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January Term


The Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) is a "wilderness classroom" that serves as a complement to Loyola's urban campus setting, providing a unique field education opportunity for students studying the environment. On 98 acres of natural wetland, woodland, prairie and savanna habitat that includes an organic farm, students study nature in nature, living and learning with our faculty.  LUREC is located in Woodstock, Illinois: 2710 South Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.

If you plan to register for the J-Term course, BIOL 395-001/ENVS 398-01E: Special Topics in Biology: Topics in Winter Ecology, the information below will be helpful to you. 

Please Note:  During the first two days of J-Term -- Monday, December 29, and Tuesday, December 30 -- class will be conducted on Lake Shore Campus in LSB 312, from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm.


For J-Term 2015, students will live at LUREC from Saturday, January 3, 2015 through Saturday, January 10, 2015. At LUREC you will have access to newly renovated rooms, a refurbished student lounge, computer labs, and lab spaces. In addition, Loyola will offer WIFI in public spaces. Residents will also enjoy gourmet meals at a reduced cost. We highly recommend that all students, including those who live near the LUREC campus, reside at LUREC from January 3rd through January 10th.

The rate for room and board during J-Term is $375.00.  This includes a room and board package of 3 meals per day and a double occupancy living space.  

Please complete our J Term 2015 LUREC Housing Contract‌ and send it to lurec@luc.edu or mail it to:  LUREC, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.   The charges will be applied to your student account via the Bursar.


Check-in will begin on January 3, 2015, at 9am.

A van will be provided to transport students to and from the LUREC campus. The van will depart from Lakeshore Campus on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8am. Please meet at the shuttle bus depot.

Students preferring to use public transportation can take the Northwest Metra Line to either the Woodstock or Crystal Lake station and then take a short cab ride to campus. For students driving to campus, accurate directions can be found using Google Maps.

Check-out will begin when class is released on January 10, 2015, and residents must vacate the building by 6pm that day. A van will depart from LUREC at 6pm for the trip back to Lakeshore Campus.


All Retreat Campus residential students have a 3 meal per day plan. Meals are served buffet or family-style in the Retreat Campus Dining Hall. If you have any food allergies, please alert Retreat Campus staff members prior to your arrival so special accommodations can be made for you. Meal times for this class will be:

Breakfast:  8:00am - 8:30am
Lunch:       12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dinner:       6:00pm - 7:00pm


Class will meet from 9:00am - 5:00pm on January 3 - January 10 (meeting time will only be in the afternoon on Sunday, January 4th). Occasionally students and faculty will meet during the evening.  


A significant amount of time will be spent outdoors during this class.  Please be sure to pack for the winter weather!  We will have more specific recommendations on the first day of class, but in general we recommend the following:

You might also like to bring along:

LUREC Additional FAQs

Do you provide a linen service?
Sheets, towels, pillows, and blankets will be provided. Once a week residents may trade in their soiled linens for a new set. Residents will be alerted to the linen schedule.

Do you allow refrigerators, microwaves, micro-fridges, or other appliances?
Retreat Campus does not allow any small appliances in residential rooms. This includes, but is not limited to: refrigerators of any size, microwaves, micro-fridges, toasters, coffeemakers, griddles and grills, and hot plates. As an ecology campus we endeavor to limit the use of electricity, and this is one of the ways we work to eliminate energy waste. A microwave and full-sized refrigerator are available in the Student Lounge for community use. Small fans are allowed in residential rooms.

Will we have phones in our rooms?
Phones are not supplied in student residential rooms. There are no public phones. Please use your personal cell phone, or contact a Retreat Campus staff member for emergencies. If your parents or guardians need to contact you in an emergency, please have them call the Retreat Campus main line at 815.338.1032 during regular business hours.

What laundry services are available?
Coin laundry services are available to students.

What is the address that I should use for deliveries and letters?
Loyola University Chicago, 2710 South Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Please be sure to have your name and room number clearly identified on any packages that are sent to you.

What if I have a maintenance concern regarding my room or the building?
Maintenance Request Forms are available in both the North and South Wing lobbies. Requests can also be made to a Retreat Campus staff member. If it is an emergency request, please contact a Retreat Campus staff member immediately for assistance.

Are there any vending machines on campus?
In our efforts to create a sustainable campus, we have chosen not to have vending machines due to the quantity of packaging waste they produce. Water is available on every floor, and fountain beverages are available at meal times. We encourage students to bring their own snack foods and beverages during their stay.


Loyola University Chicago ·1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
773-274-3000 · jterm@luc.edu

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