Food and Housing Resources for Students


What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner. The most extreme form is often accompanied with physiological sensations of hunger.

Access Food Security Resources

The LUC food pantries are here to support students who need a little extra help, so they can focus on their academic success. Pantries are generally open anytime the building is open throughout the year. Students must be currently enrolled and provide a Loyola ID to access the pantries. 

  • Iggy's Cupboard is located on the Lake Shore Campus in the Damen Student Center, Lower Level 90, Lake Shore Campus and is currently open on weekdays  from 9am – 5pm. Students are welcome to shop in- person weekly to get 3 - 4 days’ worth of food. We provide shelf stable products at no cost to visitors. Our offerings vary based on donations and time of year. 
  • The Market at Arrupe College is a free resource to all Loyola University Chicago students and is in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Items at the Market vary depending on availability, but can include fresh produce and dairy, frozen foods, and canned goods. Visit The Market, located on the Water Tower Campus (WTC) at Arrupe College in Maguire Hall (1 E. Pearson Ave.) in suite 204, any weekday between 8am - 9pm. We ask that you complete this confidential form to let us know you stopped in. For more information, contact Mariaton Tate at mtate@luc.edu 
  • HSC Pantry will be opening at the Health Sciences Campus on the 1st Floor of Cuneo Hall in Spring 2023. More information coming soon!

Additional Food Resources

  • SNAP for Students wondering if you qualify for "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" in the city of Chicago? Learn more about student qualifications. 
  • Chicago's Food Bank Finder is apart of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This resource is specifically for students who reside in Chicago and perfect for in-state resimuters and commuters. We recognize that coming to campus may not be feasible. Please use this resource to access food for you and your family.
  • Feeding America Food Bank Finder is a resource for Ramblers who live out of state and are looking for food near your home. Please use this resource to access food for you and your family.

For additional concerns regarding short-term support and assistance determining your best options, submit a CARE referral to meet with someone from the Office of the Dean of Students. 

Learn more about Food Insecurity

Take time to read the full reports listed below:

What is Housing Insecurity?

Housing insecurity includes a broader set of challenges such as the inability to pay rent or utilities or the need to move frequently. All of these challenges affect students, and research suggest that it is more common to endure them during college than to have all of one’s needs met (Goldrick, et. al., 2018).

Homelessness means that a person is without a place to live, often residing in a shelter, an automobile, an abandoned building or outside.

Exploring Housing Resources on and off Campus

  • Place4Students is a platform designed for Loyola students to find apartments in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhood. When utilizing this website, be sure to create a profile and use your Loyola email so that the webpage recognizes you as a Loyola student. You can use this site to find a roommate and secure an apartment off campus.
  • City of Chicago Housing Resources support people with disabilities to affordable and accessible housing units and information on housing programs and resources. We advocate for accessible housing for people with disabilities in the city of Chicago.
  • Chicago Affordable Housing List The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) works to develop and support affordable housing initiatives citywide. This website allows you to find available and affordable housing in the city of Chicago.
  • IL Dept of Human Services Housing Resources provides a robust list of housing programs and services. Please explore this site as their are many specific categories for students looking for individual housing, family housing, etc. 

For additional concerns regarding short-term support and assistance determining your best options, submit a CARE referral to meet with someone from the Office of the Dean of Students.





Get Support from Loyola Staff

The Illinois Public Act 102-0083 requires all institutions of higher education to designate a staff member as the Housing and Opportunities that are Useful for Students’ Excellence (HOUSE) liaison to assist students who are experiencing homelessness.  At Loyola University Chicago, the HOUSE Liaison is Dr. Will Rodriguez, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students. 

Students experiencing housing insecurity or students who know of a peer who needs help with housing may contact Dr. Rodriguez or any staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students by submitting a CARE Referral hereYou can also reach the office at (773)508-8840 or by sending an email to deanofstudents@luc.edu.