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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

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. Log into your Campus Connection account.
  2. Click on Self Service.
  3. Select Admission.
  4. Select Next Steps.
  5. Select Campus Housing.
  6. Contact housing at

For more instructions about how to complete the housing agreement, download the step-by-step guide on How to Apply. For more information about housing and meal plans at DePaul (costs and types of housing), please visit the Department of Housing Services website.

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 and decide to live off campus, then you will be charged a $200 USD cancellation fee. If you will be at DePaul for less than a full academic year, then we recommend that you live off campus to avoid an additional cancellation fee of $1,000 USD.

Off-Campus Housing

Visit DePaul’s Off-Campus Housing Website​ to find an apartment and search for roommates.

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:

You can find more information about off-campus housing by visiting the Housing website​​.

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 Hosteling 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!