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Living-Learning for First-Year Students

In addition to traditional residential options, the University of Richmond offers first-year students several living-learning communities in which students with common interests live together and share a number of outside-the-norm experiences that take their education far beyond the classroom.

These communities are designed for students to create meaningful bonds and friendships with their fellow classmates, develop a relationship with a faculty member during their first year at Richmond, and connect their interests both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our living-learning communities for first-year students are single-gendered communities located in the same residence halls where the rest of the class lives. These communities are grouped together in a section of the hall around common spaces and lounges that help facilitate bonding and programming. 

Programs available to Westhampton College students

Moore International
Ready for Moore
Women in Math and Science
Live from Russia (note: while both men and women will participate in the program, they will live in separate residence halls)

Programs available to Richmond College students

Explore UR World
RC Xtreme 
Spinning Your Web
Live from Russia (note: while both men and women will participate in the program, they will live in separate residence halls)

Application Information

The deadline to apply to participate in a first-year living-learning community is usually mid-May. Students will apply through StarRez while they are completing their housing application. Students access StarRez through BannerWeb (through the Housing menu). Please contact us if you have any questions.

There is no cost to participate in any of the living-learning communities.


R–Business is a co-ed first-year community for students who are interested in pursuing business. Unlike living-learning communities, students in R–Business do not live together in the same residence hall, but have interactions and programs with business faculty throughout the academic year.