Loyola University Chicago

International Student and Scholar Services

Housing, Dining, and Transportation

 

 

Residence Halls and Meal Plans

At Loyola University Chicago, there are a variety of on-campus residence hall housing options that will allow you to engage more directly with campus culture.

For more information about on-campus housing options at the University, please refer to the Department of Residence Life.  A listing of all University residence halls is available here.  Once you have been accepted into the exchange program, the Residence Life team will determine your housing assignment and will be in contact with you.  For a current listing of housing costs, please refer to the following webpage.

All students living on the University’s Lake Shore Campus are required to purchase a meal plan with their housing placement.  More information on meal plan rates is available here.  Your meal plan will be loaded onto your Rambler (student ID) Card with funds allotted for each meal.

More information on student dining options at Lake Shore Campus is available here.

International House

If you are looking to live in an international community on-campus, the International House (I-House) may be a great option for you.  Living in the I-House is a great opportunity to connect with other international students at the University, but also local/domestic students living in the community.  With scheduled monthly events, you will have the opportunity to take part in cross-cultural communication and community-building activities.  Meal plans are not required when living in the International House, but a non-resident meal plan is available for purchase.  More information on I-House as an on-campus housing option is available here.

 

I-House +

Do you want to experience more of Chicago, the Midwest, and the United States?  By participating in
I-House + you will not only be able to live and engage in the international community of the I-House, but also have the opportunity to attend trips and excursions that are organized and planned for Chicago Center Students.  To learn more about I-House +, trip and excursion offerings, and pricing, be sure to visit the I-House + website.  I-House + student groups have previously visited Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, and New Orleans.

Transportation

Loyola University Chicago has three main area campuses: Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences.  We encourage you to view our campus virtual tours for a sense of what it is really like to be on-campus.  Click on the links to view campus maps for our primary Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses.

The urban setting of the University’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses provides many transit options including train, bus, taxi/car, bicycle, and walking.

Train and Bus

The Lake Shore Campus is conveniently located near the Chicago Transportation Authority’s (CTA) Red Line “Loyola” train station.  The Red Line operates 24 hours per day.  CTA bus #147 with service between the Rogers Park neighborhood and downtown Chicago also has pick-up and drop-off within the Lake Shore Campus.

The Water Tower Campus is accessible by the CTA’s Red Line “Chicago” station and numerous CTA bus routes.

To plan your trip to either campus or around Chicago, and for maps of CTA train and bus lines, please visit the Chicago Transportation Authority’s website.

Taxi and Car

Taking a taxi or hiring a private car is another option when traveling between Loyola University Chicago campuses and around Chicago.

Lake Shore and Water Tower Campus addresses are as follows (for your driver):

Lake Shore Campus
1110 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

Water Tower Campus
111 E. Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Bicycling

With our close proximity to the Chicago Lakefront Trail, many students, staff, and faculty will bike to and from campus during the warmer months.  There are approximately 30 bike racks at Lake Shore Campus and several around Water Tower Campus as well.  Chainlinks is a student-run, one-stop bike shop that offers bike repairs at the Lake Shore Campus and hourly, daily, and monthly bike rentals.  Additionally, Chicago participates in the DIVVY bike share program with several convenient docking stations around both Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses.

For more information on Loyola University Chicago campuses, public transportation, and parking, please visit the following link.‌

Weather

Students should come prepared to experience all four seasons in Chicago: wet, cool springs; somewhat hot, and often humid, summers; pleasantly mild autumns; and cold winters.  Chicago can be cooler and experience more precipitation than other parts of Illinois because of its proximity to the relatively cool waters of Lake Michigan.

More information about the weather in Chicago is available here.