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LakeviewAfter months of searching and enduring competitive room showings with other potential renters, my roommates and I got lucky enough to snag an apartment in Lakeview, Chicago. The apartment is a ten to fifteen-minute walk east of the Sheridan Red Line, the place I’ll be calling home is only a block from Lakeshore Drive… that is pretty close to Lake Michigan if you are not familiar with your streets yet (hence the name Lakeview). The setup is three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a balcony, living room, two storage closets, and a renovated kitchen with dishwasher for $2,300 rent a month.  

Upon moving in, I quickly realized the benefits, and drawbacks, from renting an apartment off-campus.

What I like thus far is definitely having the luxury of your own bedroom. The room itself is about the size of the four-person dorm I roomed in freshman year, so to say the privacy and space is appreciated would be an understatement. The living room is the size of the entire room of the two-person apartment of Centennial I was in last year. These comparisons are not meant to downsize DePaul’s living accommodations, but more so to brag about how lucky we were to find this huge apartment.  Living off-campus, you also get the sense of having more independence and less supervision - whether that supervision came in the form of checking into your building or having cameras on you wherever you go. However, where there are pros there are cons.

The first thing to note is the location. Yes, Lakeview is a very nice neighborhood and not far north, but it still does not compare to living on campus where I would leave five minutes prior to when my class starts in Lincoln Park or having the Ray and CTA trains conveniently located minutes away. Another downside is the monthly expenses you have to set up and pay for. Cable, Internet, heating, AC, electricity, water, laundry, and printers are all provided on the room and board expenses. As of now, we only have Wi-Fi in our apartment. No TV channels, pay $1.25 a load for laundry, and the electricity bill. For our place, water and heat are covered but the heat it is not controlled inside the units and is in the form of steam that comes from radiators. We also have no AC.

I realized I did not want to live at DePaul forever, and getting an apartment off-campus was ultimately the only option for me unless I commuted from home. I’m not advising as to which form of housing you should go for, but to look into the expenses for both.

Air and Water Show
Taken from apartment balcony

 
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