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Thank you for choosing Illinois Tech as the next stop on your educational journey. To make your transition here as smooth as possible, click on the links below for a variety of information that will be very helpful to you.

In order for international students to study at Illinois Tech, they need to have a valid non-immigrant visa status. Most international students admitted to Illinois Tech obtain F-1 or J-1 visas. However, it is possible to study in the United States with certain dependent visa categories, including H-4s, J-2s, and L-2s.

F-1 Student Visa - I-20

The F-1 visa is the most common student visa and is issued to full-time students enrolled in an academic program. In order to apply for the F-1 visa, students must first receive their Ilinois Tech I-20 from the Office of Admission.

Note: All questions related to the issuing of your USC I-20 should be directed to the appropriate admissions office.

J-1 Student Visa - DS-2019

The J-1 student visa is an exchange visitor visa issued to students at all academic levels. In order to apply for the J-1 student visa, students must first receive their DS-2019 from the admissions office.

F-2 and J-2 Dependents

Students who plan to have dependents accompany them during their studies must request dependent I-20/DS-2019 with the admissions office. F-2 dependents are not permitted to study at Illinois Tech. If study is desired, the F-2 dependent must change status prior to beginning study. J-2 dependents may study full-time or part-time.

On-campus housing is coordinated through Residence and Greek Life: 

  • For general information regarding on-campus housing, please review the Residence and Greek Life website.
  • For information on room and board rates and the online housing application, please click here.
  • Explore your housing choices by clicking here.
  • Roommates in the on-campus residence halls are assigned based on gender and space availability. Most halls and floors are co-ed; individual apartments are not. Please click here to learn more.
  • Undergraduate students, please note: Illinois Tech is committed to the educational value of on-campus living. Because of this commitment, all first-year students not residing with a parent or guardian are required to live in Illinois Tech campus housing. Please click here to learn more.
  • Graduate students, please note: Illinois Tech is growing and campus housing continues to be a commodity. It is strongly recommended that graduate students submit a Room and Board Contract for housing as early as possible. Please click here to learn more. Residence and Greek Life accepts applications from part-time and full-time graduate students, including visiting and exchange students. 

How to Apply for On-Campus Housing

Housing is limited, so accommodations must be booked well in advance. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. All contracts must be submitted online at

IMPORTANT: Mailed or faxed housing requests, applications, or deposits do not guarantee a room. Applicants must submit the online housing contract to be assigned to a campus room.

Arrival Information

  • For move-in dates, please visit the Residence and Greek Life calendar.
  • Residence and Greek Life has a very helpful guide to moving into on-campus housing. Please click here to learn more.
  • If you plan to arrive on campus early for Orientation and have a Room and Board Contract, be sure to RSVP for Orientation. By doing so, you will be able to stay in campus housing. If you do not have a Room and Board contract, you may need short-term accommodations:


    If you plan to arrive earlier than the opening of the residence halls or prior to the start of your apartment lease but do not have a room assignment, temporary housing may be available at Hostelling International Chicago. Maximum permitted stay is two weeks. The hostel is conveniently located about three miles from Illinois Tech’s Main Campus and is easily accessible by public transportation. For hostel reservations and other information, go to their website at Reservations are preferred. For more information on public transportation, go to  


    There are also many local hotels that provide discounted rates. A number of Chicago-area hotels offer discounted rates to Illinois Tech students as well as their families and friends. Please see the hotel list for additional information.

Overnight Stay

Students attending Orientation stay in the on campus residence hall State Street Village. State Street Village is comprised of three interconnected residence halls. Each serves as a social center and study hall. All freshmen not residing with their families are required to live in IIT campus housing. Staying overnight on campus is a great opportunity to gain a perspective of what on-campus living is like and what you may want to bring in the Fall!  Do not forget to pack sheets or a sleeping bag and toiletries. 

Transportation from airport

O’Hare International Airport Arrivals

The main airport in Chicago, O'Hare International Airport, is also one of the world’s largest and busiest. When your flight arrives at the international terminal, you may spend two hours retrieving your luggage and getting through immigration. If you are entering the United States at a different location than Chicago, please make sure to allow sufficient time for connecting flights.


The 2017 Fall AMGP offers new and returning Illinois Tech international students a free ride from O’Hare to Main Campus via coach bus, sponsored by the International Center and the Office of Student Affairs.

Meet at Terminal 5 in the baggage claim area. Look for IIT students wearing Illinois Tech T-shirts and holding AMGP Illinois Tech signs.

Drop-Off Location

Main Campus at the McCormick Student Village (MSV).

Click Here to Sign Up!

If you will arrive earlier in the day, take a taxi, share a shuttle van, or ride the Chicago Transit Authority O’Hare elevated train (the "L") to Main Campus. All three are safe and efficient ways to travel.


Follow the airport signs to the taxi stand outside the terminal. Only accept rides from taxis that queue at this location. The fare is metered and there is a separate charge for luggage. Sign-Up: Click here. Cost: $50, approximately (plus 15% tip). Time: about 45 minutes.


Shuttles leave O'Hare every five to ten minutes. Tickets may be purchased at the kiosk outside of the International Terminal and at the lower levels of Terminals 1, 2, and 3 at the counters across from the baggage claim. Continental Airport Express also offers shuttles to northern suburban locations.  Cost:  $40 (plus $5 tip), approximately.


The Chicago Transit Authority O’Hare elevated train (the "L") station is located at Terminal 2. If you arrive at another terminal, you will need to take the trains inside O’Hare to get to Terminal 2. Then, take the Blue Line to the Jackson stop and change to the Red Line toward Dan Ryan/95th. The Illinois Tech stop is at Sox/35th Street. You will exit the train station toward 35th Street. Cost: $2.25. Trip length: 1.5 hours, approximately. For more information, go to

Midway International Airport Arrivals


Cost: $35 (plus 15% tip), approximately. Trip length: 20-30 minutes, depending upon traffic. There is a taxi stand at ground level outside the arrival area of each terminal at Midway Airport.



Follow the signs in the terminal to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated (the "L") train station. Take the CTA Orange Line toward the Loop/Downtown to the Roosevelt stop. Then change to the Green Line train in the  direction of Ashland/63rd. The Illinois Tech stop at 35th/Bronzeville/IIT is located one block south of Main Campus. For more information, go to

What to bring

As you prepare for your trip, don’t forget to bring a bed sheet, a pillow, and items you might need for your first night of stay, as rooms don’t come with these items. In addition, the weather in Chicago is quite variable due to the flat terrain of the Midwest and the proximity to Lake Michigan. From September to May, temperatures can range from 0° F to 60° F (-18° C to 16° C) with both rain and snow. Generally, the coldest months are January and February. The summer months (June – August)can be quite hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 60° F to 95° F (16°C to 35° C). You will need both lightweight clothing and warm winter clothes (boots, hat, gloves) in addition to an umbrella and a raincoat.

Essential items


Light Jacket
Winter Coat


Extra-long twin sheets (39" x 80" x 9")  


Clothes hangers Detergent
Fabric softner / dryer sheets Laundry bag or basket
Sewing kit  

Electronics and School Supplies

Alarm clock Coaxial Cable
Telephone Iron (lounge use only)
Floor Lamp (these are not provided in SSV, GU or Carman Hall) Scientific Calculator
Computer or Laptop Desk lamp
Specialized software Small fan (Fowler, GU, Carman are not air conditioned)
Thumb drive/USB  

Personal Care

Bath towel Mugs and cups
First aid kit Cups and plates
Shower caddy (not provided in showers) Snack foods
Prescription medication Personal toiletries
Sandals and shower shoes