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How to Look for Housing

As you prepare for your arrival, we know that determining where you live is one of the most important concerns you may have. It can be overwhelming to look for housing when you are not in the same city or country where you are searching!

Please remember that you must make your own housing arrangements prior to arriving in Chicago. If you are not able to make permanent arrangements, you should make temporary housing plans for your first few nights in the city

On-campus housing is very competitive at DePaul. Please follow these instructions about how to complete your online housing agreement to request a space on campus:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your DePaul username and Campus Connect password
  3. Select the Housing Agreement tab on the top of the screen
  4. Select the 2018-2019 Academic Agreement
  5. Complete necessary information

For more instructions on how to complete the housing agreement, visit the Department of Housing  website and review their online instructions. For more information about housing and meal plans at DePaul (costs and types of housing), please visit

Please Note: By completing this online agreement, you are agreeing to the DePaul Housing Terms. This includes that if you cancel your on-campus housing after being confirmed your $400 prepayment will not be refunded. The housing agreement is for the full academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters). Should you need to cancel prior to the end of spring quarter, please visit the Department of Housing website and view the cancellation policy.

On-campus move-in: If you are confirmed for housing you will receive a housing assignment letter with detailed information regarding your placement and move-in information. International students who register in advance for international student orientation are eligible for early move-in.

Visit DePaul’s Off-Campus Housing Website to find an apartment and search for roommates. Read the Off-Campus Housing Guide for more resources about what to expect.

Also, visit DePaul Students Living Off Campus on Facebook. This is a social networking group where students can connect with one another, post apartment rentals or sublets, or inquire about rentals and roommates.

Some Local Off-Campus Options:

Temporary Housing Search:
Since you cannot be certain how long it will take you to find housing and exactly which date that housing will be available, we recommend that you make temporary housing arrangements for your first night.

Many students stay at Hostelling International, Chicago Getaway Hostel or Freehand Chicago, three hostels very close to the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. You should contact them immediately to make a reservation, since they will run out of space quickly. You can always cancel this reservation if you do not need it, but making this reservation will guarantee you know where you will sleep on your first night upon arrival to Chicago!