Housing and Residence Life

Res Hall Room


Immerse Yourself in a Community of Artists

There is a tremendous amount of energy in a community of 900+ artists—new and continuing students—living together. Many of our students spend their first year thriving in the environment provided in one of our three residence halls, Jones Hall, the 162 North State Street Residences, or The Buckingham.

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. Our residence halls are just minutes away from classes, have controlled access into the buildings, and have 24-hour security staff in each facility. You are also close to almost all the major cultural attractions of the city and the comforts of neighborhood living, from grocery stores to coffee shops.
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 Resident Advisors (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.

All of our residence halls feature loft or apartment-style spaces. Each room/apartment contains:

  • a private bathroom
  • a kitchenette with stove, full-size refrigerator, and microwave
  • spectacular city views
  • wireless Internet

Returning to Campus

We are making many changes to reduce the risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), on campus and in the residence halls. For information on what residence life will look like this year, visit our Make Together site. For information on our move-in process, visit our Move-In site

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: SAIC will require COVID-19 vaccines for all undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and Continuing Studies students who intend to be on campus for any period of time starting in the Fall 2021 term.  Students living in the residence halls cannot move in until they've submitted proof to SAIC that they are fully vaccinated.  More information will be sent to residence hall students in the coming weeks.  You can also visit the Make Together page with updates regarding opening and COVID-19 at: https://www.saic.edu/maketogether#feature.