Off-Campus Housing

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live in on-campus housing and I do not know anything about off-campus housing because I have not investigated it and plan to stay in on-campus housing.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't plan to ever live off campus

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off- campus housing is less pricey but if you are moving alone i suggest you stay on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: We don't have off-campus housing, through the school. It's in the middle of the south loop, downtown Chicago. You can try to find an apartment if you want. But it'll probably be very expensive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't gone through the process of finding off-campus housing yet, so I am unaware of the pros and cons one might face. However, it's Chicago, there are going to be apartments available.


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  • 757th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 109 responses

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

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 107 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 36% Somewhat helpful.
  • 50% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 106 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 25% 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.
  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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