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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: So much better than on-campus housing. Literally doesn't even compare.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and am not planning on leaving campus for next year, so I don't know much.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is generally much cheaper than living on campus, but you have to do a lot more - find a place, maintain it yourself, cook for yourself, be an adult. Availability is good, through both older students moving out and directly calling the landlords. Mac Apartments is the dominant landlord, and they have a lot of nice places but are known to not respond very quickly to maintenance issues. Some apartments have heating issues, which is a HUGE problem in the winter and is something you really need to check for when you're looking for a new place. Blackstone Management has some prime real-estate right between campus and the 53rd Street shopping corridor (they dominate the 54th and Woodlawn corner); they are better about maintenance and have nice apartments, but they can be a bit strange.

There are certain areas where the vast majority of apartment units are rented by students - immediately east and north of campus. These areas are generally fairly safe, but if you go west of Drexel or south of 62nd, you will enter much more dangerous neighborhoods and lots of crime, which sometimes spills over into student areas. Break-ins and muggings happen to students multiple times a year.

Almost every apartment has the same basic layout - a long hallway with rooms off one side and a kitchen at the end. Almost every building has three floors, two apartments per floor. This makes off-campus housing kind of boring - if you've seen one apartment, you pretty much know what all of them look like.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to various apartments, and there are tons of lovely options for people with different budgets.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Its Chicago! Can't say much about it since I have not lived off campus. Though a few of my friends say to avoid the south side of UIC.


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It’s not difficult to find off-campus housing in Hyde Park, and most people are out of the dorms by their second year. However, the options are dominated by MAC Apartments, and they are notoriously bad landlords. They are not very responsive to problems. Unless you are lucky enough to find an independent landlord (and they do exist), that’s the company you’re stuck with. The good news is that there is a variety of options available, from a one-bedroom to a six-bedroom, and they’re all over Hyde Park.

A lot of the great apartments are passed down from upperclassmen to underclassmen that they know. If you aren’t friends with upperclassmen who are leaving their apartment, it can be a little difficult to find the perfect place. However, there’s a MAC office right on campus that will help you find a good fit. Apartments are very affordable, and it’s cheaper to live off campus and go grocery shopping than to live in a dorm with a meal plan. In Hyde Park, you do get what you pay for when it comes to apartment buildings. If you want an incredibly nice apartment, you’ll want to look at the buildings on the lakefront. If you’re OK with a college apartment that has its quirks but is still livable, you can definitely find a place near campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of spring quarter
Popular Areas
  • 54th and Woodlawn
  • High-rise buildings on the lake
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 76 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 80 responses

  • 42% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 54% 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.
  • 0% 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 79 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 34% Somewhat helpful.
  • 57% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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