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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 real estate providers. 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!

Looking for a roommate? We encourage you to post on our NIU College of Law - Class of 2020 Facebook Group. All incoming students are invited and it is a great way reach out to your fellow classmates. For an invite, please contact us at law-admit@niu.edu.


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

Website: http://pittsleyrealty.com/

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

Student Comment:
This is a fairly popular option for upper level law students. Because it is a fairly large townhouse, they may move here after they've met potential roommates on campus. It is located in a densely-populated, undergrad-heavy area, which is a negative for many students. Pittsley is one of the larger management companies in the DeKalb area. Our current student was fairly unhappy with the management company, noise and neighborhood. However, they would recommend their housing and had positive feedback ratings for price, amenities and parking. "It's a four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse. I would highly recommend meeting people at admitted student day or through the Facebook page in order to save money on rent. Plus, after long days of studying and class it's nice to come home and have company."

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.

Student Comment:
Overall, our student gave CLA Enterprises lower scores on neighborhood and noise, but high ratings on commute time, parking, and liked the management company. "The building is not eligible for parking pass but within walking distance to campus. The most important consideration initially was to be within walking distance to school. I also wanted an updated apartment. I think a good consideration for girls would also be safety...My apartment was in a great location and was very nice inside. However all of the doors of the apartment building face a dark parking lot and there have been some incidents nearby."

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 the Northern Illinois University campus.

Student Comments:
This is a very popular housing option for law students. Students recommend highly, with high ratings on price, cost of utilities, amenities, community, parking, management company, etc. There are options for students living alone or with roommates.

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

"It's a really quiet and safe apartment complex. You must have a key to even enter the building so you never have solicitors or strangers at your door. 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 (or the whole the school year)! Also, I have an in-unit dishwasher and washer/dryer, which saves me time and expense. I love this place! Also, there are apartments available for singles and doubles, so anyone can live here."

"Elsner Properties run by Jim has been a great experience. The apartments are in great shape and if there are any issues Jim fixes it right away! Most of the people in the building are grad students, young couples, and teachers."

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/

Student Comment:
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 - three-minute walk from the College of Law

Phone: (815) 739-0287

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

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

“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.”

"Very kind landlord. She works with students on loans throughout the year if necessary. Depending on your financial situation, move in costs can be adjusted until loans arrive. If you need movers, give the landlord a call. She hooked me up with several high school guys and their teacher who move on the side. They were courteous and fast, even moving me in at night. If you have a problem with the apartment or other neighbors, the landlord is responsive and resolves the issue. I have no complaints."

"I have a two minute walk to class - this is the closest housing you can get to the law school. The only noise issue is that the walls, specifically the floor and ceiling, are a little thin so you can hear walking. I plan on living here all three years. The apartment is clean and in a very safe location, the new police station is across the street. There are a lot of law students that live in this building. Electric, cable and internet are not included but water and trash are. I have enjoyed living here and would not move if I had the opportunity. I have the freedom to run home to change into a suit or get lunch while others are stuck at school."

"The Halverson apartment building is located just five minutes walking distance from the College of Law. The apartment complex purposefully caters to law students and grad students. Would recommend the apartment complex, but it does lack dishwasher and updated appliances plus laundry in the basement. No better location for a law student."

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 & (815) 981-3982

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

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

Student Comments:
One student gave high overall ratings, specifically for price, noise, parking & commute time and gave low ratings for the management. “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 and would be within walking distance of campus.”

Another student would also recommend, giving high ratings for the management company, but lower ratings for price, amenities and cost of utilities. "The units are studios and one bedroom so it's pretty quiet. When I moved in, new management had recently taken over the complex and they are doing a good job of cleaning up the place. The complex is sprayed regularly for bug control and they take nuisance concerns seriously. They do a background check and the quality of renters has increased since I moved in."

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, parking included 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 & (888) 458-6159

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

Student Comment:
Traditionally popular with current students. Students liked its proximity, safety, and quite atmosphere, even though the majority of the building is undergraduate housing. Students rated it low on price, amenities, noise and parking with strong ratings on utilities, neighborhood and overall. They gave mixed reviews on management. In addition, we've heard some smaller complaints about snow removal in the winter and advice to be prepared for the fall, when game nights at the football stadium can be loud.

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.

Student Comment:
"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 which means some people will at times have to use public parking. You have to make sure you are parking in the correct lots on the correct evenings or you risk getting a ticket."

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.

Student Comments:
Students gave high ratings for price, overall, noise and neighborhood, but low ratings for parking and management flexibility.

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.

Student Comments:
Star is a fairly popular option for students, and one of the larger management companies in the area. Overall, they would recommend the company, but there are some mixed reviews: "My unit is beautiful! It’s modern with marble in the bathrooms, and 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. When I've had noise complaints, management induced fines which I appreciated...Traditionally they have been known to be unresponsive and nosey. However, since I've moved in they have been under management by the owner which I think has made my experience extremely pleasant. They are quick to act upon all my concerns, and they treat law students like royalty. They appreciate our 'quiet lifestyle' and pay attention to what we have to say."

Several other students gave positive reviews for parking, management and overall. They gave lower ratings for price, utilities and amenities. Noise was a big issue for many students, and they suggested staying away from the Hillcrest Avenue/Spiros Drive area which has a dense undergraduate population.

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.

Student Comment:
Our student would recommend Briarwood to current students. They gave a great rating for price, noise, commute time and overall, and gave a poor rating for amenities: "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. You can have a washer and dryer in unit if you buy or bring your own. 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/

Student Comment:
Our student rated the location 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." Students did not rate the location on Fairland Drive in Sycamore; however other law students have lived in the neighborhood and gave positive feedback on location, neighborhood and commute time to the law school.

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.

Student Comment:
Students gave high ratings overall and for price, noise and neighborhood but low ratings for parking and management flexibility.

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: https://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.

Student 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. That said, we’ve heard fairly negative feedback on the management company from students living in their other locations. It is one of the largest management companies in the area, however several students feel they are  difficult to deal with and are generally unhappy with the company overall.

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

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

Student Comment:
"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, commute time and overall rating. They only gave slight negative feedback on amenities.

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 includes a weight room, pool, clubhouse and a fishing pond, and is walking distance from the Western Trail, a bike path spanning the distance between Sycamore and St. Charles.

Student Comment: Laing is a larger management company offering a wide variety of apartment and townhouse options in Sycamore and DeKalb. Very popular option among current law students seeking distance from campus life. Great option for families, married students or students with a roommate seeking more space. Stone Prairie is a rental community offering two- bedroom apartments and townhomes. 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: “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 features 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.

Student Comment:
"Lovely, newer residential neighborhood. Some of the other renters are uncool but overall 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 but felt the cost of utilities was high.

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.

Student Comment:
"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." Our student would highly recommend these apartments and gave great ratings on nearly all categories including price, utilities, neighborhood and noise level. The apartments are located around a 15-minute commute from campus and do not have in-unit washer/dryers.

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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.

http://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.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/ or http://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.

http://www.dekalbrent.com/

Rentals.com

Small database for rental apartment complexes or townhomes.

Includes listings for DeKalb and Sycamore.

http://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

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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.

http://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.

http://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.

https://www.yelp.com/dekalb-il-us

Apartment Ratings

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

http://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.

https://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.

http://www.google.com

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