share a common lifestyle or academic interest. At its utmost, it is a warm, friendly place to share your hopes and dreams - and fulfill them.

When Incoming first year students apply for housing, they choose from more than a dozen LLCs to begin their residential experience at Northeastern. Already know your passion is designing robotic systems? Pack your bags for the College of Engineering LLC. Prefer to splash your designs on a canvas? Then the Creative Expressions wing may be the place for you.

At Northeastern, there truly is a taste for every palate. Let's take a closer look at these remarkable places to live.

First Year College Affiliated LLC Options

Bouvé College of Health Sciences
College of Computer & Information Science
College of Engineering
College of Science
Global Visions (D'Amore-McKim School of Business)

First Year Interdisciplinary LLC Options

NU Journeys (NU Explore Program)

First Year Thematic Based LLC Options

Community Service
Creative Expressions
Cultural Inclusion
From Novel to Big Screen
Healthy Living   Leadership
Living Green
Musical Motifs
Political Engagement in the Urban Society


The Residential Life Department knows that the second year of college can be a challenging one, second year students are no longer new to the university and trying to find their way, they are experienced students with a good foundation and understanding of the expectations of college life at Northeastern University. The department and staff of Residential Life are dedicated to helping their second year students continue to navigate the university, provide opportunities for continued academic success and career exploration.

As students move from their first year in college to their second, there are many transitions and expectations that are required of you. You are provided of a lot of support and information on how to succeed and transition into college during your first year living on campus. It is our mission to continue to provide you with resources and support to build the success throughout your second year.

Northeastern University's  Residential Life Department Second Year Experience (SYE) Program will provide students with an enhanced personal vision through academic and co-curricular exploration, supplementing their experience at Northeastern University and beyond. The SYE Program will build on the foundation of the Department of Residential Life's First Year Experience and Living Learning Communities Programs through continued support and meaningful community interaction.

This second year student centered program provides resources and information to help these students navigate their way through the university and continued life as a college student. Every second year resident will be exposed to programs and resources that match the program pillars of Academic Success, Experiential Learning, Career Exploration and Interdependent Living.

Please use the links to the right of this page for more information and important resources to help you support your academic success, experiential learning, career exploration and interdependent living.

Second Year Thematic Experiential Program  

The Second Year Thematic Experiential Programs (STEPs) are designed specifically for students in their second year who are looking for new and exciting ways to take the next steps towards exploring their passions and career interests during their time at Northeastern. Participants will challenge themselves to grow holistically by refining their skills and interests. Each STEP will help students to further develop themselves personally and professionally while preparing for success in and after college, all while exploring what our great city of Boston has to offer. Students will have access to faculty and staff with similar interests to enhance their second year living on campus, and will participate in targeted programs and events based on the theme of their chosen STEP.

Healthy You

The Healthy Living Second Year Thematic Experiential Program will provide second year students an environment to learn, grow and be healthy in all aspects of their lives. students in the Healthy Living STEP will be offered opportunities to learn about the seven dimensions of wellness (social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and psychical) and how each intersects and affects their lives and experiences at Northeastern. The Healthy Living STEP is located in Willis Hall, in 4-person standard apartments. 


The Leadership Second Year Thematic Experiential Program is a safe, inclusive, and fun community where second year students grow and develop with like-minded individuals. Members of this STEP will have the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills through a variety of exciting and engaging opportunities like service projects, dialogue, and programs and events facilitated by students, faculty, and staff. By participating in this STEP, members will feel more prepared to be better leaders on campus, in the workplace, and in society. The Leadership STEP is located in East Village in enhanced 4-person suites.


4 Speare Commons
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Call: (617) 373-2814

--Speare Commons Office Hours--

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed

360 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115617.373.2000TTY 617.373.3768
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