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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is a lot cheaper than dorming, and its more convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The university has a lot of off-campus housing options, however they are only available for upperclassmen. For those who like to live on their own or have a little more freedom than the traditional dormitories, the school definitely helps you with finding the right place.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in Chicago is expensive. It is difficult to find an affordable place in a safe area. It is doable but you have to be creative and able to find really reliable roommates.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus housing available to students. Some of the options off-campus is cheaper than staying in dorms. Because of the different modes of transportation near the campus, commuting is very easy.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's better than on campus.


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Housing around UIC is pretty easy to come by. Landlords realize that tons of students are always in search of housing around campus, and many are happy to provide it. However, even though off-campus housing is available and convenient, it can also be a tad expensive. The going rate for a one-bedroom apartment is about $600, while a studio apartment costs anywhere between $700 and $800 per month. On occasion, one will find really cheap housing, but usually the price comes with buildings that aren't very well maintained. Luckily, students can find housing in other neighborhoods in the city that won’t bleed them dry. But the downside to that is that some neighborhoods aren’t as convenient as the areas close to campus. Also, some areas tend to be dangerous, and students have to be careful how they conduct themselves.

Several communities around UIC are home to more than half of the student body. The most popular of these are Greektown and Little Italy. These areas, located north and south of UIC respectively, are less than a mile away from campus. Since they are close, they are moderately safe, with many transportation options and some reasonably-priced apartments. University Village is another area that houses UIC students. The area is particularly befitting of college life and is wonderful when it comes to having fun adventures. So depending on a student's budget, one can find many housing options off campus, but a student would just have to decide if he or she wants safe and expensive versus suspicious and cheap neighborhoods.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
At the end of the semester or during the summer
Popular Areas
  • Greektown
  • Little Italy
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • Studio: $750
  • 2 BR: $900
  • 3 BR : $1,200
  • 4 BR: $1,800
Did You Know?
UIC has a Web site dedicated to finding off-campus housing: Students, as well as landlords, post ads for housing on this site.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 186 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 187 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% 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 187 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 63% Somewhat helpful.
  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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