Undergraduate students at CIM are required to live on campus for their first two years of collegiate study. Upperclassmen and graduate students can rent out apartments and houses within University Circle or in nearby neighborhoods. Although it's the student’s responsibility to secure suitable housing off-campus, CIM is happy to assist with the search.

On-Campus Housing

New Student Housing Complex

The new, state-of-the-art student housing complex is located at 1609 Hazel Drive, just steps from CIM’s main building in University Circle.

The new five-story facility will include 22 acoustically isolated practice rooms on the main floor, residence space for first- and second-year CIM undergraduates as well as limited rental units targeted at upperclass and graduate students at CIM on the second and third floors.  

Amenities include:

  • Deluxe, fully furnished units with all the comforts of home, including in-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, laundry and full kitchens 
  • An acoustical-minded construction approach, which reduces sound transfer suite to suite 
  • 19 individual and 3 chamber music-sized practice rooms available around the clock 
  • Secure, controlled access 
  • Exercise studios 
  • Spacious, relaxing lounges and a classroom  
  • Individually controlled heating and cooling

In general, first-year students will live in four-person suites with double bedrooms, and second years will live in four-person suites with single bedrooms. 

Off-Campus Housing

Suggested Neighborhoods

Most upperclassmen and graduate students choose to live off campus in apartments or rental houses located in University Circle (Hessler Road, East 115th, or Uptown apartments) or in neighborhoods bordering campus (Little Italy, Coventry and Cleveland Heights), which are an easy commute by bicycle or on foot. You'll have access to a public transportation pass to help you commute and get around the city.

Key Resources

Housing FAQs

Am I eligible to live off campus?

Undergraduates must live in CIM housing for the first two years of collegiate studies. If the Cleveland area is your permanent home, you are automatically released in the second year if you elect to commute from your home address. Transfer students may be eligible to live off campus depending on their transfer level; most transfer students will be required to live on campus for at least one year. Graduate students live off-campus. 

The new student housing complex provides us the exciting opportunity to offer housing to a limited number of students who are not required to live on campus. These spaces will be filled by lottery. Information about entering the lottery will be shared with all students and posted here once available.

Will living off campus affect my financial aid?

For an undergraduate student, living off campus will change the budget used to calculate your financial aid package. If you are receiving any grant money in your package, living off campus could affect the amount you receive. Check with the Office of Financial Aid prior to requesting a release. Financial aid for graduate students living off campus should not be affected.

What should I look for in a lease?

Do you know what to look for in a lease, and the kinds of questions you need to ask a prospective landlord? Learn all you need to know about the basics, including security deposits, inspections, and overall maintenance and security. We offer a list of market prices for off-campus apartments, homes and other housing. The Center for Online Education provides a Student Guide to College Housing regarding important facts to keep in mind as you look at off-campus housing options.