The city of Chicago is home to dozens of colleges and universities. Most campuses are located close to public transportation and have ample housing options nearby. Chicago’s higher education institutions provide students with the opportunity to pursue degrees and certificates in a vast range of academic and professional interests. From traditional 4-year colleges to med school training to alternative adult learning programs, Chicago offers first-rate accredited teaching facilities that attract students from across the country and around the world.
Money Saving Tips for Students
Whether you are living on financial aid or have a part-time job while going to school, chances are your incoming funds are somewhat limited and give you reason to pinch pennies where possible. Here are five simple tips to help Chicago college students save money and get the most bang for your buck in the big city.
#1 Downsize Daily Expenditures - You’re in college now, so you’re no dummy. You know little daily expenses can add up to a lot of money over the course of a month. Make a detailed itemized list of your average weekly expenditures and ask yourself which 5 or 10 things you could eliminate if you had to. It could be as small as making a sandwich at home instead of buying one at the deli every day. Try it for a month and see how much extra cash you accumulate. Your wallet will definitely feel the difference!
#2 Make a Budget - This may sound like advice your mom would give, but she has a point. If you know how much money you have to spend on certain things it is easier to stay within your means. Start by making a list of your tangible monthly expenses (e.g. tuition, room and board, books and school materials, public transportation, food, cell phone plan, that latte you buy every day, etc.). Seeing the bottom line on your fixed monthly expenditures will give you a clearer picture of how much you actually spend and how much you have leftover to spend on non-essential things, such as entertainment, eating out, weekend trips, etc.
#3 Student ID Discounts - Lots of places around the city offer discounts to those with a valid student ID. Everywhere from retail stores and restaurants to movie theaters and museums cut their regular prices for college kids. So, it can’t hurt to ask the next time you pay for something.
#4 Buy Used Books - Why purchase your school textbooks for full price when you can buy them used for a markdown? Many colleges have on-campus bookstores that sell used texts and you can also find them on web sites like Amazon.com or ISBN.nu. Borrowing textbooks from someone who has already taken the class is another way to cut costs – and save trees!
#5 Be Careful with Credit Cards - Credit cards are a handy way to pay for things but they can end up biting you in the bank account if you’re not careful. The best tactic for credit card use is to pay off the balance on time and in full every month. That way you avoid the finance charge (which is often around 18% or higher) and late fees. Many cards offer an introductory rate of 0%, but make sure to read the fine print because it may have annual fees or a really high percentage rate after the preliminary term runs out. If you have trouble staying within your means, leave the credit card at home and use cash.
Colleges and Universities In The City Of Chicago
The following list includes some of the city’s most recognized educational institutions. Did you know UIC has the largest medical school in the nation? And that the public can actually dine on multi-course meals prepared in class by Kendall College’s culinary arts students? Get a brief rundown on other Windy City colleges and universities here– But keep in mind, this is just a small portion of the great academic schools available in Chicago.
225 N. Michigan Ave
Argosy in located in downtown Chicago. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as professional certificate programs. It specializes in Psychology, Business, Education and Health Sciences.
600 S. Michigan Ave
Columbia is located in the South Loop in the midst of Chicago’s most popular cultural institutions. It is the country’s largest private college for arts and media studies. The school offers over 120 academic programs serving roughly 12,500 students.
2400 N. Sheffield Ave and 1 E. Jackson Blvd
DePaul has two Chicago campuses – one in Lincoln Park and another in the Loop. The school offers over 260 undergrad and graduate programs, many of which have garnered national acclaim in academia.
3300 N. Campbell Ave; 225 W. Washington St; and 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
DeVry has 3 locations in Chicago – the Loop, Avondale, and O’Hare. The school offers programs for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Media Arts & Technology, Business & Management, Health Sciences, Engineering & Information Technology, and Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Illinois Institute of Technology
3300 S. Federal St; 565 W. Adams St.; and 350 N. LaSalle St.
IIT is a research university with three campuses throughout Chicago. The school enrolls over 7,500 students per year and offers programs in Architecture, Design, Humanities, Sciences, Business, Engineering, Psychology and Law.
900 N. North Branch St.
Kendall is a smaller institution located in Chicago’s River West neighborhood. It is a specialty school with focuses on Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Business, Psychology and Education. Annual enrollment is less then 1,800 students. The college hosts a fine dining restaurant with meals made by its culinary experts-in-training.
1032 W. Sheridan Rd and 820 N. Michigan Ave
Loyola has two locations within the City of Chicago – Lake Shore (on the far North Side, right along the water’s edge) and Water Tower (off the Magnificent Mile in the heart of Chicago’s main shopping center). The school’s programs include Law, Medicine, Communications, Business Administration, Education and Social Work. Loyola enrolls over 15,000 students per year.
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis; 3119 N. Pulaski; 770 N. Halsted; and 700 E. Oakwood Blvd
Northeastern has four Chicago campuses with roughly 12,000 students. The school has over 70 programs for undergraduate and graduate levels in the specializations of Business, Education, Arts and Sciences. It also offers alternative educational options for adult learners.
Robert Morris University
401 S. State St.
Robert Morris’ main location is in the Loop near some of Chicago’s most popular attractions (Art Institute, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Auditorium Theatre, and Chicago Board of Trade). On-campus amenities include student housing, fitness facility, computer center, cyber café, art gallery, and library.
Roosevelt University Chicago
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Roosevelt is an independent university that offers degree programs in Performing Arts, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Business and Education. The main campus is in the downtown Loop with its central administration offices in the Auditorium Building (also home to the Auditorium Theatre).
1650 W. Harrison St.
Rush is a highly-acclaimed medical research and teaching institution, and one of the first medical colleges in the region. Its nursing school is top-ranked and the university’s affiliated hospital is a leader in patient care and health innovation.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Ave.
SAIC is a smaller college located in the downtown Loop. The school offers grad and undergrad degrees in Art, Design and Technology. It enrolls around 3,000 students per semester. SAIC has been named by local and national media outlets as the top graduate-level art program in the country.
1145 W. Wilson Ave.
Truman is considered the largest of Chicago’s city colleges and has the third biggest adult education program in the U.S. The school is located on the North Side and enrolls over 23,000 students each year. It offers 17 associate degree and 30 certificate programs.
University of Chicago
5801 S. Ellis Ave.
U of C is located in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park on a 211-acre campus with award-winning architecture and garden-covered grounds. The school offers 24 minors and 49 majors for undergrads and graduate-level divisions in Social Sciences, Humanities, Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences.
University of Illinois at Chicago
845 W. Taylor St.
UIC is a major research university with one the most diverse student populations in the country. It has the largest medical school in the U.S., which has become an integral part of the state’s health care system. In 2000, a South Campus was added to expand research facilities, resident housing, academic offices, athletic fields and parking. Approximately 25,000 students attend UIC annually.