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Housing Information

Moving to a new area can be daunting. We have numerous resources to help you settle in to the DeKalb-Sycamore area.

Please see the links below to get started. They include sites you can use to find a place to live, as well as reviews of local property management companies and properties. If you have more questions or would like individual advice, please give our office a call at 815-753-8595, or email us at law-admit@niu.edu, and we will be more than happy to point out some good places to live!


Northern View Law Living Community

Northern View, the College of Law and NIU Housing and Residential Services together offer the Northern View Law Living Learning Community (LLC). This collaborative project is an apartment-style option for interested law students who want to live close to the law school in on-campus housing as an alternative to traditional residence hall living. Please visit the FAQ page to find out about the application process for the Northern View Law LLC.

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Off-Campus Housing Guide

Housing Within Walking Distance/Bus Route

Cambridge Square Townhomes

Company: Pittsley Realty

Locations: 848, 820, 857, 833, 806, 768 Fotis Drive, DeKalb

Pet Friendly: Yes – options available

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
1005 Regent Drive Suite #1
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-756-7768

Description: Four-bedroom townhomes near campus on Fotis Drive (off of Annie Glidden Road).

Comments:
These townhomes are a fairly popular option for upper level law students who have roommates. Pittsley is one of the larger management companies in the DeKalb area and former students had positive feedback for the price, amenities and parking.

CLA Enterprises

Location: 943 Lucinda Avenue, DeKalb Illinois 60115

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
943 Lucinda Avenue, Suite A5
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-748-4000

Email: claenterprisesinc@yahoo.com

Website: www.claapartments.com/index.htm

Description: Located across from Lincoln Hall, the Recreation Center & Chick Evans Field House. They offer studios, one-bedroom apartments and more.

Comments:
CLA Enterprises received high ratings on commute time, parking and the management from a former student.

A student commented that, "The building is not eligible for [a] parking pass but [is] within walking distance to campus.My apartment was in a great location and was very nice inside."

The Ellwood View Apartments

Company: Elsner Property Management

Location: Augusta Avenue in DeKalb

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
102 Augusta Ave.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-754-5392

Website: www.elsnerproperties.com/

Description: Due to high demand, occupancy rates consistently remain over 90%. The Ellwood View Apartments are conveniently located near the downtown business district with close proximity to campus.

Student Comments:
This is a very popular housing option for law students who want to live alone or with a roommate. Students have given high ratings on price, cost of utilities, amenities, community, parking and the management company.

Students said: “[I wanted to live] somewhere that was close to the school, [within] walking distance, and quiet.”

Another former student said, "The apartment is run by a very nice man who has resolved all my housing problems immediately. He's very friendly and prompt. Also, you have assigned parking spots and can park under a carport, which is great since you don't have to drive around looking for a spot and your car is snow-free all winter long! Also, I have an in-unit dishwasher and washer/dryer, which saves me time and expense. I love this place!

Grant Realty

Operator: Dave Grant

Location: Greenbrier Road in DeKalb

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location: N/A

Phone: 815-501-1872

Website: www.grantrentals.com/

Comments:
Our student rated one of two Grant locations, the one in DeKalb on Greenbrier: "My management company is great. They respond quickly to repairs. Snow is always cleaned and I was provided with a shovel and salt--which I never needed to use. I have a back yard and the apartment is spacious." They would recommend housing to incoming students but gave lower scores on amenities, cost of utilities and neighborhood. The student rated price, noise, commute time, management and overall impression highly. Location in DeKalb is very close to the law school, but in close proximity to the Hillcrest/Greek Row area, which has a dense undergraduate population.

Halverson Apartments

Operator: Dawn Halverson

Locations: Carroll Avenue in DeKalb

Pet Friendly: Yes - with restrictions

On Bus Route? Yes - but it is a very short walking distance from the College of Law

Phone: 815-739-0287

Description: Private landlord with several apartments within walking distance. Quiet building with tenants who are mainly law and graduate students, professors and working professionals. Offers one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and studios.

Comments:
Always a popular housing option for law students, Halverson is located very close to Swen Parson.

One former student commented, “The landlord really ensures the noise level is kept low. There is also no smoking in the building which I liked. Every time I have called for a request, I have gotten a response and the issue resolved that day. Dawn (the landlord) is very friendly and works with students on financial aid.”

Another former student said, "I have a two minute walk to class - this is the closest housing you can get to the law school. I have the freedom to run home to change into a suit or get lunch while others are stuck at school."

High Meadows Apartments

Locations: 1400 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

Pet Friendly: Yes - With Restrictions

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
1400 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 888-901-7573 and 815-981-3982

Website: www.forrent.com/apartment-community-profile/1000060358.php

Description: Offers studio and one-bedroom apartments for rent. On-site manager. Heat and water are included in the rent. Located on Lincoln Highway across from the NIU Convocation Center.

Comments:
One student gave high overall ratings, specifically for price, noise, parking and commute time. “I didn't want to spend a lot of money living alone and I wanted to make sure I lived near a bus stop so I would not have to drive."

Leese Rental Properties

Location: Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb

Pet Friendly: Unknown

On Bus Route? Yes

Phone: 815-751-5901

Description: Private landlord offering mainly studio apartments. Quiet lifestyle; rent is typically around $475 per month. The apartment complex is located behind the Village Commons Bookstore (a few blocks northwest of the law school).

Lincolnshire West

Company: Axiom Properties

Location: 1307 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

Pet Friendly: Yes - with restrictions

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
1307 W. Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-756-9505 and 888-458-6159

Description: Lincolnshire West offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (utilities included). Located on Lincoln Highway in front of Huskie Stadium.

Comments:
Students liked its proximity to the law school, safety, and quiet atmosphere.

Northern View Community

(Note: This is not the Northern View Living Learning Community (LLC))

Company: NIU Housing and Dining

Location: 1 Northern View Circle #115, DeKalb

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
101 East Neptune Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-1525

Email: northernview@niu.edu

Description: On-campus housing option through NIU. Some buildings within the community are designated for NIU students with spouses/significant others and/or dependents.

Oak Street Apartments

Company: Carlson Apartments

Locations: Oak Street in downtown DeKalb

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
220 E Hillcrest Dr.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-758-0600

Website: www.hillcrestplaceaptsdekalb.com/properties/oak-street-apartments/

Description: Oak Street Apartments are located near downtown DeKalb, which houses restaurants, night life and the Egyptian Theatre. Apartment options include studios and two-bedroom apartments.

Comments:
A former student said, "The management company is great. I have never had a problem with them. The only downside to the property is that it is in downtown DeKalb and during the spring and summer it can get a bit loud with all the people walking around. Also, the parking is limited around the building.

Park View

Company: Schultz Apartments (Richard and Cindy Schultz)

Locations: DeKalb and Sycamore

Pet Friendly: Yes - with restrictions

On Bus Route? Unknown

Phone: 815-758-6580

Description: Private landlord with over 250 units in various locations in DeKalb and Sycamore. Variety of options, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Comments:
Students gave high ratings for price, noise and neighborhood.

Star Properties

Locations: Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? Yes

Office Location:
801 Lucinda Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-758-5000

Website: www.star-apartments.com/index.htm

Description: Star Properties offers apartments, townhouses and houses in one- to eight-bedroom arrangements.

Comments:
Star is a fairly popular option for students, and one of the larger management companies in the area. 

One student commented, "My unit is beautiful! It’s modern and has an updated kitchen. It was very clean when I moved in and didn't have to do much on my own! I also have a full-sized washer and dryer which saves a lot of money. Utilities are not included but they have been manageable."


Housing Within Driving Distance

Briarwood Apartments

Company: DeKalb Housing Authority

Locations: 3345 Resource Parkway, DeKalb

Pet Friendly: Yes - with restrictions

On Bus Route? No

Office Location:
3345 Resource Parkway
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-758-2960

Website: www.dekcohousing.com/find-housing/briarwood-apartments/

Description: Briarwood Apartments offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and is located in the Northeast corner of DeKalb, close to shopping, banks, restaurants, health services and the Kishwaukee YMCA.

Comments:
A former student gave great ratings for price, noise and commute time. The student commented, "My landlord is awesome and responds to everything really quickly! The neighborhood is secluded and quiet, just what I wanted. My biggest issue was finding pet-friendly housing because I have a dog. It's super quiet in the buildings. The complex stays clean and it's a quick, easy drive to campus."

Grant Realty

Operator: Dave Grant

Location: Fairland Drive in Sycamore

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? No

Office Location: N/A

Phone: 815-501-1872

Website: www.grantrentals.com/

Comments:
In regards to Greenbrier, one former student said, "My management company is great. They respond quickly to repairs. Snow is always cleaned and I was provided with a shovel and salt. I have a back yard and the apartment is spacious."

Park View

Company: Schultz Apartments (Richard and Cindy Schultz)

Locations: DeKalb and Sycamore

Pet Friendly: Yes - with restrictions

On Bus Route? Unknown

Phone: 815-758-6580

Description: Private landlord with over 250 units in various locations in DeKalb and Sycamore. Variety of options, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Comments:
Students gave high ratings overall and for price, noise and the neighborhood.

St. Albans Greens

Company: Mason Properties

Location: 711 South Main Street, Sycamore

Pet Friendly: Yes - dogs must be 25 lbs. or less

On Bus Route? No

Office Location:
120 North Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-758-0600

Website: masonproperties.com/apartments-townhouse-dekalb-il 

Description: St. Albans Greens offers quiet, family lifestyle at affordable rates. Located only minutes from Genoa, DeKalb, and Northern Illinois University, it is truly an ideal community combining the serenity of the country with the comforts of the city.” Quiet with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

Comments:
We’ve heard fairly positive feedback on this location from students. It is located close to downtown Sycamore and next to an elementary school.

Richport Apartments

Company: Laing Management

Locations: 2190-2198 Coltonville Road, Sycamore

Pet Friendly: No

On Bus Route? No

Office Location:
701 Lucinda Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-758-1100

Website: laingmanagement.com/2190-2198-coltonville-rd-sycamore-il/

Description: Two-bedroom apartments which are approximately 850 square feet.

Comments:
A former student said, "Laing is the best management company in the area. I pay $590 for a two-bedroom apartment in Sycamore, which is the same price that I paid for a one-bedroom in DeKalb. My commute is only a 14-minute drive to campus. I highly recommend renting from Laing and I would recommend living in Sycamore." This student gave high ratings for all categories including price, cost of utilities, noise, neighborhood and commute time.

Stone Prairie

Company: Laing Management

Location: 1160 Grace Drive, Sycamore

Pet Friendly: Yes - with restrictions

On Bus Route? No

Office Location:
1160 Grace Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

Phone: 815-895-8600

Website: www.stoneprairie.net/

Description: Stone Prairie Rental Community offers two- bedroom apartments and townhomes. The property includes a weight room, pool, clubhouse and a fishing pond. It is also within walking distance from the Western Trail, a bike path spanning the distance between Sycamore and St. Charles.

Comments: Laing is a larger management company offering a wide variety of apartment and townhouse options in Sycamore and DeKalb. It is a very popular option among current law students seeking distance from campus life. It is also a great option for families, married students or students with a roommate seeking more space. Current students speak highly of it, giving it a positive rating overall. Students also give it very high marks on amenities, neighborhood, noise, parking and management.

One student commented: “I love living at Stone Prairie. The amenities are great, there's a pool and a gym you can use. Management is also very friendly. The area is quiet and I always feel safe. There are garages available if you want one, and they are pet friendly."

Strack Street Apartments

Company: Townsend Management

Locations: 555 North Strack Street, Cortland

Pet Friendly: Yes

On Bus Route? No

Office Location:
2179 Sycamore Road
Suite 107
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-787-7368

Website: www.apartmentsdekalb.com/

Description: These apartments feature a security entry, modern construction, two full private bathrooms, ceiling fans, garbage disposals, dishwashers, washer/dryers in each unit, patio/balcony options and central air conditioning and heat.

Comments:
A former student commented, "Lovely, newer residential neighborhood. Overall it is a great apartment, location and price." The student surveyed had very positive reviews for the neighborhood, amenities and commute time (about 15 minutes). They were also very happy with the management company.

Twin Gables Community

Company: Oehlert Rentals

Locations: Route 64 in Sycamore

Pet Friendly: Yes

On Bus Route? No

Office Location:
1770 W State St #E
Sycamore, IL 60178

Phone: 815-899-7551

Website: www.oehlertrentals.com/

Description: The Twin Gables Community is only about a mile west of Sycamore on Route 64, just west of Peace Road.

Comments:
A former student highly recommends these apartments and gave great ratings on nearly all categories including price, utilities, neighborhood and noise level. The apartments are a 15-minute commute from campus. The student commented, "They are family-owned and operated, and they do not advertise. They cater to adults/seniors, but also have several graduate students in the complex. They are very pet friendly."

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Popular Housing Sites

Daily Chronicle Online Classifieds

Large online database of the classified section of the local area newspaper. Includes property managers, private landlords, roommates, rooms for rent, and furnished/unfurnished apartments.

Listings include DeKalb, Sycamore, and Cortland.

www.daily-chronicle.com/

Craigslist

Large database of local classified ads. Includes property managers, private landlords, roommates, and rooms for rent. Listings include DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland, etc.

To view area listings, search housing database using taglines DeKalb or Sycamore.

chicago.craigslist.org/ or rockford.craigslist.org/

Places 4 Students Inc.

Small database targeted at students. Includes property listings, student sublets, and roommate searches.

Limited to DeKalb listings only.

https://www.places4students.com/

DekalbRent.com

Large database of rental listings. Includes property managers, private landlords, roommates, and rooms for rent. Limited to DeKalb listings only.

www.dekalbrent.com/

Rentals.com

Small database for rental apartment complexes or townhomes.

Includes listings for DeKalb and Sycamore.

www.rentals.com/

Apartment List

Database that includes apartment complexes, duplexes and townhomes with a map of locations, searchable by city, zip code, or neighborhood.

Includes listings for DeKalb, Sycamore, and Cortland.

ApartmentList.com/il/dekalb

Apartments.com

Comprehensive inventory of rentals.

www.apartments.com/dekalb-il/

Rent.com

Guide for apartments and houses for rent.

www.rent.com/illinois/dekalb/apartments_condos_houses_townhouses

Trulia

All-in-one rentals site that helps you with finding your next room, house, or apartment for rent.

www.trulia.com/IL/Dekalb/

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Housing Review Sites

Northern Star Housing Guide

NIU campus newspaper resource that lists the popular student housing apartment complexes near campus. Predominately limited to DeKalb. All listings can be organized by rent, bedrooms, bathrooms, and distance from campus; also includes information on the nearby Huskie Bus Route.

www.northernstarhousing.info/

Better Business Bureau

A national non-profit consumer awareness organization that monitors a company's record of addressing customer complaints. Lists most management companies in the area: grades based on consumer complaints.

www.bbb.org/

Yelp Reviews

Popular review website also covers local real estate options. Large database of popular management companies, apartment complexes, and real estate agents in the DeKalb, Sycamore, and Cortland area.

To browse, choose DeKalb or Sycamore, type Real Estate into the "Find" section and scroll through options.

www.yelp.com/dekalb-il-us

Apartment Ratings

Review website covering popular management companies and apartment complexes in the DeKalb, Sycamore and Cortland areas.

www.apartmentratings.com/rate/IL-De-Kalb.html

Apartment Reviews

Review website covering popular management companies and apartment complexes in DeKalb. Large database of reviews of area management companies.

www.nestigator.com/dekalb-il/apartments-for-rent

Google User Reviews

Review popular management companies and apartment complexes in the DeKalb, Sycamore, and Cortland areas.

Their search engine combines Google User reviews with reviews from sources such as Yelp, Apartment Ratings, etc.

www.google.com

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