Loyola University Maryland

Student Life

Housing Selection

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 email 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 Guide and the Housing Selection webpage as a resource for this process.

Want to learn more about the housing selection process? Watch our2023-2024 Housing Selection Overview video here and join us for a FAQ Zoom Webinar on either January 30th, February 2nd, or February 8th at 9PM- Register here!

A Message from Student Life

Dear Students and Families,

As you begin to think about where you will live next year, we want you to know there has never been a better time to live on campus at Loyola University Maryland. The University is committed to helping students develop the skills they need to succeed academically, professionally, and personally. Creating a welcoming, inclusive, positive living experience on campus is a big part of our commitment. All Student Life staff understand the importance of a student's positive living experience. Recently, through department programming and one-on-one conversations, we have not only received student feedback but, as a result, have made changes that will ensure Loyola University housing feels like a second home.

One of the most exciting parts of the year is choosing where you will live on campus. Student Life also recognizes that this may be very stressful and overwhelming. To make it easier, we have developed the Returning Student Room Selection Guidebook to help you navigate the room selection process.

Several housing options are available to returning students, which are highlighted in the guidebook and on the Residence Hall webpage. We encourage you to talk to your friends about where you want to live as soon as possible so that you can approach room selection with a plan and meet all deadlines.

We encourage you to explore what on-campus housing offers and enjoy the many benefits of living here. Some of these benefits include:

  • Convenience- why drive to class when you can walk?
  • Security- the residence halls are secured and monitored 24/7.
  • Hassle-free living- everything is included: no paying monthly bills or hiring maintenance contractors.
  • Better grades- studies have shown that students who live on campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate in 4 years.
  • Friends- there is no easier way to meet friends than living on-campus with more than 3000 greyhounds!

Please contact us if you have any questions about the room selection process or living on campus.

Phase One: Residential Intent for 2023-24 and Personal Information (Feb. 6-Feb. 20, 2023)

All students (with the exception of those that are graduating in May 2023) need to complete this phase. The application can be submitted in the RoomRez Housing Portal. You can access the RoomRez Housing Portal via InsideLoyola. During this phase, you will declare your residential intent for the 2023-24 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 transferring and have questions, please contact the Evan Huckfeldt, associate director for housing operations.

Refer to the Housing Selection Frequently Asked Questions page for questions about "Residential Intent."

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.

Refer to the Housing Selection FAQ page for questions about Substance-Free Housing.

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 Garry Schmitt, assistant director for housing operations.

Refer to the Housing Selection FAQ page for questions about Global Connections Housing.

Housing and/or Tuition Deposit

A deposit of $600 ($300 for tuition and $300 for housing) is required for all students who want to live in 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 $600 tuition and housing deposit in order to register for classes and be assigned to housing.  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. 
  • Family Support: We ask that you speak with your family to collect payment information prior to starting your housing application.

Refer to the Housing Selection FAQ page for questions about payments and deposits.

Students scheduled to study abroad for the Fall 2023 or full Academic Year

The Office of Student Life is in frequent communication with the Office of International Programs. If a cancellation or change impacts your scheduled study abroad trip, the Office of International Programs will contact Student Life. Student Life will then contact affected students to communicate the next steps in the housing process. We are committed to offering you Loyola housing if your program is cancelled. If you voluntarily withdrawal from your study abroad trip, please contact us at studentlife@loyola.edu so that we can update your account and support you with the following steps to secure housing.

Phase Two: Roommate Group Formation/Verification (Feb. 22-March 16, 2023)

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.

Refer to the Housing Selection FAQ page for questions about roommate group formation.

Searching for Roommates in RoomRez

The housing application offers many ways to search for roommates. Visit page 40 in the Returning Student Housing Selection Guide to learn more about searching for roommates. 

Roommate Search Mixer

Are you unsure of whom you will live with next year? If so, join Student Life for a roommate search mixer to meet others looking for future roommates!

When: Tuesday, February 28
Where: 3rd Floor Common Space, Student Center
When:

  • Class of 2024 (rising senior): 7-8 PM
  • Class of 2025 (rising junior): 8-9 PM
  • Class of 2026 (rising sophomore): 9- 10 PM

Explore Housing Options

In the heart of the community, being on campus is one of the most exciting parts of moving away to college. Loyola University Maryland has developed returning student communities with multiple room type options to accommodate the needs of our students. Our residence halls are among the best in the country and offer spacious, fully furnished spaces to spend times with friends.

Room Types

The type of rooms available across campus is listed below and vary by building. Before each room selection day a list of rooms available, organized by room type and building, is communicated so students can prepare to select a space.

  • An efficiency apartment houses two people
  • A 1 bedroom apartment houses two people
  • A 2 bedroom apartment houses four people
  • A 2 room suite houses four people and has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a small dining space. There is no living/common room in a suite
  • A 3 bedroom apartment houses 6 people
  • A 4 bedroom apartment houses 8 people

All apartments have a living room, dining room, and 1-2 bathrooms.

You can also learn more about the various residence halls, including seeing video tours and photos, at Loyola on the Residence Halls section of the Student Life website. 

Refer to the Housing Selection FAQ for questions about housing options or your housing search.

Lottery Times Assigned (March 30, 2023)

Refer to the Housing Selection FAQ page for specific questions regarding Lottery Times.

Phase Three: Room Selection (April 13, 14, or 18, 2023)

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 2024): April 13, 2023
  • Rising Juniors (Class of 2025): April 14, 2023
  • Rising Sophomores (Class of 2026): April 18, 2023

Before your room selection time:

  • Have a conversation with your group about where you are interested in living. Use the "Rooms Available List" 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/selection 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: 

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

When your designated room selection time arrives:

  1. Click on the “Room Rez Housing Portal”
  2. Click “Housing Applications”
  3. Select “23-24 Academic Year” and then click “Continue”
  4. Select "Continue" if you are on the Phase 2 Hold Page
  5. Select “Building”
  6. Select a room and then click “Add to Cart”
  7. Select which bed you and each of your group members will live in and then click “Reserve Beds”
  8. Once you confirm your assignment you are finished!

For step by step instructions and screen shots visit page 36 of the Returning Student Housing Selection Guide

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

Considering Living Off Campus Next Year?

Loyola University Maryland believes that living on campus is a beneficial option for students because research ha shown a positive effect on the student experience. However, living off-campus can also provide an educational experience and stepping stone to gaining the independence students need after graduating from Loyola. To help students consider their off-campus options please visit our official Off Campus Resource webpage.

Things to consider when living off campus

  • You may feel disconnected from campus life. You likely will have fewer friends residing around the corner or down the hall and need to plan more intentionally to attend and participate in campus events.
  • You need to research the property management company and surrounding area.
  • Apartment complexes may not be as flexible as the university regarding payments and working with student loan options.
  • You need to build time for travel and find parking when planning your day.
  • You have to stay more conscious of gas and electric usage; you will pay these utilities monthly.

Questions to ask yourself about living off campus

  • Did I participate in Room Selection and signed a housing contract with Loyola? If so, you must contact Student Life before making alternative arrangements to request to cancel your housing contract.
  • What is my budget? What can I afford? What about a deposit? How much are utilities?
  • What do I know about the area?
  • Do I have to purchase furniture? What will I do with it after this year?
  • What amenities are priorities, and are they in my budget?
  • How will this affect my financial aid and Loyola University bill?

If you are considering living off campus and have questions, please contact Nolan Theodore, assistant director for student conduct and off-campus housing

The Housing Contract

The housing contract is a legally binding agreement between the student and the University. It is essential that students and families read and understand its content before agreeing to it.

Top ten things to know about the housing contract

  1. You agree to living in housing for the entire Academic Year (August-May).
  2. If your housing needs change, you must request to cancel before June 1 to avoid penalties. Students cannot simply inform the university they are no longer living on campus.
  3. You must be registered for at least 12 credits by the start of the semester to move in and no later than the end of Add/Drop to remain in housing. There is a process for students to request to remain in housing while part-time. 
  4. Students requesting accommodations for a disability must do so by February 1. Requests submitted after the deadline will be provided based on space availability.
  5. All students are required to participate in the University meal plan program.
  6. The housing contract goes into effect once it is signed.
  7. Students agree to the Loyola University Community Standards by agreeing to the housing contract.
  8. The University reserves the right to select the specific bedroom and building to be assigned to a student, assign other occupants to the unit, and move a student to another bedroom or unit at any time, at the University's sole and absolute discretion.
  9. Students who need to remain on campus during University break period must submit a housing break extension request. A submission does not guarantee automatic approval and additional fees may apply.
  10. A copy of the housing contract is available on the Student Life website and can be downloaded from the housing application.

Acceptable reasons for cancellations

Students requesting to cancel their housing contract will need to submit a formal request using the Request to Cancel Housing form. On the form students will need to answer "what unforeseen circumstance has occurred since signing the housing contract." Acceptable reasons for cancellation may include:

  • Drastic reduction in financial resources after executing the contract
  • Unusual health problems in which the University cannot accommodate through a Disability Support Services accommodation
  • Transfer/ withdrawal/ leave of absence
  • Other exceptional changes in the Student's status after executing the contract
  • Student studying away from the Evergreen campus (example: studying abroad, internship where the student will not take any classes on the Evergreen campus)

In all instances, students should plan to submit supporting documentation. 

Cancellation dates and penalties

Students may change their residential intent through the Phase 2 deadline. After the Phase 2 deadline students must request to cancel their housing contract and it must be approved by Student Life. If you need to cancel your housing, please submit a request to Student Life using the Release from Housing Contract Request form. Be aware that submitting a request is not an automatic approval. You will be notified via email once a decision is made. We highly recommend that you do not sign an off-campus lease until you are officially notified of a decision.

  • Suppose a contract cancellation request is received by June 1 and approved, the advance payment and damage deposit will be credited to the Student's account. In that case, no cancelation fee will be assessed, and any housing room charges billed under this contract will be refunded.
  • Suppose a contract cancellation request is received between June 1 and August 1 and approved,  the advance payment and damage deposit will be forfeited. In that case, no cancellation fee will be assessed, and any other housing room charges billed under the contract will be refunded.
  • Suppose a contract cancellation request is received after August 1 and approved, the advance payment and the damage deposit will be forfeited and a $300 cancellation fee will be assessed. Any housing room charges billed under this contract will be refunded.

 

Housing contract cancellation appeals committee

If the cancellation request is not approved, the student has the right to appeal the decision to the housing contract cancellation appeals committee. If your request is not approved the instructions on submitting an appeal will be included in the original decision email.

the housing contract appeals committee is made up of a Jesuit or representative from Campus Ministry, several administrators from Student Development and is chaired by the Director of Student Life. The decision of the housing contract cancellation appeals committee is final. If an appeal is not approved, the contract and all of its terms remain in effect for the contract period.

 

 


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.