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3 College Senior

Local Area: The neighborhood is very near to downtown chicago

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Its Chicago, who cares about campus. Get out of your dorms and take either one of TWO train lines directly into Chicago where you can do anything. We also have several buses going through campus, one goes straight into downtown and another goes straight to Navy Pier. We also have a South West going Metra train. As long as youre smart and travel in groups and stay out of the South East side of campus you will be fine. IIT's Public Safety is great, there are emergency buttons all over campus and theyre usually quite easy to get to.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Living just 2 L stops from the heart of the city is one of the main reasons I can tolerate this school. Everything about Chicago is awesome as long as you refrain from walking south. If chicago is known for anything it's pizza, wind and gangs; all of which are plentiful. Even today there was a shooting a 2 blocks south off campus. I don't know anyone who has actually dealt with any sort of real danger. Public safety are armed and everywhere. Chicago is awesome.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Downtown is really close by. Also really close to UIC and Roosevelt so I get to see my friends in other schools a lot. We are a quiet school, but there is fun if you look for it.

5 College Junior

Local Area: The city of Chicago has everything you could ever want and then some. IIT's campus is close to 2 CTA stops that allow students to easily travel into the city and explore. We are only 3 miles south of the loop, meaning a run to the lake or a bike ride downtown are also a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It's hard to be bored when you have access to so much.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 29 responses

  • 76% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 21% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 29 responses

  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 45% Totally.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% No way.



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