Current Resident Resources

Important links for SAIC students already living in the residence halls:

Health & Safety Checks

As emailed on Monday, October 11, Health and Safety Inspections will take place  between 9am-8pm from October 17-22.  The goal of these inspections is to ensure there are no fire safety concerns and that all rooms are reasonably clean. 

Your RA will advertise specific times that they will complete these inspections.  You do not need to be present for the inspection.

To prepare, please remove trash, wash dishes, clean surfaces, and remove excessive clutter prior to these inspections. Also, we encourage you to review the student handbook to ensure there are no policy violations. Keep an eye on the bulletin boards by elevators and the Residence Life instagram (@saicresidencelife) for more details about health and safety inspections in the next week.

Please reach out to your RA or email reslife@saic.edu with any questions regarding these inspections.

Intention Forms

What are Intention Forms?
This form lets us know your housing plans for the upcoming Spring 2022 semester. Every resident must submit this form by Friday, November 5, 2021, even if you are planning to stay in your current space.

Where can I complete the Intention Form?
Intention Forms will be available on October 21st, 2021!  You will need to log into the SAIC Housing Portal to submit the intention form.  Use the same form to submit any update or changes.

What happens if I don’t submit an Intention Form?
All on campus residents are required to submit an Intention Form.  Residence Life will send out a number of reminders to ensure that all responses are submitted. 

What if I don’t plan to live on campus next semester?
We understand that plans sometimes change and you may need to break your Housing Contract.  Please indicate this on your Spring 2022 Intention Form and your space on campus will be forfeited for Spring.  All students who break their Housing Contract will be assessed a $1300 Contract Breakage fee.  If you are graduating or studying abroad within an SAIC exchange program, this fee doesn’t apply.

What if I plan to stay in on campus housing next semester, but want to change my room or roommate?
On the intention form residents can request to change their room/roommate.  If you have someone in mind to live with, please indicate this on the intention form.  Residence Life will reach out to you to approve or deny your request based on what spaces are available.  

If you do not have a new space/roommate in mind for the upcoming semester,  it is your responsibility as a resident to be proactive and to seek out what new spaces or roommates you would like for the Spring.  Talk to your friends and neighbors about open spaces.  If you find an ideal match prior to when intention forms are due (November 5th), you are able to resubmit a new intention form on the SAIC Housing Portal.

Another great opportunity to find an ideal roommate is by attending the Room Switch Fair on November 10th at 4:30pm in the 162 N. State Street Solarium.  When you have identified a place you would like to move to, you will need to work with Residence Life to make changes to your intention form.  Residence Life will reach out to you to approve or deny your request based on what spaces are available.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Intention Form?
An email will be sent with additional information about intention forms.  This is a great first step to answering any of your basic questions.  Contact your RA,  Hall Director or the main Residence Life office at reslife@saic.edu for any additional questions. 

 

LaundryView

LaundryView is an Internet application that allows you to monitor the status of washers and dryers in connected laundry rooms through a web browser. LaundryView was developed in response to requests for greater control over laundry activities. Since many people tend to do their laundry during similar time periods, it results in busy laundry rooms. LaundryView's mission is to help you save time by providing information about the current state of laundry room equipment wherever you have access to a browser or email messages. Learn more

What if I have an issue with my room?

If you have any issues or concerns with your space, please submit a work order for our engineers to assist. If you have an immediate room issue, please call the RA on Call for your specific building, or go to the 1st floor security desk for assistance. (Note, RA on Call is only available from 6pm-8am during weekdays, but available 24 hours on weekends starting at 6pm)

What is the mailing address?

Addresses for each residence hall can be found below. We encourage students and families to include the student's room number in the address in order to ensure successful delivery of mail. In addition, students who have a preferred name or multiple names that mail is sent to should inform the residence hall desk about possible names their mail could be sent to. 

162 North State Street Residences
Student Name
162 N. State St., Room Number
Chicago, IL 60601

Jones Hall
Student Name
7 W. Madison St., Room Number
Chicago, IL 60602

The Buckingham
Student Name
59 E. Van Buren St., Apartment Number
Chicago, IL 60605

Where are the grocery and home stores?

There are many home and grocery stores very close to the residence halls, including-

  • Mariano's | 333 E. Benton Pl.
    This is a large grocery store with many great options. Walk east (towards the lake) on Randolph Street. Turn left on Columbus Drive. Turn right on Park Drive. See 333 E Benton Place to your left.
  • Jewel-Osco | 550 N. State St. (at Grand Ave.)
    Jewel-Osco is located outside the Red Line stop at Grand Avenue. Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the Grand stop. You can also walk north on State Street to Grand Avenue. It is about 3/4 of a mile.
  • Whole Foods Market | 30 W. Huron St.
    This has all your organics, locally grown, and exotic choices. Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the Chicago stop. Walk south two blocks to Huron Street. Turn right and walk to 30 West Huron Street.
  • Trader Joe's | 44 E. Ontario St.
    This is a slightly more affordable version of Whole Foods. Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the Grand stop. Walk north two blocks to Ontario Street. Turn right and walk one and a half blocks east to 44 East Ontario Street.
  • Trader Joe's | 1147 S. Wabash Ave.
    Another Trader Joe's location: Take the Red Line South toward 95th/Dan Ryan and get off at the Roosevelt stop. Turn left on Roosevelt Road and walk one block east.
  • Target | 1 S. State St. (at Madison St.)
    Located at the corner of State and Madison, this is a "city version" of the Target big-box store.
  • Target | 1154 S. Clark St. (at Roosevelt Rd.)
    This is the downtown big-box that also has groceries. Take the Red Line south toward 95th/Dan Ryan and get off at the Roosevelt stop. Turn right on Roosevelt Road and walk over the bridge. Or if you drive, there is an attached parking garage.

How do I get to the residence halls?

Via public transportation

CTA from O'Hare Airport

Blue Line—from O'Hare Airport

Fare is $5.25

To Jones Hall: Take the Loop-bound train (Forest Park), and exit the train at Washington. (Washington and Dearborn Streets). Walk one block south, and one block east to the corner of Madison and State Street. The building is located at 7 West Madison Street.

To the 162 North State Street Residences: Take the Loop-bound train (Forest Park), and exit the train at Washington. (Washington and Dearborn Streets). Walk one block north and one block east, to the corner of Randolph and State Streets. The building is located on the northwest corner.

To the Buckingham: Take the Loop-bound train (Forest Park), and exit the train at Jackson. (Jackson and Dearborn Streets). Walk one block south and two blocks east, to the corner of Van Buren and Wabash Streets. The building is located on the southeast corner.

CTA from Midway Airport

Orange Line—from Midway Airport

Fare is $2.50

To Jones Hall: Take the Loop-bound train, and exit the train at the Adams and Wabash stop. Walk one block west to the corner of Adams and State Streets, and two blocks north to Madison and State Streets. The building is located at 7 West Madison Street.

To the 162 North State Street Residences: Take the Loop-bound train, and exit the train at the State and Lake stop. Walk one block south to 162 North State Street.

To the Buckingham: Take the Loop-bound train, and exit the train at the Harold Washington stop. Walk two blocks east. The building is located on the southeast corner.

Driving Directions

To get to Downtown Chicago, or the Loop, please consult the Directions page.

The 162 North State Street Residences are located on State Street between Randolph and Lake Streets, just across from the iconic Chicago Theater and its can't-miss marquee.

Jones Hall is located on the corner of State Street and Madison Street, at 7 West Madison Street.

The Buckingham is located on the corner of Wabash Avenue and Van Buren Street, at 59 East Van Buren Street.