On-campus housing or off?

You can choose to live on campus in a residence hall or off campus in a nearby rental.

All exchange students are guaranteed on-campus housing. Almost all international students decide to live in on-campus student housing, both because of the convenient proximity to classes and dining halls, and the possibility to meet many new people.

Information about both options are listed below.

On-campus student housing

Once you have a Northwestern email account, you can begin to register for on-campus housing through the Undergraduate Housing Office.

Benefits of living on campus

Living in a Northwestern residence hall may be a different experience than at your home university. Many first and second-year Northwestern students will also be living in the halls with you. This provides a great opportunity to interact with students from across the US and around the world.

Housing options

Options range from small houses of 50 or fewer residents to large residence halls with 400 or more students. There is also gender-specific housing, co-ed housing and Residential Colleges that combine your academic and extracurricular activities. In most cases, on-campus housing at Northwestern means that you will be sharing a room with another student, as well as sharing a common bathroom, living area and kitchen with all the students on your floor or wing.

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Off-campus housing

Off-campus housing can take many forms, including renting an apartment or room, or subletting from someone.

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Northwestern's International Office website provides information about acquiring off-campus housing.