Off-Campus Housing

Tuition (in-state)
$25,800 ($13,410)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't dorm, but many of my friends dorm. There are different places in campus in which there are good quality dorms, and some dorms are not as qualitative. The nicer dorms are usually more costly, but worth the payment and stay.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I commute so my house is great, but i don't know much about nearby houses.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in the city means that housing will not be cheap. However, if you have roommates it's affordable.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection at my school is okay. There are not many resources and most students find places on their own. This campus kind of has a disadvantage because it is in the city which already makes it more expensive and can come with safety issues.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments but sometimes it's hard to find a specific one with roommates if you don't already know someone who goes to UIC.


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  • 379th
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Tejumade Durowade
Chicago, IL
Electrical Engineering
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Housing around UIC is pretty easy to come by. Landlords realize that tons of students are always in search of housing around campus, and many are happy to provide it. However, even though off-campus housing is available and convenient, it can also be a tad expensive. The going rate for a one-bedroom apartment is about $600, while a studio apartment costs anywhere between $700 and $800 per month. On occasion, one will find really cheap housing, but usually the price comes with buildings that aren't very well maintained. Luckily, students can find housing in other neighborhoods in the city that won’t bleed them dry. But the downside to that is that some neighborhoods aren’t as convenient as the areas close to campus. Also, some areas tend to be dangerous, and students have to be careful how they conduct themselves.

Several communities around UIC are home to more than half of the student body. The most popular of these are Greektown and Little Italy. These areas, located north and south of UIC respectively, are less than a mile away from campus. Since they are close, they are moderately safe, with many transportation options and some reasonably-priced apartments. University Village is another area that houses UIC students. The area is particularly befitting of college life and is wonderful when it comes to having fun adventures. So depending on a student's budget, one can find many housing options off campus, but a student would just have to decide if he or she wants safe and expensive versus suspicious and cheap neighborhoods.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
At the end of the semester or during the summer
Popular Areas
  • Greektown
  • Little Italy
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • Studio: $750
  • 2 BR: $900
  • 3 BR : $1,200
  • 4 BR: $1,800
Did You Know?
UIC has a Web site dedicated to finding off-campus housing: Students, as well as landlords, post ads for housing on this site.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 106 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 65% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 109 responses

  • 14% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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