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Loyola housing helps students connect with one another

By Stephanie Weaver  |  Peter Howard

Loyola’s housing combines the comfort and space of top-notch accommodations with the activity of dorm life. Spacious, modern, fully furnished double-room and apartment-style homes—equipped with heating and air conditioning, laundry facilities, vending machines, and recreation areas—provide students all the comforts of home… and then some.

“The community is awesome, and living so close to your best friends is something that only happens in college,” said Caitlin Cress, ’17.

In addition to special interest housing, Loyola offers a distinctive living learning experience for first-year students. Beginning with the Class of 2019, all first-year students will participate in Messina, which offers students the chance to live close to (though not necessarily in the same room or on the same floor as) their classmates, giving them the chance to make connections outside the classroom.

“Living on campus offers students a chance to learn to live independently of their parents while still having a supportive community surrounding them,” Sara Manson, associate director of student engagement, explained. “At some point during their time at Loyola, students are going to be living in an apartment. You’re responsible for cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, for cooking dinner, and keeping up a shared space. All of that sets you up to live on your own post-college.”

In addition to the obvious social benefits that come with having friends for roommates and neighbors, residential life at Loyola further supports students’ academic goals and helps them develop study and time management skills.

“I am highly motivated to study and keep up with my work, because I see my peers doing the same thing,” said Olajumoke Moses, ’16, who added his favorite thing about living in a residence hall is that he never feels that he’s alone because he can always find someone to talk to.

Of course, there’s something nice about the ability to find alone time when you want it.

“The benefits of not having a community bathroom are endless,” said Joey Dwyer, ’17, about living in Loyola’s apartments.

Read other stories from Loyola’s home issue here.

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