Arts Interdisciplinary Living Community: Accepting Applications

Campus Housing for Arts Students of Diverse Disciplines

Are you a visual, performing or communication arts student who would enjoy living and engaging with artists of all disciplines? The College of the Arts' Arts Interdisciplinary Living Community (AILC) may be the environment you are looking for. Comprised of students majoring in art and design, music, theatre, dance, broadcasting and/or communication studies, the AILC occupies a floor in the Freeman Residence Hall on the south end of the campus — just across from the Cali School of Music and a few minutes walk from all of the college's visual arts and performance facilities.

But AILC is not just about convenience. It is about students with creative and multidisciplinary interests living together . . . sharing their passions and challenges and discovering their common ground.


The Arts Interdisciplinary Living Community is available to 38 students who are enrolled in programs of the College of the Arts.* To foster the interdisciplinary experience, efforts are made to balance the representation of different majors among the residents.

Rooms available on the AILC floor are largely doubles. Also included are a lounge and adjacent studio facility equipped with two pianos, work tables and display walls, spaces in which students may work and rehearse 'at home' when they are not otherwise in their department studios or practice rooms. A bulletin board allows for posting exhibition/performance/field trip announcements and other notices of common interest.

The AILC floor is staffed by a Community Assistant (C.A.) who is also a major in the College of the Arts. The C.A. assists in helping students find opportunities for social engagement and peer learning across the disciplines; fosters the informal exchange of ideas, collaborations, joint projects and field trips; and fosters ideas residents are encouraged to bring to the community. Residents will participate in floor meetings and may initiate or help organize special activities. The AILC can be all that the residents make of it . . . an experience that can be rich and artistically stimulating.
*Note: Living in the AILC is an option, not a requirement, for College of the Arts students


Students interested in living in the AILC must be admitted as majors within the College of the Arts, as well as demonstrate an expressed interest in participating in an interdisciplinary living community. Applicants must also have paid their admission and housing deposits. While the majority of students in the AILC are freshmen, upperclassmen may be allowed to return on a space-available basis — particularly those who wish to help enrich and foster the community together with new residents. Students are encouraged to apply to the AILC as early as possible. Assignments, however, will ultimately be made in the interest of balancing the community.

Step one:

To apply for AILC housing, follow the instructions of the Office of Residential Education and Services. (Click on the link pertaining to your student status):

Step two:

Complete the AILC Statement of Interest or apply online: