Housing is available for all students at recently renovated Jones Hall, one of SAIC's residence halls conveniently located a few blocks from the academic facilities. Housing is not required but strongly recommended. Past students have commented on the easy access to classrooms and studios, the importance of being with other students, and partaking in residence life activities.

Jones Hall is a 1906 National Historic Landmark building that was renovated to provide loft apartment-style rooms. All rooms are double or triple occupancy with private bath and closets, and a kitchenette containing a refrigerator, cook top, and microwave oven. Students provide their own linens, towels, pillows, blankets, and alarm clocks. The 15th floor is equipped with a full kitchen, studio space, and entertainment room. Jones Hall also includes laundry and vending machines.

NOTE: if you are taking consecutive sessions, we don't require you to move out of the residence hall.


The residence hall has a 24-hour staffed security desk in the in the lobby, and a full-time hall director who lives on premises. Residents entering the building must show their school-issued photo ID to security staff. In addition, a Summer Resident Advisor (SRA) resides on each floor with the ECP Summer Institute students. Curfew is strictly enforced: 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Students must be in the building and signed in each night for curfew. Students violating curfew are subject to disciplinary action that may lead to dismissal from the program.

In addition to all of the hard work, there are a variety of opportunities for fun and exploring the city. Students unfamiliar with Chicago can sign up for staff-led tours and organized activities—including trips to local art museums, thrift store shopping, and swimming in beautiful Lake Michigan. 

The LeRoy Neiman Center

The LeRoy Neiman Center is the first campus center in SAIC's history. Made possible by a generous gift from alumni LeRoy Neiman and his wife Janet Neiman, the LeRoy Neiman Center houses the new second-floor lounge and café, and is the central hub for SAIC faculty, staff, and students to meet, attend events, view student work, and be inspired.


All Summer Institute students receive an ARTICard, SAIC's official ID card, which is to be carried at all times and must be shown to access all campus buildings. The ARTICard gives students free admission to the Art Institute and discounts at the Art Institute Museum Shop and nearby art supply stores. The ARTICard also functions as a debit card and can be used to purchase art supplies and pay for food in SAIC cafeterias and vending machines. Detailed information about how to deposit cash onto the ARTICard will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

SAIC Meal Plan and Dining Services

The SAIC meal plan, required for all residence hall students, provides approximately 10 meals per week. It is designed to be a convenient declining-balance program that gives students the ability to choose a full meal or grab a quick bite between classes and meetings. Students should use this meal plan, along with their residence hall room kitchens and great Chicago restaurant locations to take care of all their dining needs. Students may also cook in the residence hall, but they must remember to bring their own cookware and flatware.

The meal plan is automatically added to each resident student's account to be used at two different dining locations on campus. Cafés are located in the LeRoy Neiman Center and the Columbus Drive building.

SRAs in Jones Hall are eager to help students fill their dining needs. They are available to take students to different on-campus dining locations as well as introduce them to cool restaurants throughout Chicago.