Housing Renewal: 2021-2022

Housing Renewal: Reserve your space for 2021-2022!

Living in the residence halls offers many advantages ranging from its close proximity to campus, to its strong community of artists, designers, & scholars, to awesome facilities that a include 24hr studio space and gallery space!  

We hope to have you join us on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. Follow these quick, easy steps below to secure your space in the Residence Halls, including your meal plan, for the 2021-2022 academic year.

1. Apply for Housing
Housing Applications are open!  Access the online housing application at saic-housing.artic.edu.  You will need to electronically sign your housing contract and submit the $550 prepayment online prior to April 6, 2021 in order to participate in the Virtual Housing Renewal Fair on April 11, 2021.   See steps to pay for the prepayment below.  

  • Electronic Payment (preferred method) - Students may pay the prepayment via electronic check or credit card online.  To pay online, follow the steps outlines below:
    • Log in to PeopleSoft Self-Service.  You will use the log-in information created through the GET CONNECTED process.
    • Once logged-in, click Account Inquiry
    • Click 'Make a Payment'
    • Next, click 'Make a Payment' or 'ARTICard Deposit'
    • On the next screen, click 'Housing Prepayment'
    • Enter $150 as the total amount of the payment.  In order for your prepayment to be accepted, it must be the full amount of $150.
    • Select Summer 2021 for the term
    • Click Add to Shopping Cart and continue to follow the instructions to pay via credit card
  • Via Check or Money Order - If you prefer to mail a check or money order, you may send it to the address below.  Please make the $150 housing prepayment payable to 'SAIC'.
    • Residence Life Office School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 36 S. Wabash Ave, Suite 1209, Chicago, IL 60603

2. Attend Helpful Events (Optional)  - Each of the events listed below will be held virtually!  To find more information about each of the events, visit engage.saic.edu.

  • Living at SAIC Serieslearn more about which residence hall may be a great fit for you!  Residence Life staff will provide you with a virtual tour of the halls, provide great information and open the floor for questions.  
    • 162 N State Street Edition - Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:30pm
    • Buckingham Edition - Thursday, March 25th at 5:00pm
    • Jones Hall Edition - Monday, March 29th at 5pm
  • Virtual Roommate Finder Fair - find your perfect roommate for the 2021-2022 academic year! This is a low key even designed to help you find a great roommate(s) for the upcoming year.  The Virtual Roommate Finder Fair is on April 1, 2021 at 6pm.  

4. Receive email about next steps.
On April 8, 2021, lottery numbers will be emailed to your SAIC email account. Exact times for participants to arrive at the Virtual Housing Renewal Fair will be included with the lottery number, which will be assigned to you based on the total number of terms you have lived on campus. (The longer you have lived on campus, the better your lottery number).

5. Attend the virtual Housing Renewal Fair on April 11, 2021.
You can reserve your space and choose a roommate for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Times could range from 2pm to 7pm.  Pick from singles, small singles, doubles, and private bedrooms in shared apartments in the 162 N State Street Residences, Jones Hall, and the Buckingham. 

As you think about what type of space you are looking for, please note that some rooms will not be available. These rooms are not available for several reasons including, but not limited to, temporary triple rooms, ADA accessible rooms, Specialty Program rooms etc. If you need more information on room layouts to prepare for your selection, click here.

2021-2022 Housing Rates

  Jones Hall 162 N. State The Buckingham
Triple Rooms (*Pending Availability)
N/A $10,200* N/A
Shared (*Pending Availability)
N/A N/A $10,800*
Double $13,500 $13,500 N/A
Private Bedroom in Shared Apartment N/A N/A $14,900
Small Single $15,700 N/A N/A
Single $18,000 $18,000 N/A
Fines Varies Varies Varies
Required Meal Plan for Residence Hall Students
Returning Students: $1,150/Academic Year
New Students: $1,700/Academic Year

Housing Renewal FAQ

I want a single room. Can I be guaranteed a single room?

Single rooms are not guaranteed. Students will select the specific room they want in order of the lottery numbers. When all the single rooms are taken, a waiting list will begin. Over the summer, single rooms often become available. Residence Life will offer available single rooms to students in order of the waiting list. Many of the students who add their names to the single room waiting list at the Housing Renewal Fair will have a single room before the academic year begins. We also encourage you to check out private rooms at The Buckingham, as this option is a cost-effective way to get a private space and still enjoy the company of roommates.

I want to live in the Buckingham. Will space be available?

Although only a limited number of spaces will be available at The Buckingham for Housing Renewal, we expect to be able to offer more spaces over the summer. You can sign up for The Buckingham waiting list at the Housing Renewal Fair and Residence Life will contact you via phone call and e-mail to offer available spaces as they open.

How are lottery numbers assigned?

The Housing Renewal lottery is a weighted lottery. Lottery numbers are randomly assigned based on the amount of time students have lived on campus. Students who have lived on campus the longest will have the “best” lottery numbers.

What if I cannot make it to the Virtual Housing Renewal Fair? How do I pick my room?

If you cannot make it to Virtual Housing Renewal, you will recieve information via your SAIC email account with information on how to sign up to select your housing.  

I know who I want to be my roommate. How do we sign up for a room together?

If you know who you want to be your roommate, please arrive at the Virtual Housing Renewal Fair together. You should arrive at the fair with whichever roommate has the better lottery number. You will go through the fair together. This also applies to any group intending to live together in an apartment in The Buckingham.

What if my desired roommate is an incoming student?

If your desired roommate is an incoming student, please contact Residence Life at stulife@saic.edu.

I’m not signing up for a single room, but I don’t have roommate(s) in mind. Is that okay?

If you do not have a plan for a roommate(s), we will assign you a roommate. Your assigned roommate may be a new or returning student.

To assist in finding you the perfect roommate, join us at the Virtual Roommate Finder Fair on April 1st at 6pm.

I don’t want the meal plan. Can I be waived out of the meal plan?

All students who live in the residences halls are required to have a meal plan.