Saint Xavier University has a long-standing tradition of hospitality and mutual respect in the communities surrounding the SXU Chicago campus, and now the Office of Residence Life is proud to say that SXU students are living in these neighborhoods!
University owned or operated apartment complexes are located in nearby Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn. Apartments are fully furnished and offer one and two-bedroom units, shared by Saint Xavier students. The University assumes responsibility for utilities including electricity, water and heat. Students are responsible for providing cable television and/or internet service at the Riviera Complex. Residence Life provides professional staff members dedicated to serve apartment residents and work with the property managers.
As an apartment resident, students must remember that while they are still an SXU student, they are also a member of the Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn community. Living in these apartments is considered a privilege and, as such, are only available to upper-division students who are entering their third year or higher with the University.
If you are interested in learning more about our university apartments, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (773) 298-3977.
Individuals seeking off-campus living accommodations are responsible for contacting the property owner and inspecting the rental property to determine whether it meets their needs. Students will deal directly with the property owner for all issues, including payment, after a lease is signed.
The Office of Residence Life strongly encourages students to interview prospective landlords, inspect the facilities and talk with previous tenants prior to signing any lease. Here are additional helpful tips as you begin your housing search:
What to look for when you are apartment/house shopping:
- Check the water pressure and hot water.
- Check if the toilet is working.
- If the apartment is furnished, check the furniture.
- Check the lights, walls and locks.
- Check all appliances.
- Check the emergency exits.
- Check the heat and the fire alarms.
- Check the electrical meter.
- Find out exactly what your deposit will be and what the terms for its return are. Will you have to clean the apartment yourself when you leave? What are the standards of cleanliness?
- Once you check the apartment, discuss repairs with your landlord. All repair issues should be noted on your lease, including any damages, in order to avoid getting charged for them later or losing your deposit.
- If your landlord refuses to place repair/damage items on the lease, put them in writing yourself, and send your landlord a copy certified mail and return receipt requested prior to accepting keys.
- Get the landlord's address and phone number.
- Discuss with your landlord how future repairs will be made. Will you call him/her for repairs, or should you contact a repair person yourself? How are emergency maintenance issues handled?
- Talk with the neighbors about the competency and reputation of the landlord.
- Don't give the landlord any money before you sign and are positive you want the apartment.
- Give yourself 24 hours to think about it before you sign a lease.