Off-Campus Housing

Chicago, IL
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The area is relatively safe, but one should not go outside at night since it gets a bit more dangerous.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off of campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is great, but you can't do it until Junior year. There is a requirement to live on campus the first two years. The sophomore dorms are really nice though so it's not too bad. Living off-campus cuts the cost in half, but you still have to wait 2 years. It's also very safe! I've never once felt like I was unsafe on this campus or in the area.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The pros and cons for living off campus are different for different people. I recommend that you weigh out your options before. My pros of living off-campus are that you have the freedom to live alone or choose a roommate, more variety in your selections, allows my puppy, and you do not have to leave in the summer. The cons of living off-campus might be price (depending on number of roommates, apt. size/price, bills), requires more responsibility, and requires a little bit of searching.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are not great but they are better than campus housing. You can only live in them past your sophomore year.


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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 96 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 97 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 28% 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 96 responses

  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Extremely helpful.
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