Customize Your Experience

Academic Cohort UPDATE

We are working hard to reimagine our Academic Cohort floors during this time of physical distancing. We are still committed to offering an academic cohort program to help you better connect to peers and your faculty. Please continue to monitor your UAlberta email for updates regarding our Academic Cohort plans for Fall 2020.


There are many options available to customize your residence experience and live with like-minded peers in Lister Centre through themed, academic cohort, or lifestyle floors. Groups of students who share common academic programs, interests, or lifestyles live and learn together on each floor. These communities are a great opportunity for you to broaden your learning outside of the classroom, share experiences, and connect with your peers. We do our best to assign students who apply for specialty communities to these floors, however, space in Lister Hall is limited and may not be available. In contrast, should interest in the communities be low, applicants may be assigned to a cohort floor even if they do not initially apply to one.


We offer faculty-based cohorts in Lister Centre for residents who want share their experience with other students from their academic program. Each academic floor will offer unique activities related to your faculty, academic, and career goals. These floors are a great place to get to know your classmates outside the classroom and make like-minded friends.

Top 3 reasons to live on an academic cohort floor:

  1. Share goals, interests, and challenges with like-minded students
  2. Connect with professionals and faculty members outside of the classroom
  3. Get involved in career and degree planning
Faculty of Arts Leadership Cohort (first-year students only)

The Arts Leadership Cohort is for students who want to get involved in their university, develop their leadership skills, and have an impact on campus and in the greater community. You will be involved in the planning and organization of activities for the cohort. Cohort members will:

  • Work collaboratively on projects that enhance the student experience and give back to the community
  • Direct programming initiatives on your floor with help from your Resident Assistant and faculty member
  • Receive acknowledgement from the Dean of Arts with a certificate of participation
  • Be supported by the Faculty of Arts with resources and advice
  • Activities you might plan include volunteering at a local food bank, planning a speaker series on global issues, fundraising for the charity of your choice, or whatever the cohort decides!
Faculty of Science Residence Cohort (first-year students only)

Living in the Science cohort enables you to learn and study alongside peers who are also interested in the broad field of Science. By living on a Science floor, you will have unique opportunities to connect with Faculty, Staff, and get involved in Science-based programs and events on campus.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Dinner with a Science faculty member
  • Trip to the Telus World of Science
  • Science-specific time management, study, and lab skills sessions
  • Information sessions about professional programs or careers
Faculty of Nursing Residence Cohort (first-year students only)

As part of the Nursing cohort, you will be able to live with others who have similar interests and goals, easily set up study parties and specific residence programming tailored to your studies, and participate in activities related to your Nursing degree.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Floor study groups
  • Dinner with a Nursing faculty member
  • Nursing-specific academic skills sessions
  • Off campus trip to volunteer
Faculty of Engineering Residence Cohort (first-year students only)

In collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, this community is tailored towards students currently enrolled in Engineering. As a cohort participant you will live on the same floor with other Engineering students and will learn and study alongside your peers.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Special presentations about opportunities within the Faculty of Engineering
  • Dinner with a Faculty member
  • Floor study groups


Quiet Floors

Prefer a quieter floor environment that has the same academic, social and personal support of our other floors? Residents and student staff on quiet floors follow regular quiet hours, in addition to extended quiet hours and a mutual understanding that everyone maintains a reasonably low level of noise at all times.

Substance-Free Floors

Prefer an alcohol-free and/or cannabis-free environment that has the same academic, social and personal support of our other floors? Residents and student staff on substance-free floors keep their common areas and own rooms as alcohol and cannabis free zones!

Wondering how you can apply to live on a cohort floor?
  1. Apply to the UAlberta Faculty Degree Program that matches the cohort you are choosing.
  2. Apply to live in Lister Centre, double or single room options.
  3. Check your UAlberta email for a Room Offer.
  4. Complete the cohort application section of your Confirmation Package.