Conceptual Living Communities

Conceptual Living Communities (CLCs) are student-driven residence hall theme housing groups.  CLCs are great opportunities for upperclass students to express their individuality and shared interests with others in the residential environment.  Whether it is an already-established student group or an emerging interest, students are encouraged to create their living experience.  CLCs have access to spaces before the housing selection process takes place, and the students involved get the added benefit of skipping the typical housing selection in-person process.


For the 2014-2015 academic year, there are four CLCs:  Green House, UMW Dead Poets Society, Cooking and Games for Everyone (CAGE), and International Living Center (ILC).

Click here to submit your group’s proposed Conceptual Living Community Application!  Applications are due January 31, 2014.  If you have any questions, please email Associate Director of Residence Life, Matt Troutman.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Conceptual Living Communities (CLCs) special?

  • CLCs promote a direct link between the residential experience and academic interests and/or extracurricular life for upperclass students. It is designed to provide students who share common educational endeavors or common extracurricular interests the opportunity to live together in campus housing.  The fact that each community is created by students, for students makes CLCs a unique and dynamic housing option here at UMW.

What are the advantages of this theme housing option?

  • Studies have shown that students who live in theme housing communities are more involved in programs on and off campus and perform better academically than students who do not live in theme housing communities.  Theme housing communities provide students the opportunity to engage one-on-one with faculty and staff and to create a supportive living/learning environment.
  • Students in CLC groups essentially get to skip the line in the housing selection process by having prime access to spaces enabling them to complete their group’s objectives.

Can any concept be a theme housing community?

  • Yes, just as long as the theme integrates academics or learning with physical interactions or experiences and does not conflict with the University’s community values.  If the group is not academically-based, the learning aspect can take place a number of ways.  For instance, if the group was formed around the idea of loving the practice of playing video games, members can teach each other inside tricks of the trade and educate the wider UMW community about the culture of video gaming.

Do CLC members have to go through the Housing Selection Process?

  • There is an abbreviated administrative process for CLC group members.  All CLC members need to complete their individual Housing and Dining Services Agreement enabling them to be assigned to the space they select (as coordinated by the group’s leader and submitted to Residence Life).

Who chooses the members for the CLC?

  • The only criterion from the Office of Residence Life is that members qualify to reside in on-campus housing.  All other criteria for members to be in a community are reserved rights of the community.  All other criteria for membership is set by the community at community conception.

What is the minimum number of students needed to start a CLC?

  • Conceptual Living Communities must have a minimum of eight (8) members.

What buildings can CLCs live in?

  • CLCs may list a preference for any upperclass residence hall except for UMW Apartments and Willard Hall.

Can a CLC include women and men?

  • Conceptual Living Communities may be mixed-sex as long as they are housed in mixed-sex residence halls.  CLCs housed in Ball Hall or Virginia Hall will not be allowed to be mixed-sex (female only).

What are the requirements of living in a CLC?

  • Initial completion of a Conceptual Living Community Application by the group’s leader.
  • CLC members must agree to the CLC terms upon agreeing to be assigned in the CLC housing assignment location.
  • Programming requirements:  All members must planning, implement, and attend Group (Member) Events and Open (community-wide) Events to demonstrate active membership in the CLC.
  • Group participation in Conceptual Living Community recruitment events.  Groups may be asked to participate in activity fairs or other events to educate others about their CLC and the overall concept of CLCs.

If I leave the CLC, do I have to move out of the hall/community area?

  • Any individual who withdraws from the community after the housing selection process has concluded will be administratively relocated to another residence hall room / building immediately upon availability by the Office of Residence Life.

Are CLCs assigned housing or do they get to choose?

  • Conceptual Living Community applicants provide residence hall preferences for where they would like their community to be located.
  • There is no specific residence hall that is designated for CLCs.
  • Residence hall preferences should take into consideration membership count and accommodation needs.  Groups may list a preference for any upperclass residence hall except for UMW Apartments and Willard Hall.

Is there a minimum GPA to be a part of a CLC community?

  • General membership in a Conceptual Living Community does not require a minimum grade point average.
  • The leader of each group is required to hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Does the group need a sponsor/advisor?

  • Conceptual Living Communities are required to have a UMW Teaching or Administrative Faculty member serves as the group’s advisor.  There are not specific criteria for the advisor to meet.  The group’s leader should discuss with the advisor the role of the advisor based on the needs of the group members.

Are communities guaranteed to exist from one year to the next?

  • No.  Communities may exist from one year to the next based on student interest in community, value to the campus, community at-large, and compliance with policies regarding Conceptual Living Communities.