Visit Northwestern University Instantly with a "Real" Tour

Choosing whether or not an in-person visit to Northwestern University makes sense can be a risky decision…what if you step on campus and immediately detest the “vibe”? All that time, money and effort getting to campus was wasted. At first it may seem difficult to gain a meaningful understanding of Northwestern University without visiting the school in person. Northwestern University is located in Evanston, IL , and if that’s nowhere near where you live, what options do you have? That’s why we created CampusReel – to allow you, and anyone reading this, to deeply and authentically experience the Northwestern University vibe, campus and community without visiting Northwestern University in person – a virtual tour of the Northwestern University campus! If definitely want to visit Northwestern University in person, you should, at the very least, watch the entire CampusReel for Northwestern University to ensure it seems like a good match and to get the most out of your in-person visit. After you’ve done your due diligence, you may find the below guidance helpful

When is the best time to visit Northwestern University?

Visiting Northwestern University depends on a number of factors, including the season, your schedule, and a lot of uncontrollable variables. We recommend you visit Northwestern University twice if you’re serious about enrolling – at least one visit should be when students are on campus and school is in session. Be sure to take note of the town of Evanston as well. Remember that Evanston is also catering to 8576 students, so think critically about whether the community would feel too big or too small for your personal liking.

Where do families stay when they visit Northwestern University?

The Northwestern University admissions office likely has a list of accommodations they recommend. In addition to that list, consult the CampusReel VR feature to explore hotels nearby in Evanston. For your convenience, below is a list of hotels to consider and that you can also preview in CampusReel VR.

  • Lang House B&B Chicago at Northwestern University
  • Stone Porch by the Lake at Northwestern University
  • Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston at Northwestern University
  • The Homestead at Northwestern University
  • Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast at Northwestern University
  • Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member at Northwestern University
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston at Northwestern University
  • Margarita european inn at Northwestern University
  • Hilton Orrington/Evanston at Northwestern University
  • The Greenleaf House at Northwestern University
  • Emil Bach House at Northwestern University
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Chicago IL at Northwestern University
  • Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston at Northwestern University

What do families do in Evanston when they visit Northwestern University?

It depends but there are a variety of activities and things to do in and around Evanston. We recommend using the virtual immersion tab on CampusReel to take a tour at Northwestern University and see for yourself how the student make use of Evanston.

What buildings should I look at when I visit Northwestern University?

For your convenience, below is a list of all buildings that you can visit from CampusReel. We encourage you to compare you experience of the buildings on CampusReel with your in-person visit if you decide to take one.