Whether you are moving to Chicago from elsewhere or simply in search of a new apartment, we have compiled a list of resources for you that students have successfully used in the past.
Chicago Getaway Hostel:
If you are in need of immediate housing, even if only temporary, this hostel is very close to the Lincoln Park campus. Located east of campus down Fullerton and two blocks north of Fullerton, Chicago Getaway Hostel is affordable and close to food and shopping. You can choose to have your own room or share with others to lessen the cost. There is free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and is listed at $72 a night. The 74 Fullerton CTA bus will take you to campus. The stop is located just a few steps west of the McDonald’s at Fullerton and Lincoln.
You can book your room through sites like hotels.com or expedia.com.
- Phone number: 773-929-5380
- Website: getawayhostel.com
- Address: 616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL 60614
DePaul Students Living Off Campus Public Facebook Page:
This page is a student run Facebook page (you need a Facebook account to post) where students list apartments available for rent or make posts seeking roommates/subletters for their apartments. You can either make a post yourself asking if there is anyone who knows of a place to stay, or you can browse the posts students have already made. Those who are interested are asked to comment/message the poster on Facebook. It is wise to message the poster and ask to meet face to face to discuss the listing prior to accepting anything.
Similar to the Facebook page, this site is also for DePaul students seeking off campus housing. You can search for roommates or listings based on the criteria that you would like for an apartment. You can also create a roommate profile so prospective roommates know a little bit about you. You can see the prices and contact information of the lessor, as well as the move in date.
This site allows you to search for apartments (with the criteria of your liking) in an area of your choosing and view the prices, amenities, and utilities offered. The listing will allow you to contact the landlord or lessor for a showing.
Similar to Zillow, this site allows you to search for apartments (with the criteria of your liking) in an are area of your choosing and view the prices, amenities, and utilities offered. The listing will allow you to contact the landlord or lessor for a showing.
The Apartment People:
This service allows you to search a database of apartment listings in order to find an apartment that meets the criteria of your choice. You may schedule an appointment for free with an agent that will ask your desired criteria and then search the listings for you in order to meet said criteria. These agents are not landlords, and act as a liaison between you and the lessor.
- Phone number: 773-248-8800
- Website: http://apartmentpeople.com/
- Address: 3121 N Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
The Apartment Finders:
This service allows you to search a database of apartment listings in order to find an apartment that meets the criteria of your choice. You may schedule an appointment for free with an agent that will ask your desired criteria and then search the listings for you in order to meet said criteria. Through this service, an agent will drive you to the listings you would like to see for free. These agents are not landlords, and act as a liaison between you and the lessor. This site has a tab for student housing, as well.
- Phone number: 888-346-3377
- Website: http://www.chicagoapartmentfinders.com/
- Address: 906 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
It is important to consult this site when looking for an apartment to make sure you are staying in a safe area. You can use this map to search your area and see what, if any, crime has happened around the apartment you are interested in. If there is a high crime rate, do not accept the apartment, even if it is a great price. Make sure to also check the bus and/or train stations that are close to your apartment to see what crime has happened there, too.
- It is always a good idea to meet face to face with the poster/landlord/lessor/agent to see the place and discuss before agreeing to anything.
- Ask the prices of utilities to make sure you know how much you will be paying in addition to rent.
- If you are going to live with roommates, make sure to ask questions about lifestyles and preferences to see if you are compatible roommates.
- Ask about how much is required for the security deposit and other fees.
- Do not sign a lease until you see the apartment and make sure there are no damages. Take pictures of the apartment before you move in to show there were no damages at the time of moving in.
- Apartments that are out of the way of transportation should be your last choice, if possible.
***For any other questions, please contact Adult Student Services at 312-362-6216
Here are these resources as a PDF available for download.