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Housing Guidelines

On campus housing at North Park Theological Seminary (NPTS) represents a major facet of community life. Over the years, the institution has expanded its commitment to creating attractive, livable spaces for students and their families. All NPTS apartments are within a short walk of the campus.

Students should apply online for housing following acceptance to NPTS. Incoming students have the opportunity to indicate specific requests for apartments on the housing application. Assignments are made in consideration of when the housing application was received, size of family, date of arrival, and availability. Every effort will be made to accommodate these requests when assignments are made.

NPTS housing is provided under the umbrella of North Park University (NPU). NPU designates specific apartments as NPTS housing. Periodically, a review of allocated apartments is performed to balance the housing needs of NPU undergraduate students and NPTS students. NPTS housing is first and foremost made available to degree seeking NPTS students. After meeting the needs of NPTS students, apartments may be re-allocated for usage among the NPU undergraduate student population. On rare occasion, available apartments may be utilized for other purposes only after approval by the SHC, the NPTS Dean of Students and Community Life, and the NPU Vice President of Finance.

Period of Occupancy

  1. Move In Dates: Typically, apartments are available for occupancy by students starting August 1, although this guideline is flexible. A move-in date will be scheduled in mid-August for those who would like assistance in moving. This date applies to anyone new to seminary housing. Those transferring apartments may be asked to do so at an earlier date to allow for appropriate transition time.
  2. Rent Increases: New rental rates go into effect on August 1 of each year.
  3. Summer Policies: Students gone for at least one month in the summer, between June 1-August 15, but returning in the fall, may keep their apartments intact and hold them by paying half the monthly rate if their apartment remains empty for the period of time they are away. If you choose to sublease your apartment, see protocol for sublease. Exceptions to this policy are students gone for a 6 to 11 week CPE outside of Chicago for the summer or those doing a full-time unpaid summer internship. These students may keep their apartments intact and will pay no rent for the duration of this required absence upon receipt of documentation from their church indicating lack of compensation.
  4. Move Out Dates: Students who have completed their studies at NPTS should plan to leave student housing no later than June 30 of the year in which they graduate (or January 31 for December graduates). Exceptions to this rule are only by means of petition made to the Dean of Students and Community Life.
  5. Academic Eligibility: In order to remain eligible for student housing, students must take a minimum of 6 academic credit hours during the fall semester and during the J-Term/spring semester.
  6. The duration of stay in NPTS housing is limited according to your degree program:
    • MDiv — 5 Years
    • MACF — 4 Years
    • MATS — 4 Years
    • MACM — 3 Years
    • Ministry Certificate — 1 Year
    • Diploma — 2 Years
    • Dual-Degrees — Add 1 Year
  7. Field Education: Students who are planning on doing field education in the Chicago area may petition the Dean of Students and Community Life to have the academic requirements waived while on internship and to have their duration of stay extended for up to one year.
  8. Undergrads Assigned to Seminary Housing: Undergrads approved by the undergrad housing office may live in Seminary Housing provided there is space available (see paragraph 5 in “Application and Assignment”).  However, they must adhere to the move-in/out dates that apply to all undergrads.  Generally, this means that they may not live in housing during the Summer months.
  1. Applications for on-campus housing are made to the SHC. In order for housing to be assigned, a completed application form and a $50 non-refundable application fee must be received by the SHC. (Applications may be accessed online.) The $50 non-refundable fee will be applied toward the $250 damage/cleaning deposit. Assignments for fall are made during the early summer.
  2. NPTS does not guarantee availability of housing; therefore, students are advised to apply for housing as soon as possible. While housing applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, the priority deadlines are July 1st for the Fall semester and December 1st for the Spring semester.
  3. Students are informed of their housing assignment in writing via e-mail (sent to the student’s North Park issued e-mail account). The e-mail informs the student of their housing assignment and notification that the remainder of the damage/cleaning deposit of $250 is due prior to the student’s arrival. See Deposits and Other Costs for more details about the deposit.
  4. NPTS/NPU reserves the right to reassign housing in the interest of providing adequate housing for all students. Every effort is made, however, to avoid moving students who have not requested a change. The NPU Physical Plant will assist students required to move by NPTS/NPU. While every effort is made to accommodate all students who apply for housing, occasionally it is necessary to prioritize who will receive an apartment.  In the event that housing becomes full Seminary students will have first priority, followed by non-Seminary graduate students.  If room is still available, undergraduate students approved by the undergraduate housing office will be assigned on a first come-first served basis.
  1. All housing assignments commit the student to rental payments for the period they occupy the apartment. Rent is calculated to the date that the student moves into and out of the apartment.
  2. Rent is posted to your account on the first of each month, and payment is due upon receipt. Rent is payable at NPU Student Administrative Services or online through WebAdvisor. NPTS/NPU retains the right to evict those students who fail to pay on a regular basis or who fail to make arrangements for payment with NPU Student Administrative Services. Late fees will be assessed to accounts past due.
  3. Seminary housing is for the assigned student, spouses and children only.  Any exceptions must be approved by the Dean of Students and Community Life prior to moving in.
  4. NPTS/NPU retains the right to inspect apartments for the purpose of periodic evaluation of their condition. Notice of at least three days will be given before inspection takes place.
  5. Animals of any kind are not permitted in seminary apartments unless an animal is a service animal within the meaning of the American with Disabilities Act and the student has already made prior arrangements. Animals visiting with their owners are not permitted in apartments unless they are service animals.
  6. Smoking and vaping are prohibited on the entire North Park University campus. As all apartments owned by NPTS are considered part of the campus, smoking and vaping is not allowed.
  7. Prior to 9:00 pm, noise must be controlled at a level deemed reasonable by your neighbors. Repeated violations are grounds for eviction at the sole discretion of the NPTS Dean of Students and Community Life. After 9:00 pm, there is a strict “no-noise” policy in all NPTS apartments.
  8. Violations of any of the policies outlined in the “Housing Guidelines” section or a failure to pay rent will jeopardize the opportunity to remain in NPTS housing. A student may be evicted at the sole discretion of the NPTS Dean of Students and Community Life who may consult with the President and Dean of NPTS.
  9. All complaints and appeals regarding housing procedures and decisions should be directed only to the NPTS Dean of Students and Community Life.
  1. A damage/cleaning deposit of $250 is required to secure your assigned housing. This amount includes the $50 non-refundable fee submitted with your housing application. Should the applicant decide not to rent an apartment after the full deposit has been paid, the $50 non-refundable fee will be deducted from the refunded amount.
  2. The $250 damage/cleaning deposit is refundable only after the final inspection of the apartment has been completed to assess damage/cleaning costs. A final inspection will take place following evacuation from the apartment. The assessed damage/cleaning cost will be deducted from the $250 damage/cleaning deposit with the remainder, if any, refunded. (If a student has a tuition or rent balance, the refund is automatically put toward that balance.)
  3. Rent charges include electricity, gas, and heat. Internet is included for some apartments south of Foster.
  4. There is a $10 charge for any lost key or additional key.
  1. In order for rent to be turned off, students must turn in a check-out sheet (available from the SHC) with their keys to NPU Physical Plant when they leave the apartment. The check-out sheet outlines the standards on which the decision about returning the deposit is based. Failure to follow the check-out procedure will result in the delay of the repayment of the damage/cleaning deposit and additional rent charges.
  2. When students vacate their apartment, they must also remove their belongings in the basement storage area. Up to $75 will be deducted from the damage/cleaning deposit for the removal of any items left in housing.
  3. In the event that a student moves from one NPTS housing unit to another, the “old” unit will be assessed for damage and cleaning by NPU Physical Plant. Assessed damages will be charged to the student’s regular account. The return of the damage/cleaning deposit only applies when the student moves out of NPTS housing. (Please note: Students must be pre-approved for an inter-campus move.)
  1. NPU Campus Security patrols campus 24 hours a day. For non-emergencies call (773) 244-5780. In the event of an emergency, call the NPU campus emergency number at (773) 244-5600 or the NPU campus desk at (773) 244-6200 and push “0” for the operator. In addition, do not hesitate to call 911 for emergency police, fire, or ambulance service.
  2. Security Systems: Students may, at their own expense and with the permission of the SHC, have a home security system installed. The monitoring company must be notified that the system is installed in NPU student housing and the primary contact number must be listed as 773-244-5600 (Campus Security Desk). Students should also list a trusted neighbor who can check on their apartment if the student is out of town. In the event of a false alarm activation, it is the student’s responsibility to contact all parties listed on their account to advise them of the situation. False alarms with a police response are at risk of receiving a $75 ticket.

All apartments are unfurnished, equipped only with a gas stove/oven, refrigerator and a shade for every window in the apartment. Washers and dryers are provided in the basement of each apartment building and on the 3rd floor of the building at 5151 N. Christiana. Due to the lack of space, students living in NPTS apartments may not bring their own washers or dryers. Pictures should be hung using hooks that have nails at a 45-degree angle. Towel racks, shelves, etc. may be added only with the permission of the NPU Physical Plant and the SHC.

Apartment Basement Storage

Most NPTS apartments have a designated basement storage space. NPU Physical Plant staff may remove any items stored outside this space. When students vacate their apartment, they must also vacate this space, or relinquish their claim on items that remain. All basement storage space is at your own risk.


All apartments are equipped with one of the following heating systems: baseboard heat, radiators, or forced air.  Most apartments have their own thermostat, though a few buildings have only a single thermostat that controls the heat in the entire building.  If you encounter a problem with the heat, please inform Phys Plant through the help desk website (see below for details on filling out a trouble ticket).

Electrical Systems

Many of the NPTS/NPU’s apartments were built when there were fewer household appliances in use. The electrical wiring, therefore, is not meant for the modern usage. Be careful with microwaves, toasters, computers, televisions, hair dryers, etc., and how much current is being used at any one time. If the power breaks a circuit, there is a circuit breaker in the basement; residents should flip the appropriate switch and then try to identify what went over the “limit.” Light bulbs in ceiling fixtures should not exceed 120 total watts (i.e., two 60-watt bulbs). Higher wattage bulbs will burn out more quickly.


  1. To avoid problems with pests, be sure to put trash in closed plastic bags before taking it to the dumpster. Dumpsters and recycling bins are near each apartment and serviced regularly. Do not leave garbage or recyclables out in the open, but place them in the appropriate bins.
  2. Permanent structural changes are not to be made in NPTS apartments. This includes, but is not limited to the following: wall partitions, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, kitchen countertops, additional shelving, etc.
  3. Painting of NPTS apartments is not permitted.
  4. Students wishing to have cable television installed must contact the SHC prior to the installation date. Satellite/Dish systems are not permitted. Cable installation is not allowed in the 5151 N. Christiana building.
  5. Parking on campus is very limited. Even though some of the apartment buildings have designated parking lots, there is no free parking on campus other than street parking. All students using NPU parking lots are required to purchase an annual parking sticker at the physical plant office located on the corner of Kedzie and Carmen.
  6. If you have a medical condition that requires a medical professional to visit your apartment in order to render treatment, you must notify the SHC. The same applies for voluntary medical procedures conducted in your apartment.
  7. Do not use Drain-O, Liquid Plumber, or other concoctions to address slow or clogged drains. Please contact the Physical Plant by following the procedure for maintenance requests and they will address the issue.
  8. Usage of charcoal and/or gas grills is prohibited on the rear staircases and on buildings with balconies.

When something in the apartment needs repair, it is important that it be dealt with as quickly as possible. When tenants notice anything that needs maintenance attention, they should submit a help desk ticket to Physical Plant. Whatever the maintenance request, we encourage residents not to delay in reporting it. It should be called in before the situation worsens. To submit a help desk ticket, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the help desk website.
  2. Click “create issue,” located in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Complete the required fields:
    • Project: Physical Plant.
    • Issue Type: Don’t change this; it should remain as “ES-General”.
    • Summary: Provide a brief/one-line summary of the problem.
    • Building: Select your building address from the summary (5151 N. Christiana building is listed as “Jackson”).
    • Location in building: Enter your apartment number. If the issue is in a common area (e.g., hallway, laundry room, etc.), enter that information. Be specific (i.e., 2nd floor landing).
    • Equipment: Leave this blank.
    • Description: Provide a detailed description of the problem. Your issue can be addressed faster when we don’t have to send follow-up questions.
    • Other-Reporters: Enter the SHC’s name here (you can search via their email address). This step is required, so please do not forget it.
  4. Click “Create,” and your information will be submitted to Phys. Plant.

When employees of NPU’s Physical Plant come to a resident’s apartment, they are never to arrive before 10:00 in the morning, unless prior arrangements are made with the resident (or it is an emergency), and they will knock two times before entering. Once they open the door, they will call out “Physical Plant” before entering the apartment. They will be wearing tan and brown uniforms (custodial personnel will be wearing blue). Should NPU Physical Plant personnel stop by when a resident is not in the apartment, they will leave a card saying why they were there.

Requests for repairs or servicing of the washers or dryers located in NPTS apartments are also to be submitted via a help desk ticket by those who discover the problem. Once a problem is discovered, residents should place a sign on the machine instructing others not to use it.

If a resident is locked out of their apartment, they may call NPU Campus Security (773-244-6200).

For further information about on-campus housing, please contact the SHC at semhousing@northpark.edu.

On-Call Maintenance/Custodial Programs

Purpose of Programs

The On-Call Engineer/Custodial Programs exist to provide North Park University with a 24 hour emergency maintenance and custodial service. The programs are intended to provide timely responses to students, faculty and staff in campus facilities who are experiencing emergency maintenance and custodial situations. The On-Call Engineer/Custodial Programs extend the Physical Plant Division’s normal operating hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday) to include weekday evenings, weekends and holidays. The On-Call Engineer/ Custodial Programs exist solely to provide emergency assistance to affected individuals on campus facilities and are not substitutes for common maintenance concerns.

What is an Emergency?

A disaster, unusual occurrence, utility malfunction, or equipment failure that presents imminent danger to life, limb, or property is considered an emergency and should be called in immediately. Minor concerns that do not present such danger are not considered emergencies and will be handled in a timely fashion during normal working hours.

Who to Call

On-call personnel will receive calls coming from Magnuson Campus Center ONLY. Seminary students, faculty and staff may report issues directly to Magnuson Campus Center Desk (x6200).

What Information to Give

  1. Building Information (location of concern)
    • Building address or name
    • Apartment number
    • Area within apartment
  2. Nature of Problem — be specific
  3. Contact information for concerned individual
    • Phone number to be reached at
  4. Brief history of problem

Response Timeline

  1. Call placed to Magnuson Campus Center x6200
    • Information given – building location, nature of problem, contact information etc.
  2. Contact made with Concerned Individual — 30 minute maximum
    • Engineers will gather information regarding the request and
    • Determine response needed
    • Inform individual of actions to be taken
    • Provide contact information
  3. Physical response to concern — 60 minute maximum (90 minutes after initial call)
    • A physical response will only occur if the request meets the requirements of an emergency situation: A disaster, unusual occurrence, utility malfunction, or equipment failure that presents imminent danger to life, limb, or property.
    • Minor concerns that do not present such danger are not considered emergencies and will be handled in a timely fashion during normal working hours. These include but are not limited to…
      • Clogged toilets
      • Burned out light bulbs
      • Blown fuses