Off-campus Housing

SAIC is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, easily accessible from many of the city's historic and diverse neighborhoods. The Residence Life office staff can serve as a resource to you as you seek off-campus housing.

SAIC has partnered with Places4Students to provide students a free and effective, online off-campus housing search database. Because the free listing database is provided exclusively for SAIC Students, you will be asked to go through a simple registration process and your password will be sent to your SAIC email account within seconds.

Residence Life has also created the Off Campus Housing Guide for your convenience. This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of apartment searching in the city of Chicago. The guide also provides a number of important phone numbers and other contact information for essential utilities such as Commonwealth Edison and People's Gas.

On-campus Housing

Housing invitation offers are sent on a weekly, rolling basis to admitted students. Your invitation letter provides your username and password information for the Residence Life Application site.

Students who wish to live on campus should:

  1. Login to the Residence Life Application site 
  2. Enter preferences for building, room, bed type, and lifestyle choices
  3. Mail or fax a signed copy of your housing contract (available online) to: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Attention:

Residence Life Office
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1203
Chicago, IL 60603

  1. Pay your $550 housing payment through SAIC Self-Service. A link to Self-Service is provided under the Quick Links on the Students Dashboard. You may also send a check or money order to the Residence Life office at the address above.
  2. Once the Residence Life office has received and processed your signed housing contact and prepayment, you will receive an email notification (TO YOUR SAIC EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY) that you have secured a space on campus.
  3. Room assignments and roommate contact information will be available the second week of August.

2015 Move-In Dates

New International Students (first years, transfers, and grads) may move in on Sunday, August 23, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

New Domestic Students (first years, transfers and grads) may move in on Saturday, August 29. Please see the appropriate times listed below.

Jones Hall Residents: New Domestic Students may arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

162 North State Street Residences Residents: New Domestic Students will be assigned times to arrive based on their room assignments. This will be available closer to the move-in date.

Learn more about SAIC Housing.

Other services offered by Residence Life include:

Contact Residence Life at 312.629.6870 or student_life@saic.edu

Register for Classes

Schedule a registration appointment:
Beginning March 31, contact the Academic Advisor listed below. Registration will begin April 14, and appointments are available on a first come, first served basis.

Phone registration:
If you schedule a phone appointment, your Academic Advisor will call you at a phone number you designate to help select your courses. Appointments will last between 30–45 minutes.

You may also come to campus and meet with your Academic Advisor to register for classes. Beginning March 31, you may schedule your appointment for in-person registration sessions that will begin on April 14.

MFA, MDes, and Post-Bacc Studio ProgramsContact NamePhone/Email
Art and Technology Jeff Armstrong 312.345.3539
Ceramics Rana Siegel 312.443.4750
Design for Emerging Technologies Scott Ramon 312.629.6103
Designed Objects Scott Ramon 312.629.6103
Fiber and Material Studies Katie Loomis 312.899.5134
Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Jeff Armstrong 312.345.3539
Painting and Drawing—MFA only Eric Lebofsky 312.345.3593
Painting and Drawing—Post-Bacc only Patrick "Q" Quilao 312.629.6105
Performance Rana Siegel 312.443.4750
Photography Aimee Baubien abeaubien@saic.edu
Printmedia Rana Seigel 312.443.4750
Sculpture Rana Seigel 312.443.4750
Sound Jeff Armstrong 312.345.3539
Visual Communication Design BJ Krivanek and Anne Nepokroeff 312.899.5135
MFA in Writing Amber Da 312.629.1876
MDes and Post-Bacc Fashion, Body and Garment (FBG) Conrad Hamather and Michelle Maynard 312.629.6710
MA and MS ProgramsContact NamePhone/Email
Arts Administration & Policy Shay DeGrandis 312.345.3788
Art Education Rebecca Keller 312.899.7481
Art Teaching Karyn Sandlos 312.899.7481
Art Therapy Randy Vick 312.899.7481
Dual Degree—Arts Administration & Policy and Modern and Contemporary Art History Daniel Quiles 312.899.1232
Historic Preservation Anne Sullivan 312.443.7277
Modern and Contemporary Art History Shay Degrandis 312.345.3788
New Arts Journalism Shay Degrandis 312.345.3788
Visual and Critical Studies Teena McClelland 312.345.3788
AIADO ProgramsContact NamePhone/Email
Master of Architecture Scott Ramon 312.629.6103
Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture Scott Ramon 312.629.6103
Master of Design in Designed Objects Scott Ramon 312.629.6103

Make Payment Arrangements

Student Financial Services is dedicated to helping you through the process of financing your education at SAIC and has provided multiple ways to manage your payments, including payment plans which stretch your tuition payments over the course of the semester.

Beginning in July, tuition and fee bills will be mailed monthly if you have a balance due, or if you have had account activity since the last monthly bill. AIADO laptop charges will be billed separately.

Payment in full or payment arrangements of any balance not covered by financial aid is required prior to the start of each semester in order to avoid late fees, restriction of access on campus, and prevention from future registration and release of academic transcripts/diplomas.

Bills are sent to your billing address as listed in SAIC Self-Service. If a billing address is not available, your bill will be mailed to your permanent address.

Payment Options (made payable in U.S. currency)

Cash, check, or money order (made payable in U.S. currency)

SAIC's Bursar's Office
37 S. Wabash Ave., room 711
Chicago, IL 60603

In person:
SAIC's Bursar's Office, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Credit Card, or Automated Check Handling (ACH)

Tuition and Fee Payment Plan

Important Dates:

Contact the Graduate Admissions office at 800.232.7242 or 312.629.6100.