On-campus housing is the best way to get a feel for the American student experience. You will likely have a roommate. Your building will have a computer lab, fitness center, dining options, laundry facilities, elevators, and air conditioning. All first year, undergraduate students live on campus at Illinois State. Living on campus helps international students get involved in the campus community, adjust to American life, and perform better in their classes.
Many international students who live on campus choose to live in International House, a multicultural living and learning community for American and international students. International House, also known as "I-House" is Illinois State’s on-campus living and learning center. The program encourages cross-cultural understanding by helping international students develop friendships with each other and American students alike. It is a co-educational residence hall which means both men and women live there. Students share a room with one other person of the same gender. Find out more about International House located in Manchester Hall. You will receive information from the Office of International Studies and Programs about living in I-House after you are admitted.
Graduate students and upper-class undergraduates (junior and senior level) may choose to live in an off-campus apartment. Illinois State University owns and leases apartments in two complexes which provide cost-effective accommodations for families and single graduate students. You must meet enrollment qualifications to be eligible. Visit University Housing Services to learn more.
Off-Campus Student Services is a good place to start if you’re interested in living off-campus in a privately-owned apartment. They list area apartments and houses for rent and make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as an off-campus student. They’ll even review your lease for you if you’re unsure about the terms. A lease is a legal document most renters are required to sign that states the renter will stay in the apartment and pay the rent for the agreed upon period, usually 9-12 months. Privately-owned housing varies widely in price, amenities, and proximity to the University. Off-campus apartments can be difficult to find at the beginning of the semester. If you want to live off campus, you may want to wait until your second year at Illinois State.
Housing during Campus Vacations
If you live in a residence hall, the building may close during official University vacation periods which typically occur between semesters and around American holidays. Regular meal service is not available and you must leave the building. The Office of International Studies and Programs may be able to offer other housing options. View the residence hall opening and closing schedule.