Living-Learning Communities

Discover your passion for exploring real social issues, connect with a community, and work together with friends on creating a better future.

USF living-learning communities provide undergraduate students an opportunity for deeper, more meaningful, and connected learning in a shared residential and academic environment. Students in these communities are enrolled in a common set of courses and live together in a designated residential setting.


  • Martín-Baró Scholars — first-year students residing in Hayes-Healy Hall examine social justice in San Francisco through classroom assignments and a service-learning project.
  • Esther Madríz Diversity Scholars — second-year students residing in Phelan Hall — analyze the forty-year culture of hip-hop to explore issues of diversity, inequality, social justice, and change.
  • Erasmus Community — second- and third-year students residing in Lone Mountain Hall —explore the intertextuality of ethics, service, and justice at local and global levels.
  • Saint Ignatius Institute — students from all four years residing in Lone Mountain Hall — investigate the challenging realities of our world, share community, and explore spirituality in the Jesuit tradition.