Residence Communities

Common Interest Communities

The Common Interest Communities (CIC) are a series of themed residences where you can live with other students who share similar interests — regardless of what your academic courses or major might be.

The CIC initiative is designed foremost as a social learning experience — to help students connect with others who share their interests and to forge friendships that will last through the remainder of their College experience—and beyond.

Common Interest Community room assignments are done separately from the regular housing lottery. Contact the Office of Residence Life if you have specific questions. 


Learn more about the available Common Interest Communities:
  • Entrepreneurship Common Interest Community

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    A residential community for students interested in exploring their business and philanthropic interests in residence together. Students partner together across academic majors to move from idea to product over the course of the year.

  • Jasper Green Common Interest Community


    An environmental and sustainability focused residential community for students who want to further their understanding of the Earth and how we can live better. Residents learn and teach others about recycling, living better, and reducing your impact on the Earth.

  • Health and Wellness Common Interest Community

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    A residential community for students dedicated to their holistic wellness. Residents explore all areas of the wellness wheel to attain a balance of mind, body, and spiritual wellness, in their social, academic, and professional roles on campus and beyond.

  • Indivisa Manent Common Interest Community

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    A Lasallian service community dedicated to the College’s founding principles, particularly an emphasis on ethical conduct and a commitment to social justice. Residents discuss contemporary social issues, participate in service activities, and are encouraged to engage with campus-wide programs like L.O.Co., JustPeace, Catholic Relief Services and Green Club.

  • Nuestra Casa Common Interest Community

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    A residential community for students with an interest in Hispanic and Latino culture in the world and in New York City.  Residents visit local cultural sites like Museo del Barrio, and explore culture through food, arts, and language.
  • Jasper Arts Common Interest Community

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    A residential community for students with interest in arts and culture, including those participating student groups such as Players, Film Society, Sanctus Artem and Scatterbomb. Residents gather to explore their interest through film viewing, open mic nights, and a whisper room for practicing music and singing.

Living & Learning Community: The Arches

The Arches is a special residence community specifically for incoming freshmen. You must sign up for the Arches once you are accepted into Manhattan College, prior to receiving any housing assignment. The Arches requires an application, and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Learn more about the Arches: