The most troubling fact about Loyola for prospective students is that it's located in an area of Chicago that can be dangerous. While the neighborhood is getting better and is generally well patrolled by both campus and city police, new students would be well advised to keep their eyes peeled for danger when out and about in Rogers Park. Students agree that as long as you keep your wits about you, you stand a good chance of being okay on the mean streets around campus. Still, just about everybody knows at least two or three people who have been mugged, attacked, or threatened somewhere between their apartments and the University.
It must be emphasized that students must exercise caution after dark. Until they have a sense of their area and begin to know their way around the neighborhood, students should avoid walking alone in areas they are unfamiliar with. By taking simple extra precautions, students can take control of their situation and lessen the probability that they will become victims. To the extent that it is possible, the University protects its students in every way it can. Student escort services, such as the free "8-RIDE" van, although slow on busy nights, can make a huge difference in the planning of a safe evening.