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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-housing is cheaper and more flexible than on-campus housing. Most upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) opt to move off campus. Off campus housing is not as close to classes as on-campus housing however, evanston has plenty of affordable options that are very close by.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, nice apartments, more mediocre apartments, houses

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Really nice architectural stock in Evanston. The cool/artsy kids live off campus further south, especially around a group of classic Chicago 'Courtyard'-style apartments at the intersection of Ridge and Davis. Prices were starting to rise when I graduated in 2010, but a decent room could be rented for $500-$700.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Student off-campus housing is interspersed between surburban Evanston residents. Housing is expensive and the quality isn't too great but the houses are large enough to split rent between a lot of people. Many student and Greek organizations own off-campus housing for their participants.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of opportunities to live in off-campus housing and it is cheaper to live off-campus. However, a lot of the houses and apartments are old and run down.

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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
35%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
1%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,862
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 63 responses

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  • 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 64 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 64 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 53% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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