Find Student Apartments in Chicago

Universities and colleges in Chicago are touting a return to in-person classes after adopting a remote learning model for many students throughout the 2020-21 academic year, which had an impact on those searching for an apartment for students in Chicago. Now, universities and colleges that temporarily paused in-person learning have had time to come up with plans to allow students back on campus. Renters who are looking at student housing may want to read up on the specific requirements for the college or university they will attend in the upcoming academic year. 

When It Comes to Student Apartments, Chicago Has Plenty of Options 

Dealing with a property management company or an independent landlord is a different arrangement than renting student apartments that are controlled by a school. Property managers and landlords may have different application and screening processes (although they must all abide by all federal, state and local fair housing laws) than student housing. Paying rent to an independent landlord is different than bundling the student housing and tuition costs to the school. Another important thing to remember about off campus student housing is that landlords are used to dealing with a 12-month lease agreement. Apartments for students in Chicago are usually tailored around the academic calendar, so a lease term of three or four months isn't uncommon in that setting; if student renters need short term rentals for only a duration of the year, that's a very specific search. But some landlords may be willing to negotiate the lease terms down from a full year. It never hurts to ask.

What about affordable student housing in Chicago? In June of 2021, the median average rent for Lincoln Park - DePaul apartments was $1,450 for a 1 bedroom apartment, $2,050 for a 2 bedroom apartment and a little over $1,000 for a studio apartment. This is just one example, to browse the average rent prices for apartments for rent for college students near other universities in Chicago, take a look at the list below.

main campus building of North Park University in Chicago, IL
modern university buildings on University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, Chicago
UIC Forum in University of Illinois - Chicago campus in University Village, Chicago, IL

How to Find Student Housing Near Chicago Universities

Because of follow-on effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, many students may be entering into their first student apartment lease agreement in the upcoming year. That’s exciting! But it may also seem a little intimidating. Here are a few tips to make the search for Chicago student apartments less stressful for first-time renters.

Consider Your Course Schedule While You Search for Student Apartments in Chicago

Students who need to be in campus buildings more frequently may want to rent a place closer to campus so they spend less time commuting. If they attend any of the schools with campuses near the Loop,  they may consider looking for student housing in downtown Chicago. Many independent landlords and property management companies will advertise their apartments for lease with a phrase like “walk to campus” or “close to campus” in the apartment description. In addition to budget and bedroom count, students can search for this phrase while browsing for apartments near campuses in Chicago.

Looking for Roommates? Start Networking 

Many renters who currently share a dwelling connected with roommates via their social circle. Asking among friends is a reliable method for finding an amiable roommate, but this isn’t the only method for finding roommates.

Students who are looking for rooms for rent that are in University of Chicago off campus housing can turn to their wider social networks to try and connect with other renters who are seeking similar living arrangements online. Posting a question like, “Anyone looking for Loyola University off campus housing," or "I'm looking for Columbia College off campus housing, anyone else in the same boat” to a moderated group or private page associated with the university can help sort out the roommate connection. There’s a degree of familiarity and trust that comes with asking classmates in the same cohort or attending the same school that students might prefer; then again, there are success stories among the renters who trusted third parties to connect them with other people seeking housing. Co-living suites are a popular way to minimize the legwork of finding roommates while still keeping rental costs down.

Prepare for the Move Like a Seasoned Renter

All the tips for absolutely crushing your next move in Chicago apartments can be found right here. The TL;DR of it is: Plan ahead with your next move and pack up well in advance. Burning time (and potentially money if you’ve contracted a moving company) during the move only drags out a process that’s quite doleful already. Make a plan, stick to it and the move will seem like a minor trifle instead of a major headache.

Browse Apartments in Neighborhoods Near Chicago Universities & Colleges

Chicago Universities & Colleges

Adler University - Chicago Loop

American Academy of Art- Chicago Loop

American InterContinental University- Schaumburg

Aurora University - Aurora

Benedictine University - Lisle

Bexley Seabury - Hyde Park

Booth School of Business - Hyde Park

Catholic Theological Union- Hyde Park

Chicago State University - Roseland

Chicago Theological Seminary - Hyde Park

Chicago-Kent College of Law - West Loop

Columbia College Chicago - South Loop

Coyne College - Chicago Loop

DePaul University - DePaul

DePaul University College of Law - West Loop

DeVry University - Ravenswood

East–West University - Chicago Loop

Elmhurst University - Elmhurst

Erikson Institute - River North

Feinberg School of Medicine - Streeterville

Flashpoint Chicago - South Loop

Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary - Evanston

Harold Washington College- Chicago Loop

Harper College - Palatine

Hebrew Theological College - Skokie

Illinois Center for Broadcasting - Lombard

Illinois College of Optometry - Bronzeville

Illinois Institute of Technology - Bronzeville

Institute for Clinical Social Work - Uptown

Kellogg School of Management – Streeterville & Evanston

Kellstadt Graduate School of Business - Chicago Loop

Kendall College - River West

Kennedy–King College - Englewood

Lake Forest College - Lake Forest

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management - Lake Forest

Liautaud Graduate School of Business - University Village

Loyola University Chicago - Rogers Park & Gold Coast

Loyola University Chicago School of Law - Gold Coast

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Hyde Park

MacCormac College - Chicago Loop

Malcolm X College - Near West Side

McCormick Theological Seminary - Hyde Park

Meadville Lombard Theological School - Lombard

Midwest College of Oriental Medicine - Skokie

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Moody Bible Institute - River North

National Louis University - Chicago Loop

National University of Health Sciences- Lombard

North Central College - Naperville

North Park University - North Park

Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago) - Chicago Loop

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary - Lombard

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law - Streeterville

Northwestern University - Evanston & Streeterville

Oakton Community College - Des Plaines & Skokie

Olive–Harvey College - Pullman

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – Chicago Loop

Pritzker School of Medicine - Hyde Park

Rasmussen College - Aurora

Resurrection University - Wicker Park

Richard J. Daley College - Ashburn

Roosevelt University - Chicago Loop

Rush University- University Village

Saint Xavier University- Evergreen Park

School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago Loop

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership - Chicago Loop

St. Augustine College - Uptown

Taylor Business Institute - Chicago Loop

Telshe Yeshiva - North Park

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - River North

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago - Hyde Park

Trinity International University - Deerfield

Truman College - Uptown

UIC College of Pharmacy - University Village

UIC John Marshall Law School - Chicago Loop

Universal Technical Institute - Lisle

University of Chicago - Hyde Park

University of Chicago Law School - Hyde Park

University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago) – University Village

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry - University Village

University of Illinois College of Medicine- University Village

University of Phoenix - Schaumburg

VanderCook College of Music - Bronzeville

Wilbur Wright College - Dunning