Southern Illinois University Off-Campus Housing

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SIU Off-Campus Housing

Rent College Pads works hard to help college students at Southern Illinois University find the best off-campus housing options around Carbondale. Whether you are looking for SIU apartments like Aspen Court or houses for rent off Poplar Street, Rent College Pads is your number one resource for off-campus housing at Southern Illinois.

Finding apartments at Southern Illinois University has always been a chore. At Rent College Pads we're fixing that. All of our off-campus housing options have been verified and approved by our diligent team of campus managers. We even follow up with you and the landlord to make sure you’ve found your perfect house. Because there are so many options to consider before making a responsible renting decision, check out our Southern Illinois University University apartment hunting guide below.

For students looking for apartments for rent or houses near Southern Illinois University, January is the ideal time to start. Due to the rising number of searches between the months of January and April, the best time to start your searching SIU apartments will be right after winter vacation. After a decline in searches from May to August, the number of people looking for off-campus housing begins to rise again in September. But don't get too stressed out at the start of the school year.



Rent In Carbondale, IL

Overall, the rent prices in Carbondale are relatively inexpensive whether it's closer to campus or not. In general, the further away from campus the housing is, the more luxurious and expensive the apartments in Carbondale will be. However, these expenses tend to be accompanied by an impressive array of amenities and updated appliances.



In comparison to the other listed properties, studio apartments seem to be lacking in this area. Therefore, we recommend searching for other housing options. With all around low rent prices and the properties being close to campus, finding housing in this area seems to be an almost effortless task. This enables students to be more selective when it comes to securing their housing options.



For more information, here's a breakdown of apartments and houses in Carbondale based on the average rent per person and bedroom

Studio 1BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
$622.00 $495.00 $611.00 $715.00 $550.00

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When looking for a place to eat, students at SIU tend to visit the Student Center. Here students can enjoy a variety of foods from Subway, McDonalds, Chick-fil-a, and Sbarro. Due to the lack of variety in the residence hall dining areas, most seem to prefer this option. Aside from the Student Center, there are many different types of off-campus restaurants within walking distance of campus such as Fat Patties, Newell House, and Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse.



Included below are a few resources that include all off-campus restaurants located in the Carbondale area.



Out of all the listed restaurants and bars, here are the ones you will not want to miss.



Best Restaurants:

  • Quatro's Deep Pan Pizza
  • Harbaugh's Cafe
  • Longbranch Cafe & Bakery
  • Sabor de Mel
  • Thai Taste


Best Bars:

  • Cellar
  • PK's
  • Social House
  • Hangar 9
  • Pinch Penny Pub

Carbondale features two national parks, the Shawnee National Forest and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, each containing a wide variety of fauna and flora. The Shawnee National Forest contains 273,000 acres that feature wilderness trails, waterfalls, and archaeological