Provided below is useful information to help you navigate NEIU and the city of Chicago. We hope these resources will ease your transition to campus, and enhance your time with us. Please feel free to contact OIP if you don't find what you need below.
Social Security number (SSN): SSNs are issued for working and tax purposes only. You cannot apply for an SSN for identification purposes.
To apply you will need:
Job offer letter
Letter from DSO/PDSO/ARO/RO
We will not write you a letter if you do not have a job.
If the student has an offer letter from an employer, they can request a letter by submitting the Student Letter Request Form. You cannot start working until you obtain an SSN card.
A river’s license may be obtained through the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Find the closest DMV near you and apply through the office.
F-1 students can apply for a driver’s license, whereas J-1 students can apply only for a temporary driver's license.
Documents needed to apply:
Proof of written signature
Bank statement, rental/lease agreement, tuition invoice, or other official mail from school, utility bill
Vehicle, and vehicle insurance
Letter from DSO/ARO
Fill in the driver's license request form in order to get a letter from the OIP office.
Chicago is well known for its efficient public transportation. You can find many buses and trains functioning all day.
Students enrolled full-time will be given a U-Pass that can be used within Chicago. This does not apply to SAELL students. Taxis and ride-share options such as Lyft and Uber are also prevalent in Chicago.
The most popular banks in the U.S are:
Visit the bank office for further questions or when opening an account. International F-1 Students will need their passport, I-20 and I-94 to open an account. Exchange J-1 students will need their passport, DS-2019 and I-94 to open an account.
Northeastern offers on-campus housing through The Nest.
Apartments can be rented outside of the University. Search for apartments near the 60625 zip code on these websites:
Northeastern Illinois University makes it mandatory for students to have health insurance.
There have been many cases where a student has been ill or who had a medical emergency and did not have insurance to cover expensive doctors/medical visits and procedures. DON’T BE THAT STUDENT. GET HEALTH INSURANCE.
If you have insurance coverage from your home country, make sure it covers you abroad.
Students are required to have medical insurance coverage with the following minimum benefits.
Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
Please check some of the health insurance companies listed below:
The top four communication service providers in the United States are:
Chicago has a wide range of tourist places to visit; some of the mesmerizing and famous spots are:
Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois
Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Willis Tower SkyDeck, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois
360 Chicago, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois
For more ideas, visit Chicago's official site for visitors.