Off-Campus Housing

Dekalb, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,554 ($13,066)
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've never stayed off campus, the apartments are nice though.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can find great places for great prices.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The cons of off campus living is the cost. You will pay a lot for an apartment that is mediocre. It is convenient though because of the bus transportation system.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of available off-campus student housing. Not familiar with cost, etc; I live in a Sorority house.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus.


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  • 113rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

It is not a coincidence that most students feel better about choosing NIU after sophomore year, which is the first year they are eligible to live off campus. Simply put, apartment living is a revelation. The affordability, the ability to cook for yourself, the additional space, and the potential for party-throwing all make renting an apartment a wise move. Good spots include College Park, a townhouse complex, and Lincolnshire West, which boasts reasonably priced apartments and a good reputation among students. It's generally a good idea to get a place near at least one bar so that you have a place to party without trashing your own home. Finding an apartment is not hard with all the management companies in town, but it is important to do your research and to fully vet your leasing agreement by taking it to Students' Legal Assistance. There isn't much of a downside to getting an apartment, but there are a few things that can diminish the experience. Often, you have to rely on roommates to keep up with bills or face paying excessive late fees, and management companies can be unresponsive to repair requests and will withhold security deposits with little justification. You may also find that you have to leave earlier to avoid being late to class because of the longer walk to campus. Still, an overwhelming majority of students recommend getting an apartment.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Eco Park
  • Hillcrest Drive
  • Lincolnshire West
  • Regent Drive
  • Spiros Court
  • Stadium View
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 4 BR House: $950
  • Studio: $450

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 95 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 35% 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 95 responses

  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Extremely helpful.
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