Off Campus Housing
Apartment hunting tips
& Evanston information
70% of Kellogg students live off campus in non-university
housing. While living in the McManus Apartments
is convenient, living off-campus also offers several
advantages. Along with having more space and a
say in roommate selection, off-campus living provides
students with more control over living conditions
and a chance to take a breather from Kellogg life
(this is especially nice during mid-terms and
one-bedroom apartments to start at $600/month
and two bedrooms at $800/month. You may be a bit
leery about finding an apartment in a new city.
It's true that you must be sure to research potential
sites; especially be sure to check on the heating
and plumbing facilities. Don't worry - with a
little work and some luck you'll find a great
place in no time.
close you need to be to campus, the Evanston shopping
district, and the McManus Apartments (for computers,
activities, and group meetings).
you choose to live in Evanston, decide:
you want to walk, drive, or ride your bike to
close you want to be to the El train stations
that provide north-south service in Evanston and
Ridge, and Noyes Streets form the border to convenient
campus and downtown Evanston spots. However, the
University prohibits anyone living from Central
to Davis and east of Sherman from legally parking
in campus lots. (Limited street parking is available
near Leverone.) The El parallels Chicago Ave.
in south Evanston and Sherman Ave. in north Evanston
and stops about every 1/2 mile, including 3 blocks
from Kellogg (at el stop - Foster.) Train commutes
are possible from the Rogers Park neighborhood,
just south of Evanston, where rental rates are
cheaper, but it's farther from campus and the
neighborhood is generally not as safe as Evanston.
you live outside Evanston, know that group meetings,
corporate presentations, and epic bar evenings
translate into late commutes. Living south of
Evanston provides "reverse" commutes, but be prepared
for delays or public transportation waits. Also,
Chicago winters (and drivers) provide hazardous
are a many options ranging from newer luxury high-rises
to vintage studio apartments. Prices and amenities
vary (more expensive as you get closer to school)
but with enough time and legwork, you can definitely
find the place that is right for you and your
budget. Here are some resources and apartment
hunting tips for you to use in your search...happy
earlier you start (by mid-summer), the bigger
the selection. Don't be afraid to get a two-bedroom
apartment by yourself if you are looking in
June or early July. You'll make quick friends
with those dreading the apartment search.
friends/family contacts in Chicago to help you
find an apartment. They can send you weekly
copies of the Evanston Review to give you a
head start with your search. They might even
save you an extra trip to Evanston if you are
often sends notifications to first-years about
roommate openings or apartments available for
sublet. Contact the person listed quickly because
these apartments tend to go fast.
to share. Out-of-towners might benefit by teaming
up with a Chicago-area student.
a trip to Evanston. Allow yourself at least
2-3 full days in Evanston to locate suitable
housing. Arrive on a Wednesday afternoon or
Thursday morning so you can pick up a copy of
the latest Chicago Reader or Evanston Review,
available at many bookstores, grocery stores,
and news stands throughout Evanston.
NU Off-Campus Life office lists information regarding living resources and off-campus housing options in the Evanston/Chicago-metro communities.
Kellogg Student Affairs. The office keeps a
book of all of the 2nd-year evaluations and
room forms in our office with newest listings.
(or bike--rentals are cheap at Norris!) around
Evanston and look for apartment opening signs.
Plan on scouting the major streets to search
for vacancies. Many students live north of Leverone
(in the Ridge/ Sherman/ Noyes vicinity). Others
live south of campus on Chicago, Hinman or other
streets north of Main Street.
Real Estate Agencies or Management Companies.
Names of some local management companies are
included below and can be found in the Evanston
Review, The Reader (especially for
Chicago housing), or other local papers. Be
sure to tell them you are a Kellogg student
as many companies won't rent to undergrads.