On-campus Housing

Chicago offers a variety of housing options to serve the diverse needs of students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Many students spend their first few years at the school living in one of our two residence facilities: Jones Hall and the 162 North State Street Residences. As a resident, you can truly immerse yourself in a community of fellow artists, live right in the heart of Chicago's loop, and enjoy conveniences you won't find in most student apartments. Both residence halls are just minutes away from classes, have controlled access into the buildings, and have 24-hour security staff.

Students often find it most helpful to live on campus as they make the transition to SAIC and Chicago. Staff in each of the facilities include student RAs and full-time, live-in professional staff. Our staff are available to help students become more familiar with the school and the city, assist with personal and academic issues, and to build a strong artist community.

Off-campus Housing

Off-campus housing assistance is available to students through the Residence Life office. Students can access our online, off-campus housing resource site through the SAIC website. This site, operated by a company called Places4Students, allows students to contact landlords who are interested in housing college students. The site also has a password-protected roommate finder service so that SAIC students can connect with other SAIC students who are interested in sharing a living space. If students would like to meet with a staff member individually about an apartment search, they may come to our offices in the Sullivan Center (suite 1203) to obtain a variety of housing information, including cooperative living information and tenants’ rights brochures.

Learn More

For more detailed information about housing at SAIC visit the Housing and Residence Life website or contact 312.629.6870.

Care Package Program

As your student quickly approaches the busiest and most taxing part of the semester—finals—SAIC's Care Package Program [PDF] is a great way to give your favorite artist a little extra TLC. 

The Care Package Program is only offered to the families of our on-campus students.

Celebration Cakes

Looking for a gift for your student for their birthday? Maybe something to get them through the final push of midterms? Food For Thought is excited to announce that they now offer celebration cakes available to students! The 8" cake features multiple options that you can chose from—yellow cake or devil's food chocolate cake; icing flavors of buttercream, whipped cream, or fudge); choice of filling (optional for additional $10) of fresh strawberries or bananas; choice of décor (congratulations, birthday or no décor).

Allergy and Food Restriction Information: The cake is not vegan or gluten free. It does not contain nuts but will be made in a kitchen where nuts were used.

The order can be completed online with a credit card payment. The orderer chooses a time of day for pick up in the SAIC Neiman Center Café.

Orders can be placed here.