Residential Experience

Getting the most out of life at S&T

Our residential experience focuses on helping students discover more about themselves, as well as their impact on their community. Living in a residence hall, students learn how to develop a better self-awareness, communicate across differences, and engage in their community.

Learning Communities

One of the easiest ways for you to experience everything residential life has to offer is on-campus residential learning communities. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are specialized living environments that connect students based on special interests or experiences. Each LLC is unique and centered on a distinctive theme. Students who choose to live in an LLC have the opportunity to closely engage with campus faculty and partners, access to intentional events and programs, and dedicated staff members who work to make the community a success. Here's a list of the current LLCs along with the location in which the community is located.

Connection communities offer a community development approach by affording students the opportunity to shape the identity of unique, self-directed environments surrounding a common theme, issue, or interest. Connections Communities are typicalled reserved for upperclassmen and information will be provided at Room Selection.

Students must utilize the ability to think creatively and develop innovative solutions to problems regardless of their ultimate career path. This community brings together students who are interested in honing these skills and who wish to solve problems in a new and different way.

Students will live together on the third floor University Commons and participate in special programs designed to enhance the ability to engage in creative problem-solving, team work, leadership, and communication. Whether creating new products, processes, or systems; or designing solutions for the 21st century, the ability to think and see differently, innovate, and then communicate ideas or solutions to a wider audience, is necessary to succeed in today's world.

Some of the opportunities you'll experience while living in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation LLC include:

  • Access to the University Commons Idea Space featuring various tools for tinkering and developing ideas
  • Trips to events connected to the St. Louis start-up & innovation community such as: Venture Café, Washington University’s Startup Connection, and networking events with various companies
  • Design and innovation competitions
  • Priority selection for Residential Life study abroad experience

The Honors LLC is designed for students who are selected for Missouri S&T's Honors Academy. As part of the Honors learning community, you will live and develop connections with other students enrolled in the Honors program on campus. Students will live together on the fourth floor of University Commons and participate in shared programs, field trips, and social activities including:

  • Themed dinners or coffee/refreshment events hosted by faculty
  • Semester outings (e.g. Laser tag, mini-golf, etc) with the Dr. Cawlfield, Vice Provost for Academic Support
  • Regular community events
  • Honors themed incentive program aimed to promote personal development, social engagement, & academic focus
  • Priority selection for Residential Life study abroad experience


Please note that in addition to indicating your interest on the Housing Interest Form (HIF), you must apply for the Honors Academy through the Office of Academic Support prior to May 1, 2018.

Explore the world and expand your horizons. The Global Connections learning community focuses on celebrating and learning more about culture and inclusion. From field trips to workshops and dinners to participating in an optional study abroad experience, this community is the perfect complement to a global studies minor or for anyone who wishes to experience new perspectives.

Some of the ways students have experienced other cultures includes:

  • Themed dinners hosted by faculty
  • Trips to local international festivals
  • Workshops focused on topics of diversity & inclusion
  • Participation in the Conversation Partners program hosted by International Affairs
  • Regular community dinners featuring global cuisine
  • Priority selection for Residential Life study abroad experience




Helping you engage with your community

We foster strong communities by encouraging students to make connections. We support this through an assortment of social events and programs that help you with your college experience. Some programs provide social opportunities, while others focus on personal, professional or academic growth.

Student programming examples

  • Community/floor dinners and meetings
  • Social events such as game nights
  • Intramural involvement
  • Leadership development workshops
  • Faculty involved dinners or events
  • Academic success workshops including in house writing tutors
  • Career readiness workshops and programs with Career Opportunities and Employer Relations
  • Volunteer opportunities

Academic Support

The tools you need to help you succeed

Academic support is a priority for Residential Life. There are a number of resources provided to students living in the residential living areas, from connections with faculty to locations to help you study. Here are a few you can utilize.

Study Lounges

Study lounges are located on each floor in Thomas Jefferson, Residential Commons and University Commons, while Miner Village has a club house with study spaces available. Student lounges in the residential living areas are equipped with dry erase boards, tables, and chairs perfect for those evening review sessions.

Computer Learning Centers (CLC)

Thomas Jefferson, the Residential College, and Miner Village all have CLC maintained through Information Technology. You can enjoy the convenience of having access to networked machines and printing you may use with your university printing quota.

Faculty Involvement

 Residential Life greatly values faculty involvement in the residential living areas. Connecting you to faculty outside of the classroom promotes a sense of community on campus. In addition, these interactions allow for you to feel more comfortable approaching faculty with academically related issues or concerns.

Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines (LEAD)

The LEAD Program provides learning forums to students who wish to increase their understanding of concepts and content in a wide variety of foundational courses. Thomas Jefferson and Residential Commons offer several LEAD sessions throughout the year in addition to the variety of sessions offered on campus. Learn more


Student Leadership Options

Getting involved in Residential Life

Interested in helping improve your community? Take advantage of the leadership programs we offer, or become a residence hall community leader.  You can also serve as your floor's officer, join your residence hall complex council or serve in the Residence Hall Association. There are lots of opportunities to get involved.

Hall Government

If you're interested in a way to actively voice your opinions about facility improvements, room and board rates, and Residential Life policy, then Hall Government might be the route to pursue. Each residential complex has an elected officers and voting delegates known as a hall association. The officers and delegates of each hall association discuss issues in their respective complexes at meeting open to any and all residents of the complex. Representatives of each complex then report back to the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the governing body over all of the residential living areas. These organizations work to provide additional programming and events in each living area as well as provide feedback directly to the Department of Residential Life.

Residence Hall Associations

Interested in learning more about the hall association in your complex? Here is some additional information about each governing body.

Residence Hall Association (RHA)
Miner Village Hall Association (MVHA)
Thomas Jefferson Hall Association (TJHA)
Residential Commons Hall Association (RCHA)
Downtown Campus Hall Association (DHA)
University Commons Hall Association (UCHA)

Student Staff Positions

Residential Life also offers a wide variety of student employment opportunities. From our desk workers who learn customer service skills while  managing the front desks of the different complexes, to our residential assistants who build communities, resolve conflicts, and provide support in the residential areas, every student worker helps to make the residential experience at S&T. Here are some more details about the student staff positions available.

Prerequisites for Residential Assistants

  1. Achieved sophomore status, or the equivalence of two semesters of academic work
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.40, which must be maintained while employed
  3. Maintain enrollment as a full-time student while employed
  4. Lived in the residence hall for a minimum of two semesters

The Resident Assistant is an integral position within the Residential Life program. RAs live on each residence hall floor or community. Their role is to provide programs and support to help you succeed. They provide programs targeted to address academic success, personal development, and professional growth among other topics. They help address any issues that may come up for you during your time living on campus and can direct you to the appropriate resources. One of the RA’s most important roles is it to connect with their residents in order to foster a sense of community on campus.

The Apartment Resource Assistant is very similar to the RA position. The big difference is the location. ARAs are assigned to Residential Life’s apartment housing options. Apartment living is very different from the residence halls as students prefer a different level of autonomy. ARAs strive to provide similar services as those offered in the residence halls. However ARAs have an understanding of the type of experience students living in an apartment setting need and want. Therefore their approach to programming is intended to foster the sense of independence you might prefer while living in these areas.

The Senior Resident Assistant position maintains the same duties as an RA. However the SRA is a second year staff member who also serves as a staff mentor for first year staff members. They are responsible for assisting in training and developing first year staff members on programming, conflict mediation, policy enforcement, and community development.

Similar to the RA position, the PRA position is tasked with supporting students living on campus. The PRAs do this primarily through very targeted, intentional programs that they plan and implement in the different living areas. They are tasked with collaborating with various campus offices to put on events in the halls that touch on topics that are relevant to students at specific times of the year.

The Senior Resident Assistant position maintains the same duties as an RA. However the SRA is a second year staff member who also serves as a staff mentor for first year staff members. They are responsible for assisting in training and developing first year staff members on programming, conflict mediation, policy enforcement, and community development.

Each residential living area has front desks which serve as a point of contact for residents. Front desk workers provide customer service to students by assisting with mail, room lock-outs, equipment check-out, and contacting on-call staff in the event of emergencies.

The Senior Desk Assistant position assists in the overall supervision of the front desk.  The SDA in each residential living area is responsible for: maintaining accurate records, assisting in the training and development of desk assistants, scheduling desk hours, and responding to concerns.