While dorm life is great while it lasts, you will inevitably become tired of the meal plan, a shared bathroom, a roommate, and the watchful eyes of the CAs. When this happens, it is time to move off campus. For most students, this move will take place after sophomore year, but there are some eager beavers who move off campus after freshman year, and then there are those who stay on campus for their entire undergraduate career. If you do choose to move to an apartment or an off-campus house, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, location matters. Do you want to live north or south? Do you want an apartment in downtown or one in the neighborhoods? Some popular places to live in the north section of town are the apartments on Ridge and Noyes, and smatterings of houses along Simpson, Garrett, and Hamlin. If you want a city-like apartment experience, the Evanston Place Apartments, Green Door Apartments, and the apartments between Beck’s Books and Clarke's or above Cosi are popular choices.
Another important factor to keep in mind is the price. Evanston is one of the wealthiest suburbs of Chicago, so the rent is not cheap, and being the college town that it is, Evanston landlords know how to take advantage of college students. So just do your research, know what you want, and don’t be afraid to negotiate. If you find something you like, jump on it. Students start looking for apartments early in the year, usually around fall quarter of the year before they are looking to move off campus. But once you get settled with your own space and relish the ability to cook for yourself and throw parties without worrying about a CA knocking on your door, the stress of finding an apartment will be well worth it.