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  • Roosevelt University student Resident Assistant

    "The Wabash Building looks so awesome on the outside and I know that years from now people are going to be talking about it and looking at this place as a model for what life in student housing should be. The tall windows give a beautiful view of the entire city. The view is breathtaking."

    Janessa Rivas, Elementary Education major (sophomore) and Resident Assistant

Residence amenities

The Wabash and University Center residences provide:

  • Central heating and air conditioning
  • All utilities included in price
  • Full access to rooms during holiday periods and breaks
  • Fully-furnished rooms
  • 24/7 on-site security staff and secured entrances
  • Fitness center
  • Handicap accessible options
  • Laundry facilities
  • Meeting areas
  • Cable TV access
  • High-speed internet access
  • Study room on each floor

Student housing in Chicago

Undergraduate students (International Year One) are required to live in university residences for at least 2 years. Graduate students (Pre-Master's Program) have the option of student accommodation or living in private housing.

Cost of student housing
Prices vary per room type and residence. See the average cost of a room in a university residence on the fees page.


Residence choices at Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University provides plentiful and modern student housing in 2 upscale residence halls, all within easy walking distance of your classes and university facilities.

International Study Center students live in University residences alongside American and other international students:

Wabash Building

Residence room in the Wabash Building: Quint Suite shared bedroom

The Wabash Building residence is on the top 17 floors of the University's unique vertical campus, offering breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the city. There are 295 private rooms, and 320 beds in shared rooms. Other university facilities including dining, Student Services and student activities are located in the same building on lower floors.

All students must buy a meal-plan for the Wabash Dining Center.

Each student is provided with:

  • bed with a loft option (allowing for floor space below the bed)
  • twin, extra-long (2m) mattress
  • study desk and chair
  • dresser drawers, shelves and a clothing rod in a wardrobe
  • basic cable and high-speed internet connection
University Center (UC)
Student room in University Center - double suite room

Located across the street from the Wabash Building, University Center offers spacious suites and apartments, great amenities, and an engaging social atmosphere. The University Center residence is shared by 4 Chicago universities, but Roosevelt students live with others from Roosevelt University. The residence its own residence life program, a rooftop garden, and plenty of common areas to study or socialize.

Apartments have private kitchens. Students in suite-style rooms must buy a meal plan for the UC dining center.


Private student housing near the University

Fornelli Hall

Apartment in the Fornelli Hall residence

Fornelli Hall is very close to the Gage Building where the International Study Center is located.

This off-campus residence offers the comfort of fully furnished private studio apartments, with kitchenettes and living areas. It is an option for Pre-Master's students only, and must be arranged by the student, including direct payment to the residence.

Apartment rentals in Chicago

Graduate students do not have to live in student housing, and can choose to rent a privately-managed apartment instead. However, we recommend that Pre-Master's students live in one of the student housing options listed above for at least their first semester. It can take some time to find a suitable apartment, and to get to know your new city. It is better to focus on your program of study when you first arrive.

These website are good resources to see what types of private housing is available near the University:

  • www.apartments.com 
  • www.rent.com 
  • www.apartmentguide.com 
  • www.abodo.com

Types of room available

Student residence rooms are arranged in suites or apartments units. First year students are usually assigned suite-style rooms that share a bathroom, but a variety of room options are available:

Type of unit Number of people Bedrooms Bathrooms Available at:
Double suite 2 1 double 1 UC
Shared bedroom suite 4 2 double 1 Wabash and UC
Private bedroom suite 4 4 single 1 Wabash
Quint bedroom suite 5 3 single,
1 double
1 Wabash
Triple bedroom suite 5 1 double,
1 triple
1 Wabash
Shared bedroom apartment 4 2 double 2 UC and Fornelli
Private bedroom apartment 4 4 single 2 UC
Studio single 1 1 single 1 UC
Single Apartment 1 1 single 1 UC and Fornelli

Room size
In the Wabash building, an average double room is 24.5 square meters and the average single room is 12.7 square meters.

  • University Center dining for students at Roosevelt University

    meal plans

    • Students living in suite-style rooms in University residences must purchase a meal plan
    • Meal plans offer convenient and regular meals in the residence dining area
    • Meal plans vary depending on accommodation choice
    • Wabash Building: declining balance food plan, 'Flex Dollars' - average of 14 meals per week
    • University Center: 19, 15, or 10 'all-you-care-to-eat' meals per week plus flex money for snacks
    • All meal plans allow more 'flex' money to be added

    See meal plan cost
  • University Center student residence in Chicago

    Residence facts

    12% of full-time students live in University housing at Roosevelt University

    Wabash:

    • Houses over 600 students
    • 18 resident advisors
    • Opened in 2012
    • 2/3rds of residents are from the Chicago metropolitan area
    • International students from Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Morocco, Austria, Italy, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, Taiwan, China and Argentina, to name just a few countries

    University Center:

    • USA's largest joint student residence hall
    • 18 floors
    • 1,700 students
    • 43 resident staff members
    • Opened in 2004

    Roosevelt on Washington:

    • 450 residents
    • Students from multiple Chicago area universities