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Why Should You Live On Campus?


These are 5 key reasons why students live with UIC Campus Housing. If you are looking to build a successful career (or just make smarter decisions in the near future), then these 5 reasons below that other students have taken advantage of can help you as well.

1. Convenience

Close to classes, labs, libraries, and recreation centersToggle full Information

  • And study groups, and friends, and public transit, and downtown

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  • All basic utilities (heat, air conditioning, electric, water, trash, and phone[PSR and SSR only] within the contiguous 48 states) are included as part of your contract
  • Cable is only $10/month and internet is also only $10/month!

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  • You can even go online and see how many minutes are left on each machine, or put in your cell phone number and it will text you when the machine is done

Convenient billing Toggle full Information

  • All costs are put on your student account; the contract is conveniently placed on your student account at the beginning of each semester, at the same time as tuition, and financial aid.

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  • 24 hours a day students need to use keys and ID to get into the building. And guests are signed in after 7pm
  • Student security and an outside company to sign in guests and provide roving patrols
  • Closed-circuit cameras in common areas to provide additional security

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  • Not just another face in the elevator
  • Surrounded by fellow UIC students who are interested in the same things you are and doing the same things you are

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2. Academic Support

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  • Located in residence halls
  • During evening hours (when you're studying)

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  • Faculty in Residence live in the residence halls with you
  • Faculty Associates come onto the floors in the evenings

Study groups Toggle full Information

  • Formed based on class schedules with the help of Peer Mentors on floors
  • Easy to establish on your own with students around you

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  • Allow students with similar academic interests to live near each other
  • Easy to get notes from class
  • Easy to find study partners
  • Easy to plan outings based on shared interests (e.g., trip to Abbott Labs to learn about pharmacy)

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3. Involvement

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  • Located on every floor, in every building, across Housing, and across campus
  • Great chance to develop skill you'll use no matter what job you go into
  • Develop the experience of having others look to you as a resource for the special skills and talents you have
  • Students regularly attend state, regional and national conferences for leadership, and win competitions held there

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  • Most student organization meetings are held in the evening on campus
  • Easy to meet students with similar interests
  • Interactive database of resident students' interests to help in planning programs

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  • Discounted tickets to events across campus and city
  • Can provide food for events

Lifelong friendships Toggle full Information

  • Your best memories of college will be of hanging out with the people you meet
  • Great networking opportunities for future success

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4. 21st Century Job Skills

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  • The classroom is finally catching up to us, with more emphasis on groupwork and project-based learning
  • Having floor meetings weekly to discuss events going on on the floors
  • Negotiating with roommates and clustermates to keep common space clean

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  • The classroom is finally catching up to us, with more emphasis on groupwork and project-based learning
  • Being surrounded by lots of smart, talented people means lots of chances to develop your skills communicating with them
  • Closed-circuit video channel for student-produced programming to show off your video production skills

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  • Don't have to be defined by how you were in high school, or in your home town
  • Set your own hours; come and go as you please
  • Apartments available for upper-division students, so you can cook for yourself without having to worry about fighting over utilities or if your roommate just moves out mid-year

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  • Learn to balance getting papers written, laundry done, and going out with friends
  • Have the ability to structure time according to your needs (no having to worry about taking your little sister to soccer practice when you have to study for a test)

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5. It all adds up to success

Students who live with us are more likely to graduate.

From data compiled from UIC freshmen entering in 1999 to those entering in 2005:

Of those graduating six years after entering,
Those who started as freshmen living on-campus,
On average, were 28% more likely to graduate (than those who started as commuters)

And, on a national level, evidence also supports living on campus:

"Lastly, in terms of positive factors the importance of living on campus during the first year of college to degree completion cannot be overstated. Students who plan to live in a private home or residence (but not with family) as compared to living in a residence hall during their first year are at the greatest risk of attrition and not completing a degree. At the four-year mark these students have 35.2% lower odds of having completed a degree than do students who plan to live in campus residence halls, and at six years the odds of degree comple- tion are not much improved at 32.1%, lower than students who have first-year residence hall plans. Students who plan to live with family during the first year fare somewhat better, but still are at a significant attrition risk compared to their peers who plan to live in residence halls. At the four-year mark these students’ odds of completing their degree are 28.2% lower than those with residence hall plans and, at six years, their odds of graduating are 20.6% lower than those with residence hall plans."

DeAngelo, L., Franke, R., Hurtado, S., Pryor, J. H., & Tran, S. (2011). Completing college: Assessing graduation rates at four-year institutions. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA.

So Apply Now!

Still not convinced? Check out this presentation to find out more about our educational advantage.

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