A true student union

The Damen Center was designed from top to bottom with students in mind—making it the center of social life on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Visit the center's home page.

Take a look around

100,000 square feet of space

Built on the site of the old Alumni Gym, the Damen Student Center has more than 100,000 square feet of usable space. How big is that? Big enough to hold more than 40 average-sized U.S. homes or 21 NCAA basketball courts. See the floor plans.

Rooms, rooms, and more rooms

The center has more than a dozen lounge spaces and conference rooms, ranging from small to, well, massive. The largest meeting room—the Sister Jean Hall—can hold up to 400 people for lectures. Reserve space.

Plenty of dining options

If you’re hungry, the Damen Student Center has got you covered. It has a dining hall and a separate food court with four restaurants, which means you’re never far from a great meal. Check out the choices.

Game on—and then some

The Damen Student Center features a 35-foot climbing wall, a 125-seat theater for movies and special events, and a dedicated gaming area with Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 consoles. Start playing.

Best seat in the house

Want to watch the Ramblers in action? You can at Ireland’s, a sports lounge on the lower level with flat-screen TVs and pool tables. You can even reserve Ireland’s for your group’s next event. Get more information.

A home for all faiths

The new center is also the home for the Campus Ministry offices and has separate worship spaces for different faiths. Several other departments and groups are housed in the center as well. Expand your spirituality.

See what the new Damen Student Center has to offer.

Building community

“The Damen Student Center is a place where student leadership can thrive, where students can come together, and where we can fulfill our Loyola promise of educating the whole person.”

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola

The Student Perspective

Julia Poirier, 22

Student body president (2012–13)

“This student center will transform our campus culture. From now on, we will know Loyola as so much more than an institution of higher education. We will know it as our home.”

Michael Russo, 21

Health systems management

“It’s beautiful. I’ve been waiting a long time for this. It’ll be fun to finally have a place to watch movies and rock climb and just hang out.”

Sanjana Kantayya, 18

International studies, pre-med

“It’ll be a great space for so many different things. There’s so much more you can do here than any other building on campus.”

David Lewis, 20

Department of Programming

“We’re more connected to the University and the other departments. It’s a lot more welcoming than where we used to be.”

It’s sustainable, too

The center is designed to be LEED Silver-certified and as environmentally friendly as possible. Natural ventilation keeps air-conditioning use to a minimum, while a huge skylight helps drive down lighting costs.

By the numbers


One-fifth of the materials used came from recycled content.


High-efficiency fixtures cut water use by nearly one-third.


Half of the roof is green space to absorb rain and insulate.


Three-fourths of building waste was diverted from landfills.

What's in a name?

The new student center is named after Arnold J. Damen, S.J., who founded St. Ignatius College, the predecessor of Loyola University Chicago. As the University’s first president, Damen oversaw a faculty of four priests and a student body of 37 young men.

Relive the Grand Opening

Loyola student Amanda Levigne cuts the ribbon at the Damen Student Center opening on April 3. At far left is Loyola President and CEO Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
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