Parents and Families


Next year your student has the opportunity to enhance their college experience by living within one of the many Theme Communities offered via Michigan Housing. As part of the University’s Living-Learning programs, theme communities are an opportunity to explore and experience college life with other students who share your students’ interests. Some communities encompass a floor, some encompass an entire hall, but all of them will help your student connect with peers, mentors and campus resources.

Theme Communities offer residents new learning opportunities and collaborative activities. They allow students to pursue passions, explore new interests in a co-curricular setting, and ready themselves to apply their learning to a complex and diverse world. 

The nine diverse Theme Community opportunities include: 

  • Subfree -- SubFree provides a community for students seeking to live in an environment free of alcohol and drugs where they’re able to focus on academics and engage in alternative social programming.
  • 1st Gen -- 1st Gen provides an extra layer of support for first-year students who are the first in their family to attend college.
  • Gender Inclusive Living Experience -- Gender Inclusive Living Experience (GILE) serves as a safe and inclusive space for residents of all gender identities and gender expressions to live together.
  • Multicultural Housing Community -- Multicultural Housing Community (MHC) is designed to facilitate deep communication and understanding amongst students of diverse backgrounds and identities in an intentional manner.
  • Innovation -- Innovation provides a collaborative living-learning space for residents interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity.
  • Sustainable Living Experience -- Sustainable Living Experience (SLE) is a community dedicated to providing an inclusive and immersive environment for students to develop lifelong leadership in sustainability and environmental justice.
  • Adelia Cheever Program -- The Adelia Cheever Program (Cheever) is a community that preps undergraduate women for leadership in a global society through service learning, exploration and respect of cultural differences and cultivation of lifelong friendships.
  • Living Business -- Living Business represents a group of diverse first-year students at the Ross School of Business interested in opportunities to build community and champion the values of the school.
  • Livewell -- LiveWell is a community of students passionate about living a holistically well life while at the University of Michigan.
  • Transfer Year Experience -- Transfer Year Experience (TYE) is a community designed to address the transitional needs and concerns of incoming transfer residents.
  • Second Year Experience -- Second Year Experience (SYE) is a community focused on the unique needs and interests of second-year residents.
  • International Impact -- International Impact is designed for second-year students, juniors and seniors to advance their knowledge and appreciation of our diverse, multicultural world and to provide unique opportunities for connections across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

Applications for the Theme Community experience open on February 1, 2021, and close on May 5. 

Your student can also participate in a Virtual Information Session. For more information, please visit the Theme Communities website.