Housing Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you provide linen service?
Yes, students can exchange used linen for clean linen every week at the linen exchange.
- What laundry services are available?
Laundry facilities are located on campus. Students have access to washing machines, dryers, and clothes lines.
- Does the university offer additional storage?
No, the university does not provide additional storage space for personal property. Limited storage options may be offered at the end of each semester for students that will be traveling at the end of their stay in Italy.
- Is there security on campus?
Yes, a security guard is on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- What is a Student Life Assistant (SLA)?
A Student Life Assistant is a post-baccalaureate member of the Student Life team that lives in the residence hall. SLAs aid students in bridging the gap between home and Italian cultures. They offer help in navigating Rome and help with troubleshooting around campus. SLAs are available 24/7.
- What medical resources are available?
A medical doctor is on-campus twice a week for minor medical needs. A psychiatrist is also on-campus once a week for mental health needs.
The JFRC is very near Villa Stuart, a private medical clinic, and the Policlinico Gemelli Hospital. The JFRC has a close working relationship with both facilities.
- Do you offer any guest accommodations?
The Department of Residence Life does not offer any guest housing. Please refer to this list of local accommodations for housing options for visiting family and friends.
- When will I receive my housing assignment and information?
Housing assignments for new first-year students will be sent to you in late July. Your letter will include your roommate assignment and room type.
- Can I choose my roommate?
Yes, we try to honor all roommate requests as long as the request is mutual. Roommate requests can be made on the Housing Contract, located on your Applicant Status page. Check out the Rome Start discussion page on the Loyola University Chicago Class of 2016 Facebook page (just for newly admitted students)! Through this discussion page, you can get to know fellow Rome Start students and maybe make a roommate connection.
- What address should I use for deliveries and letters?
All mail should be sent to:
Student’s Name - Room # ___ (Student’s room #)
John Felice Rome Center
Via Massimi, 114-A
00136 Rome, Italy
Each student will have their own mailbox on campus where they can receive mail. Please note that there can be customs charges for receiving packages, especially electronic equipment.
- What if I have a maintenance concern regarding my room or building?
Maintenance staff is on campus Monday-Friday and is on call 24-hours/day in case of emergencies. During the orientation period, students will be informed of how to submit a maintenance request.
- Do I have a meal plan?
All students living on campus must have a university meal plan. The JFRC cafeteria (Mensa) provides students lunch and dinner during the academic year. The cafeteria is open seven days per week, however, it is not open during designated school breaks.
The cafeteria is not open for breakfast. For this reason, students have refrigerators in their room where they may store breakfast items. A coffee bar is located on campus and is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 5: p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Students may purchase moderately priced breakfast at the coffee bar if desired.
The cafeteria service is provided by an Italian catering company and the menu items are predominantly Italian. Italian cuisine is among the most delectable in the world; discovering its variety is an integral part of a student's experience. Students will find a variety of choices at the JFRC, including salad, fruits, pastas, fish or meat, vegetables, and breads.
Special dietary needs will be accommodated.
- How much does the meal plan cost?
The cost of this meal plan is built into the JFRC Room and Board fee.
- What items should I bring? What items should I not bring?
Keep in mind that your room is small and that you will be sharing this space with another person. Talk with your roommate and decide what items you will bring with you and what items you can share.
During the orientation period, there will be an optional trip to IKEA for Rome Start students so that they may purchase items for their rooms and decorate as they see fit.
Things to remember:
- Alarm clock
- Basic first aid supplies
- Towels and washcloths
- Italian/Native Language dictionary
- Power adapters for electronics
It is not necessary to bring the following items:
- Linens (these are provided and can be exchanged weekly)
- Hangers (provided)
- Trash can and bags (provided)
- Ethernet cords (computer lab facilities on campus and wifi connections around the building)
- School supplies (these can be purchased in Rome upon arrival)
- Laundry soap, etc. (this can be purchased in Rome upon arrival)
- Iron and Ironing board (these are available for student’s use)
- Cleaning supplies (these are available for students to check-out from the Student Life Staff)
- Small refrigerator (all rooms come standard with a refrigerator)
- Microwave (available for use in student lounges)
- TV and DVD player (multiple lounges and private study rooms with TV/DVD equipment)
- Desk lamp and light bulbs (one lamp per student comes standard with each room)
- Land line phone (land line phones are located throughout the residence hall for students to make and receive phone calls)
- Air-conditioning units
- Dishwashers or other major electrical appliances
- Candles or incense
- Drugs or any related paraphernalia
- Halogen lamps
- Pets (except fish)
- Large sofas or other large pieces of furniture
- Flammable liquids
- Heirlooms or expensive jewelry
- Hot plates
- Cooking appliances of any nature
- Cup-type immersion water heaters
- Do I need to bring a computer?
Multiple computer labs are located on campus for student use. It is not necessary to bring a computer however many students find it convenient and useful. Computer facilities are available for students 24-hours/day for those students who chose not to bring a computer. Please be sure to bring proper electrical adaptors for your electronic equipment.
- Is internet connection available on campus?
Yes, internet connection is available via our computer labs or various wifi hotspots located throughout the campus.
- Do I get a Loyola e-mail address?
Yes, all current Loyola students are automatically provided with a university email address. Access and other functions are described at orientation.
- Should I get an Italian cell phone?
All students are given an Italian cell phone and SIM card during the orientation period. The SIM card comes charged with 10 euro of pre-paid credit.
- What is the best way to call home?
Rome Center students can buy phone cards at the reception desk which can be used to call internationally from Italy. These phone cards cost 5 euro and give approximately 250 minutes of call time. Students can use land-line phones located throughout the residence hall to make calls with a phone card.