New Parent Guide

On-Campus Housing

Columbia offers on-campus housing in five residence halls in the South Loop. All full-time students are welcome to apply for on-campus housing through the Residence Life office.

You can find photos and more information on each residence hall and the application process on the Residence Life website.

Off-Campus Housing

Looking for housing in a big city is not the easiest task, but there are a wide range of online resources to help students with their search.

If you aren't familiar with Chicago or it's many neighborhoods, an apartment search site like Domu would be a good start. They provide an overview of popular neighborhoods, rent ranges, and other helpful resources.

Once you have found a place of interest, you can enter the address into Walk Score to see what's nearby; public transportation, restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, etc.

NOTE: We do not recommend these housing options or online-tools over ones that are not listed. We also neither endorse nor have any special arrangement or relationship with the businesses listed. All dealings with these businesses occur strictly between the apartment/business/service and the individual.

Academic Resources

The Academic Center for Tutoring offers one-on-one tutoring and academic support to facilitate student success.

Housed within the Academic Center for Tutoring is the Writing Center, where students can get help with writing just about anything–including papers, scholarship essays, and résumés. Students can make an appointment to meet with a writing consultant by logging into oasis and clicking the Appointments tab. 

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is another program offered by the Academic Center for Tutoring. Student leaders who have successfully completed a specific course facilitate interactive peer study groups that teach note-taking and questioning techniques, graphic organization, and study strategies.

Read more on Academic Center for Tutoring website.