Housing and Dining

Loras’ residence halls provide an environment of opportunities where students value active learning, reflective thinking, ethical decision making and can be responsible contributors to our community.

There are a variety of living/learning environment options which to choose to live from traditional residence halls to apartment living to campus houses. Our options create independence for students yet an ease in living and accessibility to many services from laundry, recreation rooms, kitchens, wireless internet connections and printing centers, study and social lounges, picnic areas, parking and much more while being very close to academic buildings. Students love living on campus so much that many return year after year. You will meet many people from different walks of life; building lifelong relationships.

Residence Life Options
Traditional Housing

Beckman Hall

A coed traditional residence hall at Loras College located on lower campus. Beckman has a rich heritage including the “Morgue” study lounge, Beckman fitness room, movie nights, academic incentive programs such as “Study Bucks” and the house system on each floor which fosters a harmonious community atmosphere. Beckman Hall consists of primarily first-year male and female students within double occupancy rooms. Each floor has at least one Resident Advisor assigned to help out with the needs of residents. The Resident Advisor is an upper-class student trained to build and foster a community on the floor and in the building.

Beckman Hall Photos

  • Community Kitchen
  • Network printer
  • Free Onsite Laundry
  • Recreation room
  • Pool table
  • Ping Pong table
  • Lounge on Each Floor
  • Resident Advisor Office where students can borrow items such as: tools, vacuum, board games, cleaning supplies, gaming systems, etc.

Binz Hall

This coed traditional residence hall is located on the lower portion of campus. It hosts primarily second-year male and female students. Most rooms are double rooms that share a private bath between two rooms (four students). However, if you want three roommates you can choose to  live in one of the four Quad Suites. These share a private bathroom between the four roommates. Each floor has a least one Resident Advisor to assist residents with any concerns or needs. The Resident Advisor is trained to build and foster a cohesive living/learning environment on the floor and in the building. Binz hosts many events like an active hall council organization, grill outs, craft nights and movie nights. This hall is known for their amazing yearly haunted house event! Also Binz Bucks is an amazing reward program where residents can get house money for good community members.

  • Community Kitchen
  • Study lounge on each floor
  • Social lounge with couches and a television
  • Free Onsite Laundry
  • Recreation room (Ping-Pong, Pool table, piano, workout equipment)
  • Network Printer
  • Resident Advisor office where students can borrow items such as:
    tools, vacuum, board games, cleaning supplies, gaming systems etc.

Rohlman Hall

A coed traditional residence hall on campus that overlooks the Rock Bowl Stadium and is conveniently located next door to the Graber Sports Center and San Jose Pool. The Rohlman Hall living community consists of primarily first year residents, and the building consists of single, double, triple and quad occupancy rooms. Each floor has one Resident Advisor, an upper-class student trained to build and foster a community on the floor and in the building and address the needs of residents.

  • Community Kitchen
  • Network printer
  • Free Onsite Laundry
  • Recreation room with Pool and Ping-Pong table
  • Lounge on each floor
  • Resident Advisor Office where students can borrow items such as: tools, vacuum, board games, cleaning supplies, gaming systems, etc.

Alternative Housing

Smyth Hall

A more private, independent, coed, non-traditional residence hall. It is both a residential and academic building centrally located on campus. It contains single, double and triple rooms. It has a close-knit community that is very academically driven. When living here you’re only steps away from dining areas, the football stadium and academic buildings!

  • Community Kitchen
  • Free Onsite Laundry
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cleaning Supply Closet
  • Community Board Games

Byrne Oaks Apartments

This complex is a 17-unit facility. Each unit consisting of a shared kitchen and living room, two double bedrooms, two single bedrooms and two baths. Couches, chairs and a kitchen set are provided, as well as a bed, dresser, desk and desk chair for each student. The facility is coed; however, each unit is single-sex.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Onsite Laundry
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Community Board Games

Campus Houses

College-owned houses surround our beautiful campus. Loras currently owns 20 houses on the perimeter of campus that house anywhere from three to six students each. Houses are unfurnished with the exception of standard issue bedroom furniture, which includes a bed, dresser, desk and desk chair. Students must have 50 credits and at least a 2.0 GPA to qualify to live in a campus house.

  • Cable and Internet Included
  • Free Onsite Laundry

Lynch McCarthy Apartment Complex

This complex is a 19-unit facility with each unit consisting of a shared kitchen, living room and bath, with four single- furnished bedrooms. Couches, chairs and a kitchen set are provided. The facility is coed; however, each unit is single-sex.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Onsite Laundry
  • Network Printer
  • Elevator
  • Community Room with Shared Kitchen
  • All Utilities Included
  • Patio

Visitation Complex

A unique alternative residence hall located on upper campus a few blocks away from traditional housing. The “Vis” has a unique set-up as it is mostly single rooms, with the exception of a few double and suite rooms. Some rooms/suites have private baths. Generally, the “Vis” has housed a very limited, diverse population including first-years, transfers, upperclassmen, and Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program students.  The Vis is also home to the Art and Music Departments.

  • Laundry facilities (washers and dryers) on each floor
  • Wifi and print station
  • Kitchen (stocked with pots, pans, baking sheets, etc.) on 3rd floor
  • Lounge with board games on 3rd floor
  • Lobby with soft seating on 1st floor
  • Music practice rooms
  • Postbaccalaureate Premedical students are allowed to bring their own window air conditioning unit (must be 5000 BTU or less).

Visit the undergraduate section of our Tuition and Fees page for detailed housing cost information for the Visitation Complex.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I know Loras is a residential campus. What is the residency requirement?

Students must live in college-owned housing for at least three years unless they live with parents, legal guardians, a spouse or children in the city of Dubuque or nearby.  After three years, all students may choose to live off campus.

Q: What do I need to bring?

When planning your move to Loras, be sure to remember your pillow and extra-long sheets: a phone; hangers; a shower tote; robe and flip flops; towels; toiletries; tissues; laundry soap and quarters; fan; alarm clock; umbrella; school supplies like notebooks, pencils, pens, stapler, a planner, a backpack or book bag; and extension cords. Some extras you might want to consider bringing are a small refrigeration unit (5.0 cubic feet or less), a small microwave (1,000 watts or less), dishes, cups, utensils, a television and cable to hook it up, a VCR or DVD player, a stereo or radio, CDs and books. Things you’ll need to be sure to leave at home include duct tape; air conditioners; toasters; grills; pizza ovens; halogen lamps; candles; incense; pets (although you may bring non-dangerous aquarium fish), paint ball; air-soft and other guns; and alcohol or other drugs. These items are not permitted in Loras housing.

Q: What is important about living on campus?

Everything! Students who live on campus have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate in four years and are more connected to their faculty and the community. Also, on campus you meet new people, learn life skills, gain a better understanding of diversity and learn responsibility in a safe community environment.

Q: I know that I will have an AC and an RA – but I don’t know what that means. Help!

An AC (Area Coordinator) manages the hall with the help of the student staff. The Area Coordinator is responsible for advising, counseling, handling conduct issues and providing an environment that will help residents grow academically and personally. An RA (Resident Advisor) is a student staff member. There is usually one RA per floor, and they are responsible for developing community. They assist the Area Coordinator with programming, encourage involvement, deal with conduct issues, assist with community standards and are a great resource for students.

Q: I’m nervous about living with a roommate. How can I be sure my roommate and I get along?

Respect and a willingness to communicate clearly are the keys to compatibility for roommates. It’s important to realize that different people can be compatible roommates if they are willing to keep lines of communication open. To connect with your roommate, spend time together, establish agreements about responsibilities in your space, arrange a study schedule and discuss guidelines about visitors. Your RA can help with this.

Q: What kinds of things can’t I bring to campus housing?

In your orientation folder you’ll find a list of things you should remember to bring to campus, as well as a list of things to leave at home. If you have questions, please contact Residence Life.

Q: When will I find out where I am living and who I am living with?

We often find that students make connections with potential roommates at Orientation, so we do not assign rooms until early July. Your room assignment and roommate contact information will arrive at your home address via letter.

Q: Can I loft my bed?

You are welcome to loft your bed, but you must loft through the college’s safe loft rental program. Please visit www.bedloft.com for more information about lofts and other products you may rent or purchase for your room.

Q: What is a meal plan and how does it work?

All Loras students living in traditional housing (Beckman, Binz, or Rohlman) are placed on a Student Dining plan. This plan provides 15 cafe meals per week to be used over the course of the semester; $200 declining balance dollars that can be used in the cafe, the Pub, the P.O.D. or the Duhawk Market, and three guest/visitor passes each semester. You will be sure not to go hungry! Plans reset at the end of the semester and do not carry from semester to semester. Your meal plan is available through your student ID – simply swipe your ID and you are able to use your meal plan. Other plan options are available for non-traditional housing options. You can see dining services’ operating hours among other things on the campus dining services links under student life.

Q: What do I do if I need to arrive before the designated arrival date?

Students who wish to arrive before their designated arrival date may submit a request by August 1 to obtain permission to arrive early. Because housing, meal services and other campus resources are not available during this time, there is a charge of $80 per day (comparable to a local hotel) to arrive before the designated arrival date.

Q: Do I need renter’s insurance? Does the college insurance cover my personal property?

The college does not provide personal property protection for students, nor does it require students to carry renter’s insurance. Many students find that their personal property is protected by their parent’s homeowners insurance.

Q: Where can I do my laundry?

All traditional residence halls provide an in-building laundry facility. There are energy-efficient washers and dryers. You provide the laundry detergent and other supplies. Off-campus laundry facilities are only one block away.

Q: What size are the beds in the residence halls?

Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36”x80”). Residence Life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items, as well as other campus-living necessities. Please visit the RHL at website http://www.rhl.org/lor.

Q: Can you drink on campus? What happens if you violate policy?

No alcohol is permitted in Beckman, Binz, Rohlman or the Visitation Complex. Alcohol is permitted for those who are of age in Smyth, Byrne Oaks, Lynch-McCarthy apartments, and college-owned houses. Underage students and their guests are expected not to be present when alcohol is present. Remember to also not bring any alcohol or drug paraphernalia such as empty bottles, beer boxes, supplies, etc. for those also violate the college’s alcohol policy. The college explains the consequences for students who violate the alcohol and drug policies in the Student Handbook, available online at inside.loras.edu, a-z index, student handbook.

Q: What exactly can/can’t you tell my parents about my time at Loras?

As a college student, your right to privacy is protected by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). What this means is that the college can share the following information about you as a student:

  • Your name, local, and permanent address, phone number and email address
  • Date and place of birth, your sex and weight and height (weight & height only for those participating in sports)
  • Your major, the dates you attended Loras and any degrees, honors or awards you received
  • Your academic class year, education and institutions previously attended and any previous degrees and enrollment status
  • Your thesis title
  • Your participation in officially recognized organizations, activities and sports
  • Photographs
  • Current credits enrolled
  • Damage charges and costs

All information about you that is a part of your student file (things like grades, student conduct, etc.) is considered part of your educational record, and therefore is protected by FERPA. This information cannot be disclosed to others without your consent unless the situation involves alcohol (and you are under age 21), drugs or the possibility of harming self or others.

Campus Dining

Loras College partners with Aramark to provide nutritious traditional cafeteria options – in our newly renovated cafe’. And knowing students’ schedules, Aramark also services an Einstein Bros Bagels, On-Campus Market and Pub.

Explore Dining Options

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

Living on campus has given me an abundance of opportunities beyond the classroom through internships, organizations, and experiences that I wouldn’t get at a larger school. I’m a much more well-read and well-rounded individual because of the benefits from a liberal arts education. Small class sizes have helped me thrive academically at Loras, while the dedication of my professors has helped me develop academically and professionally to prepare for life after graduation.

Stephanie LaGrant (’16) (Delhi, Iowa)

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"Living on campus has
given me an abundance
of opportunities."

Meet Stephanie (’16)

Questions? Let’s get in touch.

If you have a question, then we have an answer. Please reach out to the phone number or email address below so our amazing staff may assist you.

Katie Keleher-Garfoot
Assistant Director of Residence Life

Molly Burrows Schumacher
Director of Residence Life