There are four different housing options available at Illinois State University for new international students.
Students under the age of 17 years old cannot live in University-operated facilities, including the residence halls, and University-owned apartments.
Campus Residence Halls and Cardinal Court Apartments
For assistance with this process, please contact Matt Schwab at email@example.com.
Please Note: Not all University Housing options are open over University break periods (Fall, Winter, and Spring Break). Students choosing this option will be required to make their own housing arrangements during these periods.
Students can sign a summer contract with University Housing Services separate from the academic year contract, but must live in a housing area that is open over the summer term.
The International House Themed Living Learning Community (TLLC) Floors
Because privately owned apartments are managed by private companies or individuals, not the University, students must make all of these arrangements themselves. In order to assist you in your search for a private off-campus apartment, we suggest the following resources:
ISSS recommends that international students arrive the weekend prior to International Student Orientation. For students who arrive in the U.S. before their housing is available, there are the following temporary housing options:
The two hotels located physically closest to campus are the Hyatt Place and the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal. You can view a full listing of area hotels on the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
Illinois State University does not sponsor or endorse these organizations. However, in accordance with our mission to assist international students and as a convenience, we provide this information.
International Students Inc. (ISI) is a local organization not affiliated with Illinois State University that provides a variety of services to the international student population including: temporary housing options, furniture, transportation help upon arrival, conversational English groups, bible study, and other special events. ISI works in collaboration with International Talk Time (ITT) to provide temporary housing options. You can request to stay with a local family for a few nights by completing a Registration Form online.
International Friends of ISU is a local organization not affiliated with Illinois State University that provides a variety of services to the international student population including temporary housing, options, household goods, transportation help upon arrival, welcome dinners, long-term host family matching, and other special events for students each semester. You can request help with transportation, housing, and a host family by messaging the organization through Facebook or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can request a host family by completing this application form.
There are several organizations on campus that may be able to provide assistance.
International Talk Time (ITT) is a registered student organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for international students and American students/community members to interact in order to develop cross-cultural friendships, practice conversational English, learn about different cultures, and share perspectives. ITT works in collaboration with International Students, Inc. (ISI) to provide temporary housing options. You can request to stay with a local family for a few nights by completing a Registration Form online.
If you have questions regarding any of the above information, please contact International Student and Scholar Services. Visit our Help Upon Arrival page for information regarding transportation assistance after arriving in Bloomington-Normal.