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Temporary Housing

An important step on your pre-arrival to-do list is to secure a place to stay for your first couple of days or weeks in Illinois. Some people may be lucky and move directly into their long-term housing, however, most people will need some form of temporary housing to bridge the gap between arrival and move-in day. Whatever you arrange, it is strongly encouraged that you confirm temporary housing prior to your arrival as accommodations may be limited and more expensive if you try to book upon arrival.

Please note that this page is for informational purposes only and the Office of International Services does not endorse any of the businesses listed below. Rates depend on availability and are subject to change.

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There are a number of hotels near all three UIC campuses which can provide you with private temporary accommodation and additional amenities such as restaurant service, exercise rooms, concierge, and in some cases, shuttle transportation from the airport. Hotels tend to be the most expensive temporary accommodation option but you may be able to get a discount by calling the hotel directly and asking for the “UIC rate.” Here are some hotels near campus:

Hyatt House Chicago – Medical / University District
1835 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Hotel Chicago West Loop
1622 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago

Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago – Downtown
506 West Harrison Street, Chicago

Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC
625 South Ashland Avenue, W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607

Motel 6
4850 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108

Rodeway Inn
4605 East State Street Building A, Rockford, IL 61108

Alpine Inn
4404 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108

Courtyard by Marriott Peoria Downtown
533 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602

Staybridge Suites Peoria-Downtown
300 West Romeo B Garrett Avenue, Peoria, IL 61605

OYO Hotel
1511-1519 Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603

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Hostels are not as common in the U.S. as in other parts of the world but there are a few options in Chicago. Hostels are typically less expensive than a hotel and booking a bed in a shared room can reduce the cost even further.

HI Chicago – The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel
24 East Ida B Wells Drive, Chicago

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 West Arlington Place, Chicago

Chicago Parthenon Hostel
310 South Halsted Street, Chicago

UIC Guest Housing Heading link

UIC Housing offers temporary guest housing in the Single Student Residence (SSR) on West Campus in Chicago. Daily and weekly rates are competitive with local hotels. Space is limited, however, and bookings must be made in advance and prior to arrival in Chicago.

Short-term rentals Heading link

The Letterman Chicago
401 South Morgan Street

The Letterman offers short term rentals close to campus that feature shared common living rooms, private bedrooms, private bathrooms, and a private study room. Each private space has a separate locked entrance.

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For some, staying with friends or family might be an option for temporary accommodation upon arrival in Illinois. Other new international students and scholars have reported finding temporary accommodation with fellow internationals from their home country or region as well. If you plan to stay with a friend or family member, be sure to confirm the accommodation shortly before arrival and carry their exact address in your hand luggage during your journey to the U.S.