Loyola University Chicago

January Term

ENVS 319-001/BIOL 329-001: Winter Ecology


For J-Term 2018, students will live at LUREC beginning on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Although J-Term ends officially on Friday, January 12, 2018, students will be encouraged to stay for the restoration workday on Saturday morning, January 13.  At LUREC you will have access to newly renovated rooms, a student lounge, computer labs, and lab spaces. In addition, Loyola offers WIFI in public spaces. Residents will also enjoy three meals a day at a reduced cost. We highly recommend that all students, including those who live near the LUREC campus, reside at LUREC from January 2nd through January 13th.

The regular rate for room and board during J-Term 2018 will be paid by I.E.S for all Loyola students.  This includes a room and board package of three meals per day and a double occupancy living space.  This charge will be applied to your account via the Bursar and then paid to your account as a scholarship.

Housing Contracts for J-Term 2018 will be sent to all registered students on December 1, 2017.  Please return it by December 19, making sure to make note of any food allergies on the form.  Send the completed application to lurec@luc.edu or mail to: LUREC, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL  60098. 


 Check-in will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 10am.

 A van will be provided to transport students to and from the LUREC campus. The van will depart from Lakeshore Campus on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 8am. Please meet at the shuttle bus depot.

 Students preferring to use public transportation can take the Northwest Metra Line to either the Woodstock or Crystal Lake station and then take a short cab ride to campus. For students driving to campus, accurate directions can be found using Google Maps.

 Check-out will begin on January 13, 2018, at noon, and residents must vacate the building by 6pm that day. A van will depart from LUREC at 1:00 for the trip back to Lakeshore Campus.


 All Retreat Campus residential students have a three meal per day plan. Meals are served buffet or family-style in the Retreat Campus Dining Hall. If you have any food allergies, they should be noted on your housing contract so that special accommodations can be made for you. Meal times for this class will be:

Breakfast:  7:30am - 8:30am

Lunch:       12:00pm - 1:00pm

Dinner:       5:30pm - 6:30pm


Class will meet from 9:00am - 5:00pm on Monday through Friday.  On Saturday, January 6, and Saturday, January 13, there will be class activities in the morning.  (Classes will not meet on Sundays.) Occasionally students and faculty will meet during the evening. 


A significant amount of time will be spent outdoors during this class.  Please be sure to pack for the winter weather!  We will have more specific recommendations on the first day of class, but in general we recommend the following:

Heavy jacket, snow pants or shell, waterproof winter boots, extra shirts for layering, gloves, stocking cap, long underwear, wool socks - avoid cotton.

Snowshoes will be provided.

You might also like to bring along:

Camera, laptop, water bottle, cross country skis or your own snowshoes, and an extra pair of shoes to wear inside when you take off your boots at the door.  A more complete personal list will be provided to registrants.

LUREC Additional FAQs

Do you provide a linen service?
Sheets, towels, pillows, and blankets will be provided. Once a week residents may trade in their soiled linens for a new set. Residents will be alerted to the linen schedule.

Do you allow refrigerators, microwaves, micro-fridges, or other appliances?
Retreat Campus does not allow any small appliances in residential rooms. This includes, but is not limited to: refrigerators of any size, microwaves, micro-fridges, toasters, coffeemakers, griddles and grills, and hot plates. As an ecology campus we endeavor to limit the use of electricity, and this is one of the ways we work to eliminate energy waste. A microwave and full-sized refrigerator are available in the Student Lounge for community use. Small fans are allowed in residential rooms.

Will we have phones in our rooms?
Phones are not supplied in student residential rooms. There are no public phones. Please use your personal cell phone, or contact a Retreat Campus staff member for emergencies. If your parents or guardians need to contact you in an emergency, please have them call the Retreat Campus main line at 815.338.1032 during regular business hours.

What laundry services are available?
Coin laundry services are available to students.

What is the address that I should use for deliveries and letters?
Loyola University Chicago, 2710 South Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Please be sure to have your name and room number clearly identified on any packages that are sent to you.

What if I have a maintenance concern regarding my room or the building?
Maintenance Request Forms are available in both the North and South Wing lobbies. Requests can also be made to a Retreat Campus staff member. If it is an emergency request, please contact a Retreat Campus staff member immediately for assistance.

Are there any vending machines on campus?
In our efforts to create a sustainable campus, we have chosen not to have vending machines due to the quantity of packaging waste they produce. Water is available on every floor, and fountain beverages are available at meal times. We encourage students to bring their own snack foods and beverages during their stay.