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Housing Resources

Finding a place to live or people to live with can be extremely stressful, but DePaul provides a number of resources to help students through the housing process. Here are three of my favorites!
  1. Your class Facebook page. When you are first accepted to DePaul, you are invited to join a Facebook page of everyone in your class attending DePaul. For example, I am part of the DePaul Class of 2020​ Facebook page, and this is where I found a lot of helpful information before coming to school and even now. This is where I found my freshman year roommate who I am still living with today, and it’s a great place to get to know your classmates, scope out potential roommates (and friends!), and get a feel for DePaul.
  2. Offcampushousing.depaul.edu. This website is another resource students can use in order to find available apartments and roommates. It is more formal than the Facebook page; students can create listings for available rooms as well as roommate profiles for themselves. The website asks important preference questions about your habits and ideal roommate in order to match people up with others they will get along with.
  3. DePaul Students Living Off-Campus​ Facebook page. This is another Facebook page, but its sole purpose is to help students connect with each other regarding housing, roommates, and even furniture for sale. It’s closely monitored, and you are only granted access to join if you are a DePaul student. One of my roommates for next year found a summer sublet using this page, and I know plenty of people who have used it to find their current roommates as well.
Although the housing process can seem overwhelming, DePaul does everything they can to make the experience go as smoothly and stress-free as possible. I’ve used all of these resources at one time or another, and I would have had a much harder time without them.

Life as an Out of State Student

Being from another state has pushed me to be more independent and reliant on myself. Rather than being able to call my parents to come check out an apartment I am interested in, I have to be attentive and responsible and decide for myself whether it seems like a safe place to live and a good fit. Instead of going home when I get sick or have had a hard week like some of my friends are able to do, I do not have that option. Being completely on my own has pushed me to succeed on my own without falling back on anyone else, and I am proud of the accomplishments I have achieved while living here in Chicago.

Another thing that going to school in another state has taught me is to treasure the time I have with my family and friends at home. When I fly home for Thanksgiving in a couple weeks, I will not have been home for eight whole months! Since this is the case, when I do have a few days at home I make sure that I take full advantage of them. Rather than spending any time watching Netflix in my room, I’m usually hanging out with my grandma, going on lunch dates with friends I rarely see, or catching up with my five siblings. I don’t waste a single moment because I understand how precious this time truly is.

Although it is difficult when one of my roommates meets her family downtown for dinner and I’m missing my family, or my other roommate calls her parents to bring her something she forgot at home and I crave that convenience, I do not regret my decision to go to school in another state. I would not be the person I have become if I had not pushed myself to do this, and there is truly no place I would rather be than living and learning in Chicago. My experience at DePaul ​is simply not something I would have been able to have at any school in Ohio where I am from.