Housing and Transportation
Since the University is centrally located in both Chicago and Evanston, the housing and public transportation opportunities are excellent. Below are some of the options available to students and postdocs.
Engelhart Hall, located at 1915 Maple Avenue in Evanston, is a University-operated residence hall for graduate students. The 250-unit hall has air-conditioned studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Apartments are furnished—except for linens, kitchen utensils, dishes, and silverware. Rates include all utilities. Garage rentals are not included. (See the information about parking below.) Students who wish to obtain housing in Engelhart Hall should contact Graduate Housing and request a housing application.
Garrett Place Apartments
Garrett Place Apartments are located at 600 Haven Street, Evanston. TGS is working with the Graduate Housing to offer priority applications for students who are parents. This building is newly renovated with an abundance of features, its proximity to campus amongst the most notable. This residence offers affordable housing options to graduate students and their families.
Take advantage of the priority application process: send a completed Garret Place application to The Graduate School. Your application will be forwarded to University Housing and flagged as a priority application. This will not guarantee you housing, but it will improve your chances of being selected.
The Off-Campus Life website contains the information and resources available to students living off-campus—from apartment hunting to being a good neighbor within the Chicago/Evanston and Northwestern communities.
Some students rent apartments in Chicago and the neighboring suburbs. Since the campus is centrally located, public transportation is excellent and easily accessible. It is highly advisable for students who wish to rent apartments to visit the area and make living arrangements before beginning their graduate work.
Additional Off-Campus Resources
For students on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, links to local apartment finding services can be found below and on the Off-Campus Life website. Please note that the following housing resources are not endorsed by TGS or Northwestern.
- Craigslist Chicago - find apartments, sublets, anything!
- Student-Space - an apartment finder for students. This is a free resource.
- Apartmentlist.com - a free search engine listing affordable housing.
- ABODO (Evanston)
- The Apartment People, The Apartment Guide, Rent.com, Rentbits, RentLingo, and Chicago Apartment Finders (free resources).
- Sabbatical Homes
- Extended Stay (Chicago)
- The Homestead (Evanston)
- The Hotel Orrington (Evanston)
- Oakwood (Evanston) (short term rentals)
Housing & Renting Basics for International Families
- Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (Pages 30-34)
- Northwestern's International Office's Housing Website
Moving Discounts With WildCARD
Northwestern has a service to help you navigate campus safely: the Northwestern Help App's Safewalk feature.
In addition to walking or driving to Northwestern, there are several transportation options available to TGS students:
- Public Transit - including both CTA and Metra
- Bicycle Riding
- Car Sharing with Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar
- PACE Rideshare
Below are Alternative Transportation Brochures which include information on bus routes, biking to work, car-sharing programs and more. You’ll also find, on the back of each brochure, a chart to help you calculate your commuting costs and decide which option might be best for you. These brochures may be useful for new and current students as well as visitors to campus.