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Student Life . Housing . Off-Campus Housing 

Off-Campus Housing

After your sophomore year, you can remain on campus and live in our on-campus apartments (subject to available space) or move off campus to any of the nearby neighborhoods. You might find an apartment above the storefronts of Little Italy, built a hundred years ago by Italian artisans whose grandchildren still run authentic bakeries. Or you might commute by bike from Coventry Village, where funky shops and restaurants draw a diverse crowd from hippies to hipsters. 

There are a few ways that the Office of Student Life + Housing can help you find new living arrangements.

Apartment Hunting Seminar

In early March, the Office of Student Life + Housing conducts a seminar for sophomore students to help you understand leases, landlords, expenses, and what to look for in selecting your living situation for your junior and senior years. Take a look at the Apartment Hunting Basics and Apartment Hunting Checklist forms from that session.

Recovery House

Recovery House is an alternative housing option that is available for CIA students who want to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle. Recovery House assists resident students in developing healthy life skills while remaining free of alcohol and other drugs. It is a two-unit apartment house for six residents and a graduate resident director located in CWRU's South Residential Village. Resident students develop an individualized plan for continued sobriety along with personal health objectives. Participants are encouraged to assist each other in creating a safe and supportive place to live. Recovery House is a cooperative effort of CWRU's Office of Housing, The Collegiate Behavioral Health Advisory Council, University Counseling Services, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.

Apartment Listings

The Office of Student Life + Housing has a number of websites available to search local apartment listings below. You can also stop by the Student Life + Housing office—outside our door is a bulletin board where potential roommates and landlords post vacancies.

Additional resources to find roommates and local apartments: offers students a simple and quick resource to find and compare available TV and Internet options for their residence. offers the lowest prices available online with quick and easy setup of services.

This information is provided for the benefit of the Cleveland Institute of Art students and potential students. The apartments listed are in no way affiliated with the Cleveland Institute of Art, and this information should not be construed as an endorsement by the College. 

For more information:

Matthew Smith, PhD
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
216.421.7495 | Contact