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High-rise Apartment
Downtown Evanston, 1725 Orrington Ave | Evanston
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  •  24-Hour Front Desk
  •  Air Conditioning  
  •  Building Laundry Room  
  •  Business Center
  •  Elevators
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Furnished Units Available
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Parking Garage  
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Resident Lounge
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances

User Rating

6.7
Good
84 Reviews

About this Location

Whole Foods Market
6 min walk
UP-N (rail) - 9 min
201 (bus) - 3 min
The Lakefill
19 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 

Studio, 1 Bath
$1,125+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,480+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$1,615+

student only housing

Open to Northwestern students only.

Please visit Northwestern's student housing site or call (847) 467-4663 for leasing information.

  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Convenience

    •  Business Center
  • Entertainment

    •  Game Room
    •  Resident Lounge
  • Included

    •  Electricity Included
    •  Gas Included
    •  Heat Included
    •  Internet Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Microwave
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room  
  • Lease Terms

    •  Furnished Units Available
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning  
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
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Overall rating 6.7/10, based on 84 renter reviews

9.5
Location
5.5
Amenities
7.3
Management
7.4
Value
8.3
Social
8.2
Safety
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McManus Living-Learning Center reviews and highlights

  • Furnishing is a little old
  • All utilities included
  • Exclusively for Kellogg students
  • Great value
  • Carpets could be better
  • Noise-proof walls
  • Building is a little old
  • The laundry room is easy to use and affordable
  • Some of the apartments are refurbished
  • Management is very good
  • Gym is a little small
  • Very close to campus
  • Management is responsive and helpful
  • Extremely convenient location
  • 5 minutes from bars, restaurants, and shops
  • Whole Foods is across the street
  • Underground parking is available
  • Transportation for all Kellogg events start from here
  • Lots of study rooms and communal social areas
  • Very social community
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Convenient

Not the best facilities but very convenient

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  • Studio / 1 bath
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Typical college dorm room

Many international students live in Mcmanus and many meetings are hosted here. Even though it is old and only has basic interior, it does come with furniture.

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  • 2 beds / 1 bath
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Practical and convenient option

I currently live in a twin studio in McManus. This means that two of us each have our own private large bedroom with a table and share a common kitchen and bathroom. We do not have a living room.

Pros:
- Close to campus.
- All utilities included plus free laundry and a small gym.
- Great for meeting new people as there are so many Kellogg students in McManus.
- The lease is only active during the school year so there is no risk of paying double rent in the summer. Plus you are able to store your items over the summer in McManus storage.
- Maintenance is very helpful and responsive.
- The individual bedrooms are very large (though I can only speak for the twin studio version)
- The graduate resident assistants and general manager (Matt) are super friendly and create a homey feeling!

Cons:
- An older feel to the entire place as it is 50+ years old.
- The walls and doors are not overly soundproof which is particularly apparent in a twin studio.

Overall I'm really happy with McManus and will almost certainly stay here again next year!

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  • 2 beds / 1 bath
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Just Okay

Somewhat okay but there is no kitchen ventilation, thus lots of fire alarm which makes me crazy.

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  • 1 bed / 1 bath
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Can't Complain

It is old and creepy but it does the job and it is improving

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  • 1 bed / 1 bath
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Not great

Convenient but very old. Also not safe in the ground floor

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  • 2 beds / 1 bath
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Old

McManus is really old and can use some renovation within the room.

Room is too dark, carpet too old, furnitures too old, lack of dishwasher, etc.

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  • 1 bed / 1 bath
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Covenient

Its easier to settle down if you are an international because you dont need to arrange for basic stuff.

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  • Family w/ children
  • 2 beds / 1 bath
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Unremarkably average but does the job

Pros:

- Amazing location
- Comfortable for group works and school interaction
- Kind of cheap (depends on the situation)
- Convenient rental process if you are international

Cons:

- Building is old
- The style and decoration makes it look creepy and depressing (personal opinion)
- Bad kitchen ventilation so corridors hold strong smells

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  • 1 bed / 1 bath
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Great for those who value convenience

Perhaps the most convenient option for Kellogg students, especially if you are international: fast and transparent approval process, all documents could be signed online, no need to purchase furniture, etc.

McManus is very well located, and offers a good value for the price (there are cheaper options in Evanston, but you'll often have to settle for less convenient locations). A huge number of Kellogg students live there, which helps if you care for the social life, plus a lot of team meetings, etc. happen there.

The apartments (at least, 1-bedroom ones) are quite spacious, but could use an update in terms of carpets/furniture/etc. That being said, it's still acceptable, considering the price and convenience factor. The management of the building is great (esp. Matthew) and very helpful. The amenities are limited, but you still have a small gym, a common area to hang out at, printing rooms, etc.

Overall, McManus is a worthwhile option to consider.

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  • 1 bed / 1 bath

The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

22 Recommendations

Soulwich
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Mt. Everest Restaurant
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Whole Foods Market
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Walgreens
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TITLE Boxing Club
Fonseca Martial Arts
Tier One Training Center
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Dawes Park
Shakespeare Garden
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Andy’s Frozen Custard
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About Downtown Evanston

Since it's home to Northwestern, Downtown Evanston is the most popular residential area for Kellogg students. Most apartment buildings in Downtown Evanston are a 20 minute walk from the Donald P. Jacobs Center, and several public transport options can cut that commute even further. This safe and hig...
Walkable
Easy Commute
Great Location
Student Friendly
Social Community
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Median rents in Downtown Evanston
Studio
$
1,200
1 Bedroom
$
1,600
2 Bedroom
$
2,500

Getting around Downtown Evanston

UP-N (rail)

9 min

Purple Line (metro)

9 min

201 (bus)

3 min

201 (bus)

5 min

213/250 (bus)

8 min

208 (bus)

8 min

Downtown Evanston Reviews

48 reviews
Great downtown location, two blocks to Whole Foods, 8min walk to Trader Joes/Jewel, 2 blocks from the lake front, across the street from a park, decent walk to campus (and campus shuttle stop outside). It's a quick 1.5 blocks to Nevins, Prairie Moon, Bar Louie, Cupitol and Bangers and Lace, and less than 10min to all the other bars students frequent.
There's plenty to do, but it still takes some effort to get downtown. If you want the quickest ride (metra), then you have to plan ahead and deal with the (infrequent) train schedule. The purple line only runs express during rush hour. Depending on the time of day, your commute can run 20 minutes to an hour and a half.
Optima Views is in a great location. It is a two minute walk to the CTA and Metra and is also close to all of the downtown Evanston restaurants and shops. The building is also in close proximity to good workout options including Evanston Athletic Club and studios (Pure Barre & Cyclebar).
Everything is good. Except that E2 is on the western edge, slightly north of downtown, so not exactly smack in the middle. There are better properties if you want to be in the middle of downtown Evanston, all of which are no further from NU campus anyway.
I love being close to both stretches of downtown Evanston - the Dempster and Chicago intersection with Union Pizzeria, etc. and Nevins, Coralie, Vinic, etc. as well as close walking distance to Whiskey Thief, Found, Bat 17, World of Beer, La Macchina, etc.
The neighborhood is great and we are directly across the street from the movie theater and restaurants. It's easy to take the train into the city from here as well. However, when the new building opens the walk time will increase significantly.
I like being in downtown Evanston because I'm close to both the Metra and L. I also like being close to the restaurants, bars and to a decent gym. I have to walk a block to get to a park for my dog but it's not that bad.
Its nice to have everything you need within walking distance - from fast casual restaurants to bars, sit-down restaurants and CVS. It provides all the convenience you need for your busy student life.

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