Loyola University Maryland

Student Life

Returning Students

Housing Selection Delay

Housing selection is being delayed as a result of the extension of online-only instruction through the close of the spring semester. Information about housing selection will be posted here as it becomes available.

Read the Housing Selection Timeline e-mail sent to students on March 20, 2020

Welcome to Housing Selection 2020-2021

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Please read this information carefully, even if you have gone through this process before, as we revise the process every year.  It is important that you complete the phases below by the deadlines listed. We provide housing on a space available basis. It is important for you to check your Loyola e-mail as we will communicate specific instructions for each class year in this manner. Additionally, we encourage you to check this webpage often as it is updated frequently throughout the selection process.

In order to be eligible to participate in room selection, students must meet several deadlines. Below you will find an overview of the Housing Selection process outlined. Student Life also created a Returning Student Housing Selection Process Guide that walks you through each process step-by-step and provides additional information such as residence hall options, advantages to living on campus, how to find roommates, and meal plan options. We are encouraging students and families to utilize the Returning Student Housing Selection Process book and the Housing Selection webpage as a resource for this process.

view the housing selection guide

Phase One: Intent for 2020-2021 and Personal Information (January 27 - February 13, 2020): All students are required to complete this phase

All students [with the exception of those that are graduating in May 2020] need to complete this phase. You will need to log in to your Inside Loyola account, select RoomRez Housing Portal, located under Quick Links on the right-hand side.  During this phase, you will declare your intent for the 2020-2021 academic year, update your home and emergency contact information, agree to the housing contract if you want to live in Loyola housing and pay your housing and/or tuition deposit via credit card.  If you are considering living off campus and have questions, please contact Dan Kelly, Assistant Director for Student Conduct and Off-Campus Housing. If you are considering transferring and have questions, please contact the Evan Huckfeldt, Associate Director for Housing Operations.

What is Intent to Return? This phase lets the Office of Student Life know what your plans are for next year. We make decisions based on the number of students who plan to live in Loyola housing, those who plan to live off campus, and those who plan to study abroad. By completing this phase, we understand what kind of communication we need to send you in the future.

What happens if I miss this deadline? You cannot proceed in the process and will not be able to live with your intended roommates. You may miss the opportunity to live in Loyola housing.  You need to complete this phase and all others on time!

Do I need to complete this phase if I am studying abroad in the approaching academic year?  Yes! All students MUST complete this phase. More information about housing options for the spring following spring semester will be shared with you when you are abroad.

Do I need to complete this phase if I am going to live off campus? Yes! All students who plan to move off campus need to complete this phase and let us know your intention to live off campus. This will also give you the opportunity to select a meal plan if you choose to. Just a reminder that once you move off campus, you will be put on the housing wait list if you wish to return to Loyola housing. Students are pulled from the wait list on a space available basis.

Do I need to complete this phase if I am currently living off campus and plan to live off campus next year as well? Yes! We need you to complete this phase so that we have accurate information for all students. It allows you to select a meal plan if you desire.

Should I complete this phase if I am planning on pursuing other educational opportunities at another school? Since you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $600 in order to select housing, we strongly encourage you to consider how definite your plans are.  If you know you are not returning in the fall please choose "I am transfering and not returning to Loyola in the fall" on the Intent to Live On Campus page. If you are unsure but are worried about paying the $600 deposit knowing you will not be refunded if you decide to leave Loyola, we encourage you to speak to your family and make the decision that is right for you.  If you decide to not complete this phase and later want to live on campus, we are always happy to add you to the housing wait list and place you on a space available basis.

How serious is the housing contract? The housing contract is a legally binding agreement between the student and the University.  It is important that you read and understand its contents BEFORE you agree to it.  If you agree to the contract and later want to back out, there are penalties that are outlined in the Housing Contract. Please think about your choice carefully.  Click here for the 2020-2021 Housing Contract.

Does everyone in my group have to complete this phase, or can I just do it for everyone?  Each individual person complete this phase on their own.  Since you will be updating your emergency contact information, designating a missing person’s contact, selecting a meal plan, paying your deposit, and agreeing to your housing contract, this process must be completed by each individual student.

Why do I need to update my emergency contacts, designate a missing person’s contact and sign up for my meal plan?We hope we never need to use your emergency contact information, but if we do, we need it to be accurate. By law we are required to ask you who you want us to contact in the case you go missing.  We have you sign up for your meal plan during this phase because it is the only phase where each individual student is logging onto the portal.

What should I do if I am unsure if I plan to live off campus?  We have a plan to accommodate as many students as possible, however in fairness to your fellow Loyola students, we encourage you to make a final decision about living off campus prior to February 13, 2020.  Please keep in mind that once you pay your $600 deposit, it is non-refundable. Additionally, it is important to note that once you move off campus and you wish to return to on campus housing, you will be placed on the housing wait list and will not be eligible to participate in room selection.  If you opt to go through Phase One with the intent of living off campus and decide you prefer to live on campus please fill out the Return to Housing form. 


Do I have to select my meal plan before February 13, 2020?  Yes!  This year we have incorporated meal plan selection into the housing selection process so it is easier for all students.  You can make changes to the meal plan until September 3, 2020 by returning to the portal, selecting meal plan change form under Current Assignment Forms, and changing your selection.  If you have any questions about the meal plan, or want more information, please visit Loyola Dining or email Dining Services.  


Substance Free Housing

Are you interested in living a substance free lifestyle?  Want to join a community with like-minded individuals?  Join the substance free community!  This community is traditionally housed in Seton Court and offers students the opportunity to live in a community free of alcohol, substance use, and tobacco. Every student will indicate if they want to live in Substance Free Housing on their housing application; there is no separate application. 

Why do students usually choose to live in substance free housing?
  The college life is one full of decisions and choices.  Many students want a community where alcohol and drugs are not a part of the daily life.  The substance free community is an area where residents have made the commitment that alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are not a part of their college experience and commit to not using these substances or inviting others who have chosen to use these into the community.


What if I do not have any roommates?  Can I still live in the substance free community?  Yes!  We welcome those in full groups of 4 or 6 as well as single individuals and roommate pairs.  We will do our best to house everyone in the housing size they desire.


I am not sure if this community is right for me, is there someone I can talk to about it?  Absolutely! We are happy to connect you with a current resident or staff member who can assist you. Please email Evan Huckfeldt to get connected.


Global Connections Housing

Are you interested in living with an international exchange student?  Are you still looking for one more person to complete your roommate group?  Participate in the Global Connections Housing Program!  Whether you are about to go abroad, just returned from abroad, or aren't planning to study abroad at all, the Global Connections Program is a great way to expand your own knowledge of the world while sharing your own culture with a new member of our Loyola community.   With this option, your group will be paired with one international exchange student for next year. Every student will indicate if they want to live in Global Connections housing on their housing application. If you have questions or would like to learn more contact Assistant Director Marci Belton.

What if I do not have any roommates?  Can I still participate in the Global Connections Housing program?
Unfortunately, this housing option is only for incomplete groups of 3 or 5. We will do our best to house everyone in the housing size they desire.

How do I apply? 
Complete the Global Connections Application pages during Phase One.  All students are required to complete the first page of the application. If you are interested in participating you may be asked additional questions in the housing application.  Applicants will be contacted by 5pm on February 23, 2020 regarding the status of their application.

I am not sure if this housing option is right for me, is there someone I can talk to about it?  Absolutely! We are happy to connect you with Marci Belton, Assistant Director for Student Life. Please email Marci Belton to get connected.

Housing and/or Tuition Deposit

A deposit of $600 [$300 for tuition and $300 for housing] is required for all students who want to return to Loyola housing. This deposit will be paid via credit card in the RoomRez portal while filling out your housing application. 

This deposit is non-refundable.

Please review the following to ensure your deposit is paid correctly:

  • Athletes– Students who receive full tuition and full housing grants do not need to make a deposit. SAS informs Student Life and Records that these students are allowed to participate in registration and housing selection. Students who receive a full tuition grant and no room grant must submit the $300 housing deposit to be eligible for room selection. The same applies for students who receive full housing grants but partial tuition grants.  The $300 tuition deposit is required in order to register for classes.
  • Resident Assistants– All current RAs are required to pay the $300 tuition deposit in order to register for classes, but do not have the pay the $300 housing deposit.  Any student applying to become an RA is required to pay both tuition and housing deposits.
  • Merit Based Scholars– Students receiving any form of merit based scholarship, whether privately funded or Loyola based, are required to pay both deposits if the student chooses to live on campus. Commuters are also required to pay the full $300 tuition deposit as these scholarships have requirements to be met each semester.
  • Tuition Remission– Like merit based scholarships, tuition remission is reviewed on a semester by semester basis.  Any student receiving tuition remission, whether Loyola based or from an outside university or college, is required to pay the full appropriate deposit.
  • Returning from Abroad– All students currently studying at Loyola’s abroad campuses or on one of Loyola’s exchange and affiliation programs are required to pay both deposits if living on campus or tuition deposit if living off campus. 
  • Parent Support - We ask that you speak with your family to collect payment information prior to starting your housing application. 

How much is the deposit and how do I pay it? The total deposit due is $600 ($300 for housing and $300 for classes).  The payment needs to be made via credit card during Phase One of the housing application. You will not be able to proceed through the housing application until payment is made. 

Why do I have to pay a deposit for housing and a deposit for classes? By separating the deposits for housing and classes, we are able to easily discern if you have committed to housing and classes or just classes.

If I have an outstanding balance on my account do I have to pay it before I pay my deposit? Yes!  All students are required to have their accounts paid before the deposit is put on your account.

I am worried about paying the deposit, should I just wait and pay late? No!  It is extremely important that if you are concerned about making the deposit that you speak to someone in Student Administrative Services before February 13, 2020.  They will work with you, but you have to contact them before the deadline.

Phase Two: Roommate Group Formation/Verification (February 24- March 12, 2020)

During this phase, you will need to form a roommate group.  Each group will designate a group leader to create the group, and assign a username and password for the group.  Once this is done, the group leader will then assign students to the group or give the group members the username and password so they may join the group themselves.  Groups must be comprised of 2, 4, 6, or 8 individuals in order to be complete;  incomplete groups will not be permitted to participate in room selection, unless you are interested in Theme Housing (Substance Free or Global Connections).  The group leader must be the one to choose the room during the assigned time slot. Once the group is complete, the group leader will need to log in and verify the group.

How many people can be in my group? Groups can be 2, 4, 6, or 8. We encourage you to form roommate groups that best suits your living style.  But, keep in mind that we have a limited number of each apartment size. Please have a backup plan in case the apartment style you desire is no longer available during your selection time slot.   

Do I have to make a group or can I just go “random”?  In order to select housing, you must be part of a group.  Student Life will host roommate socials so you can find a group and give opportunities to put up a roommate request online. We encourage you to take part in these processes so you can have a say in where you live.  

Help!  I am in a group and need another member OR am a single needing a group!  Don’t worry!  Student Life will be hosting roommate socials on February 23 and March 10 so you can find a group or a member for your group.  You can also use the roommate search features in the RoomRez portal. 

Who sees what I named my group?  The Office of Student Life reviews all information related to group formation including group name.  Please select an appropriate group name. 

What happens if I sign up with a group and later decide that I don’t want to live with them anymore? Selecting the right group can be challenging.  We encourage you to make your decision carefully and make sure you are comfortable living with the whole group.  Once you agree to join your group and your group is given a lottery time, you are locked in and cannot go to another group.  Trust us; it is MUCH easier to have tough conversations about things you might be concerned about now rather than waiting to have these conversations when you are living with each other.

What happens if there are not enough rooms for the size group I want to live with? Every year we have to reconfigure groups once lottery times come out.  Last year we had to reconfigure dozens of groups of rising sophomores who wanted to be in a group of 6 so it is important that you have a backup plan in case your group is told you need to reconfigure.  Please know that we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you need to reconfigure, and we will assist you in making a new group.

There is someone I want to live with, but they are currently on a leave of absence from Loyola. How do I get them in my group? You can only group with people who are currently active Loyola students OR those that are in a Loyola study abroad program.  Any student who completed Phase One should appear in the roommate search. Any student currently on leave of absence must be "cleared" to return to housing prior to starting Phase One. If your friend has any questions please have them email Evan Huckfeldt

Can I be in a group with people in class years other than my own? Yes!  All class years (with the exception of incoming first years) can select to live together.  Please note that your lottery time could be affected by the class years represented in your group.

February 23, 2020: Roommate Socials- See below for times associated with your class year

Roommate socials are a great way to meet others in your class year who are looking for roommates.  Whether you are a single looking for a group or a group needing one or more members, this is your opportunity to meet others.

All roommate socials will be hosted be hosted in the same location which will be shared at a later date.
Class of 2021 - 3:00pm
Class of 2022 - 4:00pm
Class of 2023 - 5:00pm

March 10, 2020: Incomplete Group Mixer

Are you still looking to join a roommate group or is your group looking to add members to make it complete? Come out and meet others looking to finalize their group prior to the deadline of March 12. The Incomplete Group Mixer will start at 6PM on March 10th, 2020 in the 4th Floor Programming Room in the Student Center. 

Searching for Roommates in RoomRez

The housing application offers many ways to search for roommates. Visit page 38 in the Returning Student Housing Selection Guide to learn more about searching for roommates. 

Explore Housing Options (March 17 & 18, 2020)

This is your chance to see all of the housing options for the upcoming academic year. Times of the tours will be announced in March. Please check your email for that announcement.

You can also learn more about the various residence halls at Loyola on the Residence Halls section of the Student Life website. 

Do all housing options cost the same?  Your housing rate does depend on whether you are living in a suite or apartment. For more information, visit the Financial Services, Undergraduate Fees webpage for updated rates.

Which rooms on campus can I select if I am in a group of 2 (or 4 or 6 or 8)?  Click here for a visual of buildings and roommate group capacities.

I am not sure my roommate(s) or I can make it to the housing tours, are floor plans available online?  The Office of Student Life would love to offer an accurate floor plan for each space on campus, however at this time, we are not able to do so.

Lottery Times Assigned (March 25, 2020)


How are lottery times assigned? Each student is randomly assigned a lottery number that is associated with a lottery time.  Each group will receive an email that lets them know the groups best lottery time.  Each group will have 15 minutes to log into the Housing Portal and select a room.  10 groups will be selecting at the same time.

I heard that there are ways to get a better lottery time, is that true? No!  Lottery times are completely random.  Every year students suggest ways to alter the lottery, however a completely random process is the only way to ensure fairness.


I am the group leader but I have class during our allotted selection time, what do I do? You can send an email to Evan Huckfeldt, Associate Director for Housing Operations and request that another member of your group be deemed the leader and they will select on behalf of your group. The Office of Student Life cannot grant permission to miss class for housing selection.


What order do groups elect rooms? Rising seniors will select first, rising juniors will select next and finally, rising sophomores will select.

Phase Three: Room Selection (March 31- April 17, 2020)

What do I need to know and do in order to prepare for housing selection? Below are three sections that will each help you prepare for the process of selecting a room.

Room Selection Dates by Class Year:

  • Rising Seniors (Class of 2021) - March 31, 2020
  • Rising Juniors (Class of 2022) - April 7, 2020
  • Rising Sophomores (Class of 2023) - April 17, 2020

Before your room selection time:

  • Have a conversation with your group about where you are interested in living. Use the "Lottery Housing Options" sheet (emailed to you prior to your selection time) to determine where rooms are available and rank order the group choices from highest choice to lowest choice.
  • Decide who is going to live together in each bedroom and make sure the group leader knows the roommate pairs as they will need to assign each student to a specific bedroom.
  • Make sure that the group is aware of the lottery time and group leader. The group leader you designated is the ONLY one who can select a room for the group so it is imperative that the group leader is prepared. If you need to change your group leader, you must email Evan Huckfeldt immediately.

A few minutes before your designated room selection time: 

  • Log into your “Inside Loyola” account so you are ready to click on the “Room Rez Housing Portal”.
  • Take a deep breath; you are going to select a great room!

When your designated room selection time arrives:

  • Click on the “Room Rez Housing Portal”
  • Click “Housing Applications”
  • Select “20-21 Academic Year” and then click “Continue”
  • Select “Building”
  • Select a room and then click “Save and Continue”
  • Highlight each bedroom listed and then click “Save and Continue”
  • Select which bed you and each of your group members will live in and then click “Reserve Beds”
  • Once you confirm your assignment you are finished!

For step by step instructions and screen shots visit page 33 of the Returning Student Housing Selection Guide. 

If you are experiencing difficulty while selecting a room, please call 410-617-5081.

Do you still have additional questions about the process? Email Student Life or call 410-617-5081 and our office would be glad to assist you.