Local Atmosphere

Chicago, IL
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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is the best, but it takes a solid 15min to get to the city via public transportation.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Chicago has plenty of things to do. A student just needs to be aware of all the possibilities . With the U-Pass a student has free CTA transit so he or she should just take a day to explore the city with some friends

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do on campus. You are never bored. The green and red lines stop right on campus, providing you access to city life. Even though the assignments may be copious and arduous, you should always take time out every week at least to explore Chicago. I've been here for almost two years, and I am still finding new things. Also, the students and faculty are friendly. You may find some cliques among the international students, but it is not hard to break into them. Overall, if you are a hard-working student who likes to have a little fun, then IIT is right for you.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A lot to the school is what you make of it. Yes, the school is in Chicago, but most certainly not a safe area, similar to University of Chicago. The southside of the city is not known for its nightlife, hence IIT students running to public trans to head north for fun activities. The school is two blocks away from the home of the Chicago White Sox, which you would think would create more hangouts in the area. This is not the case. This is actually a decades-old problem regarding the neighborhood.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: IIT is located in a world class city: Chicago. You can find anything you need very easily because transportation is convenient, as well. There's always something to do, students are never bored over the weekend because it only takes two minutes, on the train, to reach downtown Chicago.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 82% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 42% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.



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