Off-Campus Housing

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
9,224
Tuition
$21,284
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's a big city, lots of options, but they can be expensive the closer you are to campus

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I know nothing about off-campus housing.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I cannot afford to live anywhere that is safe in Chicago, so I live in a terrible neighborhood that is south of the city and I feel extremely unsafe and it is still fairly expensive to live here considering that it is a bad neighborhood.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have only lived on campus and I am going to next year as well.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Chicago apartment finders is great!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 757th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Hometown
Topeka, Kansas
Major
Television Writing and Producing
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Off-campus housing is a beautiful thing. Because Columbia is located in downtown Chicago, you can find an available and affordable apartment in almost every neighborhood. The toughest part about living in off-campus housing is picking which of your favorite neighborhoods to live in! Will you choose the affordable and always thriving, colorful neighborhood of Belmont? Will you choose the delicious and quaint Lincoln Square? Will you choose the sports fans' paradise called Wrigleyville?

No matter where you look, you are bound to find the apartment of your dreams in Chicago. You won't even have to worry about being too far away from campus, either. With the U-Pass, you're just a CTA train ride away from any neighborhood in Chicago.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
78%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
41%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,920
Best Time to Look for a Place
If you are looking to sign a fall lease, the best time to look is in July. If you are looking to sign a summer lease or sublet, the best time to start looking is March or April.
Popular Areas
The South Loop, Lincoln Park, Belmont, Andersonville, The West Loop (UIC Campus), Lakeview, and Wrigleyville are all popular places for students to live.
Average Rents
  • Studio: $700
  • 3 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 1 BR: $900
Did You Know?
Chicago is known as "The City of Neighborhoods," comprised of more than 75 official neighborhoods.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

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Excellent
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 96 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 56% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 96 responses

  • 50% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 34% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Extremely helpful.
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