Summer Housing

Helpful Tips on Summer Housing for Interns

Now that you’ve secured an internship over the summer, the next step is to find somewhere to stay during your time there. Here are a few tips and suggestions from past interns to keep in mind while you search for summer housing:

  • Plan and secure your summer housing EARLY. The longer you wait, the fewer the options are.
  • Find out if the organization for which you are interning provides summer housing or housing assistance.
  • Try to find other interns or people your age in the area that you can live with. Lower costs + social interaction = win/win. You should contact your manager to see if there are any interns looking for roommates.
  • Contact local Princeton alumni and/or your alumni partner to see if they can aid you in your search.
  • Research public transportation routes to/from your potential living place. You don’t want to end up having to walk for miles and miles!
  • Check out the gyms, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. around your area.
  • To save money, turn to sublets and apartments before considering hotels/motels and university campus housing. Though harder to find, they’re a good option for college students who would rather spend their money elsewhere.
  • Do not be afraid to ask people for their help and advice! Past interns and upperclassmen are a great summer housing resource.
Intern Housing Guide

The PDF iconIntern Housing Guide, created by students, for students, contains helpful information for all interns, including:

  • Advice on how to best use the various methods and channels to locate and secure housing.
  • Helpful statistics from housing choices of previous PICS intern cohorts, like the percentage of interns who had roommates, who paid a security deposit, and what their most important factors for housing were, etc.
  • Tips on how to maximize your experience living in a new city.
  • City-specific insights and testimonials on transportation, neighborhood selection of where previous interns have lived, and their bucket lists (at this time, this tailored information is limited to the DC, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and LA metro areas. In future years, this living document will expand to include all PICS cities).
  • Other helpful links and information.
Possible Summer Housing Options

Listed below are some possible summer housing options for you to consider and look into, organized by location. PICS does not endorse nor support any of these sites; these are provided merely as a place for you to start your summer housing search. It’s your responsibility to thoroughly research your options!

National

  • Airbnb
  • Apartments
  • Apartment Guide
  • Campus Rent
  • Craigslist
  • Hostels
  • Intern Housing
  • Student Rent
  • Sublet
  • Places4Students
  • TigerNet
  • Trulia

California

Los Angeles

  • UCLA Community Housing Office
  • ZUMA Housing

San Francisco

  • Fillmore House

District of Columbia

  • American University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown Law
  • Washington Intern Housing Network
  • Washington Intern Student Housing

Illinois

Chicago

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Buckingham
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University Center

Massachusetts

Boston

  • Boston University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Suffolk University

New Jersey

Newark

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology

Princeton

  • Princeton University
  • Princeton Off-Campus Housing
  • Tiger Trade

New York

Bronx/Brooklyn/New York City

  • Columbia University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • NYC Intern
  • School of Visual Arts
  • The New School
  • EHS studenthousing.org

Ohio

Cleveland

  • Cleveland State University

Pennsylvania

Malvern

  • Villanova University

Philadelphia

  • Axis Apartments
  • Drexel University
  • University of Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Nashville

  • Vanderbilt University

Washington

Seattle

  • University of Washington
Quotes from Previous Interns

Boston

Brookline

“During my internship, I sublet a room in a two- family house in Brookline Village, which is only a 15-20 min walk to the Boston Children’s Hospital. I found this family from a family friend I know in Taiwan. Brookline is an extremely safe and kid- friendly neighborhood. Its location was also very good in terms of my commute to work. I would walk to work everyday, even though the T (Boston public transportation system) and the “Partners Healthcare shuttle were convenient as well. Brookline is located near Coolidge Corner and Allston, which is where a lot of really great restaurants and grocery stores are located. I would definitely recommend looking into Brookline and Coolidge Corner, though it can be expensive at times. Other housing options include nearby universities, such as Northeastern, Boston University, and Emmanuel University, which are also very accessible to the Boston Children’s Hospital by T. Harvard medical school usually has first year medical student dorms available during the summer for rent called Vanderbilt Hall. However, the summer I was there, it was undergoing major renovations and was closed for the summer. It is very conveniently located right down the street from the hospital, making it a very ideal housing place. If it is available next year, I would recommend starting your search there. “ 

Cambridge

“I had a sublet with a Princeton alumna in Cambridge. The living conditions were satisfactory. The commute would have been more convenient if I had found an apartment in Boston, closer to the hospital. However, apartments in Boston in safer locations are usually more expensive than in Cambridge.”

Boston University

“I lived in summer internship housing at Boston University during my internship, and I would definitely recommend this living situation to next year’s B-SAFE intern. I lived in an apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and large common room, and I only had to share the space with one other roommate. There were eight total apartments in my building – all housing college students who were also completing internships in Boston – and I met a ton of new people through this set-up. My apartment was situated right outside of Kenmore Square, and this location was very convenient because it was located close to 3 different T stops that made it easy to travel to and from work. Usually it took me about 30 minutes to travel to work, and I did not feel at all burdened by this commute. The neighborhood where I lived felt very safe, and it was fun to live near Fenway Park because the streets were always bustling on game days. The Kenmore Square area also features several different restaurants, Starbucks, ice cream shops, and a Barnes and Noble, and it only took about a 10-minute walk to get to the nearest grocery store and a Bed Bath and Beyond that made it easy to stock my apartment with different necessities during the first couple of weeks. Honestly my apartment’s only flaw was that it was slightly old.” 

Northeastern University 

“I lived at Northeastern University intern housing. This program was open to any students who were interning at an organization/company in Boston. The living conditions were pretty nice - it was apartment style college suites with a kitchen, two bedrooms, a living room, and a bathroom. However, there was no Wifi, which was a bit inconvenient. Depending on your preference, you could choose from having a single (shared with a suite mate) or a double. There were two subway stops on campus, the Orange and Green lines, which made commuting around the city very easy. My only complaint with the housing was that it was definitely overpriced, ($420/week for single occupancy and AC) and I recommend that students first look into nearby sublets before choosing this option. However, despite the price and lack of wireless Internet, it was a fine place to live during the summer.” 

“I stayed at Northeastern University for the first 7 weeks and then I had to find an apartment on Craigslist for the last few weeks. Northeastern is a very convenient location and if you can afford to pay for the housing option with A/C, the dorm can’t be beat. The housing ends the 2nd week of August, so I would recommend interns start their internship early so they don’t have to switch housing like I did. But even my 2nd apartment was nice and both were within 15 min walking distance to the hospital.” 

“Northeastern U Dorms; expensive 4 reg dorm env, & didn’t extend all the way until the end of internship. Last 5 days in Boston was spent crashing over at friends’ places. Vanderbilt Hall (dorms @ Harvard Med) said to be better but closed Summer ‘14 for renovations.”

Back Bay 

“I lived in Bayridge Residence, a women's house through Opus Dei (you don't need to be Catholic to live there!). I had my own bedroom with desk and everything, and shared a communal bathroom with the girls on my floor. Bayridge provided most of my meals (all except weekday lunches, which I was given at my internship). And they would clean my room every week. Honestly, it was really great! We had wifi included, laundry was on the floor above mine (you do need quarters), a library and music room downstairs. Plus, really awesome company with people from all over the world who were also staying in Boston. We had really great conversations. Also, Bayridge is right around the corner from the Esplanade (Boston), which was perfect because many times I would go to the park and work-out after eating, etc. I lived in the Back Bay (one of the more affluent neighborhoods in Boston) and worked in the South End (about 17 minutes away on bus).” Intern Rating: paid $3,375; “worth its price”; “absolutely would recommend; “ very satisfied”; 0 roommates; searched via Google

South End 

“Being in a student neighborhood did mean that the night-life got a little noisy on Fridays and Saturdays. However, in general I felt very safe and comfortable moving around the city. My recommendation: make sure to get a place with a morning/evening commute that you will be comfortable with. The general area right 15 around Jean Yawkey Place/Barbara McInnis House (780 Albany Street) is not the safest at night, but going up Massachusetts Avenue toward Cambridge is fine even afterhours (which I had to do a couple of times for my evening patient shifts). I would recommend looking for an apartment around the Berklee College of Music area. Cambridge is a bit far, but many other interns lived in the MIT area as well.”

“I lived in a very student-friendly neighborhood right by Symphony Hall in a little sublet apartment. Yes, I thought it was a wonderful location; I walked to and from work (about 25 minutes, else 8 minutes by bus) every day, and I was really in the heart of a neighborhood that was home to many schools and thus students. There was a Whole Foods nearby, and I was not even a five-minute walk from the Prudential Mall (lots of shops). Newbury Street and the Boston Public Library were about a 15-minute walk from my house, and I could get to the Boston Commons within a 30-minute walk. I also often went into the Cambridge area because my church was there, and in the balmy summer weather I would often walk to-and-from church, which meant passing over the bridge overlooking the spectacular Charles River. I was close to Fenway Park (go Red Sox!) and the Museum of Fine Arts. The public transit in Boston is also excellent, although it ends a bit earlier than I would have liked (right around midnight), so I could walk or catch the T to pretty much any place I wanted to go; I frequently had to maneuver around the city to get to the different clinical/shelters sites I wanted to visit.” 

“I rented the basement portion of a Brownstone in South End from a very nice family that I connected with via a friend of my parents. I loved these accommodations and they were actually cheaper than Northeastern housing. I would recommend future interns try to reach out to any local Boston friends and see through word of mouth if anyone has any space to rent, sometimes it just works out nicely.”

Dorchester

“I sublet from one of my supervisor's friends off the Savin Hill T stop in Dorchester. It was a nice apartment, and in a very safe neighborhood with convenient T access so I would definitely recommend the area. Savin Hill was home to a lot of families, young professionals, etc, so it was very diverse. It was only 15 mins into downtown, and the rent was more affordable than most parts of Boston at $750. A pretty affordable grocery store was one stop away at JFK/UMass (Star Mart). I would definitely recommend looking into Dorchester, parts of it are said to have a sketchy reputation, but many other parts are decent and much more affordable than most of Boston.” Intern Rating: paid $1500 + $200 for a week at an alumna’s house; “worth its price”; “absolutely would recommend; “very satisfied”; 1 roommate; searched via Princeton-Boston discussion group and supervisor help “During my internship I lived in the house that Epiphany owns and uses as a residence for their intern teachers. The house was a short walk from the school (no more than 5 16 minutes away) so I appreciated the convenience. I was also grateful that I was permitted to stay rent-free. The residency reminded me of living in a dorm since there were so many people (15-20) and we had to share common areas (kitchen, restrooms, common rooms w/TVs etc.). My recommendation for future interns is to remember to check the chore chart and always practice cleanliness even when it seems others do not.”

Other Parts of Boston Area 

“I lived at home in a town north of Boston and commuted into the city by commuter rail every day. The commute was manageable and the office was very easily accessible by public transit.” 

“I lived in two locations during my internship. I looked up locations through craigslist. I was forced to move in the middle of my stay because two separate but full-length arrangements I had made fell through, so this was a last-minute resort. Nevertheless, I was very pleased with both places that I stayed. I would recommend thoroughly looking through craigslist for the best deals. In terms of neighborhoods, the Longwood Medical Area where you work is nice and safe. Fenway and Brookline are a little further but within walking distance, and both are also safe. The main nearby neighborhood that can be slightly less safe is Mission Hill. There are also many nearby colleges that may be a little more pricey, but more convenient.”

New York City

Columbia U Housing/Area

“I lived at Columbia University, which was about an hour commute from Albert Einstein/Montefiore. The living conditions were satisfactory, but housing was quite expensive. My supervisor had recommended that I live in Manhattan and commute to the Bronx rather than live there. But by the time I had heard this, much of the housing had been taken up and I had to search for housing, which became quite difficult. I would recommend that future interns put a deposit in Columbia housing or NYU housing as soon as they accept the internship offer instead of waiting till late April/May where options are fewer. “ 

“I lived in Columbia Intern Housing for the first nine weeks of my internship, and lived with friends for the last week (Columbia housing ended a week before my internship ended). I found the living conditions satisfactory. I was in a large, four-bedroom apartment with air-conditioning, a living area, and a kitchenette. The housing also came with access to Columbia’s gym. The area around Columbia is quiet during the summer, and the commute to Montefiore was roughly an hour, but considering its price and the benefits it offered I felt that Columbia was a good option and I would recommend other interns to consider it.”

“During my internship, I subletted an apartment from a Princeton alum right next to Columbia University in Manhattan. It was a great apartment, though tough to sleep in during the heat wave due to its lack of air conditioning. Overall though, a good experience though I would recommend to future interns to live with a roommate.” 

NYU/Greenwich Village

“I lived in an NYU Dorm. I would definitely recommend it. I lived in a traditional dorm, which means it did not have its own kitchen, so I was required to sign up for a meal plan. My total cost per week was $320, including the meal plan. Though I wish I could have had a kitchen (some NYU summer dorms do have kitchens), it was still convenient and cost-effective to live in the dorm I lived in. For NYC prices, I think I got a pretty good deal. Furthermore, the location of NYU was ideal: I was at the heart of Greenwich Village, and close to many subway stations.”

“I lived in NYU dorm housing and both the housing and location were excellent. I stayed in Rubin Hall which was located on 5th Avenue near Union Square and Washington Square. Although my commute to work was 1 hour to the Bronx, I would highly recommend this option for housing.”

“I lived in Rubin Hall (5th Ave between 10th and 11th streets) of NYU summer housing. Rubin Hall has both doubles and triples with bathrooms. I lived in a spacious double and shared a bathroom with my roommate. There is no air conditioning or kitchen facility within the building. There is a laundry machine in the basement of the building. There was an air-conditioned lounge on the second floor of the building where many of the interns in the building spent time and got to know one another. The dining hall that was open to the summer housing residents was located next to Washington Square, only a few blocks away from Rubin Hall. As a summer housing resident, I had access to Palladium gym which was a few blocks away right along Union Square. Overall, I would recommend this housing location because it is a great location (near many subway stations, near Greenwich Village, and near Union and Washington Squares). The only downside is that the meal plan is expensive and food in the city is generally expensive (but so delicious!!). “ Intern Rating: paid $2,200 for the summer; “worth its price”; “would recommend; “very satisfied”; 1 roommate; required to pay security deposit; “slightly overpriced”

“I lived in a NYU dorm. It was a one room triple with private bathroom, and I had access to a limited meal plan as part of my room and board payment. It was relatively cost-effective, though I lived in a dorm with no AC. “ Intern Rating #2: paid $3,100 for 10 weeks; required to pay housing deposit; “would recommend”; 2 roommate; “slightly overpriced”

East Village

“I started off living in the East Village at 7th and 2nd, subletting a studio from an NYU student. I shared the studio with a friend from Princeton. It was a 4th floor walk up in an old building with poor AC, but the area is fantastic. Unfortunately, we had a bed bug infestation and a mite problem, that affected nearly the entire building. Needless to say, we got out of there real fast. For two weeks, we commuted from my house in New Jersey (an hour and a half each way) which was a pain.” 23 Intern Rating: East Village -- Lived in communal Quaker house; paid $1,100/month; “slightly overpriced”; had to pay for AC; “would recommend; “satisfied” 

Yorkville

“Finally, we found a new place in Yorkville (87th and East End) through the NYC Princeton alumni listserv. The place was fantastic – 4th floor 3BR apartment in a newly renovated building, right by the park, in a very residential neighborhood. The apartment was gorgeous and very clean, and the neighborhood, while quiet, was very safe. I recommend that future interns subscribe to the NYC listserv in April/May and start looking. Don’t be worried if May rolls around and you still don’t have a place – having apartment searched practically all summer, I can tell you that most people don’t post openings until a couple weeks to a month in advance. It’s all very last minute.” 

SoHo 

“Two other Princeton friends and I subletted an apartment in Soho from Princeton alumni. The living conditions were wonderful -- and it was only a seven minute walk to work! I would definitely recommend students to sublet if they can. Many of my friends also had great experiences in the NYU dorms.” 

Harlem 

“I lived in Harlem. My living conditions were pretty good. I found it through Craigslist and it was chill.” 

Brooklyn 

“I lived in Brooklyn, 30 mins away from work. I absolutely loved the apartment I lived in as well as my flat mates.” 

Brooklyn Heights 

“I lived at the King’s College residence on Clark St. which is open to interns during the summer. The conditions were excellent and it was less than a 10 minute walk to work. The building is clean and the staff is friendly. The neighborhood is beautiful and I personally loved the fact that I did not have to take the subway to commute.”

“These dormitory style buildings on Clark St. are about a five minute walk from the courthouse and located in Brooklyn Heights, which is an absolutely fantastic neighborhood. Even though it’s easy to commute from Manhattan and other parts of Brooklyn to the courthouse, it would have been extra convenient to be able to walk to work.” 

Park Slope 

“I sublet from a friend from high school who goes to NYU. I lived in a brownstone in Park Slope. 

Suburbs 

“I lived at home in northern New Jersey and commuted daily. It is a bit of a hassle 24 and if I did it again I would probably choose to live in the city but overall it worked out just fine.”

Washington, D.C.

Georgetown

“I lived in a beautiful little townhouse in Georgetown that I found on Craigslist. The living conditions were great and I loved my roommates. Paying rent was tough, however, due to the PICS payment schedule - my mom had to pay my first two months rent until I got the first 2/3 of my stipend, and then I basically had no money waiting on the last 1/3.”

George Washington U

“I lived at a George Washington University dorm during my internship. In general, the living conditions were typical of a college dorm, but my experience was very negatively affected by the long commute, frequent inspections (in which my belongings and food items were often moved or tampered with, and inspectors’ trash was left behind), infrequent cleaning of the facility, maintenance issues (laundry machines were broken for several weeks), frequent fire alarms, and unsafe environment (reports of assaults and armed robberies in the area). Though GWU dorms may be a relatively affordable option for interns, the difference in cost may not necessarily make up for the difference in quality.”

“I lived in George Washington University Dormitories for the most part. Living conditions were satisfactory, and I would suggest living at GWU, though the better kept living areas are pretty expensive.” 

“I lived in an apartment I found on Airbnb. I lived with two other PICS interns, one of whom also worked at the hospital. The rent was cheaper than GW and WISH (I paid $1600 for the whole summer), and I was only a 5 minute Uber ride to work (yes, I used Uber to get to work with one of my roommates). The apartment was pretty good, except one of the rooms had bedbugs. We had to deal with that...But that's not something you can predict no matter where you go, so I definitely recommend Airbnb as opposed to GW or WISH if you want to save money and have a say in what type of housing you live in.” 

“I lived at George Washington University, in Mitchell Hall. Accommodations were fine, but not as clean as Princeton's dorms. The rooms themselves were not ideal, but for the price (I paid about $3000) it was probably the best bang for my buck.” Intern Rating: paid $3,100 for the summer; “worth its price”; “would recommend; Lived in Mitchell Hall; “satisfied”; 0 roommates 

Dupont Circle 

“I lived in DuPont circle, a 15 minute walk from CPI. The location and the room were great, found it on craigslist for $1100 including utilities. Try to go for something in that area since walking is much faster than taking the bus or the metro.” 

Capitol Hill

Intern Rating: paid $3,500 for the summer; “worth its price”; “would recommend; “very satisfied”; 4+ roommates; required to pay security deposit 

WISH 

“I lived in Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH). It was very convenient - I lived a few blocks from Union Station and there was a shuttle to the hospital every 10 minutes. Also, the apartment comes stocked with all the necessary cooking/cleaning equipment. Great choice for interns working at CNMC!” 

“I lived on Capitol Hill with two other PICS interns in a Washington Intern Student Housing apartment (WISH). It was cozy, but it had everything we needed and wasn't crazy expensive. We had a free thirty minute commute to work (half walk, half hospital shuttle) and lots of nearby activities/restaurants.” 

“I lived at WISH housing with three other people - two of which were PICS interns also working at the hospital. The apartment was next to Union Station which was great for transportation on the metro and also the shuttle to the hospital. It's also a safe area, which is the top priority. The apartment was a little bit small and costly but definitely worth the investment.” Intern Rating: 3 roommates (all Princeton); “would recommend”; paid $2500 for summer; “slightly overpriced” 

Chinatown 

“I lived in an apartment with another Princeton student in Chinatown. Our living conditions were excellent, since we were renting from someone we knew. I would recommend that future interns try to rent with someone that they know. Also, the DC metro is very easy to use, so future interns should focus more on the quality of their housing than the distance to work when choosing somewhere to live. I know many students choose to live at GWU, and found it very satisfactory.” 

Suburbs 

“I rented a room in a house in Rockville, MD, which is about 30 min from NIH by car (but could be 30 min - an hour by public transportation). The conditions were 30 satisfactory: a big room, furniture provided, but a kitchen and bathroom shared with a few other renters. I would recommend living in Rockville because it is relatively safe and much, much cheaper than Bethesda. However, I would recommend living within walking distance from the metro because buses are less convenient. Additionally, if the interns plan on going to D.C. often, Rockville is quite far. (I went exploring in D.C. every weekend, so it's definitely do-able, but didn’t like getting home too late.) I would recommend not having a long commute to work.” 

“Bethesda, MD. Rented from airbnb. Nice landlady, room is quite nice. Recommendations: Search, search, search. Try all outlets, try to find roommates. Roommates definitely alleviate costs.”

Los Angeles

Venice Beach 

“I lived in Venice Beach, about a 15 minute drive to work. I recommend staying in a place very close to the office because LA traffic makes travelling difficult. Other students found a flat two blocks from the beach on Craigslist and believed it was a good place to stay as well for the summer.” 

Pasadena 

“I lived within walking distance of The Huntington Library, in the poolhouse of a lovely woman named Helena Singer, at 381 S Meridith Ave in Pasadena. My living conditions were basically perfect for all my needs. I had just enough space, an easy walk to work (as well as Trader Joe’s and other stores) so I didn’t need a car (Pasadena also has a good bus system, and Mrs. Singer was always happy to provide rides), and Mrs. Singer was incredibly kind. I found her through a list of housing accommodations. II definitely recommend her to future interns. I paid $2,5000 for the summer” 

South Central/University Park (USC) 

“I lived in the Theta Xi house at USC. It was a fantastic living arrangement and was my favorite part about the summer. I met some great friends who I will definitely keep up with.” Intern Rating (for USC): Paid $550/month + $550 deposit; “slightly overpriced”; “had all amenities, laundry, kitchen, AC, etc.”,“would 35 recommend; “very satisfied”; searched via Craigslist; had 4+ roommates; unexpected expense was “a bicycle to get around”, but “tons of used bike stores nearby that will buy your bike back at the end of the summer”; had to pay for some time that was outside of the time of the internship 

Downtown 

“I lived in an apartment (the Visconti) in downtown Los Angeles, north of the LA Natural History Museum. By car, it was a 15-20 minute car ride without traffic to the museum. I was very satisfied with my living conditions; I had my own bedroom, bathroom, and a parking spot. I found my roommate and apartment through a friend at USC. For future interns, it would be best to find a room through a USC friend or mutual friend since most USC students need to sublease their apartments over the summer.” 

Other Areas/Suburbs 

“I lived at home, about one hour and a half away from the museum. I took a train that brought me to the museum. I liked living at home, but the commute was much too long. The reason why I lived at home was because the renting/subletting in LA, especially in an area near the Museum, is much too expensive. I could not afford renting/subletting, given the hourly (and taxed) pay I was getting from the museum. The area around the Museum is also known for not being the best area to live in for LA. My recommendation to future interns would be to find out first whether you will be able to afford a place based on whether the organization can pay via an untaxed stipend or taxed hourly pay. I know others who struggled immensely with this problem.” 

“I lived in San Gabriel in an apartment that I found on craigslist with two housemates. It was fine. I did not get along well with my roommate, but the apartment was a great price and since it was close to work, it was worth it. I don’t have many recommendations for future interns regarding housing. I would, however, recommend trying to get a car during the stay. I would have had a much worse experience without one. I shipped mine across the country, but for future interns who do not have a car or cannot afford to ship one, I would recommend trying to work something else out. Having a car was crucial in San Marino!” 

“I lived at home, simply because it was the best decision financially. There are not a lot of economically-friendly options for renting near La Canada Flintridge. Students who do not live at home should probably expect a bit of a commute for living in cheaper areas!” 

“I lived with a friend who lived in the area. I would recommend that future interns take into account the distance between where they decide to live and their internship (mine was from My Friend’s Place). L.A. traffic extends throughout much of the day; thus, it could take an hour to drive 20 miles (this was my commute every day). The public transit system isn't always the best either so having a car, if possible, would be best.”

Chicago

Rogers Park 

“The Rogers Park neighborhood, near Loyola University, is a low-cost neighborhood ($500-600 a month is not hard to find). You could probably sublet from a Loyola student via Craigslist, and it’s right on the beach (probably the most amazing part!). That was about a 30-minute commute via the Red Line, and 40-50 minutes if I wanted to do a little more walking. 

Lincoln Park 

“If you are willing to spend a little more than Rogers Park and get a little more of the “Chicago” experience (as well as be closer to friends who are working consulting/finance internships, which are generally in the Loop), I’d highly recommend Lincoln Park – it’s young, full of cool, cheap restaurants, and has lovely green spaces.” 

“Don’t live in Uptown just because of convenience; it’s really not that bustling and is generally gentrified with areas that you really want to stay away from. It would be difficult as a non-Chicagoan to know where you could and could not go at night (or even during the day), and there is a high crime rate right near the Red Line train stop by the center during the course of my internship. If you’re worried, look at the police blotter.” 

The Loop 

“I lived in a studio apartment in the Loop, about a block away from Millennium Park. It was a FANTASTIC location, and I loved living in the center of the city as well as being close to parks and the lakefront. I found an apartment as a sublet via craigslist. I will say that cost can be an issue. I shared the studio with a roommate to cut down on costs because it was such a good location. I would encourage students to look at craigslist, as many of the dorms were quite expensive and not flexible. I would also suggest looking with another person, as it is easier and more affordable! Also, public transportation was great in Chicago, and it was very easy to take the bus, the Metro, or the L (the rail system).” 

“I lived in a dorm, in the School of the Art Institute. It worked out very well, and the living conditions were more than satisfactory. It was a great location. The room had everything I needed, and it was much easier than trying to find and rent an apartment for the summer. I would recommend this housing option for future interns. I also met several other interns in the city who were staying in a building called the Buckingham, which is closer to the Museum and which seemed to work well for them.”

Philadelphia

University City 

“I lived in a single room at the Axis Apartments, only a two-minute walk from my workplace. The quality of the room was fine. The price was affordable, and the location could not be beat. I would definitely recommend this place as an inexpensive housing option. I would also recommend looking to sublet an apartment from a student, which might be even cheaper and offer the space of an entire apartment.” 

“During my internship I lived on University of Pennsylvania’s campus, and I commuted back and forth to the downtown office with my bike. My living conditions were great, and I would definitely recommend staying in the University City area for future interns.” 

“I lived at the Radian Apartments (subletting from a Penn student). Great location. Very nice.” 

“I lived in Drexel University apartment-style housing at University Crossings. It was a great place, and I didn't mind living with 2 Drexel students as roommates. I would recommend this place because it's very conveniently located!” 

“I was in an apartment-style dorm with two Drexel University students. It was Drexel University housing. Space was really big, great facilities, private bathroom, kitchen, and close laundry access. It was a bit expensive though: there was a $200 application fee and $670 rent per month (I stayed 2 months). Still, I started looking for housing 43 pretty late (like in June, when my internship was in July), so it was good enough. Very convenient location. I had 2 roommates but only one who shared the room with me (and it was a gig”antic room, like the size of a triple at Princeton, plus a big common room with a kitchen).” 

Center City 

“I lived in the Curtis dormitories in the new Lenfest Hall. The facilities were amazing as the building is only 3 years old. I had an amazing suite with 3 roommates. My room at Princeton this year will feel like a downgrade in comparison! I was blessed to have such amazing living accommodations, and I envy future interns who get to live in this wonderful facility!” 

Suburbs “I lived at home during my internship and commuted into Center City Philadelphia by train (about an hour and a half both ways). I was happy with this choice, though commuting can take up both time and money, because I wanted to spend a lot of time with my family this summer. For any commuters, I recommend buying a monthly rail pass, because you can also use it as a free pass on the subway. Explore the city! Sometimes on my lunch break I would take the subway into Old City or another part of Philly and see the sites.”