Summer Intern Housing FAQ

Who is allowed to apply for summer internship housing?

Housing is available to individuals who have secured an internship in Chicago that covers the entire length of their requested stay in the residence hall. Please be advised, the Residence Life Office will contact your internship provider in advance to confirm your internship. Therefore, it is important that you request housing only after your plans are concrete. Please be sure to provide the correct contact information for your internship in the space provided on the application. Failing to do so will delay the processing of your application and may jeopardize your ability to secure housing.

The COVID-19 primary vaccination series are required for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for any period of time, including interns.

When can I submit an application?

Intern Housing applications for the Summer 2022 are now open!  Click here to apply today.

When is my space secured?

After we receive your application and have verified your internship, we will prepare and send you a personalized lease agreement in early April. Once you have signed and returned your lease and made your $500 prepayment, you will receive a confirmation of space from SAIC Residence Life for the dates you indicated.

We will send instructions on how to complete your application in April, so do not be worried if you do not hear from us before April.

What is the minimum stay?

Interns must have an internship lasting at least eight weeks and must commit to stay in the residence hall for at least eight weeks. Please contact us directly if you would like to request an exception to this policy. Call Residence Life at 312.629.6870 or email

What is the maximum stay?

Interns must be employed at their internship for the entire duration of their stay. An intern can stay in the 162 N. State St. Residences for the entire length of our intern housing season or for the entire length of their employment, whichever is less.

When will I be notified of my specific space?

You will receive notification approximately one week before your stay begins.

When is the rent due?

Rent is due the day you arrive for the remainder of that month. For subsequent months, rent is due on the first of the month for the weeks you will be living at SAIC in that month (i.e. if your internship ends on July 22, you owe three weeks rent on July 1). SAIC does not require a housing deposit.

When can I move in and move out?

Interns can move in on Sundays between noon - 4pm, and can move out on Sundays between 9:00am - noon.

The weekly billing cycle begins at 12:00 p.m. every Sunday. If you move out after 12:00 p.m. Sunday, you will be charged for the entire week.

What is the guest policy?

We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 impact, along with any City of Chicago public health orders. At this time, we expect to have interns to be able to have up to three guests/visitors, all who must provide proof of vaccination. 

Is there a penalty for canceling the lease or moving out early?

Yes. Interns are expected to adhere to their lease, and honor their contract in full. Additionally, subletting is not allowed.

When is the earliest I can move in?

The earliest you can move in is May 21st, 2023.  More information will be provided to you closer to your arrival date.

When is the latest I can move out?

The latest you are able to move out is August 18th, 2023. 

What should I bring?

Of course you can't bring everything you have at home to your space on campus. You'll have to pick and choose what you need the most.

Here are time-tested suggestions.
You will need to bring the following items:

  • Pots, pans, measuring cups, etc. 
  • Pillows, sheets, blankets, mattress pad (mattresses are extra-long twin)
  • Plates, bowls, cups, glasses, silverware 
  • Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, towels, etc.)

You may also want to bring some of the following items: 

  • Alarm clock 
  • Area rug 
  • Bulletin or dry-erase board 
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Desk lamp and/or table lamp (no halogen lamps are allowed) 
  • First aid supplies (Band-Aids, gauze, aspirin) 
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Storage containers for food

Do not bring any of the following: 

  • Pressure cookers
  • Halogen lights of any kind 
  • Air conditioners or space heaters 
  • Candles or incense 
  • Firearms, fireworks, or other explosives 
  • Pets (other than fish) 
  • Hookahs 
  • Wireless internet routers 
  • Weapons of any kind

What is provided?

  • Extra-long twin bed with box spring
  • Private kitchenette (9-cubic-foot refrigerator, built-in microwave, 2-burner stove, cabinet space, and sink)
  • Private bathroom, full shower with shower doors
  • Drafting table(s)
  • Desk chair(s)
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Individual controlled air conditioning unit
  • Window blinds
  • Track lighting
  • Closet space with closet organizer