Living in the residence halls offers many advantages ranging from its close proximity to campus, to its strong community of more than 700 artists, designers, and scholars, to awesome facilities that a include 24-hour studio space and gallery space. And don't forget the convenience of making a single bill payment versus the multiple bills covering rent and utilities that off-campus students have to manage.

The deadline for returning student to participate in Housing Renewal 2014–15 has passed. If you are a returning student who is interested in living on campus in the fall, please contact the main Residence Life office at 312.629.6870 or

New for Housing 2014–15

We have added a new housing option: Gender Neutral Housing.

Sign up at the Buckingham. SAIC has leased space at the Buckingham for the upcoming academic year and we want you to find your home at "The Buck." The Buckingham offers apartments for two to five residents with shared or private bedrooms, along with a living room and full kitchen. This is a great opportunity for you to live with friends and still have your own private space, a great alternative to single room options.

As you think about what type of space you are looking for, please note that some rooms will not be available. These rooms are not available for several reasons including, but not limited to, temporary triple rooms, ADA accessible rooms, specialty program rooms, etc. If you need more information on room layouts to prepare for your selection, click here.

2014–15 Housing Rates

 Meal Plan Academic YearAcademic YearTotal
Triple Rooms $1,000 $8,700 $9,700
Double Rooms $1,000 $11,000 $12,000
Small Single Rooms $1,000 $12,800 $13,800
Single Rooms $1,000 $14,600 $15,600
Buckingham Shared $1,000 $8,360 $9,360
Buckingham Private $1,000 $12,200 $13,200

Summer Housing

Staying with SAIC this summer is a great opportunity to be close to classes and seasonal Chicago fun. We have affordable options for three-week and six-week classes as well as the entire summer. If you are interested in summer 2014 housing, click here.

Submitting Your Housing Prepayment

There are two ways to submit your housing prepayment of $550.

  1. Check or Money Order
    You can mail a check or money order, payable to SAIC, to:

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

  2. Credit/Debit Card Payment
    Students may pay the prepayment via electronic check or credit card online. To pay online, follow the steps outlined below:

    1. Log in to SAIC Self-Service
    2. Click Account Inquiry
    3. Click Make a Payment
    4. Click Make a payment or ARTICard deposit
    5. Click Housing Prepayment
    6. Enter $550 as the total amount of the payment. In order for your prepayment to be accepted, it must be the full amount of $550
    7. Select Fall 2014 for the term
    8. Click Add to Shopping Cart and continue following the instructions to pay via credit card.

Housing Renewal FAQ

I want a single room. Can I be guaranteed a single room?
Single rooms are not guaranteed. Students will select the specific room they want in order of the lottery number they receive. When all the single rooms are taken, a waiting list will begin. Over the summer, single rooms often become available. Residence Life will offer available single rooms to students in order of the waiting list. Many of the students who add their names to the single room waiting list at the Housing Renewal Fair will have a single room before the academic year begins. We also encourage you to check out private rooms at The Buckingham, as this option is a cost-effective way to get a private space and still enjoy the company of roommates.

I want to live in the Buckingham. Will space be available?
Although only a limited number of spaces will be available at the Buckingham for Housing Renewal, we expect to be able to offer more spaces over the summer. You can sign up for the Buckingham waiting list at the Housing Renewal Fair and Residence Life will contact you via phone call and email to offer available spaces as they open.

How are lottery numbers assigned?
The Housing Renewal lottery is a weighted lottery. Lottery numbers are randomly assigned based on the amount of time students have lived on campus. Students who have lived on campus the longest will have the best lottery numbers.

What if I cannot make it to the Housing Renewal Fair? How do I pick my room?
If you cannot make it to Housing Renewal, you should contact Whitney Brown,, to make a plan. Options include sending a proxy to select a room in your absence or selecting a room after the Housing Renewal Fair.

I know who I want to be my roommate. How do we sign up for a room together?
If you know who you want to be your roommate, please arrive at the Housing Renewal Fair together. You should arrive at the fair with the roommate who has the best lottery number. You will go through the fair together. This also applies to any group intending to live together in an apartment in the Buckingham.

What if my desired roommate is an incoming student?
If your desired roommate is an incoming student, please contact Whitney Brown,, to make a plan.

I'm not signing up for a single room, but I don't have roommate(s) in mind. Is that okay?
If you do not have a plan for a roommate(s), we will assign you a roommate. Your assigned roommate may be a new or returning student.

I don't want the meal plan. Can I be waived out of the meal plan?
All students who live in the residences halls are required to have a meal plan.

Gender Neutral Housing FAQ

What is Gender Neutral Housing?
Gender Neutral Housing (GNH) creates an inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with any other student regardless of legal sex.

Why do people live in GNH?
People choose to live in GNH for many reasons. For some students, it is based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, while others simply want to live with close friends of different genders. The decision to live in GNH doesn't mean anything about someone's identity or personal life.

What process was used to develop this option and why?
Residence Life staff did a great deal of research into Gender Neutral Housing and solicited Resident Advisor input to create a proposal. We created our own policy that will suit the needs of the SAIC community and provide our students with the most supportive living arrangement possible.

How will GNH work?
During spring 2014 housing renewal, current students will be able to choose a room based on their preferences, as long as they fill all spaces: two for a double, three for a triple.

Who will be eligible for GNH?
This option will be available to returning students living in the residence halls.

How many rooms are designed for GNH? Which floors?
There is no limit to the number of rooms set aside for Gender Neutral Housing. Any room, on any floor, in any of our residence halls may be chosen by a group of students (three for triple, two for double), regardless of gender.

How do I apply for GNH?
Upperclass students can select the Gender Neutral Housing option during the Housing Renewal Fair, held every March. Students must mutually agree on living together and fill the room requested to full capacity (e.g., two for a double, three for a triple).

What happens if my roommate in Gender Neutral Housing moves out?
When a student moves out of the room, the remaining student will have the opportunity to select a new roommate. If a new roommate is not chosen, that student will receive a roommate of the same legal sex.

Will you prevent people who are romantically involved from living together?
We respect and honor the privacy of students, so we do not require students to disclose the reason for their roommate requests in any instance.

What other institutions offer GNH?
Over 150 campuses nationwide offer a GNH option, including many AICAD institutions. Here are just some of these institutions:

Brown University
Lake Forest College
Maryland Institute College of Art
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Roosevelt University
San Francisco Art Institute
Southern Illinois University
Stanford University
The University of California
The University of Chicago

For more information on Gender Neutral Housing in higher education, visit