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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: As a Northwestern student, off campus living is often worth it since there are no apartment-style living options on campus. Though some apartments and houses can be a bit far from campus, there are plenty of options that are close in proximity. However, the closer the apartment, the more expensive it often is.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Nicer places are more expensive obviously, but you are bound to find something at a decent cost. Good variety, not so much in location variety.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not sure of all the possibilities because I don't live off campus yet, but my sister does, and her apartment is essentially on campus, well-priced, and decently comfortable. There are a lot of options living off campus here.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Way more affordable than on-campus housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I enjoy the off-campus housing. The buildings are of good quality and are regularly maintained. The only issue is of price, as the closer you get to campus, the higher the rent is.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late fall quarter or early winter quarter. The best locations are taken first, so it is better to get a head start on the process.
Popular Areas
  • Chicago Avenue
  • Clark Street
  • Foster & Maple
  • Ridge Davis Apartments
Average Rents
  • Studio: $770
  • 1 BR: $860
  • 2 BR: $1,300
  • House: $1,800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 81 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 82 responses

  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 73% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 4% 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 80 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 41% Somewhat helpful.
  • 51% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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