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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lake views from high rises is always nice and there are some beautiful brownstones in the Rogers Park community.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not leave off campus but i have friends that do and its good because its near the school and the buildings are nice for students

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I just got an apartment this year, and I love it. I have three roommates, and our place has tons of space. It's also very close to a couple different Starbucks, and restaurants that I'm in desperate need of at times. The prices are decent, but you're in Chicago so they're going to tend to be a little pricey. My roommates and I pay about $540 a month for everything except cable.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very pricy, but it is very close to everything.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It seems there are a lot of apartments nearby for students. They all have up signs and they are very close to CTA and the school.

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One thing Loyola students complain most about is the requirement that they live on campus for their first two years. Not only is the housing off campus much cheaper, it’s generally nicer and often better administered. The only thing students have to watch out for is the propensity of certain local landlords to take advantage of students. The greater majority treat their student tenants like they would any other, but some tend to overcharge for rent and disappear when the radiators start leaking all over the floorboards. With this in mind, there are all kinds of housing options for students in Chicago. Most are large three- or four-bedroom flats running for about $1,500 to $2,000 a month.

It’s not difficult to find housing by Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, but there are also many other neighborhoods in Chicago for students who don’t mind a bit of a commute. An apartment in Old Town or Streeterville can be quite expensive, but if you’re a business student taking most of your classes at the Water Tower Campus, this is an option you may want to look into. Edgewater is a developing area south of Rogers Park offering inexpensive housing not too far from campus. Wrigleyville is a popular destination for Loyola seniors, as it is not that far from either campus via the Red Line train, plus it places students within walking distance of Wrigley Field and many neighborhood bars. Lincoln Park is a little bit pricey, but it offers a beautiful, growing environment close to DePaul University where students can get a taste of another university’s nightlife. As long as you are careful when looking into your housing options, you should be able to find a little corner of Chicago that you can call yours for a reasonable price.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Start of second semester
Popular Areas
  • Albion Street
  • Arthur Street
  • Belmont
  • Columbia Avenue
  • Edgewater
  • Lakeview
  • Lincoln Park
  • Northshore Avenue
  • Wrigleyville
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $2,500
  • Studio: $550
Did You Know?
Loyola now requires all rising junior students to attend a seminar about living off-campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 160 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 157 responses

  • 24% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% 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 156 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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