Housing and Residence Life: On-campus Housing
Why live on campus at SAIC?
Both residence halls are just minutes away from all academic buildings and close to almost all the major cultural attractions of the city. Residents can also be transported to almost any spot in the city quickly because both residence halls are steps away from almost every CTA train line. Especially with the recent expansion in condominiums in downtown Chicago, the comforts of neighborhood living can be found downtown from the grocery store to the coffee shop.
Community of Artists
More than 80 percent of our first-year students choose to live in the residence hall as they begin their experience at SAIC. There is a tremendous amount of energy in a community of over 700 artists, and the new students find that the residence hall environment is the best way to get to know each other and explore the opportunities at SAIC. Living in the residence hall gives you a chance to interact with other students in an informal setting. Residence Life staff also plans many activities and programs to foster a sense of community and to help you get to know each other, the city, and SAIC. Some of these programs include: faculty/student dinners, informal critiques, gallery walks, shows in our residence hall gallery space, trips to jazz shows and much more.
Our rooms are designed to feel like downtown loft apartments, with high ceilings, track lighting, and large "Chicago Style" windows that offer expansive views of downtown Chicago. All rooms are equipped to meet your technology needs with wireless Internet and a data center for each student in the room. The data center includes a cable connection, a high-speed internet port, and a phone line with voicemail. Additionally, each room has a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator, a two-burner stovetop, microwave, and ample storage space. Finally, each room includes a private bathroom, and each student has a private closet for belongings.
Facilities for Your Work
Both of the residence halls at SAIC were designed with the artist lifestyle in mind, whether your needs are shooting and editing digital video, painting in the studio, or working on a garment. Residence hall common areas at SAIC include 24-hour spaces such as a spray room, painting studios, media room, computer lounge, a clean (no wet media) studio, a solarium, as well as common spaces to study for exams, have informal critiques, or just hang out with friends.
Anytime you move somewhere new, it is important to feel like your living space is secure. SAIC has controlled access into the buildings, and 24-hour security staff in each facility. Additionally, all security staff complete periodic rounds of the building to ensure the safety of the buildings.