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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I lived at 1237 and had the worst experience of my live. It really degrades the name of DePaul. DePaul is too good to be associated with 1237.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since it is in Lincoln park it is very expensive, but the apartments are very nice and the neighborhood is safe. They are close to the campus and to the train on Shefield and fullerton

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Chicago is very expensive generally, and the area surrounding DePaul is one of the most expensive areas in the city. To get a nice apartment, you usually have a venture a few train stops away- and even then it won't be cheap. However, the dorms are even pricier, so an apartment is usually worth it.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is hard to find in the middle of the city. There are a lot of apartments in Chicago but anything near campus is going to be expensive.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not been through the off campus housing process yet.


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DePaul students rarely return to the dorms after freshman year because off-campus apartments are cheaper, more convenient, and much more fun than living in the dorms. Living off campus provides an aspect of independence you just can’t at a school where students stay in the dorms all four years. It also provides DePaul students with more “real world” experience than their peers who attend more “residential” schools.

Most students view the responsibility of rent and various monthly bills as a tradeoff to not having to return to their hometowns every winter and summer break. Plus, living off campus means not having to deal with the rules and policies common in the dorms. Off-campus housing is very easy to find, and while most students end up looking for places May through August, it’s not impossible to find a lease that starts any month of the year. There is a lot of variety in the size and quality of apartments, especially if you are willing to look in the neighborhoods that surround Lincoln Park, instead of just Lincoln Park itself.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Anytime-students are moving in and out year-round. But, it is generally most convenient to get a lease that starts in May, June, July, or August.
Popular Areas
  • Boystown
  • Lincoln Park
  • Wicker Park
  • Wrigleyville
Average Rents
  • Studio: $800
  • 1 BR: $1,050
  • 2 BR: $1,500
Did You Know?
Craigslist and Facebook are the easiest and most widely used methods of apartment-hunting.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 217 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 215 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 215 responses

  • 15% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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