Transitioning to a new place and having to build a new community can be challenging. Below are a few commonly asked questions from student and parents about the Loyola University Residential Experience. If you do not see your specific question below, please feel free to contact us at Resfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- I am a new first-year student. Can I find a new roommate at Discover Loyola?
Yes, Residence Life allows incoming first-year students the opportunity to select a roommate over the course of the summer. This unique opportunity allows for first-year students to meet potential roommates at orientation. We are only able to accept requests from students assigned within the same building. No building changes will be made to accommodate a roommate request. For more information, visit the Roommate Request website for first-year students. The last day to submit this form is July 12.
- Do you offer any housing options at the Water Tower (downtown) Campus?
Yes, the Department of Residence Life offers housing options at the Lake Shore Campus and Baumhart Hall and Terry Student Center at the Water Tower Campus is available to upper-class undergraduate and graduate students. For descriptions of all of our residence halls, click here to find out about Residence Halls.
- Do you offer any housing options for the summer?
Summer Housing through Residence Life is only available to students who are enrolled in Loyola courses during the summer.
- When will I receive my housing assignment and information?
Housing assignments for new first-year students will be mailed home in early June. Your letter will include your building assignment and room type. Your final housing assignment, including roommate information and room information, will be emailed to your LUC email account in late July. Housing assignments for upperclass students is available through your Residence Life link in LOCUS.
- Do I have to have a meal plan?
All students living on campus must have a university meal plan. For information on available meal plans, please visit the Campus Card meal plans page.
- How do I add money to my declining balance and/or change my meal plan?
Before you add additional money to your declining balance, note that unused declining balance dollars carry over from the fall to the spring semester. At the end of the academic year, any unused declining balance dollars are non-refundable. You should select your meal plan according to your expected spending habits.
If you do need to add additional money, you can add Rambler Bucks to your card at any time. Rambler Bucks are non-refundable, but will continue to carry over for every semester. To change a meal plan, students can visit the Campus Card Office in the Sullivan Center for Student Services or fill out one of the meal plan forms on the Campus Card Website.
For more information on meal plan changes, contact the Campus Card Office at 773.508.2273 or visit the LUC.edu/campuscard.
- What items should I bring? What items should I not bring?
All rooms come furnished with one bed, desk, desk chair, and dresser per person. Information about that standard furniture is available here. Keep in mind that your room is small and that you will be sharing this space with another person. Talk with your roommate and decide what items you will bring with you and what items you can share.
For a list of suggested items to bring and not to bring, click here (see section 203).
- Do you provide a linen service?
While the Department of Residence Life does not provide a linen service for students, we do offer the opportunity to purchase linen packets specifically designed for our extra long mattresses through University Student Services.
- Do you rent refrigerators?
The Department of Residence Life does not rent refrigerators directly, but works with University and Student Services, a university partner, to offer MicroFridge rentals to residential students in our community or suite-style residence halls. All apartment-style residence halls offer a refrigerator in the kitchen.
- What laundry services are available?
Every residence hall has access to laundry rooms. Incoming freshman are given a laundry card, which can be used in all on campus washers and dryers. Students can add funds to their laundry card at laundry card stations located around campus.
- Does the university offer storage?
Yes. We partner with University Student Services to provide students with storage over the summer.
- Do you offer any guest accommodations?
The Department of Residence Life does not offer any guest housing. You may wish to refer to this list of local hotels.
- What address should I use for deliveries and letters?
You will receive your campus mailing address with your move-in packet in early August. For information about mail services at Loyola University Chicago, click here.
- What if I have a maintenance concern regarding my room or building?
- IS there printing Service in the residence halls?
The following halls provide printing through the collaboration with ITS and USGA: Mertz, Fordham, Regis, Simpson Hall, and BVM Hall. In order to use the lobby printer students must install One-Print. To install One-Print Click Here. Once One-Print is installed, Print to One-Print, Go to any OnePrint authorized station, swipe your Campus Card, choose your job and simply print out your documents.
- What can I check out from the front desk?
Front desks have a variety of items that residents can check out. The inventory will be different at each desk. Check with your front desk and hall councils for specific items.