Off-Campus Housing

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
13,657
Tuition
$32,295
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's available and pretty easy to find, expensive though.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing but I have heard that it can difficult to find cheaper apartments that is close to campus so many just stick to staying on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of options for off campus housing. It can be cheaper than what DePaul charges and you don't have to worry about roommates.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: tough to find places..competing with other college students from other universities

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since Chicago is such a big city there's a lot of places to live on campus. If you have a smaller budget you can move more North but on campus in an apartment is cheaper than the dorms.

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  • 493rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Hometown
Cleveland, Ohio
Major
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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DePaul students rarely return to the dorms after freshman year because off-campus apartments are cheaper, more convenient, and much more fun than living in the dorms. Living off campus provides an aspect of independence you just can’t at a school where students stay in the dorms all four years. It also provides DePaul students with more “real world” experience than their peers who attend more “residential” schools.

Most students view the responsibility of rent and various monthly bills as a tradeoff to not having to return to their hometowns every winter and summer break. Plus, living off campus means not having to deal with the rules and policies common in the dorms. Off-campus housing is very easy to find, and while most students end up looking for places May through August, it’s not impossible to find a lease that starts any month of the year. There is a lot of variety in the size and quality of apartments, especially if you are willing to look in the neighborhoods that surround Lincoln Park, instead of just Lincoln Park itself.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
83%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
28%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$11,717
Best Time to Look for a Place
Anytime-students are moving in and out year-round. But, it is generally most convenient to get a lease that starts in May, June, July, or August.
Popular Areas
  • Boystown
  • Lincoln Park
  • Wicker Park
  • Wrigleyville
Average Rents
  • Studio: $800
  • 1 BR: $1,050
  • 2 BR: $1,500
Did You Know?
Craigslist and Facebook are the easiest and most widely used methods of apartment-hunting.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 128 responses

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  • 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 128 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 66% 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 128 responses

  • 35% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.
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