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International Students

On-campus housing is coordinated through the IIT Office of 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 two 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

Early Arrival Request

If you have Room and Board Contract, and plan to arrive to campus prior to January 7, 2015, including if you are arriving early for any Orientation, you should request Early Arrival accommodations. Students attending orientation, may begin moving in one day before with no additional charge. Meals are not included for early arrivals. 

Temporary Housing

Temporary housing is not available at this time.

Located in the IIT Guest Suites, Short Term Housing maybe available for incoming students who have not finalized their housing arrangements and/or need a couple of days to complete paperwork prior to moving into their new residence. An individual stay in IIT Short Term Housing costs $45 per night. Short Term Housing stays cannot exceed three nights. Short term housing availability is very limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis through online reservation.

Transportation from airport

There is free shuttle bus transportation from O’Hare International Airport to IIT campus sponsored by the International Center. Further information can be found on the international center website:

What to bring

As you prepare for your trip, don’t forget to bring bed sheet, a pillow and items you might need for the first night of stay since 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