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

Housing 2018–2019


Housing Renewal: Reserve your space for 2018-2019!


Living in the residence halls offers many advantages ranging from its close proximity to campus, to its strong community of more than 800 artists, designers, & scholars, to awesome facilities that a include 24hr 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.


We hope to have you join us on campus for the 2018-2019 academic year. Follow these quick, easy steps below to secure your space in the Residence Halls, including your meal plan, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

 1.  Applications are available online between February 28th- March 21st, 2018


Your online application must be submitted by 4:30pm on March 21st, 2018. Access the online housing application at You will sign your housing contract online prior to the Housing Renewal Fair on March 25th, 2018.

 2.  Submit the required $550.00 prepayment on or before March 21st, 2018.


A prepayment is required to secure your housing and meal plan for the 2018-2019 academic year. You will need to pay this fee before you are allowed to select a room. You may pay online or provide a check. More information on how to make a prepayment is available below.

3.  Look for a roommate.


Attend the Roommate Finder Fair, March 20th, 2018 at 4:30pm in the 162 North State Street Residences 17th Floor Solarium. Come to the Roommate Fair to find your perfect roommate for the 2018-2019 academic year! This is a low key event designed to help you find a great roommate(s) for the upcoming year.

4.  Receive your lottery number.


On March 23rd, 2018, lottery numbers will be emailed to your SAIC email account. Exact times for participants to arrive at the Housing Renewal Fair will be included with the lottery number, which will be assigned to you based on the total number of terms you have lived on campus. (The longer you have lived on campus, the better your lottery number).

 5.  Attend the Housing Renewal Fair on March 25th, 2018 in the 162 North State Street Residences in the 17th Floor Solarium.


You can reserve your space, choose a roommate, and sign a housing contract for the 2018-2019 academic year. 


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.


2018-2019 Housing Rates



Meal Plan Academic Year Rate

Academic Year Rate


Triple Rooms




Double Rooms




Small Single Rooms




Single Rooms




Buckingham Shared




Buckingham Private








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 3 week and 6 week classes as well as the entire summer.  If you are interested in summer 2018 housing, click here.


Submitting your Housing Pre-Payment


There are two ways to submit your housing pre-payment of $550.


            1. Check or Money Order

                        You can mail a check or money order, payable to SAIC, to:

                                    Residence Life, Suite 1203

                                    36 S Wabash

                                    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 Peoplesoft Self-Service. (
  2. Once logged-in, click “Account Inquiry”.
  3. Then click “Make a Payment”.
  4. Next, click “Make a payment or ARTICard deposit”.
  5. On the next screen, click “Housing Prepayment”.
  6. Enter $550.00 as the total amount of the payment. In order for your prepayment to be accepted, it must be the full amount of $550.00.
  7. Select “Fall 2018” for the term.
  8. Click “Add to Shopping Cart” and continue following the instructions to pay via credit card.  Please note that VISA is not accepted.


Housing Renewal FAQ

 1.   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 numbers.  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.

2.   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 e-mail to offer available spaces as they open.

 3.   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.

4.   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 Ashley Gaddis ( 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.

 5.   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 whichever roommate has the better 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.

 6.   What if my desired roommate is an incoming student?

If your desired roommate is an incoming student, please contact Ashley Gaddis ( to make a plan.

 7.   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.

 8.   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.



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. Applications will open in early April 2018.  Please submit your electronic contract via and make your $150 summer prepayment.


Housing Options for Returning Students

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.

Sign Up for Gender-Neutral Housing

Gender-Neutral Housing is an option for current SAIC students.

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 housing renewal, current SAIC 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 is available for SAIC on-campus students.

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 (e.g., three for triple, two for double), regardless of gender.

How do I apply for GNH?
Upper-class 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