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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I find it hard to find something within my budget.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All of the housing in the Loop (area that the college is in) is way to expensive to live in. However commuting a little means amazing housing with reasonable prices. You just have to be careful what area you are in.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I wish Columbia helped out more with off campus living.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's easier to live off campus because most times it's cheaper than living on campus and there's no rules to abide by unlike living on campus. Availability is pretty high and safety depends on the area. There isn't any help from the school to find an off-campus apartment but there are websites like domu to find apartments.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you go in with roommates, you can find some decent places for less than what student housing costs through the school.

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Off-campus housing is a beautiful thing. Because Columbia is located in downtown Chicago, you can find an available and affordable apartment in almost every neighborhood. The toughest part about living in off-campus housing is picking which of your favorite neighborhoods to live in! Will you choose the affordable and always thriving, colorful neighborhood of Belmont? Will you choose the delicious and quaint Lincoln Square? Will you choose the sports fans' paradise called Wrigleyville?

No matter where you look, you are bound to find the apartment of your dreams in Chicago. You won't even have to worry about being too far away from campus, either. With the U-Pass, you're just a CTA train ride away from any neighborhood in Chicago.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
78%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
41%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,375
Best Time to Look for a Place
If you are looking to sign a fall lease, the best time to look is in July. If you are looking to sign a summer lease or sublet, the best time to start looking is March or April.
Popular Areas
The South Loop, Lincoln Park, Belmont, Andersonville, The West Loop (UIC Campus), Lakeview, and Wrigleyville are all popular places for students to live.
Average Rents
  • Studio: $700
  • 3 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 1 BR: $900
Did You Know?
Chicago is known as "The City of Neighborhoods," comprised of more than 75 official neighborhoods.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 131 responses

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  • 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 128 responses

  • 13% 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.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 129 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 52% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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