Off-Campus Housing

Chicago, IL
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Prices in Chicago are ridiculous. One really needs to learn to budget their money accordingly, especially if they are receiving no financial help from outside parties.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Housing is not hard to come by but very expensive. Plan on paying around $1000/mo

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great way to save money and enjoy the city life! Do it after you get to know people in the Res Halls your first year.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Prices and quality of off-campus housing vary, however that's what makes it so great. You are still able to find a reasonably priced, nice apartment as well as more high-end living areas if that is what you are looking for.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: When it comes to finding availability for off-campus housing selection it is very hard because many students apply right away and their is a wait list. Many students have trouble and stress out a lot because they need a place to live. If someone gets a dorm they are extremely lucky and usually stay in that dorm their whole 4 years in that university.


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  • 493rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 121 responses

Very poor
  • 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 122 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 17% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% 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 121 responses

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