Off-Campus Housing

Elmhurst, IL
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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Elmhurst is close to Chicago so non-campus housing is expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is safe and close to the school. The school provides a shuttle to and from apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never leaved off campus, but upper class man tell me its cheaper than having to be stuck with an extra 1,000+ meal plan. When you leave on campus in the dorm you have to sign up with a meal plan. When you live in the off campus apartments, come are just a 1 block walk away from the classrooms. You can buy your own food, their is lots of restaurants around, jewels and they have a shuttle that picks you up and drops you off at Target, Walmart and the mall. You can do this on a weekly basis.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Elmhurst College is located in the center of a large residential area with apartments and houses available for rent. The parking in the area is poor with only one or two available spots for houses with typically four or five students. The costs vary but Elmhurst is a wealthier community than the surrounding towns. Elmhurst is also very safe and up kept. There is a Metra station that is a 10 minute walk from campus. There is also plenty of shopping centers available, the nearest Wal-Mart being less than two miles away. Overall, off campus living is a good experience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments through the school are small and expensive. When you rent the apartments through the city, they can be cheaper and you don't have to pay for a school meal plan. Apartments near campus can be extremely nice, but are expensive as they are apartments an entire family would live in. Campus is pretty safe, although could use some more emergency kiosks. Parking at the apartments isn't bad, as long as you have your own parking lot because school parking is horrible. My school is mostly commuters, so living off campus is pretty common and saves you a ton of money.


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Colin Ashwood
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Political Science
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Approximately two-thirds of the student body at Elmhurst lives off campus. Many students are commuters, and by the time most students are juniors, they are usually kicked out of the dorms anyway. There are many off-campus living options in the area, but the price and convenience vary considerably. The College offers nine houses, which house 36 students, and three apartment complexes: Elm Park, Elmhurst Terrace, and Prospect Apartments. Elm Park and Prospect Apartments are on campus but only house about 30 students each. Elmhurst Terrace is less than a mile from campus and is a much larger complex.

The College provides a shuttle service every 15 minutes between the apartments on campus, so a car really isn’t a necessity if you live there. The College is usually pretty helpful with the off-campus housing they provide. If you want other choices, you’re mostly on your own, and non-campus off-campus housing typically requires a car.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The end of sophomore year.
Popular Areas
Near campus
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 33 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 34 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 21% 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.
  • 21% 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 33 responses

  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 27% Extremely helpful.
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