North Central College - Naperville, IL

Local Scene

No matter where you’re from, you’ll find a home in the heart of Naperville. North Central College is nestled in the historic district one block east of Naperville’s downtown—and students couldn’t ask for a better set of neighbors. We have access to everything that makes Naperville consistently ranked one of the best, safest and most desirable places to live in the country.

LeChocolat in Downtown NapervilleEAT at more than 40 nearby restaurants. Grab some friends for a quick meal or snack—gourmet popcorn, burritos, smoothies, burgers, ice cream, subs, cupcakes or pizza to name just a few choices. Or, impress a date with finer fare like steak, seafood, sushi, Cajun, Thai or Italian.

HANG OUT with friends at coffee shops (three Starbucks!), bookstores, and entertainment hot spots.

STAY FIT by taking a stroll or jog along the famed Riverwalk, a run or ride on the DuPage River Trail, a class with our partners at the YMCA, or a yoga session at a downtown fitness club. If you’re around for the summer, get wet, fit or tan at historic Centennial Beach. If you get cabin fever in the winter, take some friends and sled down Rotary Hill near the Millennium Carillon.

SHOP at independent or national retailers, from the Apple Store to Anderson’s Bookshops. Find everything you may (or may not) need, including national clothing outfitters (EddieBauer, Ann Taylor) and local boutiques, salons, and a Walgreens all within walking distance.

LEARN in the midst of vast community resources, including internship opportunities, city-sponsored educational programs, and one of the nation’s most acclaimed public libraries—ranked No. 1 for an unprecedented 10th year in a row.

WORK to earn extra cash at one of many local businesses. You’ll find North Central students earning their keep at local restaurants, clothing stores, bookstores, ice cream shops and park district facilities.

WORSHIP with one of many vibrant faith communities, some within a short walk from campus or an easy carpool with other students. Explore rich opportunities for spiritual growth and service in the community.

LEAVE! As if our top-notch campus and vibrant downtown weren’t enough, you can just hop on the Metra train (one block from campus) and explore the cultural epicenter of downtown Chicago with its professional sports, world-class theater, museums, art, music, food and festivals.