Loyola University Maryland

Student Life

Fall 2020 Semester FAQ

Updated August 21, 2020

Please continue to visit this page for updated and additional frequently asked questions about student life updates and housing operations related to the fall 2020 semester's online-only instruction and spring 2021 reopening.

Questions

General Questions

Spring Housing Assignments

Fall Housing Refunds

The Woodberry and The Social Housing

Off-Campus Housing and Housing Cancellation Requests

Defer or Leave of Absence

Student Life Approved Vendors

General Questions

What if I need emergency Loyola provided housing for the Fall semester?

Loyola University will provide emergency housing to a very limited number of students. Please petition for housing by submitting a request. In order to be eligible to petition for housing students must meet one or more of the following criteria: I am experiencing a housing emergency in the absence of Loyola housing; I am designated as independent on my 2020-2021 FAFSA; I cannot return to my home country due to travel restrictions; or I am currently without a permanent U.S. address. All petitions must be submitted by Wednesday, August 12 at 5PM EST. The Housing Petition Form can be found here.

If I was already planning to be in Baltimore in August can I still move my items in and then return in January?

Loyola University’s Evergreen Campus residence halls and leases at The Social and The Woodberry are currently closed and not open for students. Students should plan to move their items into their assignment during the Spring 2021 move-in dates.

I shipped items for move-in to the University. How can I get them back?

Please contact StampIt, the University mailroom, to discuss options.

How can I get in touch with Student Life if I have additional questions?

Please contact Student Life at studentlife@loyola.edu. A member of our team will be available to support you and connect you with a campus partner if necessary.

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Spring Housing Assignments

Am I guaranteed housing for the Spring 2021 semester?

Students currently assigned to housing, as of August 6, 2020, will be assigned to housing for the Spring semester. Students applying for housing will be assigned based on space availability throughout campus. Student Life will communicate the Spring housing application process in late October.

Will my Fall housing assignment carry over into the Spring semester?

Yes. Student Life intends to assign students their Fall housing assignments for the Spring semester. Student Life will communicate Spring housing assignment and roommate information in December. 

Will I have the same roommates as the Fall semester?

Student Life encourages you to keep in contact with your assigned roommates. If a vacancy becomes available in your unit that vacancy may be reassigned to another student requesting housing. Student Life will communicate Spring housing assignment and roommate information in December.

What if I cancelled my housing to study virtually prior to the August 6 announcement? Will I still have my original Fall housing assignment?

Students who cancelled and received a confirmation of their cancellation prior to August 6, 2020 will need to reapply for housing for the Spring semester. Student Life will communicate the spring housing application process in late October. Students will be assigned to vacancies throughout campus. If your original assignment is vacant for the Spring semester, we will do our best to reassign you to that bed space. Please note, this is only a request and not a guarantee.

If I am reapplying for housing for the Spring semester do I need to pay another housing deposit?

No. Students will not need to pay an additional housing deposit for the Spring semester.

How can I request a room change for the Spring semester or pull someone into a vacancy in my room?

Currently, the Office of Student Life is unable to accept room change requests. Student Life will provide student’s the opportunity to pull someone into a vacancy when the Spring 2021 housing application process opens. This information will be available in late October.

If there are housing vacancies for the Spring semester, can I request to move buildings?

If vacancies are available, Student Life will communicate a process to request a room change. If available, this process will be communicated in December.

I am a late deposit for the Fall semester and was never assigned to housing. Will I have an assignment for the Spring semester?

Yes. Student Life will contact students who have not been assigned housing individually and discuss options for the Spring semester.

When is Spring semester move-in?

The Spring 2021 Academic Calendar has been modified to allow a later semester start date of January 19. Student Life will announce Spring move-in dates as soon as they are available. 

If I am scheduled to study abroad in the Spring and I decide not to or study abroad is cancelled do I need to reapply for housing for the Spring?

No. Student Life assigns housing for the full academic year and only cancels housing for the Spring semester after International Programs confirms that the student has paid their Spring study abroad deposit and will not be registering for classes on the Evergreen campus.

I am studying abroad for the Spring. Do I still need to pay for my Spring semester housing?

No. International Programs will provide Student Life a list of confirmed students studying abroad for the Spring semester during the Fall semester. Student Life will then remove the housing and meal plan assignments from the student's account. Students will receive a confirmation email once the charges have been removed.

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Fall Housing Refunds

How will I receive my refund from the Fall semester housing charge?

All students living in Loyola owned housing as well as students living at The Woodberry and The Social through Loyola have been issued credits to their student accounts for both housing and meal plan charges. Student Administrative Services (SAS) is currently working to refund student accounts that have a current credit balance due to these credits being issued.  Refund checks will be mailed home starting the week of August 17th.  For questions regarding refunds or to adjust Nelnet payment plans for the fall please contact SAS at sas@loyola.edu. 

Will I get refunded my housing deposit for the Fall semester?

All housing deposits will be applied to your Fall billing statement as a credit and will not be directly refunded.

Will I be refunded for parking?

Yes. If you have pre-paid for parking for the fall semester, your parking fee will be refunded automatically. If you have specific questions, please contact Student Administrative Services.

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The Woodberry and The Social Housing

If I was assigned to The Social or The Woodberry can I still move in?

All Loyola provided housing, including The Woodberry and The Social, are unavailable for students for the Fall semester. Move-in information for the Spring semester will be available in December.

Can I sublease one of the apartments that Loyola leased from The Social or The Woodberry?

At this time, Loyola is unable to release our apartments included in our master leases. We anticipate assigning students to these spaces for the Spring semester. Please contact the leasing offices at The Social or The Woodberry to learn more about leasing opportunities they may have available.

Additionally, before signing any lease, please confer with Financial Aid to learn if your financial aid package changes based on changing your residency plans.

Can Loyola help me secure a lease at one of these locations?

Students would need to contact The Woodberry and The Social leasing offices; the university is unable to negotiate a lease on behalf of a student.

Please note, as of August 10, The Social North Charles is 100% leased up for the upcoming year. They are only accepting requests to be added to their waitlist. If you would like to be added to their wait list, please email them at socialnorthcharles@trinity-pm.com with your Full Name, Phone Number, Email, and size of apartment you are looking for.

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Off-Campus Housing and Housing Cancellation Requests

What are my options for off-campus housing if I decide to secure my own housing?

Students considering securing their own housing off-campus should first review the Off-Campus Housing page. To help assist students looking for off-campus housing, the Office of Student Conduct has created an Off-Campus FAQ web page. Please be sure to review the North Baltimore Neighborhood Coalition agreement which outlines neighborhoods that Loyola students are restricted from living in.

Additionally, before signing any lease, please confer with Financial Aid to learn if your financial aid package changes based on changing your residency plans.

I decided to secure my own housing for the Spring 2021 semester and no longer need Loyola housing. How do I cancel my housing?

Students who have secured their own housing must submit a Housing Cancellation Request form found on the Student Life website. Students should contact Financial Aid prior to signing a lease to learn if your financial aid package will change by living off campus. Once you submit your request the Office of Student Life will review your request and inform you of a decision. Please do not sign a lease until you have received your final decision. Students must submit a Housing Cancellation Request form no later than August 30, 2020.

Will Loyola help me cancel my off-campus lease?

Students who have signed a lease with an off-campus company will need to discuss options with that company. Students should review the housing cancellation clauses in their leases and communicate questions with the leasing office. Loyola University Maryland is unable to negotiate your lease with the private company.

I am an incoming transfer student. Can I secure my own housing off-campus?

Yes. Incoming transfer students are eligible to secure their own housing off-campus. You should speak with Financial Aid and submit a Housing Cancellation Request prior to signing a lease off-campus.

If I decide to live off-campus this year, can I live on campus for 2021-2022 academic year?

Yes! All currently enrolled Loyola University Maryland students are eligible to apply to live on-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. All students will be required to participate in the 2021-2022 housing selection process. Specific information will be available in late January 2021. 

Students who defer until the Fall 2021 semester or take a Leave of Absence for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters are not eligible to participate in the 2021-2022 housing selection and will need to submit a Request To Return to Housing form once registered full-time for Fall 2021.

If I cancel my meal plan for the Spring semester can I add it back?

Yes. Students who cancel their housing for the Spring semester and indicate they would like to cancel their meal plan but then decide they would like to add a meal plan for the Spring semester must contact Student Administrative Services at sas@loyola.edu. It is recommended you contact them by November 1 to ensure the meal plan is included in your Spring semester tuition bill.

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Defer or Leave of Absence

If I take the year off to resume next Fall and I guaranteed housing and participation in room selection?

All actively enrolled students for the Spring 2021 semester are eligible to participate in the 2021-2022 Housing Selection process. Students who defer their deposit until Fall 2021 or take a Leave of Absence for the Spring 2021 semester will need to submit a Return to Housing form once they are enrolled full time for the Fall 2021 semester. Students will then be assigned housing based on availability throughout housing after the Housing Selection process concludes.

If I defer for the Fall semester can I keep my housing assignment?

First year or transfer students who defer their acceptance, after the August 6, 2020 announcement, until the Spring semester will retain their Spring housing assignment if they register to be a full-time student for the Spring semester by November 16, 2020. Students not registered by this date will have their Spring housing cancelled and will need to reapply for housing.

Students who deferred prior to August 6 will need to submit a new housing application for the Spring semester and will be assigned to vacancies throughout campus. If your original assignment is vacant for the Spring semester, we will do our best to reassign you to that bed space. Please note, this is only a request and not a guarantee.

If I take a Leave of Absence for the Fall semester, can I keep my housing assignment?

Returning students who decide to take a leave of absence for the Fall semester will retain their Spring housing assignment as long as they register to be a full-time student for the Spring semester by November 16, 2020. Students not registered by this date will have their Spring housing cancelled and will need to reapply for housing.

Students who registered for a Leave of Absence prior to August 6 will need to submit a new housing application for the Spring semester and will be assigned to vacancies throughout campus. If your original assignment is vacant for the Spring semester, we will do our best to reassign you to that bed space. Please note, this is only a request and not a guarantee.

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Student Life Approved Vendors

I have personal items stored with Dorm Room Movers. What are my options?

Students who utilized Dorm Room Movers during the Spring 2020 closing will be contacted directly from Dorm Room Movers to discuss options for the Fall 2020 semester. If you have specific questions, please contact Dorm Room Movers directly.

I placed an order with MyMicroFridge. What are my options?

Students who rented through MyMicroFridge will be contacted directly from MyMicroFridge to discuss options which may include canceling or deferring your order until the Spring semester. If you have specific questions, please contact MyMicroFridge directly.

If I enrolled in GradGuards renters insurance what do I need to do to suspend it?

Students who opted into GradGuard renter’s insurance must contact GradGuard to suspend or cancel their Fall payment plan. If you have specific questions, please contact GradGuard directly.

Please review this GradGuard specific FAQ for the latest updates on your renters insurance.

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