My Experience in Private Certified Housing

Hey guys,

As some of you may already know, I’m a senior, so I’ve been removed from the housing process for about three years now. However, I still recall my days in Private Certified Housing very vividly, so I hope I can help you out there.

When I was a freshman, just like now, we had two choices: University or Private Certified Housing. A lot of my friends from high school who had also gotten into Illinois had gone with Private Certified Housing because of the bigger rooms, so I did too. Specifically, we all lived at Bromley Hall on 3rd and Chalmers.

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Bromley was a very cool building. It had 13 stories (I lived on the 13th), a swimming pool, a workout room, a computer lab, and other recreational stuff like a ping-pong table. The floors were co-ed, so there was equal opportunity to meet both guys and girls. It was also pretty central to the Quad, the ARC, and to a bus stop, so I really was never in want of anything as a freshman. I would say my only complaint was that, because Private Certified Housing has a different credit system than University Housing, I could only eat at Bromley.

Well, I hope my experience helps you guys make a better decision when you’re deciding where to live next fall.

Until next time,




Class of 2016
I’m in the Creative Writing program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, but I’ve been calling Illinois my home since 1998. I’ve lived all over the Northwest suburbs, from Palatine to Lakemoor to where I currently live back home, Mundelein.