Mason Family Flash

Housing communities: Off campus, on campus and LLCs

LLC Meet and GreetLiving Learning Communities (LLCs) are an opportunity for students to live on a floor or in a building with other students who share a common interest or major. The 2018-2019 LLC application opens next Friday, December 15!

Why LLCs? LLCs provide students an opportunity to discover, explore, and apply knowledge through multidisciplinary projects, programs, and coursework in a wide array of different themes. LLC students create connections to their academic work in new and creative ways, receive additional academic and social support, and engage in transformative experiences through:

• On and off-campus projects and field trips with faculty and staff
• Faculty mentorship
• Networking opportunities with alumni and employers
• Access to academic tutors in a wide-array of different subjects
• Common courses and peer mentorship

Mason LLC students outperform their non-LLC peers in both retention and graduation rates. They report having a smoother transition to and through college both academically and socially.

All current residential students are encouraged to apply, even if they are not currently in an LLC. LLCs open to returning students include:

• Environment & Sustainability
• Honors College
• Leadership & Community Engagement
• Mindful Living
• Outdoor Adventure
• Volgenau School of Engineering

LLC applications are due Friday, February 2 via eLiving. If you have questions, contact or (703) 993-6674.

On-Campus Residence Hall Closures
Most freshmen residence halls will close at 12 p.m. on Thursday, December 21. Students leaving for the winter break are encouraged to take valuables (passport, medication, jewelry, electronics, etc.) home with them. If your student plans to return to the same room after the break, they will not need to remove any belongings or check out with the residence hall staff. Students who currently have a vacancy in their room should anticipate having a roommate when they return in the spring. Roommate information can be found on eLiving. Residents should plan to leave 24 hours after their last exam or by 12 p.m. on Thursday, December 21 (whichever comes first).

The following buildings will remain open during winter break:
• Blue Ridge
• Eastern Shore
• Hampton Roads
• Jackson
• Liberty Square
• Mason Global Center
• Northern Neck
• Piedmont
• Potomac Heights
• Rogers
• Roosevelt
• Sandbridge
• Student Apartments
• Taylor
• Tidewater
• Townhouses
• Whitetop

Returning to Campus
All campus residences will reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018. There is no early arrival available for the spring semester.

Not Returning to Campus
Students needing to cancel their housing assignments for any reason must follow the Housing Agreement Release Request process to terminate their spring assignments. Please visit for more information about the cancellation process.

Off-Campus Housing Options
If your student is living off campus or planning to live off campus during the next academic year, encourage him or her to stop by the Off-Campus Housing Fair next Tuesday, December 12 from 2-4 p.m. in Dewberry Lobby on the ground floor of the Johnson Center.

During the Off-Campus Housing Fair, representatives from roughly 20 local apartment communities will be present with property information and to answer any questions your student may have about moving and/or living off campus. There will also be representatives from Off-Campus Student Services to address concerns about budgeting, leases, and transitioning to off-campus housing.

For more information on the Off-Campus Housing Fair or Off-Campus Student Services, visit If your student is unable to attend the fair and would like to speak with a staff member of Off-Campus Student Services, they can make an appointment at or email

Aysha Puhl
Associate Director of Living Learning Communities
Housing & Residence Life

Emilie Dubert
Associate Director
Off-Campus Student Services