What’s the Deal with Housing by Academic Interest?

3 Things You Should Know About Housing by Academic Interest

A common concern shared among our first-years is the concern about making friends and finding that community that fits with your interests, likes, dislikes. Some of these things are more important than whether or not you like pineapple on your pizza.

During my two years at the university, I realized that students without friends in their classes are at a big disadvantage. It’s easier to study together, share notes together, do homework together (if it is allowed). When you don’t¬†understand the teacher, you can even teach each other like these cute doggos.

But there’s a way to skip the awkward “seek out that one person you know” in a class because now we have Housing by Academic Interest! Here are 3 things you should know!

1.  The Academic Interests

Housing by academic interest means that you can choose to live in communities based on what you’re interested in academically! The different interests currently available are:

  • Business
  • Media Studies and Journalism
  • The Arts
  • Health Sciences/ Pre-Med

All of these interests allow you to connect with the respective and relevant resources. For example, the business academic interest connects you to information from the business school and the undergraduate business ambassadors. These can open doors for internships, networking, and other valuable resources that you need to succeed in your career and academically.

2. Easy to Apply

Lucky for everyone, it’s pretty simple to apply to be included in this opportunity. It’s as easy as choosing from the drop-down menu.

Important Note: You are not required to participate in housing by interest. If any of the interests above interest you, feel free to select them. If you’d rather do something else, then don’t!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

3. It’s NOT Class Based

A common misconception is that you need to have declared a certain major or be taking certain classes to be involved within a specific interest. In fact, here at Housing, we want to encourage you to explore academic interests OUTSIDE of your major to help you be a well-rounded student. Maybe you’re a business student, but you’re interested in the health care industry – what a great chance to live around other students who are interested in health care and expand your horizons!

There you have it folks, a short and slightly comprehensive guide on what to expect! If this sounds like something you’re INTERESTed in, then Housing by Academic Interest is a good idea! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!