Information for Resident Students

Information for ISYM Campers who are staying in the dorms.

Living in the Residence Hall

  • BEDDING: Bed linens, blankets, bath towels, washcloths, pillows and pillowcases are provided.
  • TOILETRIES: Resident students will need to bring their own toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc.). Please mark towels and articles of clothing with initials. New towels can be requested once a week at the front desk.
  • LAUNDRY: Facilities are available at ISR and there is no charge to use them. If you plan to do laundry during your stay at ISYM, please bring your own detergent.
  • KEYS: Must be returned at checkout. If lost, a key fee of $50 per key will be due at that time.
  • Illinois Street Residence Halls have been renovated and now feature “individual use” bathrooms with toilet, sink and shower in a lockable room.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring an alarm clock.
  • It can be chilly in the air-conditioned dorms; it’s highly recommended that you bring an extra blanket or comforter from home.


The University will not furnish telephones for dorm rooms. Participants may bring a cell phone.


During the day, participants are supervised by ISYM teaching staff. After 5:00 PM, participants are supervised by ISYM counseling staff that accompany them to evening events and conduct numerous head-checks throughout the evening. Counselors live in the dorms with the participants and are available 24 hours a day for support. ISYM requires all visitors to check-in with the ISYM counseling office to obtain a visitor’s badge. All ISYM participants, employees, and visitors must wear ISYM identification at all times. The Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR) is staffed 24 hours a day by hall monitors. The front doors are locked 24/7. Only residents and authorized visitors are allowed access. Inside of ISR, participants must swipe their housing card to gain access to the rooms. Boys and girls are housed on separate floors and are only allowed on a same-gender floor.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at the ISR cafeteria beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with lunch on Saturday. Many food options are available including fresh fruits, a salad bar, and hot entrees. ISR always offers a vegetarian option. Participants are permitted to keep non-perishable snack foods in their residence hall rooms. Refrigerators are not available to participants, except for medical needs such as the storage of insulin.

Commuters may purchase a dinner meal pass for the week (6 nights) for an additional $90. Contact to request this option or for additional information.


If you have specific food allergies be sure to file a Food Allergies, Intolerances & Dietary Accommodations Form with University Dining Services. Please note that this information goes directly to the dining hall staff and is not necessarily shared with ISYM, so if your child has a food allergy that counselors and/or other students should be aware of, please also include that on the medical form.

Off-Campus Permit

ISYM participants, with the proper authorization, may leave the ISYM designated area for special events (for example, going out to eat with a roommate and roommate’s parents). Parents must complete the “Permission to Leave” form on the first day of camp and submit it to the ISYM Counseling Office. A photo ID is required in order to check a student out during ISYM.

Where to Go for Help

Check-in Line handles check-in, any final payments due, collecting medical forms and distributing keys, ID, meal cards, and t-shirts. Parents may accompany their child through the line.

The Counseling Office handles issues related to room assignments, elective assignments, and general questions.

Feel free to ask the Illinois Street Residence (ISR) reception desk for help, but generally ISYM questions may be answered at the info table in the lobby or at the counseling office.

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