Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have more questions? Scroll through our list of Frequently Asked Questions or click one of the links below to skip to the area you would like to know more about. If you still have questions, please contact Moody Central at (312) 329-2020 or 2020@moody.edu.

Housing

Transportation

Other Services

Health Forms / Services

Student Groups / Opportunities

Computer Recommendations

Housing

How much storage is available on campus?

There is a limited amount of available storage space which is shared by all of the students on the floor. Students are allowed to leave things in storage over breaks, but must remove all personal belongings when they leave Moody.

What can we use to hang things on the walls?

Sticky tack or poster putty is the only adhesive that can be used to hang items. Any damage to the walls (paint chips, etc.) will be the students’ financial responsibility when they move out.

What should I bring?

Clothes for every kind of weather: Chicago has a wide range of temperatures, from 90˚F in the summer to -15˚F in the winter. We recommend that you shop for your clothes before coming to Moody because shops within walking distance of the campus tend to be expensive.

Also bring:

  • Linens
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Other toiletries
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Hangers for closet
  • 15-amp circuit breaker surge protectors with 14-3 cord for all plug-ins that can protect computers (marked UL1449, UL1449-A, or UL1449-I on the box)
  • 3-prong extension cords that have 12 to 14 gauge wires
  • Flash drive 

Other items students usually bring:

  • Stereos
  • Personal refrigerators (up to 3.2 cubic feet)
  • Cameras
  • Personal computers or laptops
  • Coffee makers
  • Cellphones
  • Curling iron, straightener, or hair dryer
  • Electric razors
  • Humidifier
  • Thin plastic containers for storage
  • Closet shoe organizer
  • Fan
  • Bicycle
  • Area rug
  • Curtains and curtain rods

What is not allowed in my room?

  • Halogen lamps
  • Upholstered Furniture
  • No couches, futons, overstuffed chairs, bean bags, chairs with cushions or padding, etc
  • Television or computer monitor bigger than 27 inches
  • Microwave
  • Toaster oven
  • Candles
  • Candle warmers
  • Pets – fish are the only pets allowed in the Residence Halls

If you have any questions, please contact the Residence Life Department at (312) 329-4189.

What size containers fit under the bed?

There is enough space to put a thin storage unit (43” x 19.5” x 6.7”) under the bed.

What items would you recommend we bring for the community bathrooms?

We recommend students bring a shower caddy to tote items to and from the showers, a robe, and flip flops.

What size bed sheets should students bring?

Students should bring Extra Long twin bed sheets.

If I’m assigned to a room on Smith 6 or 7, what do I need to bring?

Students living on Smith floors 6 and 7 are responsible to bring their own kitchen utensils and cooking items.

What furniture is provided in my Residence Hall Room?
Culbertson Hall - bed, wardrobe, desk, desk chair, hutch/ bookshelf

Dryer Hall – bed, wardrobe, desk, desk chair, dresser, hutch/bookshelf

Houghton Hall – bed, closet, desk, desk chair, dresser, hutch/bookshelf

Smith Hall – bed, closet, desk, desk chair, dresser, hutch/bookshelf

Jenkins Hall – bed, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, closet, floor lamp

Can students stay on campus over break periods (Spring, Summer, Winter)?

When the residence halls close during the winter, spring, and summer breaks, all students are asked to vacate the residence halls unless they fill out a request to stay (Recess Residency Request or RRR form) with Culbertson or Houghton desks for an additional cost. This does not apply to married students living in Jenkins Hall.

Requests to stay on campus during breaks are approved for the following reasons:

  1. A non US Resident or a US Resident whose parents live overseas
  2. Taking a Moody academic course during break
  3. Working a minimum of 15 hours on or off campus
  4. Participating in a student group trip led by Moody staff or faculty member who has coordinated recess housing with the Residence Life office.

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Transportation

What is the best way to get around Chicago?

Most students choose to walk, ride a bike or take the train (CTA). All bicycles must be registered with the Facilities Office. Secure parking is available for bicycles at no charge.

The Chicago Transit Authority U-Pass is your ticket to unlimited rides aboard CTA buses and trains. Use your Ventra U-Pass on the CTA bus/rail systems anytime, anywhere. The pass replaces cash for all CTA fares; no cash is needed. It’s your connection to shopping, sports events, social activities, art, and entertainment centers in the Chicago area. You receive unlimited rides aboard the CTA for $140 per semester. The cost of the program will be placed on your school bill each semester. Only full-time (12 credit hours) day school students are eligible for the Ventra U-Pass. The Ventra U-Pass is not accepted on the Metra or Pace lines. U-Pass questions? Email student.programs@moody.edu

Am I allowed to have a car on campus?

Parking of student cars is only available to students who are sophomore level or above (i.e., have completed at least 30 credits) and those who live off campus while space remains. If you have a disability and require handicap assistance, Parking Administration will consider exceptions individually. If space remains available after Labor Day (Fall) or Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Spring), freshman parking applications will be considered.

Should you be allowed to park, campus parking is limited and requires a parking permit. There is a charge per semester for on-campus and commuter students to obtain a parking permit. All vehicles must be registered with the Facilities Office, located in the basement of Crowell Hall. You may contact the Facilities Office with any questions at facilities@moody.edu or call (312) 329-4314 Mon. through Thurs. from 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Central Standard Time. 

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Other Services

Are there counseling services available?

The Counseling Services staff offers a range of services to the Moody community. Students may receive individual, marital, or pre-marital counseling. Students may also participate in a variety of support groups that are offered each semester. The initial assessment is free of charge with subsequent sessions costing $5 per session. However, counseling availability is limited and is notguaranteed for every student. You will not be denied service if  unable to make payments. To make an appointment with one of the counselors or to obtain further information about these services, please call (312) 329-4194 or email counselingservices@moody.edu.

Disability Services

If you have previously had school accommodations for a disability or have been diagnosed with a disability and believe you should have accommodations, please click this link for the Disability Services page, which also includes contact information.

Is there tutoring available?

The Moody Student Resource Center, located on the third floor of Smith Hall, offers academic services including Peer Tutors for specific courses, general writing help and time management. All Moody students are eligible for two hours of free Peer Tutoring per course, per week. For further information, please click this link for the Student Resource Center Academic Assistance page.

How do I receive mail?

You will receive a Campus Post Office (CPO) box number during new student orientation. This box and number will be used to communicate with you whether you live on or off campus. Your CPO number will have to appear on all incoming mail for proper delivery. Your family and friends can write to you at:

                     Your Name
CPO #xxxx
P.O. Box 10060
Chicago IL 60610 

Items sent via private carriers like UPS or FedEx should be addressed:

                      Your Name
CPO #xxxx
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago IL 60610


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Health Forms / Services

What health care is available on campus?

Moody Health Service, located on the second floor of Smith Hall, is staffed with an Administrator, Office Coordinator, and Registered Nurses. This department exists to provide care for student illness and injuries.

All students and their spouses are welcome to see the nurse at no charge. A campus physician is available twice a week to see students for a nominal fee.

Am I allowed to submit my information on forms other than those provided?

No, will only accept documentation on our provided Health Forms.

Please send completed Health Forms to:

                     820 N. LaSalle Blvd. 
Attn: Health Service Department Smith 2
Chicago, Ill 60610

Fax: 312.329.4419

Should I wait until all my forms are completed to submit each form?

No, please submit your forms as they are completed. Please keep a copy of each form for your records.

What are the requirements for Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccinations?

Your Tetanus/Diphtheria-Pertussis booster must be less than 10 years old. The booster is required. All students must document a minimum of 3 Tetanus/Diphtheria doses with at least one dose given less than 10 years ago.

Is a tuberculosis screening required?

Tuberculosis Screening is required for all students. It must be completed less than 1 year before the start of classes. TB Skin Test results must be documented in millimeters induration. We cannot accept “neg.” or “negative”.

If you have history of a positive TB Skin Test, you must provide documentation of the positive TB Skin Test, and show proof of completing 9 months of INH.

If you have received a BCG Vaccine, the QuantiFERON Gold blood test is required and may be done at MBI Health Service.

You may substitute a QuantiFERON Gold TB test in place of the Mantoux TB Skin test. A copy of the lab report must be attached to your health forms.

 If you go out of the country or live outside the United States, you must have your Tuberculosis Screening at least two weeks or more following your arrival in the United States. Please mail your other forms even though you may still need the skin test. Attach an explanation that it will be completed at a later time.

I am required to take regular injections (insulin, etc.). What are the requirements for disposing of needles?

Any student who takes any injections in their room must come to Health Service immediately upon arrival to campus to arrange for proper disposal of syringes/needles. Please care for this as soon as you arrive if you are a diabetic or take any injectable medications, (such as for migraine headaches) or use “sharps” for any reason (checking your blood sugar). These items cannot be disposed of in normal trash containers

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Student Groups / Opportunities

What student organizations are available?

Student life at Moody includes much more than merely academic course work and ministry training opportunities. Moody offers a wide range of exciting ways for students to get involved on campus and in the community.

Moody student organizations exist to edify and mature our student body, honing students’ gifts and broadening their knowledge of the world. Each of Moody’s 40 student organizations has a specific focus and also helps to give students an opportunity to learn about issues such as leadership, cross-cultural understanding, mentoring, outreach, media and personal wellness. For descriptions of the student groups on campus, visit www.moody.edu/chicago/student-life.

The Office of Student Programs advises student organizations and councils in the areas of leadership, budgeting, planning and the facilitation of campus-wide events. For more information, please contact studentprograms@moody.edu.

What music lessons and ensembles are available?

Moody offers group and private lessons in most instruments, including voice, organ, piano, guitar and orchestral instruments. The cost for lessons is an additional course fee. Contact musicdept@moody.edu for more information or to register. Moody also has a variety of touring music ensembles, including the Symphonic Band, Women’s Concert Choir, Men’s Collegiate Choir and Chorale. Membership is open to all students, regardless of major. Sign up during move-in day for an audition.  For more information, visit http://www.moody.edu/music-ensembles/.

What varsity athletic opportunities are available?

Moody sponsors five varsity sports. If you have an athletic background and are interested in participating in college athletics, the Moody coaches would like to connect with you (contact information below). More information can be found at http://www.moody.edu/athletics

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Computer Recommendations

If I bring my own computer, what are Moody's recommendations?

Computers are available on campus, but many students choose to bring their own laptops. If you plan to bring a computer, the following minimum setup is recommended:

  • Operating System
    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher
    • Linux - chromeOS
     
  • Hardware
    • 4 GB of RAM or more
    • Dual band wireless adapter (wireless internet access is available campus-wide)
     
  • Software
    • Office 2013 or higher (all students have free access to Office 365 while enrolled at Moody)
     
  • Printers
    • Computer labs with printers are available across campus, including one lab in each Residence Hall. Printing is $0.05 per side for black and white, $0.25 for color. Funds can be added to your printing account at http://print.moody.edu.
    • Students may also bring personal printers (at this time we are unable to support wireless printing to personal printers).

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