Off-Campus Housing

Chicago, IL
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Living in chicago is very expensive so it all depends on what kind of place you can find

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's first come first serve. There aren't many places around campus so you really need to be on top of things.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not many right near campus but close. Many off campus housing is within a mile or two.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The gentrification measures Loyola has implemented in the surrounding community have visibly increased rental prices, but options are still available for reasonable amounts, albeit of varying qualities and conveniences.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: When asking for off campus housing it is very difficult for them to accept the fact that you won't be giving them that amount of money and they make the whole process more difficult than it should be.


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  • 146th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

One thing Loyola students complain most about is the requirement that they live on campus for their first two years. Not only is the housing off campus much cheaper, it’s generally nicer and often better administered. The only thing students have to watch out for is the propensity of certain local landlords to take advantage of students. The greater majority treat their student tenants like they would any other, but some tend to overcharge for rent and disappear when the radiators start leaking all over the floorboards. With this in mind, there are all kinds of housing options for students in Chicago. Most are large three- or four-bedroom flats running for about $1,500 to $2,000 a month.

It’s not difficult to find housing by Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, but there are also many other neighborhoods in Chicago for students who don’t mind a bit of a commute. An apartment in Old Town or Streeterville can be quite expensive, but if you’re a business student taking most of your classes at the Water Tower Campus, this is an option you may want to look into. Edgewater is a developing area south of Rogers Park offering inexpensive housing not too far from campus. Wrigleyville is a popular destination for Loyola seniors, as it is not that far from either campus via the Red Line train, plus it places students within walking distance of Wrigley Field and many neighborhood bars. Lincoln Park is a little bit pricey, but it offers a beautiful, growing environment close to DePaul University where students can get a taste of another university’s nightlife. As long as you are careful when looking into your housing options, you should be able to find a little corner of Chicago that you can call yours for a reasonable price.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Start of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Albion Street
  • Arthur Street
  • Belmont
  • Columbia Avenue
  • Edgewater
  • Lakeview
  • Lincoln Park
  • Northshore Avenue
  • Wrigleyville
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $2,500
  • Studio: $550
Did You Know?
Loyola now requires all rising junior students to attend a seminar about living off-campus.

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

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 105 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 62% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 27% 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 105 responses

  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.
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