Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Move In Spring 2021

Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.
While welcoming students in the midst of a global pandemic presents new and unique challenges, we are excited to welcome our on-campus students for the spring 2021 semester. We have re-thought our move-in process from top to bottom, and we hope this year's move in experience will be as easy as possible for students and their guests.

Students moving in January 13 through 17 should follow the below steps. Please note that masks must be worn at all times during the move-in process. Students and families without masks on will be asked to put a mask on immediately or may be asked to leave campus.

  • Park | When you arrive to campus, proceed to the main parking structure (P1 on the Lakeshore Campus Map) 
  • Check-In | Proceed to the Campus Welcome Center on the southeast corner of the parking structure. Provide a photo ID to the staff at the check-in station, where you will be issued your key and important information.
  • Unload | After checking in, you and one guest may move your items into their room. You can check out one cart to move their items from the parking structure to their rooms. Please try to limit the amount of items you bring. Please see the packing list section below for more detail.
  • 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. Take any trash/recycling to the appropriate designated areas.
  • Connect | Check your email for more information about connecting to the network and to the Loyola community.

 Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.

Based on guidance from the CDC and the City of Chicago, we are requiring all students moving on to campus to observe a move in quarantine period for a maximum of 14 days. Move in quarantine will start when you arrive to campus. We are not permitting students to quarantine in advance of arriving to campus.

Our on-campus dining service, Aramark, will be coordinating a daily meal delivery (included in the student meal plan) for students in suites without kitchens. The meals will be delivered daily and will include meal items for that day’s lunch and dinner, as well as the next day’s breakfast. More details regarding how to place meal orders will be sent prior to your arrival on campus.

Students living in apartments will receive a grocery box (included in the student meal plan) with enough food for two weeks. Students will pick up their box on their move in day. More details regarding the grocery box

Your move-in quarantine begins on your assigned move-in date. Once you have completed moving your belongings into your suite, your quarantine begins. While in quarantine you may only leave the building for your required COVID-19 testing. You may leave your room to do laundry, take your trash to the trash room/receptacle, and go to the building lobby to pick up your meals.  You may also leave your room to pick up any items (including food) that you have had delivered to the front door of your building. You are expected to wear a face covering any time you are not in your room.

During your move-in quarantine period, you may not spend significant time in the hallways of your building or enter the room of another student. The kitchens and common lounge areas in your building, while tempting to enter, are officially closed until after the 14-day maximum move-in quarantine has ended.

If you are having packages delivered to the mail room, please make sure you pick them up on your move-in day or have delivery delayed until after your move-n quarantine has been completed.


Students will need to complete a few items prior to their arrival on campus.

All students living on campus will be required to participate in the University’s surveillance testing program. Prior to your first test (which will be on move-in day), you need to complete COVID-19 Prevention and Awareness training, read and sign your testing consent form, and set up your patient account. Detailed information on these steps is available here. You received emails starting on November 23 with detailed information on the testing program.

Students should carefully review the information on the Spring Return to Campus page. We cannot safely open the residence halls without every student agreeing to adhere to basic guidelines. Please ask if you have any questions about any of the items listed, please ask.

If you have not already, you will need to complete your emergency contact information in LOCUS. Students who have not completed this information in LOCUS prior to their arrival on campus will not be permitted to move into their rooms. Please note that returning students need to enter new information or affirm the information has not changed from last year. Again, if that has not been completed before arriving on campus, you will not be permitted to move in.

We invite students and families to think carefully about how their future actions will impact the larger Loyola Community, which includes both fellow students and hundreds of staff members that will be physically present on campus to support residential students.

Welcome to Loyola. Welcome home.

Your assignment letter included information about how the room was previously set (double, triple, etc.). We encourage students to use all available space in the room, including closets and dressers to store their items. Please limit the amount of extra storage items you bring this year. All items you bring should fit in one university-provided wheeled plastic cart (carts are 48"x28.5"x59).


bed linens (twin XL), pillows, and blankets
mobile phone, charger, accessories
basic first-aid supplies
waste basket and bags
computer and accessories
notebooks, folders, binders, etc.
index cards
HE laundry detergent/dryer sheets
laundry bag/basket
sewing kit and safety pins
glass/surface cleaner
vacuum cleaner
minifridge (max 4.2 cu.ft.; 1 per room)
Not permitted in apartment-style buildings
microwave (max. 800 watts; 1 per room)
power strips/surge protectors
some dishes/flatware/pots and pans
Do NOT Bring
sofas, futons, and other excess furniture
air conditioning units (all rooms have air conditioning)
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.


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 1 moving cart (carts are 48"x28.5"x59"). Excess furniture is prohibitedPlease see our Suggested Packing List (included in the next section) for tips.
  • 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 | Move in times will be carefully alotted to allow for social distancing for both students and staff.
  • Be prepared | Have a photo ID out and ready as you go to the check in location.