Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Move-In Fall 2019

Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.
As you can probably imagine, moving over 4400 students into a densely populated, urban neighborhood over a few days is quite a feat. Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Residence Life, with the help of our campus partners, has developed a structured and efficient process that makes the move-in experience as easy as possible for students and their families.
One key to our process is specifically assigned move-in days and times that each individual student will receive via their Move-In Manual and email. Moving into your assigned residence hall at the correct time and being familiar with the process will help us move you into your space in about 20 to 30 minutes.

Move-In Manuals are initially published on a rolling basis to limit server load.
You will be notified by email when your Move-In Manual is available.

Each student will be assigned a specific arrival date and time. Please plan your travels to arrive at the beginning of your allotted arrival time, which will be provided in your digital Move-In Manual. This manual will be available online in mid-July and contains information about traffic, checking in, unloading, and parking.
Early Arrival Requests
Some students will be permitted to move-in early in a limited number of circumstances. Students wishing to move-in before their assigned arrival date must request Early Arrival. The Request Form is available on the Residence Life Portal. (sign-in required)
(form available in mid-July)
Our complete Move-In Schedule is included below for reference.
Please refer to your Move-In Manual for your personalized arrival information.
Water Tower Campus
  • Most students will move-in on August 20.  

Lake Shore Campus

  • First year students will move in on either August 21 or 22.  Your specific move in day and time will be sent to you in July.
  • Students returning to campus will move in on August 24th.  Your specific move in time will be sent to you in July.

Students arriving before their assigned arrival time may be redirected to the parking garage and may need to wait until their arrival time begins or until conditions allow for an additional move-in slot. Students may move-in after their assigned arrival time, but we cannot guarantee staff or volunteers will be available to assist. 

Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.


When you arrive at your designated unloading zone at your allotted time, Residence Life Staff and volunteers will be present to meet you and guide you through Check-In. Parents/families/helpers should remain with your vehicle. Students may only check-in at their designated check-in location.


  • Check-In | Bring your Loyola ID to the check-in station, where you will be issued your key and important information.
  • Unload | While students check-in, our Move-In Volunteers and/or professional movers will unload your vehicle and take your belongings to your room.
  • Park | After your vehicle is unloaded, please move to main garage. 
  • Meet Up | Students and helpers should meet at the student's room.
  • Submit eRCR | The Room Condition Report (eRCR) documents the condition of your room prior to your arrival. Please review and submit this form once you are in your room but before you unpack.
  • Unpack | Unpack your belongings and get comfortable in your room, if your roommate hasn't arrived yet, be sure to leave them an equal space. Take any trash/recycling to the appropriate designated areas.
  • Connect | Check your email for more information about connecting to the network, to streaming entertainment, and to the Loyola community.
  • Settle in | Take some time to meet your roommate(s), floormates, Resident Assistant, Desk Receptionists, Graduate Assistants, Assistant Resident Director, and Resident Director. They will all be a great resource during your time at Loyola University Chicago.
  • Enjoy Welcome Week | Now that you're settled in your room, it's time to live The Loyola Experience, get started by enjoying the various events of Welcome Week!

 Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.

Before Move-In Day, students will receive detailed information via their LUC.edu email address regarding their housing assignment and arrival date/time as well as a link to their digital Move-In Manual in mid-late July. Information is subject to change.


Included below are tips to help you have an enjoyable Move-In experience.

  • Will your family/friends need a place to stay in Chicago? | Check out the hotel/lodging options near campus and book your stay in advance.
  • Immunization Records | Please provide your immunization records to the Wellness Center if you have not already done so.
  • Emergency Contact Information | Please update your emergency contact information in LOCUS prior to your arrival. Students may not check in without up-to-date emergency contact information.
  • Renters Insurance | Loyola recommends renters insurance for all residents. Refer to 'Renters Insurance' below for more information.
  • Shipping Items, MicroFridge Rentals, Linens | Residence Life partners with USS to offer several services including ship-to-your-room, MicroFridge rentals, and residence hall linens.
  • Bunking and Lofting Requests | Students in some residence halls may request to have the beds bunked or lofted prior to their arrival. BUNKING AND LOFTING INFO
  • Special Accommodations | If a student or family member requires an accommodation (wheelchair access, limited mobility, etc.), please contact our office in advance and we will be happy to assist you. Students who require an accommodation for the duration of the academic year should contact Services for Students with Disabilities.

Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.

All rooms are furnished with 1 bed, 1 desk, 1 chair, and 1 dresser per student. Keep in mind that space may be limited; it's best to talk with your roommate before moving in about what can be shared. This list is intended as an overview, ultimately, each student will determine what items they need to make Loyola home.


clothing (Chicago weather ranges from hot to cold)
bed linens (twin XL), pillows, and blankets
alarm clock
mobile phone, charger, accessories
storage boxes
basic first-aid supplies
waste basket and bags
computer and accessories
notebooks, folders, binders, etc.
index cards
laundry detergent/dryer sheets
High Efficiency (HE) detergent only
Laundry 'Pods' are not recommended
laundry bag/basket
iron and ironing board
sewing kit and safety pins
fabric refresher
glass/surface cleaner
vacuum cleaner*
*University provided vacuums will only be available for check-out at winter break, spring break, and closing.
minifridge or MicroFridge (max 4.2 cu.ft.; 1 per room)
Not permitted in apartment-style buildings
microwave (max. 800 watts; 1 per room)
desk lamp and light bulbs
power strips/surge protectors
some dishes/flatware
playing cards and board games
Do NOT Bring
sofas, futons, and other large furniture
air conditioning units
appliances with exposed heating elements
extension cords
halogen lamps
pets (except fish)
heirlooms/expensive jewelry
alcohol or alcohol containers (if under 21)
See the Community Standards for more information.
Shop {super} local! Visit IggysList, Loyola's own version of Craigslist: LUC.edu/iggy
Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.

Included below are some tips to help you have an enjoyable Move-In experience.

  • Don't overpack | Everything you need should fit into two (2) moving carts (carts are 48"x28.5"x59"). Large furniture may be prohibited. Please see our Suggested Packing List (included in the next section) for tips.
  • Don't use cardboard boxes | Plastic storage bins are more sustainable and will also be handy when it's time to move-out. We recommend that you clearly label each bin with your name and room number.
  • Travel in one (1) vehicle only | Multiple cars, RVs, and other large vehicles will not be permitted in the campus parking garage or residence hall unloading zones.
  • Arrive at your allotted time | Students must move-in at or after their assigned Move-In date/time; we are unable to take requests for specific move-in dates/times. Students who arrive before their Move-In time may be redirected to a parking garage to wait until conditions allow for additional move-ins. Students may move-in after their Move-In time, but we cannot guarantee staff or volunteers will be available to assist.
  • Be prepared | Have your Loyola ID out and ready as you pull up to your designated unloading area at your assigned time. Unloading areas are outlined in the maps located on the right side of this page.
  • Move-In Assistance | Staff and volunteers with move-in carts will be available during scheduled Move-In days/times.
  • Move-In Manual | Students may access their Move-In Manual on the Residence Life Portal in LOCUS beginning in mid-late July.
  • Communicate with roommate(s) | Students are encouraged to contact their future roommates to get to know one-another and coordinate who will be responsible for bringing shared items (if applicable). First Year roommate information will be available in mid-July.

Move-In can already be a long and stressfull day. See below some tips on how to avoid common mistakes that can be made during move-in.

Ignoring your move-in date/time
Due to the large number of students moving in, Loyola assigns specific move-in dates and times to prevent traffic jams and long elevator waits. Your cooperation is critical to having a smooth, efficient move-in experience. If you arrive outside of your assigned arrival time, you may be directed to a parking garage to wait until conditions allow you to proceed with check-in.

Bringing too much
All of your belongings should fit into two moving carts (27"x39"x25"). This Move-In Manual and our website includes a list of nearby stores for picking up loose ends and forgotten items. You should also coordinate with your roommate(s) to avoid bringing duplicate items.

Bringing large furniture
Students with large furniture may be prohibited from bringing these items into the residence halls. Maneuvering large furniture through narrow hallways often causes severe wall damage and slows the flow of traffic.

Bringing over-sized vehicles
RVs and moving trucks are strongly discouraged. Over-sized vehicles will be directed to the W. 1238 Albion Avenue parking lot near campus (please note space may not be available) and will not be allowed in residence hall unloading zones or parking garage for any period of time.

Packing poorly
Loosely/poorly packed belongings make it difficult for volunteers to quickly move you into your room. Please label storage bins with your name and room number.

Bed Bath and Beyond is hosting a Tent Sale on-campus for First Year Move-In.
Wednesday, August 21 | 9AM-5PM
Thursday, August 22 | 9AM-5PM
Sale Locations: San Franciso study lounge under the Green House and in Centennial Forum attached to Mertz Hall
The tent sale is open to anyone!
College experts will be available to help you
outfit your room and provide small space solutions.
Show us your style! #BEDBATHANDBEYOND
Lake Shore Campus
The main parking garage is available for free parking on scheduled Move-In dates. No overnight parking. If you will be moving in on any other date, parking may be available at the posted daily rate. 
Unloading zones are intended for unloading only. Vehicles left unattended in loading zones may be towed at the owner's expense.
Water Tower Campus
We do not offer free parking at the Water Tower Campus, but validation for nearby paid parking lots is available in the Corboy Law Center lobby. More information regarding nearby lots is available here.
Unloading zones are intended for unloading only. Vehicles left unattended in loading zones may be towed at the owner's expense.
Fall 2018
Move-In Volunteers are an integral part of the Move-In process, often serving as one of the first representatives of Loyola University Chicago that incoming students meet as they arrive on campus. Residence Life is seeking volunteers who demonstrate maturity, dependability, motivation, initiative, integrity, responsibility, discretion, and strong interpersonal skills. Volunteers must be in good standing with Loyola University Chicago and Residence Life. Both on-campus and off-campus students are welcome to serve as volunteers.
As a Move-In Volunteer, you will be expected to...
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation on Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Volunteer about 15 hours throughout Move-In Week (Monday-Saturday)
  • Assist students with unloading their vehicles
  • Move belongings to student rooms and help them get settled
  • Direct parents and students around campus
In exchange for volunteering, volunteers are able to move into their residence halls early and have all early arrival fees waived. Volunteer move-in will take place on Monday, August 19. Volunteers will also receive a t-shirt identifying them as a volunteer. These shirts are to be worn for all volunteer shifts and may not be altered.
Shift assignments are limited and will be assigned by the Department of Residence Life, so you must be available on all move-in days and times (Lake Shore Campus: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday; Water Tower Campus: Tuesday). Failure to attend a volunteer orientation or complete your shift(s) will result in your account being billed an early arrival fee of $125 per night.
All University and Residence Life policies are enforced year-round and any violation may result in immediate removal from the residence halls and/or student conduct proceedings.
The deadline to register is Friday, July 19, 2019. You will receive an email shortly after this date to confirm your registration as a Move-In Volunteer. You may still register as a move-in volunteer after the deadline, but applications will only be accepted if volunteers are still needed.
Help us welcome home your fellow Ramblers.
Move-In 2019 is almost here! Beginning in mid-August, we will welcome more than 4800 students to their residence halls. Move-In is the first impression our students have for the year and we strive to provide each student and those accompanying them with an exciting, efficient, and positive experience.
Get Involved
Please consider volunteering to assist with First Year Move-In on Tuesday, August 20, Wednesday, August 21, and/or Thursday, August 22. Join Residence Life in welcoming new Ramblers to campus by assisting students and their families with unloading their vehicles, helping direct traffic, staffing parent lounges, or assisting with the check-in process.
(Sign-up by August 12) 
Welcome Week activities commence after move-in. For more information about involvement in Welcome Week, please visit the Welcome Week website.
Traffic & Parking Information
Students and their families will need to use unloading zones to move their belongings into the residence halls. This may alter traffic patterns and access to certain areas.
During Move-In Week, access to the main parking structure will be limited to students and their families. Faculty and Staff may park in the Fordham Garage (6455 N. Sheridan Road), the Loyola Parking Lot (1236 W. Loyola Avenue), or the Facilities Contractor Parking Lot (1201-39 W. Loyola Avenue). When possible, Faculty and Staff are also encouraged to use Public Transportation.
We expect several hundred students to move-in on our busiest days.
Please review our estimated arrival schedule below:
DateTimeExpected Arrivals
Monday, August 19, 2019
9a-5p LSC: 550  |  WTC: 50
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9a-5p LSC: 550  |  WTC: 275
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:30a-7p LSC: 800
Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:30a-7p LSC: 1000
Friday, August 23, 2019   limited arrivals
Saturday, August 24, 2019 9a-5p LSC: 1200
Arrivals before and after these dates are not shown.

Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.

Students should have some type of renters insurance before moving to campus, as residents are responsible for their property. The University and Residence Life do not accept responsibility for the theft, damage, or other loss of money, valuables, or personal effects in or on University or residence hall property, including community lounges and parking lots. Contact your insurance provider for more information.
Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.
We look forward to having you join the Loyola University Chicago community!