Off-Campus Housing

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$29,132 ($14,750)
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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The landlords are all scamy and the apartments are WAY over priced for what you get.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's the same as in other college towns. There are not many repairs done to place that look torn down.

College Sophomore

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

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors live off campus. The prices are reasonable and the added freedom is a huge bonus

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: As a student in greek life, I am required to live in the chapter house for a school year. I will be living in the house this upcoming school year so I can not speak for my experience with off-campus housing.


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  • 198th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Wilmette, Ill.
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Most students at U of I will tell you that off-campus housing is the only way to go after freshman year—if you're not already living in a Greek house, of course. Living in the dorms for four years is just not an option for most people, not just because of the “dork” stigma, but also because it is not necessary or financially smart. There are housing options all over campus, and most of them are closer to the Quad than the dorms are—and virtually all are much cheaper This housing generally comes with a parking space and air conditioning. Most importantly, it gives residents the option of hosting parties and offers residents more space and privacy.

Even if you are still sharing a room, you won’t have to wear flip-flops in the shower or eat with 300 other people. Some people might still choose to buy a meal package, but most people are more than willing to cook their own meals for a change. On the other hand, the newest, nicest apartments can be costly. You might have to choose between a cheap, ugly apartment and a chic but expensive one. The only thing you should not settle for is a bad landlord. The Student Tenant Union is there for this very reason. Before you even rent an apartment, you should check with the Tenant Union to see if the apartment or landlord has had complaints filed against them. If so, you probably don’t want to live there. Also, if you do end up with a bad landlord, you can go to the Union and complain. They will tell you your rights and help you with any housing questions.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
October/November (beginning of first semester)
Popular Areas
  • Fourth Street
  • Green Street
  • Mattis Avenue
  • Wright Street
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $600
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 4 BR: $1,600
  • Studio: $500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 181 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 177 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% 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 177 responses

  • 27% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 59% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 9% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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