Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be expensive.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live off-campus. Usually the proximity to campus is relatively close. However there are not a lot of option for housing near River Forest and the school is not super helpful in offering you choices

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Being an on campus resident I don't know exactly what off-campus housing is like. From what I can tell by the community the school is in, students will have to drive at least 10min to school if they want to live anyplace reasonably priced. Most of the school consist of commuters but as far as I'm aware the majority are living at home with relatives so not many are worrying about housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't done any research on living off campus but I have heard from other people that it isn't that hard to find housing. You just have to do your research early and find exactly where you want to live.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A few sports team own houses which students live at, but unless you want to spend a lot for an apartment or live with your family, living on campus is your only option.


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Living off campus can be pretty expensive. However, some students feel that the freedom and independence are worth the expense.

On the other hand, those students who live off campus often miss out on what's going on on campus and feel disconnected from the students and community.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Toward the beginning of the second semester, when Residence Life begins organizing campus housing for the next year.
Popular Areas
Oak Park
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $833
  • 2 BR: $1,121
  • 3 BR: $1,388

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 39 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 40 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 10% 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 40 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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