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The Sustainable Living Experience (SLE) is open to incoming first year students from all schools and colleges within the University of Michigan. Once you have been accepted to the University AND submit your enrollment deposit, you can begin the process of applying to the SLE!

Step 1) Decide if the SLE is right or you. Contact us at with any questions you have!

Step 2) Complete the Theme Community application. It is located here as well as linked within the Housing application and on the Theme Communities website (the SLE-specific page is located here). The priority deadline is 11:59pm on May 14th. There are two short SLE essay questions to complete. You may apply for more than one Theme Community and rank your preferences.

Step 3) Complete the University of Michigan Housing Application, which opens on April 4th, 2019. For more details about the first year housing application process click here.

Step 4) Receive notification of acceptance from SLE. If you do not receive an update on your application by July contact

Step 5) Receive and complete your Housing contract for a space in Oxford Houses.

Step 6) Register for the SLE Seminar course, ENVIRON 155.

Step 7) Move in to SLE in the fall and participate in SLE Orientation and Welcome events.


*Note: If SLE is your first choice of living learning community, consider only applying to SLE or exclusively to Theme Communities. Any student who applies to a Michigan Learning Community (MLC) and is accepted will be placed in that MLC and will not be considered for placement in a Theme Community.


SLE Essay Questions:

  1. Please share A) what would you expect or hope to gain from your experience with SLE, and B) how you think your participation might affect the community.
  2. SLE students are encouraged to engage with their local communities and have opportunities to take on sustainability projects in their residence hall and on campus. If you could start or change one sustainability initiative what would it be and why?