HOUSING GUIDE OFF-CAMPUS - DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO

 
HOUSING GUIDE OFF-CAMPUS - DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO
OFF-CAMPUS

Housing Guide

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HOUSING GUIDE OFF-CAMPUS - DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO
Welcome
    Contents                                   Hello and welcome to Chicago. As you may already
                                               know, Chicago has a lot to offer both on and off campus.
                                               Let this guide give you some direction on what is
    Off-Campus Housing | 4
                                               available outside of the classroom. Find out about
    Affordable and Transitional Housing | 5
                                               off-campus housing, where to grab a bite to eat, what
    Emergency Housing Options | 5              student discounts are available around the city and
    Leasing 101 | 6                            much more. This publication will give you the tools to
    New Renter Activation List | 8             make the most of your DePaul experience in the best
    Before You Move In | 9                     city around, so take advantage of what is offered.
    Moving Out | 11
    Commuting | 12                             Sincerely,
    Eating, Discounts and Demon Express | 13
    Academic Resources | 14                    Office of Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Affairs
    Be Involved | 15                           (312) 362-5494
    Be Safe | 16
    Key Phone Numbers | 16

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Off-Campus Housing                                                                                Affordable and Transitional Housing
    If you plan on living off campus, the following pages offer important and useful information.     The community resource specialist, within the Dean of Students Office, has connections to affordable housing options throughout
    Learn more about Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, where to look for apartments, how you           the city of Chicago. Many students cannot afford campus housing or the price of apartments in the neighborhoods surrounding DePaul.
    can commute to and from campus, and how to take advantage of Student Legal Services once          Additionally, some students experience financial difficulties or hardships that may limit their ability to pay for living expenses. These
    you have found the perfect place.                                                                 agencies may provide students with short-term, transitional housing and in some cases long-term solutions. Students must meet certain
                                                                                                      criteria to apply. For additional information, contact Ty Matthews at tmatthe6@depaul.edu.
    Finding a Place                                   Chicago Neighborhoods and
    Chicago is full of diverse, exciting              Surrounding Suburbs                             A Safe Haven Foundation                          1801 South Wabash                                 618 South Wabash
    neighborhoods. When looking for an
                                                      Each neighborhood and suburb is unique          asafehaven.org                                   Units are available to those who sustain          There are 169 single occupancy rooms at
    apartment, be sure to choose the place that
                                                      and has something different to offer those                                                       employment for three to six months. There         this location.
    best fits your needs and wants. After all, this                                                   A Safe Haven Foundation provides
                                                      who make it home. Chicago is divided into                                                        also are subsidized units available for 60
    will be your home for a year.                                                                     housing and other resources to                                                                     For more information, please call
                                                      many different neighborhoods. See map on                                                         of the 170 units. There is a waiting period
                                                                                                      low-income families.                                                                               (312) 698-4600.
    Domu.com: Locally owned and operated,             page 7.                                                                                          of six months to a year for these units
    domu.com is a good source for online                                                                                                               and you must meet certain criteria. As a
    Chicago apartment rentals. The site               Roommates                                                                                        resident in either program you are required
    features map-based searching, neighborhood                                                                                                         to participate in the Supportive Services
    descriptions and practical search filters.        Many off-campus students will want to live                                                       Program.
    For DePaul students, domu.com provides            with a roommate. The benefits of having
                                                      a roommate include sharing the living                                                            For information, please call Darlene
    custom online campus maps of apartment
                                                      expenses and having someone to hang out.                                                         Roberts, property manager, at
    listings near DePaul’s Lincoln Park and
                                                      Be aware that if you are living with your                                                        (312) 328-6810.
    Loop campuses. The listings are current,
    accurate and vetted by the site’s listing         best friend from grade school or someone
    editors. If you are a first-time apartment        you met through a service, you should
    renter, domu.com offers a tenant guide            always come to an agreement on issues such
    with useful information about finding
    and renting an apartment. For additional
                                                      as cleaning, groceries, quiet times, privacy,
                                                      guest visitation and bills. Discussing all of   Emergency Housing Options
    information, email info@domu.com or call          these issues upfront may help create a better   Emergency housing is available to students who need it. Please contact University Ministry at (312) 362-6910 or the Dean of Students
    (312) 642-3668.                                   living situation. You may even want to sign     Office at (773) 325-7290 for assistance.
                                                      a roommate contract—it is always there to
                                                      refer to in case a problem does arise.
                                                                                                                                                       The following are Heartland Alliance
                                                                                                      Catholic Charities                               Properties:
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chicago Getaway Hostel
                                                                                                      catholiccharities.net                                                                              getawayhostel.com
                                                                                                                                                       • Parkway Apartments
                                                                                                      Catholic Charities is a large organization       • Roosevelt Square                                Formerly Arlington House, Chicago
                                                                                                      that offers many services to the community.      • LeLand Apartments                               Getaway Hostel is a hostel located in
                                                                                                      Domestic abuse services, counseling                                                                Chicago that offers short-term transitional
                                                                                                      services, homeless services, employment
                                                                                                                                                       Volunteers of America                             space to individuals. For rates and
                                                                                                      and job training, health care services, legal                                                      availability, please call (773) 929-5380.
                                                                                                      services, veteran services and many more         voa.org                                           The hostel is located near the Lincoln Park
                                                                                                      are available through Catholic Charities. If     Volunteers of America provides housing            Campus at 616 W. Arlington Pl., Chicago.
                                                                                                      you are experiencing homelessness, please        assistance for homeless, veterans and
                                                                                                      call (312) 655-7700 for an intake. From the      elderly. You are able to type your zip code       Ilhousingsearch.org
                                                                                                      intake, the services that will best fit your     in and search the available options for your      Ilhousingsearch.org assists in the search
                                                                                                      needs will be suggested. The main office         area. To speak with a representative, call        for affordable housing and information
                                                                                                      is located at 721 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.       the toll free number (800) 899-0089.              on housing programs. To speak with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         representative, please call (877) 428-8844.
                                                                                                      Heartland Alliance                               Hostelling
                                                                                                      heartlandalliance.org                            International Chicago
                                                                                                      Heartland Alliance provides affordable           hichicago.org
                                                                                                      housing to individuals who meet certain
                                                                                                      requirements. You must be employed to            Hostelling International offers short-term
                                                                                                      seek housing at Heartland. Children are          transitional space to individuals with a
                                                                                                      allowed in the housing developments              maximum two-week stay. Please call
                                                                                                      when the square foot per person                  (312) 360-0300 for rates and availability.
                                                                                                      requirements are met. Most utilities are         This hostel is located near the Loop
                                                                                                      included in the price of rent. Heartland         Campus at 24 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago.
                                                                                                      also offers services such as job training
                                                                                                      programs, referrals for health care services
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Leasing 101
    A lease is a legally binding contract between the resident(s) and property owner(s) that
    explains the conditions under which housing is rented (typically for 12 months). If any party
    of the lease does not fulfill the lease obligations, the other party may take legal action. Before
    signing the lease, you should fully understand your rights and responsibilities as outlined. Here
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    are some of the items you should consider before you sign your name to a lease.
                                                                                                                                                                  LAKEVIEW

                                                         “model” apartment and find your actual
    Basic Principles of a Lease                          apartment is of lesser quality. Sometimes
    a. If you make any agreement with your               you may have to pre-lease several                                              LOGAN SQUARE               LINCOLN PARK
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       landlord that is not listed in the lease, put     months in advance and not know which                                                    5                      A             1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            A DEPAUL’S LINCOLN PARK CAMPUS
       it in writing and ask the manager to sign         apartments will be vacant. In this case,
                                                                                                                                                             3                                              B DEPAUL’S LOOP CAMPUS
       and date the amendments.                          make a written notation on the lease
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    b. Keep a copy of all documents and                  stating the apartment provided must be
                                                                                                                                                     WEST TOWN                       NEAR                     NEIGHBORHOODS
       correspondences. This includes a lease            comparable to the “model” shown.                                                                                                 8
                                                                                                                                                                                    NORTH 7                 1 LINCOLN PARK
       contract, apartment inventory form,                                                                                                                                                                  2 LAKEVIEW/WRIGLEYVILLE
       cancelled checks, agreements, repair                                                                                                                                                                 3 BUCKTOWN/WICKER PARK
       requests, letters, etc.                         Credit/Background Checks                                                                                                           6                 4 UKRANIAN VILLAGE
                                                                                                                                                                                9     LOOP
    c. Be aware that if you break the lease, you       Many landlords require a credit or                                                                NEAR WEST SIDE                                     5 LOGAN SQUARE
                                                                                                                                                                                              B
       still may be liable for the full amount of      background check before they let you lease                                                                                                           6 THE LOOP
       the rent for the remaining months on            an apartment. This could include accessing                                                                                             10            7 STREETERVILLE
       the lease.                                      your credit score with one of the major                                                                                             NEAR             8 GOLD COAST
                                                       credit bureaus. You should have to sign                                                                                            SOUTH             9 WEST LOOP
                                                       documents that allow the landlord to do                                                                                             SIDE             10 SOUTH LOOP

    Rules Before Renting                               this, and to provide references if necessary.
                                                       Make sure to read all documents carefully
    a. The flaws in any rental property may            so that you know what information you are
       not be obvious, so thoroughly inspect           allowing the landlord to access.
       any rental properties you are highly                                                              Office of Student Legal
       considering.
                                                                                                         Services
    b. By viewing multiple units, you will have        International Students                            In collaboration with the Office of the             The office does not provide students with
       a good base for comparison.
                                                       When signing a lease in the U.S., a credit        President and the Student Government                assistance or advice in conflicts with
    c. Consider taking a veteran renter with you       history check is typically required. As           Association, DePaul has established the             the university or with other students or
       that has experience looking over rental         an international student, you may have            Office of Student Legal Services to assist          student groups. Further, the office does not
       properties.                                     limited or no U.S. credit history. Some           students while at DePaul. The office                undertake court representation of a student
    d. Take notes and utilize the sample               landlords may be flexible and happy to            provides students with assistance in dealing        in any case. For more information, visit
       checklist. By the end of the day, you           work with you. In order to compensate for         with legal issues arising from landlord-            sls.depaul.edu or call (773) 325-4959.
       will become tired and not give the latter       this lack of credit history, the landlord can     tenant matters, violations of municipal
       apartments as close attention.                  require a double security deposit. DePaul’s       ordinances and/or misdemeanor offenses,
                                                       International Student Office can provide you      and leases and minor business contracts.
    e. If you are considering an apartment             with a letter stating that you are indeed a       Further, the office advises students
       under construction, do not sign a lease         DePaul student and can validate additional        on the navigation of the legal system
       unless you fully understand and accept          information to assist with your housing           and occasionally provide referrals for
       the risks involved.                             situation. If you have any further questions      representation in court. The office serves as
    f. Ask to see the actual apartment you             in this area, please contact the Office for       a means by which students learn about their
       are considering. You may be shown a             International Students and Scholars at            rights under the law.
                                                       (312) 362-8376 or visit oiss.depaul.edu.

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New Renter Activation List                                                                                                                      Before You Move In
Connect Utilities is a service that assists customers by consolidating the utility, home service and subscription scheduling process            You have found it—your very own apartment. But now what? Use the following information to
into a single website that allows you to shop, request and schedule your electricity, gas, phone, cable, satellite, Internet, newspaper         navigate through the move-in process.
subscriptions and more. It takes just minutes to submit a service request online. For additional questions, call (866) 298-1514, or visit
connectutilities.com/wf.
                                                                                                                                                Renter’s Insurance                             Utilities
                                                                                                                                                Though you may believe that your personal      Most apartments will require that you
Gas                                              Phone/Internet/Cable                             City Sticker                                  belongings are insured under your landlord’s   pay part of or all utility bills and set-up.
                                                                                                                                                policy and that any injuries sustained in      Your lease should identify what you and
People’s Gas is the main supplier of             Comcast                                          chicityclerk.com/licenses/citystickers.html
                                                                                                                                                the residence are covered by the landlord,     the landlord are responsible for. Once
natural gas in Chicago. To start service as      comcast.com
                                                                                                                                                you are incorrect. The apartment you live      you know your move-in date, you should
a new customer, there is an online form at       (800) COMCAST or (800) 266-2278
                                                                                                                                                in is insured for structural damage (say       contact the various utilities for set-up and
peoplesgasdelivery.com.                                                                           Residential Parking                           the building were to catch on fire), but       installation as it may take more than a week
Heating costs can be high in winter, but by                                                       chicityclerk.com/residential_parking/         does not include personal property such as     to schedule a technician. For Chicago area
                                                 AT&T
getting a plan in which you pay a standard                                                        index.html                                    furnishings, clothing, automobile, etc.        utilities, go to chicagoneighborhoods.cc/
                                                 att.com
average fee instead of each month’s actual                                                                                                                                                     chicago-utilities.html.
                                                 (800) 288-2020                                                                                 To obtain renter’s insurance, you will
cost, you can avoid getting a $200 bill in
                                                                                                                                                need an estimate of the value of all of the
January and a $35 bill in June. Average
                                                                                                                                                belongings you would like to cover. It is
costs should be around $60 to $80 a month.       Verizon                                                                                        important to make receipt copies of any        Common Terms
Call People’s Gas at (312) 240-7000.             verizon.com                                                                                    big purchases. If you have another type        Not all leases are the same. You should read
                                                 (800) 922-0204                                                                                 of insurance, you may be eligible for a        over each and every one carefully. If you do
                                                                                                                                                discount. If you are a dependent student,      not understand any of the stipulations of the
Electricity                                                                                                                                     your parent or guardian may have coverage      lease, ask questions. If you are still not sure,
                                                 RCN
ComEd is Chicago’s primary electric                                                                                                             with their homeowner’s insurance. Renter’s     ask to consider the lease overnight, but be
                                                 rcn.com/chicago
provider. Electric prices can be estimated                                                                                                      insurance policies and quotes will vary        aware that the landlord does have the right
                                                 (800) 746-4726
at http://www.exeloncorp.com/energy/                                                                                                            by company. It is important you get the        to lease the apartment to another renter
delivery/comed.aspx.                                                                                                                            coverage you need by comparing similar         during that time. Below are some clauses to
                                                                                                                                                types of coverage. For more information        help you get through the basics.
Delivery charges are often more then the         Change of address                                                                              on renter’s insurance, contact the Insurance
amount for the electric itself. For example,                                                                                                    Information Institute at (800) 331-9146.       Landlord: The individual or company from
850 kWh costs $60.80 with the delivery           You may go to your local United States Post
                                                                                                                                                                                               which you will rent the apartment.
charge at $29.75 making the estimated cost       Office to pick up a form or complete the
                                                 form online at moversguide.usps.com.                                                                                                          Parties: Include the names of all roommates
of electric in March $90.55. For customer
service inquiries call (800) Edison-1 or                                                                                                        Move-In Condition Inventory                    on your lease. Your roommates will not be
                                                                                                                                                                                               legally responsible for the unit if their names
(800) 334-7661.                                                                                                                                 Within 48 hours of the time you move into
                                                                                                                                                                                               and signatures do not appear on the lease.
                                                 Register to vote                                                                               your apartment, you must complete an
                                                                                                                                                inventory form which lists the condition       Lease Term: At the end of the initial
                                                 chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=170
                                                                                                                                                of the property. Be as specific as possible    lease term, the lease will be automatically
Water                                                                                                                                           when describing the apartment. This would      renewed on a month to month basis unless
For water service in Chicago, the                                                                                                               include the number of ice cube trays, marks    a written notice of termination is given by
Department of Water and Sewer
                                                 Driver’s License/State ID/                                                                     on the walls, condition of floors, ceilings,   the manager or the resident (this is usually
Management is responsible for water and          Vehicle Registration                                                                           fixtures, furniture, appliances, etc.          required at least 30 days before the end of
sewer utilities and are responsible for any                                                                                                                                                    the lease).
                                                 cyberdriveillinois.com                                                                         Condition Inventory Checklist:
emergencies. They offer flexible payment                                                                                                                                                       Security Deposit: Always get a receipt when
plans and a variety of ways to pay. For                                                                                                          0Check for any sign of insects or pests.
                                                                                                                                                                                               you give an apartment complex or landlord
water in the street or basement, call                                                                                                            Check security items such as locks, 		       a deposit.
(312) 744-7038 or for questions about                                                                                                             windows and smoke alarms.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Rent and Charges: The amount, how it is to
your water bill (312) 747-9090.
                                                                                                                                                 Check that everything is working 		          be paid, the date it is due and penalties for
                                                                                                                                                  properly such as toilets, light fixtures,    late payments.
                                                                                                                                                  fans, dishwasher, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Insurance: Property owners urge you to
                                                                                                                                                 If your lease states that management is      protect your property from theft, fire,
                                                                                                                                                  responsible for pest control, make sure      smoke and water damage by purchasing
                                                                                                                                                  the place has been exterminated recently.    insurance. Know that the property owners
                                                                                                                                                                                               are not responsible for the safety of
                                                                                                                                                 Have your manager sign and date the
                                                                                                                                                                                               your belongings.
                                                                                                                                                  inventory form and keep a signed
                                                                                                                                                  original copy for your files. Document
                                                                                                                                                  in detail everything you may be charged
                                                                                                                                                  for during move out.

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Security Devices: Your residence must
have the following: a window latch on
                                                Emergencies, Repairs and                         Be a Good Neighbor                             Moving Out
each window, a keyless dead bolt on each        Maintenance                                      Whether you live in an apartment complex,
                                                                                                                                                When you are ready to move out of your apartment, check the lease for the defined move out
exterior door, a door viewer on each                                                             condominium or private housing, all
                                                Your lease should contain a clause that                                                         notice period. This will typically be 30, 60 or 90 days. Make sure to notify your manager in
exterior door, and a pin lock, door handle                                                       DePaul students are part of the DePaul
                                                discusses repairs, maintenance and the                                                          writing of your intentions and get the manager’s acknowledgement of the notification.
latch or security bar on each sliding glass                                                      community and need to work together
                                                responsibilities of the owner. Be aware that                                                    Make an appointment with the manager when you are ready to move out to jointly inspect the
door.                                                                                            to keep their neighborhood clean and
                                                not all leases require a property owner to                                                      conditions of your unit. Have your move-in inventory form handy to compare the conditions of
                                                                                                 inviting. Below are tips on how to be a
Community Policies or Rules: Ask your           make ordinary repairs.
                                                                                                 good neighbor.                                 the unit from when you moved in to now.
manager to give you a copy of any other         To request a repair or maintenance:
rules and regulations that apply specifically                                                    Know Your Neighbors: You do not have
                                                a. Give the property owner written notice.                                                                                                        a. Negotiate: It may be possible to negotiate
to the apartment complex in which
                                                   Make two copies of the notice (keep one
                                                                                                 be best friends with your neighbors, but       Security Deposit                                     with the property owner to allow you
you live.                                                                                        it is a good idea to know their names and
                                                   for yourself) and have the manager sign       have their contact information in case of      If you have fulfilled all of the conditions for      to terminate your lease. If you and the
Release of Resident: Unless there is a             both copies. If the manager will not sign     an emergency.                                  the return of your deposit (as outlined in           property owner reach an agreement, get
clause in the special provisions or you fall       the copies, send the notice by certified                                                     your lease), then your manager is required           it in writing and have it signed by
under the military clause, you will not be                                                       Noise: How much is too much? Use               to refund your security deposit and/or
                                                   mail. This will give you proof that the                                                                                                           both parties.
released from your lease.                                                                        your best judgment. If the noise can be        provide you with a written, itemized list of
                                                   manager received the notification.
                                                                                                 heard outside of your property, then it is                                                       b. Sublease: This is an agreement in which
Conditions of the Premises and                                                                                                                  any deductions within 30 days after you
                                                b. Wait a reasonable amount of time. On          probably too loud. Make sure to monitor                                                             you rent your apartment to another
Alterations: If the apartment is not in the                                                                                                     vacate or 30 days after they receive your
                                                   average, this can be interpreted as five to   the volume on your television and stereo                                                            person with the property owner’s
condition you expected, DO NOT                                                                                                                  forwarding address. If you do not agree
                                                   seven working days, depending on the          early in the morning and late at night so                                                           permission. In this case, you are still
MOVE IN!                                                                                                                                        with the property owner’s deductions, make
                                                   nature of the repair. Emergency repairs       that you do not disrupt your neighbors.                                                             responsible for the apartment, including
                                                                                                                                                sure to discuss the issue with them.
Repair Requests: If you need any type of           are those necessary for your health and       You also should avoid leaving barking                                                               rent and damages. A basic sublease
repair, written notice must be given to            safety and must be taken care of within       dogs alone for a long period of time.                                                               contract is usually available from the
your management (except in emergencies             a reasonable amount of time, usually                                                                                                              property manager. Consult with your
involving immediate danger to person               five days. Such repairs include: gas
                                                                                                 Property Appearance: Take pride in your        Options for Early Move Out                           property manager first.
                                                                                                 property and your neighbors will as well.
or property).                                      leaks, broken locks, exposed electrical                                                      Sometimes there are situations in which
                                                                                                 To be a good neighbor, you can shovel                                                            c. Reletting: Much like a sublease, but the
                                                   wiring, etc.                                                                                 you must leave before your lease is up.
When Property Representatives May                                                                snow off of the sidewalk (and possibly help                                                         actual lease contract is changed to add
                                                c. Submit a second written notice if the         an elderly neighbor with their own), keep      Moving out before your lease expires is a            the new tenant and delete the old tenant.
Enter: The apartment manager or repair
                                                   repairs have not been made within             indoor furniture indoors and not on your       breach of contract, and no matter how valid          The original tenant is still responsible for
personnel may enter your apartment at
                                                   a reasonable amount of time. Again            porch or lawn, and keep the dumpster           you believe your reasoning, the property             paying rent until a new tenant is found
reasonable hours. Entry may be during a
                                                   have the manager sign both copies.            from overflowing.                              owner may be entitled to damages. You                and then is typically charged a reletting
time when residents are in the apartment
                                                   Depending on the type of repair, you                                                         may be liable for the rent you owe for the           fee. Once an agreement is made, all
or entering party may leave notice to                                                            Parking: Living in Chicago, there is
                                                   may indicate in your second notice that                                                      remainder of the months in your lease and            parties should sign and keep an
residents about their entry.                                                                     limited space for parking. Fortunately,
                                                   you may consider terminating your                                                            not paying this rent could lead to a lawsuit.        original copy.
Multiple Residents or Occupants: Request                                                         public transportation is convenient in         All is not lost, however. You still have
                                                   lease if the repairs are not made in a
or notices given to/from any resident                                                            many neighborhoods and by our DePaul           options for moving out early.
                                                   certain amount of time. However, do
constitutes notice to/from all residents. All                                                    campuses. If public transportation is not an
                                                   not assume that you can make repairs
residents on the lease are equally liable to                                                     option for you, you can take other steps to
                                                   yourself and be reimbursed for them.
uphold the lease.                                                                                help solve parking congestion by following
                                                d. Please note: Under almost all                 posted parking regulations and by not
Move-Out Notice: You must give                     circumstances, you cannot legally             parking in a space or driveway that does
apartment representatives at least 30 days         withhold rent because repairs have            not belong to you.
written notice. Even if your lease states          not been made. You may be able to
your move-out date, you must give notice.                                                        Local Government: Who is your
                                                   negotiate a reduction in your rent, but
Move-out notice given on the first day of                                                        alderman? Are you registered to vote? Go
                                                   be sure to get this in writing as well.
the month is sufficient for move out on the                                                      to “Your Government” at cityofchicago.org.
last day of the month. Verbal notice is not
sufficient and does not constitute notice.
                                                Change of Address
                                                When you are ready to move in, be sure to
                                                complete a change of address card at your
                                                local post office or online at
                                                moversguide.usps.com. Also, change
                                                your address in Campus Connection.

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Commuting                                                                                                                                          Eating, Discounts and Demon Express
Whether you live on or off campus, your time at DePaul will most likely involve traveling around the city. To do so, you will need to know the     Demon Express is a debit account offered to current students, faculty and staff of DePaul
ins and outs of commuting on the famous “L” system or by bus. It also is important to know the advantages of the Metra. Use the following          University with a valid DePaul ID. Money deposited on the account will carry over from
information as a guide to getting around the city; you are in for a great ride.                                                                    quarter to quarter for as long as you are a student or employee of the university.
                                                                                                                                                   To get to Demon Express, go to campusconnect.depaul.edu and click on the section
U-PASS                                            Active Transportation                             Locker Rental                                  “Demon Express Online.”

The CTA U-Pass is a transit pass that             Alliance                                          DePaul lockers are available for students to
provides unlimited rides to eligible
                                                  Active Transportation Alliance’s (ATA)
                                                                                                    rent annually. Please go to Student Center     Dining                                           Demon Discounts
students on CTA bus/rail systems during                                                             offices at our Loop and Lincoln Park
                                                  goal is to make bicycling, walking and                                                           Class and work may have you hungry, but          Being a Blue Demon does have its perks.
an academic term. The U-Pass is valid on                                                            campuses to be assigned a locker.
                                                  public transit safe, convenient and fun to                                                       DePaul has a great variety of eats to handle     Below are discounts that are available to the
CTA-operated bus and rail lines 24 hours
                                                  encourage active travel. ATA advocates             • Loop Campus, DePaul Center, Floor 11        even the most famished student. You can          DePaul community:
per day, seven days per week. The pass is
                                                  for transportation that encourages and             • Lincoln Park Campus, Student Center         enjoy the great dining choices available to
not valid during winter break, but is valid                                                                                                                                                         •   Automotive
                                                  promotes safety, physical activity, health,          Information Desk                            residential students. In addition to using
over spring break. U-Passes will work                                                                                                                                                               •   Entertainment
                                                  recreation, social interaction, equity,                                                          Demon Express, you have the option to add
through the date printed on the U-Pass, as                                                                                                                                                          •   Financial products
                                                  environmental stewardship and                                                                    a dollar value onto your DePaul ID card,
long as students remain eligible.                                                                                                                                                                   •   Moving services
                                                  resource conservation. Find out more at           Parking                                        which will allow you to dine at any campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                    •   PCs and electronics
The U-Pass program provides greatly               activetrans.org.                                                                                 location that accepts dining plans. (Make
                                                                                                                                                                                                    •   Restaurants
reduced rides for students and requires                                                             Lincoln Park Campus                            sure you use this dining plan money up by
                                                                                                                                                                                                    •   Retail stores
that all eligible students participate in                                                           parkingservices.depaul.edu                     the last day of spring quarter.) Visit Campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                    •   Travel
the program. All students meeting the             CTA Rail System                                   All vehicles using the Lincoln Park Campus     Connection (campusconnect.depaul.edu),
requirements are automatically enrolled.                                                                                                           click on “Meal Plan Online” and follow the       To get more information about these
                                                  Visit transitchicago.com for information          parking facilities must display a valid
Eligibility is determined based on your                                                                                                            directions.                                      discounts visit discounts.depaul.edu.
                                                  about CTA bus and train service in and            DePaul parking permit. Vehicles that do
academic program, credit hours and course
                                                  around Chicago. Find maps, schedules,             not display a permit will be towed at the      Cafeteria locations:
locations as it appears on your registration.
                                                  service alerts, plan a trip, jobs, news           owner’s expense. The Sheffield Garage
If your eligibility changes before the last
                                                  and more.                                         is located at 2331 N. Sheffield Ave. The
                                                                                                                                                   Lincoln Park Campus                              Printing and Demon Express
day to drop courses, your U-PASS will                                                                                                              Brownstone’s Internet Café
                                                                                                    Clifton Parking Garage is located at 2330                                                       Your Demon Express account is good for
be adjusted accordingly. View eligibility                                                                                                          McGowan Café
                                                                                                    N. Clifton Ave. Parking permits may be                                                          more than just eatery discounts. Demon
details at upass.depaul.edu.                                                                                                                       The Bean Caffe
                                                  Bike Rentals/Corrals                              purchased at the Payment Center located in
                                                                                                                                                   Student Center second floor                      Express is also where you can load money
                                                                                                    Schmitt Academic Center (SAC), 2320 N.                                                          for use at various campus printing stations.
                                                  Campus Recreation offers quality bicycle                                                         • Kitchen
                                                                                                    Kenmore Ave.
Metra                                             rentals at a low price right in Lincoln Park.                                                    • Garden                                         How to load money onto your Demon
                                                  Bike to all your favorite places in Chicago.      Please be advised that many of the streets     • Simmer                                         Express account for printing:
Metra is the suburban train line for the          Campus Recreation is conveniently located         surrounding the Lincoln Park Campus            • Savor
Chicago area. It has five hub stations in                                                                                                                                                           • Online through Campus Connection
                                                  just blocks from the 18-mile lakefront trail.     are designated for permit parking for area     • Seasons
the downtown Loop area with several                                                                                                                                                                   under the “Demon Express” menu
                                                  You’ll have immediate access to safe bike         residents. Any vehicles parked during the      • Deli
lines leading in from the suburbs to              lanes, leading you to over 150 miles of           posted times are subject to tow by the City    • Etc…                                           • DePaul Central
Chicago. The two largest Metra stations           road to safely explore the city.                  of Chicago.                                    • Sizzle                                           LPC-SAC 101
in the city are Union Station on Canal                                                                                                             • Scramble                                         Loop-DPC 9100
between Adams and Jackson and Oglivie             Unfortunately, every year bicycles are
                                                                                                                                                   • Melt                                           • Phone (via credit card)
Transportation Center, also on Canal. The         stolen from the Lincoln Park Campus. Give
                                                  yourself the added protection of parking          Loop Campus Parking Discounts                  Loop Campus                                        LPC: (773) 325-7810
trains run seven days a week, with more                                                             discounts.depaul.edu
frequent scheduling during the rush hours.        your bike in a fenced bike corral accessible                                                     DePaul Market, DePaul Center, Floor 11             Loop: (312) 362-6744
Schedules and ticket information can be           only to those who have registered for the         DePaul has no parking facilities in the                                                         • VTS machine locations:
found on Metra’s website at metrarail.com.        service. The bicycle corral is located under      Loop area. However, several private
                                                  the north portico of McCabe Hall. You             facilities offer discounts for the DePaul                                                           Lincoln Park Campus
                                                  can register by completing the form at            community. Discounted parking also is                                                               Richardson Library, Room 107
                                                  parkingservices.depaul.edu/bike_corral            available with a validated ticket from                                                              Schmitt Academic Center, SAC Pit
PACE                                              and sending the completed form to Parking         the security desks in the lobby of the                                                              Student Center, Room 109
Pace is a suburban transit provider that          Services. Students also are encouraged            DePaul or Lewis centers or the Daley                                                                Loop Campus
serves tens of thousands of daily riders          to register their bicycle with the Chicago        or CDM buildings.                                                                                   Loop Library, DePaul Center, Floor 10
with fixed bus routes, vanpools and               Police Department.                                                                                                                                    Lewis Building, Room 407
dial-a-ride programs. Covering 3,500
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Suburban Campuses
square miles, Pace is the one of the largest
                                                                                                                                                                                                        O’Hare
bus services in North America. More
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Naperville
information can be found at pacebus.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oak Forest
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rolling Meadows

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Academic Resources                                                                                Be Involved
     Academic Advisor                                  Computer Labs                                   The Office of Student Involvement empowers students to define their own DePaul experience
                                                                                                       by providing opportunities to connect, engage and grow. Student Involvement facilitates
     It’s better to ask questions than try to figure   Lincoln Park
                                                                                                       holistic learning and develops socially responsible leaders through support, coordination,
     things out on your own. Be sure to check in       • Schmitt Academic Center 235
                                                                                                       advisement and mentorship of commuters, student organizations, fraternities and sororities
     with an academic advisor before scheduling        • Byrne 358
                                                                                                       and on- and off-campus activities.
     classes to stay on the right track.               • Lincoln Park Library
                                                       • McGowan 255
     Driehaus College of Business and
                                                       • McGaw 145
     Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School
                                                       • Student Center-Brownstone’s Café
                                                                                                       Tau Sigma                                        OrgSync
     of Business: (312) 362-8810
                                                       • Brownstone’s Lounge                           Tau Sigma is an academic honor society           OrgSync is your resource for student
     College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences:      • Schmitt Academic Center, Floor 1              designed specifically to “recognize and          organizations on campus. Whether you
     (773) 325-7310                                                                                    promote the academic excellence and              want to join one or start one, OrgSync
                                                       Loop Campus
     College of Communication: (312) 362-8600                                                          involvement of transfer students.”               has all the information.
                                                       • Loop Library
     College of Computing and Digital Media:           • O’Malley 1350                                 Transfer students that qualify are in the        OrgSync is an online tool that provides
     (312) 362-8381                                    • 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Floor 4                  top 20 percent of their incoming transfer        direct access to student involvement
                                                       • CDM Building, Floor 1                         class and will be notified via a letter in the   opportunities at the university. OrgSync
     College of Law: (312) 362-6831                    • 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Floor 1                  beginning of the winter quarter.                 allows the DePaul community to
     College of Science and Health :                   • Adult Student Center, DePaul Center,                                                           browse student organizations, view the
                                                                                                       All questions can be directed to
     (773) 325-8490                                      Floor 11                                                                                       events calendar, join an organization or
                                                                                                       tausigma@depaul.edu.
                                                       • Commuter Lounge, DePaul Center,                                                                communicate within one’s own student
     School for New Learning: (312) 362-5445
                                                         Floor 11                                                                                       group.
     College of Education: Refer to college
     website for advisors based on program.                                                            Transfer Student Union                           In order to log onto OrgSync, go to
                                                       Tutoring                                        All transfer students are eligible to join
                                                                                                                                                        the Student Involvement website at
     School of Music: (773) 325-7260                                                                                                                    studentaffairs.depaul.edu/involvement
                                                       Tutoring is available on both campuses.         the Transfer Student Union (TSU). This           for details.
     The Theatre School: (773) 325-7917                Please check with your college for more         organization connects transfer students with
                                                       information on subjects, times and locations.   one another and advocates on behalf of the
                                                                                                       needs of the transfer student population.
     DePaul Libraries
     There are three available libraries.
     Lincoln Park Campus Library
                                                                                                       Professional Adult
     John T. Richardson Library                                                                        Student Society
     2350 N. Kenmore Ave.                                                                              The Professional Adult Student Society
     General Information: (773) 325-7862                                                               (PASS) provides opportunities for adult
     Reference Desk: (773) 325-7863                                                                    students to network, share resources and
     Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–midnight                                                                  socialize with other adult students within
     Friday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.                                                                             the DePaul community thus enhancing
     Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.                                                                          students’ professional skills.
     Sunday: noon–midnight
                                                                                                       Maximize your experience at DePaul by
     Loop Libraries                                                                                    joining the adult student community outside
     General Library                                                                                   the classroom.
     DePaul Center
     1 E. Jackson Blvd., Floor 10                                                                      PASS meets quarterly, but most information
     General Information: (312) 362-8433                                                               is available on OrgSync. Membership is
     Reference Desk: (312) 362-8432                                                                    free. To join, log onto OrgSync using your
                                                                                                       Campus Connect username and password:
     Rinn Law Library                                                                                  orgsync.com/51996/chapter.
     Lewis Building
     25 E. Jackson Blvd., Floors 4-6
     (312) 362-8121
     law.depaul.edu/library
                                                                                                       Involvement Fairs
                                                                                                       Be sure to look out for the dates of the
     Refer to Rinn Law Library website for hours                                                       Involvement Fair. This is the largest annual
     of operation.                                                                                     event hosted by the Office of Student
                                                                                                       Involvement. At both campuses, student
                                                                                                       organizations showcase and recruit new
                                                                                                       members at the beginning of fall and
                                                                                                       winter quarters.

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NOTES
Be Safe                                          Key Phone Numbers
In case of emergency, or to arrange an on-       Center for Students with       Office of Student
campus escort, contact Public Safety, 24         Disabilities                   Involvement
hours a day. In addition to the numbers listed
                                                 Lincoln Park: (773) 325-1677   Lincoln Park: (773) 325-7361
below, DePaul’s “BLUE LIGHT” phones serve
                                                 Loop: (312) 362-5680           Loop: (312) 362-5015
as a direct link to Public Safety. Located
throughout campus, you will recognize the
phones by a blue light and the sign above.       DePaul Central                 University Counseling
                                                 Lincoln Park: (312) 362-8610   Services
DePaul Public Safety                             Loop: (312) 362-8610           Lincoln Park: (773) 325-7779
DePaul Public Safety provides the                depaulcentral.depaul.edu       Loop: (312) 362-6923
following services:
•   Emergency response                           Division of Student Affairs    University Ministry
•   Escort service and hospital transportation
                                                 Lincoln Park: (773) 325-4852   Lincoln Park: (773) 325-7902
•   Crime prevention and security awareness
                                                 Loop: (312) 362-5680           Loop: (312) 362-6699 (CDM, Law)
•   Crime victim assistance
                                                 studentaffairs.depaul.edu            (312) 362-5896 (Com, SNL)
•   Safety tips
•   Lost and found
•   Bicycle registration                         Dean of Students
                                                                                Office of Adult
Lincoln Park Campus:                             Lincoln Park: (773) 325-7291
2345 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite 304                Loop: (312) 362-8054           Student Affairs
(773) 325-7777                                                                  Loop Campus
Loop Campus:                                                                    DePaul Center
                                                 DePaul Health Services         1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 11017
25 E. Jackson Blvd.
(312) 362-8400                                   Lincoln Park: (773) 549-7757   Chicago, IL 60604
                                                                                Tel: (312) 362-6216
                                                                                Fax: (312) 362-7213
                                                 Loop Campus
Personal Safety Tips                                                            Office Hours:
• Do not leave your bags unattended at
                                                 Information Desk               Monday–Thursday | 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.
  any time.                                      Loop: (312) 362-5411           Friday | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
                                                                                Saturday | Closed
• Keep all of your bags close to you when
                                                                                Sunday | Closed
  traveling on the “L” or Metra.
                                                 Office of Multicultural
• Be aware of your surroundings.
                                                 Student Success                Follow us on Facebook.
• Do not be a target. Try not to walk alone
                                                 Lincoln Park: (773) 325-7325
  at night.
                                                 Loop: (312) 362-8476

DPU Alert
DPU Alert is DePaul’s direct emergency
notification system. It is important to
review your personal contact information in
Campus Connection to ensure DePaul can
keep you informed of both emergency and
day-to-day business communications. Any
time your contact information changes, be
sure to update it in Campus Connection.

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