Increased undergraduate enrollment leaves little availability of on-campus housing for graduate and professional students. Case Western Reserve University, however, owns off-campus property for these students. As yet another alternative, students—alone or shared—often find apartments, two-family houses, rooms in private homes and single-family houses.
Much of this outside housing is in beautiful residential neighborhoods close to CWRU. Often these areas are within walking or biking distance. International students struggling to locate housing may find help through International Student Services.
An average two-bedroom apartment near the CWRU campus costs about $850 per month. A great advantage of living near campus is the availability of numerous public transportation options, including buses and shuttles to and from the local neighborhoods. The University Circle location is also a bonus. It boasts 550 parklike acres nestled in a vibrant urban environment.
The Office of Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life hosts our Off-Campus Housing Listing Service. The service contains apartment and housing listings that are located within a short distance from campus. If you have any questions, please call 216.368.3780.
Triangle Towers, operated by the CWRU Office of Commercial Development, is the premier graduate and professional student housing facility on campus. A short walk from academic buildings, the Triangle offers easy access to all CWRU graduate and professional schools, University Hospitals, and the Cleveland Clinic.
The university also owns and operates a number of apartment buildings near campus. Interested students can contact the Office of Real Estate and Property Management at 216.754.RENT for information and availability.
Students wishing to live in a diverse, cooperative environment may be interested in the Steiner House Cooperative. Steiner House, which is not associated with CWRU, requires an application for membership.
Recovery House is an option for CWRU students who want to maintain a clean, sober lifestyle. Recovery House helps residents develop healthy life skills free of alcohol and drugs. It is a cooperative effort of the Office of Housing, The Collegiate Behavioral Health Advisory Council, University Counseling Services, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.
The Office of Housing & Residence Life hosts an Off-Campus Housing Listing Service. The service catalogs apartments and housing located within a short distance of campus.
Neighborhoods Near CWRU
The search for off-campus housing can be daunting. Knowing the best neighborhoods suited to student life can be helpful.
The City of Cleveland Heights, where most students live, has three neighborhoods that are attractive to students because of their proximity to a grocery store and other shops. These are known as Coventry, North Coventry, and Cedar-Fairmount. All are a 15-25 minute walk to CWRU. Cleveland Heights Relocation Services at 216.291.5813, can assist in your housing search.
Importantly, the Rapid Transit public transportation system runs directly from the University stop (at the edge of Cleveland Heights) through downtown Cleveland, and to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
University Circle Area
Students find apartments right in the The Hessler Court/East University Circle area. The 115th Street area—bordering the School of Law, Weatherhead School of Management and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences—offers reasonably priced apartments. Also within a 15-minute walk are the Waldorf Tower Apartments.
Historic Shaker Square is about a 10-minute drive to CWRU. The apartments there are in good condition and prices are comparable to those in Cleveland Heights. The Shaker Square Area Development Corp. maintains a register of available rentals in the Shaker Square neighborhood. A city bus runs from Shaker Square to University Circle. The Rapid Transit public transportation runs between Shaker Square and downtown Cleveland.
University Heights, home to John Carroll University, is an urban suburb with plenty of retail and a rich diversity of residents.
HousingCleveland.org lists affordable housing in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Also, information on living in downtown Cleveland is available at Downtown Digs magazine. Produced with support of the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Magazine, Downtown Digs offers an updated listing of all downtown properties and a close-up view of living in Downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland's West Side, City of Lakewood
Welcoming neighborhoods are just west of Cleveland as well. Lakewood, which is about a 25-minute drive from CWRU, is an area full of unique shops, restaurants and entertainment. Many properties allow for excellent views of Lake Erie or provide easy access to the Lake. Comparable to Cleveland Heights in feel and types of properties, Lakewood's housing prices are a little less expensive. Nearby neighborhoods include Rocky River and Westlake, which are abundant with condominiums as well as apartments, but may be a little pricier.