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On-Campus Housing

CIA's Uptown Residence Hall

CIA has a two-year residence requirement for students who fall under the housing policy. Our first-year students live in the Uptown Residence Hall, located on Euclid Avenue in the heart of the Uptown development in University Circle, just steps from our campus. Our second-year students live in our E117 apartments located next to our academic building and is a great community for students who are all starting in the first year of their major and want to be close to the school.

The residence hall is comprised of two-bedroom suites that house two students per bedroom. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and comes with a bed (which can be bunked), four-drawer dresser (which can be unstacked as two two-drawer dressers to fit under the bed), and wardrobe. Pocket doors separate the bedroom from the common area.

The common area includes a kitchenette with sink, cabinets, refrigerator, and counter. It is set aside as a work-room of sorts, equipped with a drawing table and stool, so that you may work on projects collaboratively or individually.

Need to take a break from your work?

No problem. The hall has several spaces for hanging out, watching TV, studying, working out, and basking in the sun (when the weather permits). Each floor has its own social lounge where students can congregate. The hall also has a cardio lounge with treadmills, elliptical, and stationary bikes to relieve some stress. In addition, there are two quiet study areas with tables and chairs and a print station to print papers. There are also three outdoor patios (including one that overlooks Euclid Avenue and MOCA Cleveland, and another that is on the roof!).

Other amenities include a laundry room on the fourth floor and mailboxes in the lobby when you come in.

Uptown Room Dimensions

The majority of our rooms are two-bedroom suites. The bedrooms measure 15'11" L x 8'11" W. The bathroom is 6'11 x 5'. The common area workroom is 15'11" L x 12' W and the kitchenette is 8'6"L x 12' W.

Uptown Suite Furniture

Each suite comes with the following furniture per student. The furniture is a dark wood stain (as seen in the dresser photo below). Click on the item of furniture below to see a photo of what it looks like.

  • Bed: The bed is an extra-long twin bed. When you move in, the bed will be unbunked, however, it can be bunked (you just need to ask for the pins).
  • Dresser: The dresser is a four-drawer dresser that can either be stacked or unstacked. When it is unstacked, it can easily be fit under the bed.
  • Wardrobe: The wardrobe offers additional drawer space along with two sides of hanging space (a half hanging closet and a full length hanging closet).

Desk: When we asked students what type of desk they would prefer, the majority of students said that they preferred a drawing table/art desk rather than a standard desk. The desks are located in the common work room area and come with a stool to use at the desk or at the kitchenette countertop.

Roommate Matching

During the summer, first-year students will have the opportunity to fill out a Roommate Preference Form through our online StART program. This form helps us to get to know what you like and what you do not. Even if you don’t have a preference, complete the form and we will do our best to match you with someone who has similar tastes and studying styles. If you already know someone who you would like to room with, we will be happy to match you as long as the other student indicates that they would like to live with you too.

Roommate matches will be sent through email by the end of July. This way, you will have a month to discuss who is bringing what and iron out details before move in.

For Sophomore students, you can select your roommates prior to room selection and sign up for a space together. If you do not have enough roommates to fill an apartment, Student Life and Housing will work to find you available roommates.

Housing Paperwork

Incoming freshmen and transfer students should submit their housing deposit with their enrollment deposit or through their applicant portal at Returning students should pay their deposits through myCIA.

To be guaranteed housing on campus, you must submit your residence hall application and the required $150 housing deposit before May 1 to ensure that your preference of room assignment will be given first consideration. Deposits received after that date cannot be guaranteed housing and will be placed by the date received. The deposit is forfeited if the contract is not fulfilled. You will receive notification of status after June 1.

Once you have submitted your housing application and deposit, you will have to fill out additional online housing forms. Forms include your Residence Hall Contract, Emergency Medical Information, Meal Plan Selection, and information about filling out additional health forms. These forms will be available through the online StART pre-orientation program after May 1.

Euclid 117th Street Apartments

Located across the street from our campus, the newly constructed apartments on E117th offer a convenient and comfortable home for primarily sophomore students. However, a number of Junior and Senior students can also choose to live there. Configured as 1-bedroom singles, 2-bedroom (4-person), and 4-bedroom single bedrooms, these fully-furnished apartments offer amenities such as both hard-wired and wireless Internet, cable, full kitchens, living rooms, and central air. Additionally, there is a workout facility, a large social lounge, and is a two-minute walk to the academic building.

Before spring break, rising sophomores will have an opportunity to select apartments during our apartment selection event. Rising Juniors and Seniors who wish to remain on campus will have the opportunity to do so based on available spaces. Once room draw is complete, there may be spaces available. Please contact the Office of Student Life and Housing for details and availability.

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 the 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 the 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.

For more information:

Matthew Smith
Director of Student Life + Housing
216.421.7495 | Contact

Uptown Residence Hall

Mail and packages:

Uptown Residence Hall, Apartment ###
c/o Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Street address and emergencies:

11421 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106 

Euclid 115

Mail, packages, street address, and emergencies:

11607 Euclid Ave., Apartment ##
Cleveland, OH 44106

Residence Hall Contract

Click here to download a PDF copy of CIA's Housing Contract.

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