Moving In

What do I need to know about quarantine?

All students living in the residence halls are expected to follow any applicable quarantine requirements. For more information about quarantine requirements in the residence halls, review our quarantine instructions here

What are SAIC Move In Dates?

SAIC will facilitate a primarily self-service move in process.  Students who are new to the residence halls may move in on January 12, 2021 and January 13, 2021.

How will SAIC’s Move In Work?

Student who are new to the residence halls will need to sign up for a move in time.  You will recieve the signup form when you have been assigned your Spring housing assignment.  Students will have approximately 1 (one) hour to move in all of their items and 1 (one) guest will be permitted to assist.

  1. Arrive at your permanently assigned building at your move in time with up to 1 guest.
  2. Wear Face Coverings as you arrive/get out of the car
  3. Check-in with government ID and cell phone with service (if possible)
  4. Unload your car
  5. Drop items in your room
  6.  Move your car to a permanent parking spot (if not already in one) after your one hour move in time.
  7. Move to quarantine space (if applicable) – check in might be necessary if in another building

How do I sign up for a Move-In Time?

You will recieve the form to sign up for your move-in time once you have been assigned a housing assignment.  Additionally information will be within the housing assignment letter.  

What do I need to do to prepare for Move-In?

More detailed information regarding how to prep for move in for Spring residents will be available in December.  

Can I bring someone to assist with my move in?

Yes.  New Students will be allowed to bring 1 (one) person with them to assist with move in.  

When will SAIC New Student Orientation begin?

New Student Orientation will be presented in an engaging online learning environment, including both live and pre-recorded content. The program will kick off prior to your arrival on-campus. For the most up to date information on orientation, visit saic.edu/orientation.

What if I need to buy a laptop, get a cell phone or open a US bank account?

Students are encouraged to utilize online shopping and digital banking as much as is possible. Our residence hall offices will be open to allow for students to receive mail and packages. If students need to leave the residence halls to purchase items, we will have designated times during move in when students can exit and enter the building. Students in quarantine will not be permitted to leave their rooms during the quarantine period.

Can I see my space/the residence halls before my move in time?

To create the most physically distant move in experience, students will not have access to their room/the residence halls before their designated move in time. If you have specific questions about your room, contact Residence Life at stulife@saic.edu.

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 39 East Van Buren Street.

Where do I park the car after it has been unloaded?

There are many parking options in the Loop, but the Theater District parking garage located on Dearborn Street between Randolph Street and Lake Street is conveniently located just around the block from 162 North State Street and just two-and-a-half blocks from Jones Hall. SAIC has a partnership with this parking garage and is able to offer you a discounted parking ($18 instead of $36) ticket for Move In weekend. Buckingham residents are encouraged to park at 434 S Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605 which is $14 for up to 12 hours of parking.

Where are the public restrooms in the buildings?

In 162 North State Street Residences, there are public bathrooms on the second floor. In Jones Hall, there is a public bathroom on the 3rd floor. In the Buckingham, there is a public bathroom on the first floor.

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.

What information should students have when they check into the residence halls?

Students should bring a government issued photo ID to the check in desk. Move in will happen faster if students have entered their domestic cell phone and emergency contact information into SAIC PeopleSoft Self-Service and if they sign all applicable paperwork for the ARTICard and submit a photo in advance.

Submit your photo TODAY!  Click here to access the MyPhoto application.

Can I send packages to the residence hall before I arrive?

Yes, you may. You have a couple options to do this:

Service to SAIC Students: Ship-To-School!

Ship-To-School is a program offered by Collegeboxes, Inc. to help students get their items from home to school. We have worked with this company for more than ten years and they serve many schools across the nation. Ship-To-School service allows you to schedule FedEx to pick up your items at your home, ship the items for temporary storage near school, and then deliver everything to SAIC before domestic student move in so they are waiting in your room!

The process is simple: go to collegeboxes.com to register for Ship-To-School; they schedule a FedEx pick up your items from your home and ship everything to their local storage facility; then they deliver them to your room as the school year begins. Don't worry that you don't know your room assignment yet—SAIC will work with Collegeboxes to ensure they have the right room number. Students will need to contract with Collegeboxes on an individual basis—head to Collegeboxes.com for more information.

If you plan on sending some belongings to the residence hall before you arrive, please attempt to have the belongings arrive as close to your move-in date as possible. Our mail storage room will not allow us to store packages for weeks at a time. If you do mail us a package, we will accept it, log it, and put it into our secure mail room. We will email the student to notify them they have a package. Students may pick up the package at the residence hall front desk (4th floor in 162 N State Street Residences or 3rd floor in Jones Hall ) by presenting their student ID to be checked against our package log. Please see information about the mailing address below.

Please note: The residence halls will receive 100+ packages a day during the week prior to and the two weeks after move in. We will do our best to process these packages and disperse them to residents in a timely manner. We ask for your patience during this time. Please consider this information as you order supplies that have time sensitive deliveries.

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. Residences
162 N. State St., Room Number
Chicago, IL 60601

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

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