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, nearly half of our residents are returning 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.
We’re proud of the quad’s rich history that dates back to the 1920s. You’ll enjoy the neo-Gothic limestone Collins buildings that surround a picturesque Quad. Even more, you’ll love the neighborhood. Collins is situated within sight of central campus, only two blocks from the Indiana Memorial Union, the Intramural Center, and Luddy Hall at the School of Informatics. In our neighborhood, you will also find many of the student cultural centers, including the LGBTQ+ Culture Center, the Asian Culture Center, and La Casa Latino Cultural Center. If your focus is sustainability, you’ll be glad to find many of IU's environmental programs, including IU's E-House and the Food Institute, in the neighborhood as well. And you can’t live any closer to downtown Bloomington than in Collins!
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, schools, and colleges. Admission is first come, first served.
- Collins’ councils and organizations are all student-run.
- Collins students take classes taught by other Collinsites and by instructors chosen by the Collins Board of Educational Programming.
- Collins has a Community Council that coordinates an endless array of programming planned by Collinsites, from music talent shows to presentations by international visiting scholars.
- Collins’ Art Council coordinates studios for: audio and video recording, ceramics, photography, publications, textiles, silk screen-printing (all available to residents). Collins also has its own cinema.
- Collins is home to SustainCollins, an environment and sustainability-themed living-learning program focused on one floor in Cravens Hall, as well as several sustainability-focused student groups.
- We’re excited to welcome our first class of students into ACT Humanities at Collins LLC. Based on a foundation of “Action + Community + Thought,” this new program encourages students to explore community change, social justice, and professional development experiences through humanities-focused programming.
- The IU Dining location at Collins offers a wonderful variety of vegetarian, vegan, and meat-eater all-you-care-to-eat options.
- Collins has a student-run café, the Cheshire Café.
- Collins students are known for their high GPAs.
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.
- Starting in Fall 2022, Collins will fall within the "Standard with Air Conditioning" room type cost category. Hillcrest, 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 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