is a whole support network available at Northwestern University
to assist students with their transition to the Evanston-Northwestern
University community. Information is available (and somewhat
duplicated) on our external Web site under Community
Resources and Housing. However, more detailed information
is below that provides some guidance on the services and resources
available. Topics covered include:
If you have
any questions, please contact Susan
Living in such a diverse area, Northwestern students have many options
concerning housing, shopping, and entertainment. Housing is discussed
in more detail in a separate section.
The City of
Evanston has a population of 74,000 people and is characterized
by small-town friendliness but with the benefits of what a larger
city can provide. More information on the town itself is found under
to the Northwestern University student community by providing affordable
housing and student discounts at stores. Evanston’s main shopping
district is located conveniently to Northwestern’s campus
and offers a variety of dining experiences, recognizable brand-name
stores, and small boutiques catering to many tastes. Many new condos,
movie theaters, and restaurants have been added to the Evanston
skyline in recent years. Evanston has a stunning natural setting
along Lake Michigan that provides miles of running/biking trails,
a boat launch, boat rentals, and beautiful, sandy beaches.
close proximity to Chicago provides even more resources for students.
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and the country’s
second largest financial center and headquarters for some of the
nation’s largest banks, brokerage houses, and consulting and
commodity firms. Additionally, Chicago is home to two top business
schools: the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University,
and the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.
Chicago is known for its “neighborhoods”: Lincoln
Park (the heart of Chicago's North Side includes shopping,
the zoo, the park, and restaurants), Streeterville (high-end
shopping featuring Water Tower Place), Gold Coast (Magnificent
Mile – Michigan Avenue – expensive shopping and restaurants,
Oak Street Beach), Wrigleyville (shopping and ethnic
cuisine and the home of the Chicago Cubs), Loop (business/commercial
center), River North (Chicago’s version of
New York’s SoHo with many art galleries, dance clubs, trendy
restaurants and Merchandise Mart), and many more.
offers lots of opportunities
for fun with its many museums, art galleries, beaches, parks,
musical festivals and neighborhood fairs, theater (“Broadway
in Chicago” and the Steppenwolf Theater), Second City Comedy
Club (the training ground for many comedians from the television
show “Saturday Night Live”), dining (“Chicago-style”
pizza), and sports (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and
students, there are a variety of communities in the area that provide
a “touch of home”: ethnic grocery stores, shopping,
and cultural opportunities. The list is endless: Chinatown,
Greektown, Andersenville (old
Swedish neighborhood), Lincoln Square (German-American
community), Devon Street (Indian-American community),
etc. There are large Asian, Hispanic, Irish, Polish, and Middle-Eastern
populations as well.
For international students looking for temporary housing when they
arrive in the US, there is the "Homestay" program. This
program is administered by the Community
Council for International Students, which is an all-volunteer
group of women and men dedicated to making you feel welcome in this
country and at Northwestern University. You are housed by a local
individual or family for 2-7 days before your permanent housing
is available. Information is available online: An
application form (.pdf) must be completed to participate in
Evanston is definitely a university town, so there are a wide variety
of housing options available to you depending on what you are looking
for and where you want to live. Evanston is also close to Chicago,
if you would prefer to live in the city. When speaking with doctoral
students, they feel that it is better to live close to campus during
the first couple of years while you are taking classes because you
will be spending many hours at the Jacobs Center. During your third
year, you will be pursuing research full time, so your schedule
will be more flexible and allow for a varying travel schedule. These
are things to keep in mind when considering locations.
How you want
to travel from your home to campus – walking, driving, and/or
public transportation should be a determining factor. You
definitely want to include as an essential element the U-Pass
when considering your public transportation options. More
information on transportation options is available on the Getting
The Graduate Housing
Office at Northwestern assists students with on-campus and off-campus
Hall is Northwestern's graduate housing facility. Apartments
there go very quickly. You should visit their Web site to see the
types of apartments available.
is another option for graduate students. Furnished studios, one-bedroom,
two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments are available to students
and their families at 605-615 Garrett or 621-623 Garrett Place.
This housing is ideal for students with classes on north campus.
Seabury is very close to the Jacobs Center.
Living and Learning Center is a building managed by
the Kellogg School. Housing is primarily for the MBA students and
tends to be near capacity each year. However, PhD students have
been able to find accommodations at McManus. Applications
from students with children are also being accepted. McManus could
accommodate a family of four pretty comfortably; any families larger
should look elsewhere. Please note: Housing
is quite tight for McManus this year; there is also a wait list
from the previous year to consider. Students will be contacted by
late May if accommodations can be managed at McManus.
there is more information on features, floor
plans and rates available online. To apply, complete
the application form available April 1st. When applying,
you should identify yourself as a PhD student in the drop down menu
under "enrolled program." Janet
Olsen is your contact for housing at McManus. Janet will be in touch with you directly about an apartment. Please tell
her that you are an incoming Kellogg doctoral student.
Northwestern University does not provide an apartment finding service.
However, they have
a number of web links to places that specialize in advertising
places to rent or sublease.
Student Affairs Office at Kellogg has a Web site for the
MBA students with tips for locating off-campus
housing. The International Office has
a Web site with information on housing
and other resources for new arrivals (scroll down the page).
You may also
want to check the local newspapers for information on rentals:
Locators (free services)
People is a FREE service (funded by landlords' ads). Apartments
are listed by the area, the price range, the amenities, etc. For
more one-on-one service, complete their contact form and they
will search their database and suggest places to show you. They
will even drive you to the apartment. Apartment People also lists
apartments by neighborhood (Evanston is included).
Realty Group - Home finding service for MBA, Law, Medical,
and Graduate Students. This
is another free service to students looking for housing. In the
drop-down menu, select "Northwestern" and "Graduate Students"
and you'll be directed to a page for "Buys" and "Rentals." You'll
pinpoint your search, and then browse their database.
Student Guides and Evanston Resources
The PhD Office assists students who are looking for a roommate.
Interested students should e-mail Jo
Falk who will help you connect with other students looking
to share apartments. She will also forward any information she has
on sublets and rentals from current PhD students.
- Purple Pages
students assembled a community resource guide for the MBA students
and their families called the Purple
Pages. The Purple Pages contains guides to restaurants, cafes
and coffee shops, pubs and bars, and shopping in Evanston. Information
concerning banks, housing, health clubs, and more is included.
You might want to take a look at Downtown
Evanston, which highlights resources for housing, dining,
shopping, and more.
University Graduate Student Association
at Northwestern have pulled together resources for the graduate
student community at Northwestern and posted easily accessible
The NUGSA website has information on clubs and organizations,
intramural sports, professional development opportunities, events,
resources for graduate students and parents, and more.
The Office of Work/Life Resources through Northwestern’s Human Resources department provides many resources for Northwestern parents as they locate quality, affordable childcare. Many of these resources are available to graduate students. When you contact Northwestern staff about these services, you should identify yourself as a PhD student at Kellogg. MBA students do not qualify.
There are tips for finding childcare as well as childcare centers, community childcare resources, in-home care resources, preschools, and additional resources available through the Childcare website. There are also references to fee assistance programs and “Mothers’ rooms” located on campus, so mothers can nurse in private.
Kellogg students often make use of the YMCA Child Care Center. Financial assistance may be provided to graduate students for the YMCA program. Typically those allocations are exhausted by January of the coming fall quarter. However, there is a wait list, so you could apply for funding in case some families drop out of the program. Some slots may still be available in the YMCA Child Care Center. Please call the YMCA for more details at 847-475-8580 or visit their website.
Action for Children is another resource. While this organization is for benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff, for a fee, PhD students could use their services for childcare referrals and childcare solutions. Call 773-356-8135 to reach a designated Northwestern representative. The consultation services include the following:
- Parent consultations about the variety of state-licensed child care options available.
- Child care provider referrals that are customized to the search criteria provided by the parent.
- Up-to-date information on more than 4,500 child care centers, family childcare homes, nanny agencies, sick care, camps and before and after school programs in Cook County and the surrounding area.
- Printed resource materials to help parents throughout their childcare search, including tips for interviewing and selecting a quality provider.
- Information about financial assistance, including state subsidy programs and providers that offer sliding scale fee programs.