Student Life

Evanston campus

Arch on the Evanston campusAs a student in the professional health careers programs, Northwestern University’s Evanston campus will be your home campus. Many of your classes (and a lot of studying) will take place in Evanston in the Technological Institute building which houses the University’s science and engineering departments.

As Northwestern’s main campus, the Evanston campus hosts the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Education & Social Policy, McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, The Graduate School, Bienen School of Music, the Medill School of Journalism, and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Here, you’ll have access to three libraries (one of which is open 24/7 Monday through Friday throughout the academic year), select science and math tutoring, office hours, lakeside study spots, and a plethora of eating options.

There’s an extensive list of public transit options to get around town, including the Chicago Transit Authority CTA “L” trains and bus routesMetra Commuter Rail and Divvy bikes. Evanston is easy to get to via public transportation as the  Purple Line “L” train has multiple stops just walking distance from the campus. Also, students are able to ride the #201 bus for free during the academic year by presenting their Wildcard student ID. And if you drive, parking after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and all weekend is free in most “F” parking lots.

Chicago campus

Chicago campusNorthwestern’s Chicago campus is home to Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the School of Professional Studies. The 20-acre campus is ideally located along Lake Michigan in the lively Streeterville neighborhood and adjacent to the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s premier commercial district along North Michigan Avenue.

There are many opportunities for research, volunteer, or clinical experiences on or around the Chicago campus. Paid experiences affiliated with Northwestern University are posted on Northwestern’s Careers website.

Northwestern’s Chicago campus is located directly east of the Chicago Avenue Red Line “L” train stop and near major CTA bus routes. Also, the Northwestern free Intercampus Shuttle runs daily between the Evanston and Chicago campuses.  

Living in Evanston / Chicago

Chicago Neighborhoods

While many of your classes are in Evanston, it is likely that you will have to travel around the Chicagoland area for clinical and research experiences. As a result, some other popular areas where students choose to live are:

Neighborhood / miles from campus

  • Rogers Park / 2.6 miles
  • Andersonville / 4.8 miles
  • Edgewater / 5.0 miles
  • Lakeview / 7.8 miles
  • Bucktown / 9.7 miles
  • Lincoln Park / 10.6 miles
  • Gold Coast / 11.1 miles
  • Old Town / 11.5 miles
  • River North / 11.7 miles
  • Streeterville / 12.7 miles
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