Housing around UIC is pretty easy to come by. Landlords realize that tons of students are always in search of housing around campus, and many are happy to provide it. However, even though off-campus housing is available and convenient, it can also be a tad expensive. The going rate for a one-bedroom apartment is about $600, while a studio apartment costs anywhere between $700 and $800 per month. On occasion, one will find really cheap housing, but usually the price comes with buildings that aren't very well maintained. Luckily, students can find housing in other neighborhoods in the city that won’t bleed them dry. But the downside to that is that some neighborhoods aren’t as convenient as the areas close to campus. Also, some areas tend to be dangerous, and students have to be careful how they conduct themselves.
Several communities around UIC are home to more than half of the student body. The most popular of these are Greektown and Little Italy. These areas, located north and south of UIC respectively, are less than a mile away from campus. Since they are close, they are moderately safe, with many transportation options and some reasonably-priced apartments. University Village is another area that houses UIC students. The area is particularly befitting of college life and is wonderful when it comes to having fun adventures. So depending on a student's budget, one can find many housing options off campus, but a student would just have to decide if he or she wants safe and expensive versus suspicious and cheap neighborhoods.