- Who may live in the Europa House apartments or
During the academic year (fall and spring semesters),
any full-time student attending the University of Illinois (at
Urbana-Champaign) or Parkland College may live here (however,
we give preference to University of Illinois students). Over
the summer, graduate students and visiting faculty members are
- How many residents live at the Europa House?
During the academic year, 88 students live here; in the
summer, the number of students, postgraduates and faculty is
- When is the earliest date to apply to live at the Europa
Academic year housing materials are usually available
late in the previous calendar year, usually by December. Summer
housing materials are published in the preceding spring.
- Which class years are represented by our residents?
During the academic year, typically around a third are
freshmen, about the same are sophomores, and the balance are
juniors and seniors (with the occasional graduate student). Over
the summer, we have a wider range of residents, with more older
students and postgraduates.
- When can you visit the Europa House apartments or studio lofts?
Please contact us a few days in advance to schedule
a personal tour; we generally schedule visits for the afternoon,
both on weekdays and on weekends.
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- How much is the security deposit?
For the academic year, we require a $500 security deposit;
the required security deposit for summer stays is $300.
- What are the refund policies?
The $200 application fee will be refunded upon request,
minus a $50 handling fee (otherwise, it forms part of the security
deposit). Once you sign a housing lease, the refunds are governed
by the terms of the lease -- please download the lease PDF for
- Is a meal plan offered?
Since we do not serve any meals, you may, at your discretion,
sign up for an optional meal plan at a nearby (two to three blocks)
cafeteria, either at the Hendrick House, a Certified residence,
or at the Illinois Street or Lincoln Avenue University residence
halls. Nearly all our residents find it more convenient to make
use of their own apartment's modern kitchen food
is not included in the rent.
- What extra expenses are there?
While access to the Internet is included in the rent, other utilities
are not included; they currently average around $90/month per
person, plus variable telephone and cable/DSS (satellite) TV
fees if you would like to sign up for those services. Parking
is available for an extra fee. Over the summer, some utilities
are included (if they do not exceed a utility expense allowance);
please refer to the summer section for details.
- How does the cost compare with living in a University
The expense is less at the Europa House, even when you
add in the expense of utilities and meals, which we do not include,
whereas the residence halls require that you sign up for them.
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- Can you still move to the Europa House after signing
a housing contract with the University Residence Halls?
Incoming freshmen may switch housing contracts between
a University of Illinois residence hall and any Certified residence
participating in the "Reciprocal Agreement" any time up to the
start of the fall semester or November for the succeeding spring
semester (upperclassmen face earlier deadlines; please download
our lease's PDF for details). Please contact us to learn how
- Can I choose my friends as apartment mates?
We will be happy to enable groups of two, three or
four friends (of the same gender) to live together in the same
apartment. For individuals and smaller groups, we refer to a "Roommate
Survey" that all residents complete, indicating their habits, lifestyle
and preferences. For the academic year, apartment assignments
are made and announced early in the preceding summer.
- Are single rooms available?
Standard occupancy is two residents per bedroom. One
person may rent a bedroom by paying for two spaces, but the second
bed cannot be removed. During the summer, single bedrooms are
- What is the difference between private and semi-private
Each of our apartments has its own, private, bathroom.
Some other facilities share bathrooms among two or more suites,
hence the term "semi-private."
- Is parking available?
In addition to bicycle racks, we offer every resident
the opportunity to reserve a parking space in our garage. Currently,
parking costs $300 per semester, or $150 for the Summer Session
2; for larger vehicles, a few surface parking spaces are also
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- What do you need to bring along?
We supply major furniture and appliances. As described
in the suggested packing list sent to all new residents, academic
year residents should bring items like clocks, lamps, wastepaper
baskets, small kitchen appliances (blenders, toasters, etc.),
kitchen utensils (pots & pans, silverware, plates, glasses, etc.), bed
linens and cleaning supplies. For shorter-term summer residents,
we can supply basic kitchen utensils (see above), wastepaper
baskets, bed linens and the like.
- Is smoking permissible?
As a matter of health and safety, smoking is not permitted
anywhere inside our buildings; all residents must agree to abide
by this policy. Furthermore, whenever possible, we seek to match
non-smokers with like-minded apartment mates.
- Are there any "Quiet Hours?"
Our "Quiet Hours" run from 10 p.m. (midnight
on Friday and Saturday) to 7 a.m.; in the week before and during
final examinations, they are enforced around-the-clock.
- Are there any visitor guidelines?
Residents are responsible for the conduct of their visitors
and should escort them when inside the buildings (our exterior
doors are locked). While we do not have any "curfews," visitors
may not stay overnight without our written permission, nor without
the consent of all apartment mates.
- Are there other conduct regulations?
The "Apartment Rules" and "Studio Lofts Rules," by which residents
must abide, cover a range of topics that promote safety, the non-infringement on others'
rights, the protection of property and the adherence to local and state laws. Please
ask for a copy.
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