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Intentional Living Communities

Intentional Living Communities (ILCs) are residence hall communities that are formed around a selected topic, interest, or purpose. The mission and goals for the community are developed and operationalized by students with the support of the Office of Residence Life & Housing and a faculty, staff, or administrator advisor. 

Intentional Living Communities are built for Loyola students who are looking for a more targeted living environment where their roommates and neighbors hold shared interests and goals. Members of Intentional Living Communities are expected to be active contributors to the community who co-create expectations, norms, and opportunities for connection.

If you are interested in applying to live in an Intentional Living Community, please submit your application during Phase 1 of your application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I'd like to learn about becoming a community leader for an ILC. How do I go about starting a community?

ILCs can be proposed by any student who intends to return as a member of the Loyola residential community for the 2024-2025 Academic year.  Applications are completed by the student who has identified themselves as the group leader and must include at least 2 additional students who plan to live in the community and be a part of the community leadership team.  Each ILC must identify a faculty or staff mentor who is able to attend an ILC Spring Training Meeting and meet with the leadership team at least one time per month.  Additionally, the student will select one member of the Residence Life and Housing Team to be their liaison who will help support their community initiatives.  Proposals will need to include a mission statement, a connection to Loyola’s Core Values, a connection to the Student Development Division’s Learning Aims, a marketing plan, and blurb that can be shared with students to help them decide if they want to live in that community.  Proposals are due on November 26, 2023, and applicants will be informed of the status of their application by December 5, 2023. Submit a proposal today!

When will I find out if I’m a part of the community?

The leaders of your selected community will review all applications.  By Monday, February 26, 2024, community leaders will reach out to all applicants to notify if they have been accepted into the community. 

What if I don’t get accepted? 

Anyone who is not accepted into an Intentional Living Community will continue through Phase Two: Roommate Group Formation of the standard Housing Selection Process.

What happens next if I am accepted?

Those accepted into a community will need to approve or decline participation by Friday, March 1, 2024.  Those participating will then be exempted from the rest of the Housing Selection Process.  Community Leaders will match applicants into roommate groups and coordinate room placements.  Final ILC Housing Placement Notifications will be sent to community members by Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

A group of us want to apply but only if we can live together.  Can we apply as a group?

Yes!  When you apply, you will be asked to list the names of your intended roommates.  Keep in mind that based on available room types you may have additional apartment-mates added to your group.

I want to apply for an ILC but I don’t know anyone else who is interested in applying.  Can I apply solo and get matched with roommates?

Yes!  The community leaders will match individual students and incomplete roommate groups in order to create full apartments.

All of these options seem interesting.  Can I apply for more than one ILC?

Unfortunately, no.  For 2024-2025, you may only apply for one ILC.  If you are not accepted and there are openings in other communities, Residence Life & Housing will notify you.

I want to apply for Substance Free Housing AND an ILC.  Can I do both?

Unfortunately, no.  Because Substance Free is a community-based housing option, you need to choose which community best meets your residential needs and goals.

I want to participate in Global Connections or All-Gender Housing AND apply for an ILC.  Can I do both?

Yes, with limitations.  Based on the number of applicants and available housing, you may need to chose between participating in an ILC or continuing through the standard Housing Selection Process with an All-Gender/Global Connections Housing Option.  If you have individual questions, please contact Stepf Richie Diaz at  

If you have any questions, please reach out to: Stepf Richie Diaz, Associate Director of Residential Education –

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