Collins LLC is more than a residence hall. Living and learning go together here, in a place that’s unique at IU. We are a home to creative scholars who are passionate about a sustainable future. The students of Collins are leaders: you will gain valuable self-governance skills managing the arts facilities, the budget, and even the curriculum. Collins students are empowered: you can learn by teaching and can help to plan each semester’s courses on topics you won’t find anywhere else. We are proud of student achievement that is consistently at the top of all residences campus-wide. Whatever your passion, Collins is a place to keep your mental doors open, exploring new things.
Year-to-year, our returning residents share our traditions with incoming students. It’s a community that can sustain you throughout your time at IU, and beyond. Generations of IU alumni remember Collins fondly as a place where they made lasting friendships and found the help needed to navigate university life. You’ll find students from nearly every major here, and every school.
What is a Living-Learning Center (LLC)?
A Living-Learning Center is a residential space designed to bring students interested in common goals together. In addition to being a residence hall, an LLC has funding, dedicated facilities, staff support, and distinct academic options. You must apply to live in an LLC.
What’s unique about Collins?
- Collins includes students from all departments, majors, and schools at IU.
- Collins’ student-run councils coordinate an endless array of programming, from talent shows to book clubs. We even have a student run business, the Cheshire Café.
- Collins students take classes taught by other Collinsites and by seminar instructors chosen by the Collins Board of Educational Programming.
- Collins’ Art Council coordinates studios for audio and video recording, ceramics, digital arts, photography, publications, textiles, silk screen-printing (all available to residents). Collins also has its own cinema space.
- Collins is home to two onsite programs. SustainCollins is a sustainability-themed program where students can deepen their commitment to the environment. Based on a foundation of action, community, and thought, ACT Humanities is a program that explores community change and professional development.
- Collins features onsite IU Dining with a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore options.
How much does it cost?
- Housing costs can be found here, on the Residential Programs & Services Housing website. After clicking on the year's cost breakdown you can find Collins in Central - Standard with AC category.
- While Collins falls within the "Standard with Air Conditioning" room type cost category, Hillcrest (though still a part of Collins), our apartments for returning upperclassmen, have rates that are listed separately.
- Collins LLC has a $100/semester activity fee, which students are able to make use of for programming, facilities upkeep and support, field trips and more. Students decide how this money is spent each year.
Read more about what Collins is all about in our Annual Report, which is released at the end of each academic year:
- Collins LLC Annual Report 2021-22
- Collins LLC Annual Report 2020-21
- Collins LLC Annual Report 2019-20
- Collins LLC Annual Report 2018-19
- Collins LLC Annual Report 2017-18
- Collins LLC Annual Report 2016-17
- Collins LLC Annual Report 2015-16