Residential Life

Living at LFA

Over 200 of LFA's students live on campus in dormitories that range in size from 10 to 72 students. These boarding students come from all over Illinois, all over the U.S., and all over the world. 

If you're a boarding student, your dorm is more than just where you study and sleep - it's your home away from home, a place to hang out with friends, play Foosball, watch movies or sporting events on the common room television, work hard during study hours, chat with teachers, and just have fun.

Each dorm is staffed by a team of resident faculty members, many of whom live in apartments attached to the dormitories. These faculty members supervise evening study hours, sponsor weekend trips and activities, and are on hand whenever students need assistance. Each dorm also has a team of student proctors who help our boarders with everything from adjusting to life with a roommate to navigating the campus to getting involved in dorm events. 

Study Hours

Study hours take place from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday evenings. During that time, boarders are expected to work productively and quietly. The Library, Writing Center, and Media Commons are open during study hours for students who wish to take advantage of those facilities.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors whose academic performance reflects their ability to manage their time effectively can earn the privilege of Honors Study Hours, with which comes greater freedom during evening study hours. LFA also offers Structured Study Hall for students whose academic performance reflects a need for a more closely monitored environment.

Weekend Activities

Once classes end on Friday, there's a lot more for boarders to do than just plopping down in front of the TV. Each weekend, LFA offers a wide range of trips, activities, and other events for our boarders. Some of the most popular weekend activities include:

  • Home sporting events
  • Van runs to local shopping malls, movie theaters, and restaurants
  • Trips to downtown Chicago (the Art Institute, Chinatown, Michigan Avenue)
  • Trips to plays, concerts, museums, sporting events, beaches
  • Cooking, cookie baking, card games, or movie nights in faculty homes
  • White Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks, Brewers, Northwestern games
  • Late-night breakfast runs to local diners
  • Open gym and open fitness center hours
  • Movie marathons or video game gatherings in dorm common

Weekend Activities

Activities May 24-27


5:00-6:00 Dinner
6:00 Yu’s Mandarin (English)
6:30 Aladdin ($12 – Signup Required) / Hawthorn Mall (Koncz, Valdez)
7:00 CSU Poutine Bar (Mengel Meeting Room) (Madeley)
7:00 AAA, BSU, Unidos Kickback in Lower SU
8:00 Just Dance in Open Ferry (Kalis)
8:00-10:00 Open Gym (Poska)

11:00 Freshmen/sophomores check into dorms
11:30 Juniors/seniors check into dorms


10:30-12:00 Brunch
1:00 Mitsuwa (Pathak, Wick)
2:00-4:00 Open Fitness (English)
3:00 Spa & Relaxation Afternoon in Open Field (Valdez)
5:00 The Annual Korean BBQ (SU Patio) (Gerber, Koncz)

5:00-6:00 Dinner
6:00 La Michoacana (Valdez)
7:30 Purge The Purge Part 1 in Open Ferry (Madeley)
8:00-10:00 Open Gym (Tennyson)

11:00 Freshmen/sophomores check into dorms
11:30/12:00 Juniors/seniors check into dorms


8:45 Christ Church (Tennyson)
10:30-12:00 Brunch
12:00 Pleasant Prairie Outlets (Valdez)
12:00 Lake Forest Beach (Madeley)
2:00-4:00 Open Fitness (Wick)
5:00 Manny’s Deli (Poska)

5:00-6:00 Dinner
7:30 Purge The Purge Part 2 in Open Ferry (Madeley)
8:00 Campfire w/Hot Dogs & S’Mores Outside SU (Gerber)
8:00-10:00 Open Gym (Pathak)
9:30 Late Night Denny’s Dash (English)

11:00 Freshmen/sophomores check into dorms
11:30/12:00 Juniors/seniors check into dorms


10:30-12:00 Brunch
12:00-2:00 OpenFitness(Wick)
12:00 Barnes & Noble Study Session / Whole Foods (Valdez)
3:00-5:00 Open Writing Center / Media Commons (English)
3:00 Target (Gerber, Wick)

5:00-6:00 Dinner
8:00 Study hours begin

Residential Life Contacts

Director of Residential Life and Activities

Jonathan Freeman

Assistant Dean of Students-Director of Residential Life, English Faculty

Atlass Hall Dorm Head

Diane Cooper

History and Social Science Faculty

Ferry Hall Dorm Head

Suzy Vaughn

History and Social Science Faculty

Marshall Field House Dorm Head

Lynn Lazzeretti

Mathematics Faculty, Science Faculty

McIntosh House Dorm Head

Erica Wood

Science Faculty

Warner House Dorm Head

Mathias Kerr

Science Faculty