However you decided to travel, once you arrive in Chicago, Illinois, it is the student's responsibilty to get to and from Joliet Junior College. Below you will find important information about our local airports, directions to JJC, local transportation, and housing options. It is very important that you make all travel and housing arrangements prior to arriving in the United States.
International Airports: Travel Arrangements
Midway and O’Hare airport are Chicago’s two international airports. Information on the airports and travel to and from Chicago can be found at the Chicago Department of Aviation website.
Joliet Junior College is approximately 45 miles (73 km) from either airport with travel times varying on traffic. Our main campus is located at the following address:
1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, Illinois 60431-8938
Directions to Joliet Junior College
From the North:
South on I-55 to Rt. 52/Jefferson St. (Exit 253), turn left (East) on Rt. 52 to Houbolt Rd., turn right (South) to college entrance (on right).
From the South:
North on I-55 to I-80 East to Houbolt Rd. (Exit 127), turn left (North) on Houbolt Rd. to college entrance (on left).
From the West:
I-80 East to Houbolt Rd. (Exit 127), turn left (North) on Houbolt Rd., to college entrance (on left).
From the East:
I-80 West to Houbolt Rd. (Exit 127), turn right (North) on Houbolt Rd., to college entrance (on left).
PACE, the suburban bus service, serves the JJC Main Campus Monday through Saturday. Direct service to JJC is available via Pace Bus 501. Transfer routes to JJC include PACE Buses 503, 505, 506 and 507. The Pace Bus also makes a stop at the Joliet Union Station where students can board the Metra Rail System or the Amtrak Rail System and travel to downtown Chicago or other states. Students with special needs for transportation should contact PACE. For more information, call PACE at 1-800-972 7000 or 1-708-364-PACE or visit the PACE Web site.
International students make their own arrangements to stay with in-district sponsors, in-district local apartments found online, or in one of the International Suites at Centennial Commons housing prior to arriving in the United States. If you choose to stay at Centennial Commons, please follow the steps outlined in the International Housing Packet (PDF).
Within walking distance and located at the heart of Joliet Junior College, Centennial Commons combines premier housing and a student-centered community, giving you everything you need and deserve to succeed as a student at JJC. You will find fully furnished units, private bedrooms and other great amenities, in an environment that promotes personal growth and community responsibility with respect for individual differences. Contact International Admissions and request an international housing application.
NOTICE: Transportation to and from classes is the student’s responsibility.
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