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CPS Teacher Housing: Rental Housing

Teachers hired by CPS on or after November 20, 1996, are required to comply with the CPS residency policy.

If you know the school at which you'll be teaching, check our Partners by School page to view a list of our partners nearby your school! See our area descriptions or review each Chicago community by name and location from among Chicago's 77 official communities.

To find housing, first check out the Road Map to Rental Housing (below), link directly to our Premier Partners, organized by city "sides", or check out our 2007 list of Rental Partner locations.

Road Map to Rental Housing

A step by step process for finding the right apartment for you.

Create a Budget - Before you can rent an apartment, you need to have an idea of how much you can afford. It is usually recommended that your rent not exceed 1/3 of your monthly gross income. When you determine your price range, consider outstanding expenses (car note, loans) and factor in the cost of a security deposit, parking fees, and utility bills.

Know What You Want - It's important to know which type of features you must have in your apartment and which features you can live without. Some things to consider:

  • Number of bedrooms/bathrooms
  • Amount of closet space
  • Appliances
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets allowed
  • Exercise facility
  • Storage
  • Laundry facility
  • Type of security
  • Carpet or hardwood floors
  • Parking
  • Proximity to work or natural recreational areas, like Chicago's many wonderful parks or Lake Michigan!

Start Shopping - If you're interested in taking advantage of the discounts and incentives our Premier Partners have to offer, contact the property manager on our Premier Partner page to schedule an appointment. Be sure to identify yourself as a Chicago public school teacher. If you are not able to find what you are looking for through our Premier Partners, check out the other apartment-finder sources to conduct your online search.

Sign the Lease - Once you have found the right place for you, it's time to make the deal official. However, before you sign a lease, make sure you understand your tenant rights and responsibilities as well as what you should expect from your landlord.

Move In and Get Settled - You've signed the deal on the dotted line and now it's time to settle into your new home. See our links page for related websites on utilities, transportation, and so forth.