THE BEST SUMMER STUDENT HOUSING COMMUNITY IN CHICAGO
Dwight Lofts offers individual leasing on a selection of 4, 5, and 6-person apartments with options to have a private bedroom or to share a bedroom with a roommate. Located just south of the loop in downtown Chicago. Contact us today!
Why Dwight Lofts?
The college experience is all about meeting new people and learning new things – at Dwight Lofts, you can do the same! Forge new relationships with a diverse community of students from over the country and the world. Become a part of the Columbia College community that values connections. It’s an experience you won’t forget!
At Dwight Lofts, our friendly team delivers the extra degree of service that you can’t find elsewhere. We pride ourselves on creating a community living experience unlike any other!
We know finding an apartment for your student can be a stressful process – and we’re here to help! While our team is always available to answer questions, sometimes it helps to have the information provided to you ahead of time! The below sample documents are resources to help parents and students better understand the leasing process. We encourage everyone to review the documents in advance of signing your lease. We’ve also included a quick FAQ to outline the offerings of off-campus housing and individual lease agreements.
How do I apply for Housing at Dwight Lofts?
It’s simple, click Apply Now in the top right-hand corner of our website! The whole application and lease can be done completely online.
Who is the management/owner of the community and their history?
At our downtown Chicago apartments for rent near Columbia College Chicago, our students are everything. In fact, our residents are the cornerstone of The Dinerstein Companies and have faithfully guided our business since its founding in 1955. In 1997, we recognized the need for high-quality student housing. The Dinerstein Companies responded by forming Sterling Housing. Today, Sterling Housing is the largest off-campus student housing developer in the country. Our student properties are catered specifically to the college experience so students can have the perfect home away from home.
Can I take a tour of Dwight Lofts even though I don’t live in Chicago or Illinois?
Columbia College has produced an informative video tour of our community.
Click HERE to watch the video!
What lease terms are offered at Dwight Lofts?
At Dwight Lofts, we offer summer housing for 9-11 week terms. You’ll start by clicking “Apply Now” on our website and completing your application. If you pass the credit and background screenings, our system will then allow you to sign your lease documents for a 9-11 week contract.
What items do I need to bring with me for Summer Housing?
Here’s a quick list of some of the items you will want to consider either bringing with you or purchasing once you arrive. If there are any items that you would need to purchase we are conveniently located 3 blocks away from a Target.
What is an individual lease agreement?
Each bed space in each apartment is its own lease agreement. Each lease signer and guarantor is only responsible for their own lease and bed space. If a roommate is delinquent, or causes damage to their individual bedroom, you are not affected.
If there is damage in the common area such as the living room or kitchen, everyone in the apartment will be equally responsible for the cost unless the person responsible comes forward and accepts responsibility for the damage.
What if students don’t get along with their roommates?
We ask students to first communicate directly with one another to work towards a solution that is amenable for all residents of the room. If this strategy does not work, or a roommate is unwilling to compromise, then students are asked to seek out the counsel and assistance of our office staff. The intervention from our management can range from a conversation with the concerned student, to a mediated discussion with the roommates involved. If one feels compelled to vacate, that student reassign their lease for the remainder of the term, or if possible, we can transfer the student to another apartment based on availability.
Can I break my lease once I have signed it?
Once a lease is signed, the lease signer is financially responsible for the lease in its entirety. Our lease does not offer an early termination charge. However, leaseholders have the option to reassign their lease with written approval from management. The leaseholder is responsible for finding someone to take over their lease agreement who meets our rental criteria. Once found, the potential lease takeover must complete the same background process, sign their own lease, and qualify financially. All financial and lease obligations will then be the responsibility of the reassignment. The original leaseholder will no longer be responsible for the lease agreement.
When is rent due?
All our contracts are required to be paid upfront and in its entirety.
How do I sign a lease and reserve my spot at Dwight Lofts?
All applications and lease documents can be found on our website when you click the “Apply Now” icon. Once you complete the application portion and are approved, it will lead you to the leasing documents. Please take the time to review the lease document, as this is a legally binding contract.
There is only an application fee of $30 due when you complete your application. The only additional fee that will be due on or before your move in date is a $250 security deposit. Security deposits are refunded after you move-out minus any cleaning or damage charges incurred by the property in order to return your unit to the condition in which you received it.
Why is there a price range listed on my floor-plan lease?
Full size beds are available in select private bedrooms. The range on the low end is with a twin-size bed and on the upper end is inclusive of a full size bed, which adds $24 per week to your weekly rental rate. In your application, you can choose to let us know if you would prefer a full-size bed and the Dwight Lofts staff will try to accommodate your request depending on availability. A resident may be assigned to a unit with a full-size bed when they indicated that they preferred to not have a full-size bed depending on availability.
Once you’ve been assigned to a specific apartment and bed space your unit specific lease will be generated for you to sign, which details the specific for your unit.
How do I qualify?
Each applicant will be screened for criminal history. If an applicant’s results show any felony convictions, the application will result in an automatic denial.
What are Parcel Pending electronic lockers?
Dwight Lofts is pleased to offer our residents an exciting new amenity: Parcel Pending electronic lockers. Residents are able to pick up packages on their schedule, at their convenience, 24/7! Registration instructions are provided to all new residents, and additional information can be found online at ParcelPending.com.
What appliances and amenities are included?
Every apartment will includes:
- 42″ Flat screen TV in every living room.
- Satellite TV provided in every living room with the ability to upgrade channel package.
- Electronic key card access to front door.
- 24 hour 7 day a week security staff at the entrance to the building.
- Apartment phone to contact building security and to be notified of visitors or perishable packages.
- Granite counter tops in kitchen.
- Access to our fitness center.
- Wireless high speed internet is provided in the Sky Lounge and in the first floor lounge.
- High speed wired internet in every apartment (for wireless internet a resident may install their own personal WiFi router by plugging it into one of the internet ports in the apartment. Please note that Belkin brand routers do not work on our network).
- Appliances including: Refrigerator, Microwave, and Oven with stove top range.
What do the apartments include?
- Couch and chair, coffee table, 42” flat panel TV, entertainment center, and barstools
- Twin or full size mattress, bed with storage underneath, built-in dresser, wardrobe, and a desk with chair. Don’t forget to bring a lamp for your bedroom. Additional move-in information will be sent 1 month prior to moving in day.
What is included in rent?
Our all-inclusive and individual leases at Dwight Lofts include, electric, water, sewer, trash, pest control service, access to all amenities, internet, satellite TV, and free access to our bike storage room. Don’t forget about the interior amenities and appliances listed above.
Are there any additional costs to consider which are not listed?
Parking (extremely limited): $60 per week
Full-Size beds located in select units: $24 per week
What are the parking options?
Dwight Lofts offers a parking garage with extremely limited space. Residents can reserve one of our 22 parking spaces. Parking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Students who wish to have a reserved space will have the option to add this premium charge of $60 per week to their lease agreement. These spaces are limited.
Can I mail items to myself ahead of time to pick-up on move-in day?
ABSOLUTELY! Please feel free to mail any items that you would like to yourself and our staff will store them until you arrive on move-in day. Make sure to include your Dwight Lofts apartment number as well as your full legal name on the packages. You can have any items delivered starting May 20th up until move-in day.
What is your Pet Policy?
Dwight Lofts does not allow pets with the exception of service/support animals.
Is there on-site management and maintenance?
Just like many residential communities and conventional communities, the residents of Dwight Lofts will experience an independent style of living. As young adults learning and developing, residents are expected to comply by the lease agreement, but can also seek help from our on-site management team. Residents and visitors alike may visit or call our leasing office during the following business hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 4 pm
During normal business hours, maintenance will complete work orders as requested by the resident. Maintenance is on-site Monday – Friday from 6am-10pm and weekends 9am-5pm. For all other emergencies, please contact 911 and notify the management team after.
How can I pay my rent?
We feel choices are important when it comes to convenience. We offer several payment options to suit your needs.
- Residents may make payments by personal check(s), money order(s), and cashier’s check(s) by simply visiting the office or mailing these payments directly to our office.
- Electronic payments using a checking account may be made through the resident portal with a $1.95 flat fee per transaction. Through the resident portal, residents will be able to view all of their account details and set up reoccurring payments at their option.
- Credit card payments can be made through our resident portal. Residents may pay with a Discover, Visa, or Master Card. A transaction fee is charged to each transaction made dependent on the type of card being utilized.
CREATIVE. VIBRANT. COMMUNITY.
At Dwight Lofts, we believe each and every one of our residents will be the "next big thing" in visual, performing, media and communication arts.