La Casa is an innovative model in student housing that surrounds students with all the benefits and resources of on‐campus living—plus the added advantage of an on‐site Resource Center. The Resource Center provides a wide range of student support services that help in navigating the complexities of college life and developing leadership skills. You must qualify to live at La Casa and no family housing is available. La Casa student housing is a 6‐story building located in Chicago’s vibrant Pilsen neighborhood at the intersection of 18th Street and Paulina, just minutes from all major universities in the Chicago area. Student residences are located on floors 2 through 6.
- Located near all major colleges and universities in the Chicagoland area
- Affordable dorm-like living experience
- A quiet place to study
- Easy access to major highways, CTA Pink Line, and public transportation
- All utilities included (gas, water, electric)
- Free Wi‐Fi & Cable
- Neighborhood experience in Pilsen‐‐a vibrant Latino community
- Modern, fully furnished rooms
- Fully‐equipped kitchens with granite counter tops
- Video surveillance, and electronic key-card access
- Laundry facility
- Fitness center
- Computer Room
- Campus Connection
- Smoke‐free environment
- Individual contracts (i.e. 9-month leasing option)
- Environmentally friendly construction
- Resource Center
* You may qualify for our La Casa Student Housing Scholarship. If you wish to be considered, you must submit a La Casa Student Housing Application. If haven’t submitted your application, please do so today. Space and assistance is limited.
Academic year leasing period generally begins mid-August and runs through mid-May (9 months).
Our Academic Year is adjusted to match your university’s term.
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La Casa is an initiative of The Resurrection Project, a not‐for‐profit organization that strives to create healthy communities through education, organizing, and community development. We created La Casa to provide students an affordable option, so when compared to the cost of living in apartments and other double room units, the La Casa rate is the lowest. Download rate sheet.
Each floor consists of two fully furnished dorm suites, with a full kitchen, living area with ceiling to floor windows, and bedrooms. There are five rooms per suite, 2 students per room. Co-ed rooms and family housing are not available. Click to download Dorm Room Layout
The first floor of the building houses the mail room, resident services desk, fitness center, and laundry room.
Modern, fully-furnished rooms are located on floors 2 through 6. Student residents enjoy the casual intimacy of small group living and fantastic building amenities that include fully equipped kitchens, lounge areas, and access to a resident assistant on each floor.
Video surveillance cameras and electronic key card entrance are in place.
A coin operated Laundry Room is located on the first floor and is accessible 24 hours a day.
Exclusive for La Casa residents, the Fitness Center is located on the first floor and is available 24 hours a day. All residents who enter the Fitness Center agree to follow the rules and regulations as posted. There is no supervision or staff monitoring the Fitness Center and those using the facility do so at their own risk.
Upon move‐in, each resident is issued a mailbox. Mail is delivered six days a week (except legal holidays) and distributed to mailboxes located on the first floor of La Casa Student Housing. Residents share a mailbox with their suite/apartment‐mates. Hours of distribution will be posted, and residents with a package delivery will receive a note and/or an e‐mail to pick up their delivery from the Resident Service Desk or the La Casa Management Office.
Technology services, in the La Casa Student Housing building and the Resource Center, include access to high-speed Internet connection.
Each student resident is provided with a loft‐able bed, twin mattress, study desk and chair, dresser drawers, a book shelve and closet space.
La Casa provides a fully equipped kitchen within each dorm suite. Each kitchen provides a refrigerator/freezer, oven with stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, and granite countertop eating space. Meal plans are not available at La Casa. Groceries can be purchased from local shops or at major supermarkets located only a short distance away. As an alternate to preparing meals at La Casa, baked specialties, grab-and-go items, and a variety of dining experiences can be accessed in the neighborhood.
To explore commuter meal options, student residents must contact their respective colleges and universities.
Each suite which is occupied by 10 student residents is equipped with a lounge area. Every lounge provides a large-screen TV, chairs, sofas, and a dining table.
Central heating and air conditioning are provided to each unit at no additional cost.
All units are provided recycling bins and trash receptacles for waste. All residents are expected to bring their trash and recycling material to the appropriate containers regularly. Trash is normally removed from the floors on a daily basis.
To help ensure a clean and healthy environment for everyone, and in compliance with the Chicago Indoor Air Ordinance, La Casa Student Housing and Resource Center are smoke‐free buildings. The Chicago Ordinance also prohibits smoking within 25 feet from the entrance/exit of the building, including the neighboring retail space entryways.
A limited number of bicycles racks are available outside of the La Casa student housing and the Resource Center. Residents are responsible for providing and securing their own bike locks.
Courtesy with regard to noise level is expected 24 hours each day. It is the policy of La Casa that spaces on floors 2-6 be reasonably quiet at all times. Further, it is expected that the halls and common areas will be especially quiet during "quiet hours." The designated quiet hour schedule in all residence areas is from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. These hours represent a minimum requirement to ensure residents quiet time to sleep and study. Residents on each floor are free to develop an extended schedule to accommodate additional quiet time for study.
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