If you are considering living beyond walking distance to campus, please keep in mind that the average commuting time fluctuates during rush hour, accidents, road construction and/or bad weather. An average 12-mile trip may take a little under 30 minutes during non-peak times but can almost triple depending on what is happening on the roadway.
Resources such as Google Maps can provide you with accurate driving directions and average commute times during different times of the day.
On-campus parking is available to students who live two miles outside of campus for about $300 per academic year. For more information about campus parking, visit the Apply for Campus Parking page.
Feinberg medical students can sign up for the Ventra U-Pass to get discounted rates on unlimited Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus and train passes. Learn more about enrolling here.
Most city buses and trains run throughout the day and night. One advantage to riding the train is that trains are reliable most of the time, as they travel below or above street level. However, it is not advisable to use public transportation during late-night hours, especially when traveling alone. Check out the CTA bus and train route schedules and transit fare information and the Metra train website.
University Shuttle Service
Northwestern offers shuttle bus services between the Chicago and Evanston campuses, three Chicago-area hospitals, and to and from the Metra Train station (see Metra information) For further information about University transportation, please visit the University services web page.
Accepted students are expected to secure housing on their own. On-campus housing is not available.
To help you find housing on your own, we've provided the following resource guide to short-term housing. We do not endorse any of the options listed, and the list is not meant to be exhausted.
- $900-$1,100 for monthly rental
Furnished room in a professional home 36 minutes away from Northwestern Medical Hospital via CTA. Housekeeping, wi-fi, utilities and linens all included. Please contact Drew Noble at 773-598-0709 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Chicago Getaway Hostel
International Hostel in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
- Hostelling International Chicago
Contact Faye DeJuarez, assistant general manager, at email@example.com or 312-583-2222.
Furnished private monthly rentals located in the Gold Coast within walking distance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Includes a full-size bed, kitchen, cable TV and internet access. Call 312-501-3310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Marriott Execustay
Temporary housing and furnished apartments with a familiar name in downtown Chicago. Contact Susan Carter at email@example.com or 312-729-5161 (office) or 312-804-0860 (cell).
- MedBed, Inc.
- The Rotating Room
A Harvard medical student created this site so other medical students who are seeking temporary housing for an away rotation or would like to post a temporary housing vacancy can coordinate sublets with other students across the country.
- Oakwood Corporate Housing
Temporary furnished apartments near Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A Northwestern University rate is available for studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments. Please contact Megan Callison or 312-894-6517 for more information on availability and pricing.