Residential Based Learning Communities

Residential Based Learning Communities (RBLCs) are floors, areas, or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area. They give students the opportunity to enjoy the usual advantages of living in campus housing while providing added benefits of living amongst a group of students that have similar goals and interests. RBLCs offer regular events and programming that help build a strong connection with the IUPUI campus, and also bring together faculty, staff, and students around a specific focus through initiatives like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,”  where academic advisors, instructors, or deans in an academic area are present to eat and interact with residents.  These communities also help students connect to the city of Indianapolis through cultural events, social events at various locations, and community service activities with local non-profit organizations.

Residential Based Learning Communities are housed in Ball Residence Hall, University Tower, and in the Riverwalk Apartments. There are 11 different themes including International House, LYFE (Living Your Freshman Experience), Women in Science, and Purdue House, among others.  Each community has something unique to offer its residents, so learn more about how you can be a part of one of these amazing communities today!

As a participant in an RBLC, residents will:

  • Gain additional insight into their academic area or chosen theme through RBLC initiatives by:
    • Interacting more frequently and directly with faculty and staff
    • Attending resident assistant sponsored programming
    • Participating in opportunities that offer a hands-on approach to learning
  • Establish connections within the IUPUI community by:
    • Networking with peers who share similar interests and classes
    • Learning about leadership opportunities available on campus
    • Identifying resources necessary for academic success
  • Demonstrate transferable skills developed while participating in academic area or theme community activities by:
    • Critically examining their area of interest (which could include major, career, or social causes)
    • Linking personal experiences and classroom learning