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Department of Philosophy

Graduate Student Survival Kit

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy's Graduate Student Web page! The following page provides incoming and current students with useful information and valuable resources to assist you as you navigate through the Philosophy Graduate community and the Chicago area.

Loyola Resources

Chicago Resources

Computer IDs and Philosophy Department Policy on Computers

Information Services automatically issues Universal Computer IDs and passwords to new students at the time of their enrollment at the university. This ID and password provide access to the Loyola computer network and to your university e-mail account.

If for some reason you have not been issued a Universal ID/password; please print and complete the Computer ID Request Form (PDF) and submit it to the appropriate IS office:

Universal ID requests:
Granada Center, Room 260
Lake Shore Campus
fax: 773-508-2750

Please allow 3-5 business days for ID/password creation.

In response to recent questions about department computers and our other office equipment and supplies, here is a clarification of our existing policy in light of our limited resources:

In addition to the computer in the dept. graduate lounge, the new Information Commons has 3 floors of computers, scanners and printers for student use. If you are doing any sort of copying or printing for departmental use, you may always ask Molly or Bryn for a copy card.

Financial Aid

Resources for Graduate Students

Applying for These Resources

Departmental Scholarships and Assistantships
Recipients are selected by individual Graduate Departments. Contact your department for applications, requirements, and deadlines.

To apply, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year with the U.S. Department of Education. For timely processing, file your FAFSA early and be sure to include Loyola University Chicago's school code 001710. You can complete a FAFSA application on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or with a paper form available from any Financial Aid Office or public library. Keep a copy for your records!

Financial Aid Notification Process

Other Considerations

Health Insurance / Health Center

Full-time merit awards come with health insurance coverage for the student. Students may purchase supplemental insurance for a spouse/significant other or family, rates and additional information can be found on Bursar’s Office webpage.

To receive student health insurance benefits, students must be registered for classes no later than July 1 for the Fall semester of the upcoming academic year. To accept the award and coverage, students must "Fast-Track" into the plan by logging into LOCUS and clicking on the "Student Health Insurance" link in the "Campus Finances" section. Fast-tracking into the insurance confirms accepted coverage, activates enrollment into the plan, and generates an insurance ID card.

If a student has insurance coverage, he or she must waive out of student health insurance coverage. To waive out, students must log on to LOCUS and click on "Student Health Insurance" in the "Campus Finances" section by October 1 of the academic school year.

For the most up-to-date information regarding insurance information and requirements, please see the Bursar's web page at http://www.luc.edu/bursar/insurance.shtml.

Coverage Options

How To Waive Out of Loyola's Student Health Insurance:

If you have your own insurance already or are covered under your parent's plan, you may waive out of Loyola's Student Health Insurance by providing proof of the other coverage.  Go to LOCUS and click on "Student Health Insurance" in the Finance section.  Submit the electronic waiver by October 1 for the Fall term and the insurance charge will be waived from your account.

How to Purchase Supplemental Insurance Coverage:

To add a spouse or child onto the insurance plan, you can purchase supplemental coverage right through United HealthCare's Website at www.uhcsr.com/luc.

Find more information on United HealthCare's Student Resources website.

On-Campus Housing Options

Graduate Student Room & Board Rates

Graduate student housing is available only in Baumhart Hall triple rooms.

Graduate Housing - Baumhart Hall Triple Rooms only

Room Type Rate
Triple Unit A - 9 months $11,590
Triple Unit A - 12 months $13,810
Triple Units B & C - 9 months $10,720
Triple Units B & C - 12 months $12,790

Optional Meal Plans

Graduate students are not required to have a meal plan.

Declining Balance Plans

Declining Balance Total
$1,150 $1,150
$2,300 $2,300
$2,800 $2,800

Please visit the Residence Life website at: http://www.luc.edu/reslife/about/staff/ for further information.

Off-Campus Housing Resources

Loyola University’s Resources

Online Apartment Listings

Free Apartment Finding Services


Shuttle buses run a continuous loop between the Lake Shore Campus (LSC) and Water Tower Campuses (WTC), Monday through Friday, starting at 7:30 a.m. from the Lake Shore Campus. The last shuttle bus of the day is scheduled to arrive at the Lake Shore Campus at 11:00 p.m. There is no shuttle service on Saturday or Sunday.

In perfect conditions, the shuttles will make the trip between WTC and LSC in less than half an hour. During peak travel periods or inclement weather the trip may take longer.

The evening run to Metra Stations from the Water Tower Campus remains unchanged. There is one Metra shuttle only at 9:05 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Public Transportation Information

Loyola's Water Tower Campus and Lake Shore Campus are both located close to Chicago Transit Authority bus and train routes including the #147 and #151 buses, and the Red Line elevated train. Students have many other flexible and accessible travel options between campuses - and around the city. To give students the full advantages of public transportation, Loyola participates in the CTA's U-Pass program. For a flat fee  per semester, the CTA U-Pass gives a student an unlimited number of rides aboard all CTA buses and trains, and eliminates the need to pay cash per ride. The basic per ride cost is $2.25. The #147 and #151 buses operate from 4:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m., approximately every 10-12 minutes, Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays, from 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. every 10-12 minutes. Local service is provided by #151 Sheridan between Devon/Broadway and Union Station (Jackson/Canal) daily through late evening. #151 service is extended to Howard Terminal when #147 does not operate. The Red Line runs every 13 minutes, 24 hours a day. For more information, visit cta.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the neighborhood surrounding Loyola like? What is the graduate student community like? What are the relationships with professors like? What kind of support is available for graduate students who are teaching? What are the possibilities of taking classes outside of the University? For the answer to these questions click here: Frequently Asked Questions.


We look forward to working with you as you progress along your academic career. But student life is more than just academics. Take a little time to enjoy other parts of this dynamic campus and city. Chicago means nonstop events, from concerts and movies in the park to beach hopping, baseball games, street festivals and much more. Event listings can be found at the following links.

Enjoy endless activity under the sun & stars:

Whet your appetite for summertime food and fun:

For more information about Chicago summer fun, please visit Chicago Tourism, Metromix, The Chicago Reader, Digital City, or do a search on summer in Chicago. Also, for your convenience here is a listing of theatres near the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses.

Lake Shore Campus

Water Tower Campus

Hospitals and Pharmacies

Listed below are pharmacies and hospitals located near our Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. In case of emergency, please contact Public Safety at 44-911 from any campus phone and they will contact the appropriate local authorities. From regular phones, please dial 911 to contact emergencies services.


Lake Shore Campus

Water Tower Campus


Lake Shore Campus

Water Tower Campus

Contact Information: For information, contact the Graduate Program Assistant Lauren Dennis: ldennis2@luc.edu or call 773.508.2453.


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Phone: 773.508.2291 · Fax: 773.508.2292 · E-mail: Philosophy Administrative Assistant

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