At Loyola, you’ll have a place to call home that feels like more than just a place to hang your backpack. Loyola’s 16 residence halls combine the comfort and space of top–notch accommodations with the activity of dorm life. These are way more than four cinderblock walls and a concrete floor. Our residence halls are spacious, modern, fully furnished apartment–style homes—equipped with heating and air conditioning, laundry facilities, vending machines, and recreation areas; all the comforts of home and then some. It’s no wonder our residence halls are known as some of the best dorms you’ll ever see on a college campus. In fact, according to the Princeton Review’s annual “Dorms like Palaces” list, our on–campus residence halls are among the best in the country.
If you are interested in seeing some pictures of our dorms, visit the office of student life’s housing page.
What type of apartment will I be living in on campus?
Exchange students will be placed in campus apartment-style dormitories. Apartments vary by size and the number of students living in an apartment is usually between 4-8 students. Most apartments contain two or three bedrooms with one or two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living area. The bathroom, living area, dining area and kitchen are shared by only those that live in that apartment. There are lounges, study areas, computer labs, and laundry facilities in each residential area. Each bedroom houses two students.
What furniture is provided for me?
All students will have a bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, and wardrobe or closet in their bedroom. All living and dining areas are also furnished. In addition, you will receive a comforter, blanket, pillows, pillow cases, set of towels, and kitchen appliances/utensils. In order to receive these items, you are asked to pay a $20 USD cash deposit for the sheets and other items that our office will loan to you for the semester. There will be a shopping trip during orientation for you to purchase anything that you need to set up your room.
Am I able to live by myself in a single room?
No, single rooms are not available at Loyola. You will be placed with a roommate of the same gender, and all apartments are single gender. At Loyola, as on most American college campuses, bedrooms are shared by two students.
Do I get to pick my housing/roommate preferences?
No; since 90% of the students live on campus, housing is at capacity. International students are placed in apartments with an available opening on campus.
I will be living in a double; do I need to bring a fridge?
You may want to purchase a small fridge for your room upon arrival. Student Life may be able to assist you with renting a fridge or microwave for the semester/year.
What size sheets are needed for the beds?
The beds are extra-long and therefore need extra-long (80 inches) sheets for a twin bed. Upon arrival, you will receive one set of sheets from the office of International Student Services. In addition, you will receive a comforter, blanket, pillows, pillow cases, set of towels, and kitchen appliances/utensils. In order to receive these items, you are asked to pay a $20 USD cash deposit for the sheets and other items that our office will loan to you for the semester. There will be a shopping trip during orientation for you to purchase anything that you need to set up your room.
Will I have a phone in the room?
Loyola does not provide phones. Most students purchase a mobile phone / plan for their stay in the United States. There will be a shopping trip during orientation for you to purchase a mobile phone.
Will I have access to a Wi-Fi connection?
Yes, there is an internet connection available for every resident in the room. In addition, Loyola offers wireless internet access throughout the entire campus with connection speeds of up to 54 Mbps. The cost of the internet is including in your housing fee. If you have specific computer questions, the Office of Technology Services will assist you (1-410-617-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Will I be provided with a Loyola email account?
Yes, you will be given an account and sent access information 2-3 weeks prior to your arrival on campus.
Will there be a TV in my room?
No, however, it is likely that one of your roommates will bring a TV with them. You will be able to contact your roommate before you arrive to discuss what items you will need to purchase upon arrival. There will be a shopping trip during orientation for you to purchase anything that you need to set up your room.
Is it true that Student Life does room inspections?
Yes, scheduled room inspections are done to assure the health and safety of our residents. For this reason, students are expected to have their own cleaning supplies and are responsible to maintain a clean room/apartment.
Will there be an Orientation?
Yes, there is an International and Exchange Student Orientation, required for all exchange students, held a few days prior to the start of the semester. During the orientation, information will be provided about U.S. immigration, university resources, academics, housing, and recreational and social activities. Breakfast and lunch are provided for you on both orientation days. You will receive an orientation schedule and calendar of events along with your immigration documents.
What do I need to bring for Orientation?
You need to bring all of your immigration paperwork with you. This includes your Form I-20, SEVIS fee receipt, Passport, and Visa. During orientation, we will ask you to fill out an Emergency Contact Sheet so our office will have your contact information on file.
When can I arrive on campus?
You cannot check into your dormitory until the Wednesday prior to the beginning of classes. Please consult the academic and exchange calendars for an exact date.
Which airport should I fly into?
We recommend that you arrive into Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). A shuttle service will be offered from BWI on the Wednesday prior to the start of class. The shuttle service will NOT provide transportation from any other airport other than BWI.