Live in the middle of it all. Our residence halls are conveniently located steps from the main campus buildings and close to public transportation. Features and room types vary by building—read below for more info about each residence hall. New freshmen are encouraged to live in on-campus housing their first year.

Housing Options

Our residence halls were designed with creative students in mind and are located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Learn about each residence hall below, and visit the Office of Housing & Residential Experience for even more information.

  • 30 E. Balbo Drive

    30 E. Balbo Drive

    Meet 30 East, Columbia's newest addition to its residence centers with room for 340 students. Kick back in apartment-style spaces with an en-suite bathroom, with two to five students per residence, and take advantage of the full kitchen. And don't forget the location—you'll be steps from the Student Center and one block from Grant Park.

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  • The Arc

    The Arc

    Formerly known as the Old Colony Building, this architectural masterpiece was converted into modern apartments in 2015. Housing options include double-occupancy and private bedrooms in shared apartments. Amenities include a study lounge with computers and free printing, 24-hour fitness center, rooftop oasis with gas grills, game room and bike storage. Students must be 20 or older to live in the Arc.

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  • The Dwight

    The Dwight

    Built in 1911 as the headquarters of the Dwight Brothers Paper Company, the Dwight was home to multiple independent printing and binding shops. A classic example of the "company lofts" style, the building became a landmark in the Printers Row area of Chicago. While the building has been wholly renovated, its spirit has been preserved.

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  • The University Center

    The University Center

    The University Center (UC) has created a home away from home for around 1,700 students from Columbia and nearby DePaul and Roosevelt universities. The UC features a fitness center, multimedia rooms, music practice rooms, an art studio, study rooms and a game room, along with laundry facilities, a kitchen on every floor and bicycle storage.

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Gender-Inclusive Housing

Columbia College Chicago is committed to providing a safe, accepting, and inclusive experience for all students. The college has a nondiscrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or expression. This policy extends to student housing. As such, our office of Housing & Residential Experience is proud to offer gender-inclusive housing options. These living options provide an on-campus residence experience that welcomes students across all gender identities and/or expressions, including transgender, questioning, or gender nonconforming students. All residential students, regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, have the option of requesting a gender-inclusive room on the housing application.

Visit our Housing & Residential Experience page for more information.