American Sign Language Community

The American Sign Language (ASL) Community is a Living Learning Community for Deaf students and students committed to improving and/or maintaining their ASL language skills. The community is open to students in the Deaf Studies major, students who use ASL in their everyday lives, and students who affiliate with the Deaf community. Through participation in the ASL Community, students will improve their understanding of the Deaf community through immersion in a Deaf and ASL friendly environment with ASL-only common areas, events, and activities. Community events could include guest speakers from the Deaf Community, tutoring in ASL, community meals, ASL storytelling and performances, poetry nights, and field trips to events highlighting Deaf lifestyle and traditions. This community is a partnership between the Deaf Studies Program and Housing and Residence Life.

Community Benefits

  • Ability to practice sign language with community members, faculty, and staff
  • Designated voice-off hours
  • Gain better understanding and awareness of the Deaf community and culture
  • Engaging in and planning of Deaf programming and events

*The American Sign Language Community is located in a premium housing rate building.  If you are selected to be in this Living Learning Community you will be placed in Premium Housing.


The community is open to incoming and returning students.

  • Current residents: Applications will be available for role models/liaisons in mid-February.
  • Incoming First Year Students interested in the ASL Community must complete the online housing request process. This includes paying a $350 non-refundable housing deposit and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the housing contract. During the online process students will be able to identify interest in the ASL Community. 

For information on the online housing request process visit: Request Housing

The community will have a Resident Assistant and multiple Liaisons and Role Models.  Additionally, there will be support from the Deaf Studies Program and Housing & Residence Life.

All medical accommodation requests are managed through Accessibility & Disability Services.

All rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom.

The American Sign Language Community was established in Fall 2013 in Barton House.

Additional Housing and Residence Life FAQ's can be found in the link below:

For Additional Questions please email


Department of Housing & Residence Life

Marshall Hall Suite 50
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.