I am a huge advocate of living on campus. Not only is it super convenient to live steps away from your classes, but it is also comforting knowing that you are living with other people who are going through similar experiences as DePaul students. Now let me tell you about my housing experiences throughout my four years here…
Freshmen Year: University Hall (U-Hall for short!)
My first dorming experience was in U-Hall, a large brick building right off the Quad. I loved being able to look out the window by my desk and see whatever activity was occurring just outside. I was one of few lucky students who had a bathroom attached to the dorm room, which was an awesome benefit for the late night showers that I tended to take. Here is a photo of my half of the room, decorated for my birthday by my lovely roommate Molly. Though you may be scared of heights, I definitely recommend lofting your bed to create more room!
Sophomore Year: Centennial Apartments
The deadly combination of living above Whole Foods, being a few feet from the el, and the stunning view, makes Centennial my absolute favorite housing experience. There I lived with my best friend Olivia in a studio apartment, which meant that we did not have a full door on our bedroom. But we did have a large bathroom and living room and we attached a curtain to the half wall to create a door.
Summer Before Junior Year: Seton Hall
As I transitioned between my two on-campus apartments, I lived solo in a triple in Seton Hall for a summer. Though this is not the traditional living arrangement within that hall, it did give me my first taste of community bathrooms, which were always super clean. In case you have not heard, the other benefit of Seton is the HUGE walk-in closets that can literally house a single bed if you wanted to move in there! I definitely missed leaving that.
Junior Year: Sheffield Square
My last on-campus experience was in Sheffield Square, which was the most like a traditional apartment. Though I still shared a bedroom with Olivia, this time we had a door! We also had a huge kitchen, living room, and study, as well as a front and back door for easy access to classes. The one drawback was that we lived in the garden unit, which meant that we did not get much natural lighting.
Senior Year: Off Campus (corner of Sheffield and Webster)
Currently, I am living above CorePower Yoga in a one-bedroom apartment because Olivia decided to move back home. I am so close to campus that it still feels like I am on campus, but most people who live in my building are young professionals as opposed to students. It is a nice transition now that I am a senior and I am preparing to live independently myself.