Private Certified Housing & the University of Illinois

Past, Present, and Future

Private Certified Housing originated at the University of Illinois 84 years ago and dates back to 1939, when the Housing Division was overwhelmed by the student influx at the start of World War II. The University reached out to existing private housing units, like Newman Hall, which was built in 1928, and began to establish a set of guidelines in exchange for the opportunity to house new students. These guidelines ensured that students would be provided with an experience comparable to University Housing and allowed the University to create additional housing options for new students while sparing the expense of constructing new facilities.