Here is an article from The Daily Northwestern explaining the situation:
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Basically, for years, Evanston has had a law on the books that forbids more than three people who are unrelated from living with each other. This law has thankfully gone unenforced for years. However, starting in July, Evanston is going to start enforcing it. The University, instead of lobbying to repeal the law, is advising students to look for off-campus housing farther away from the university, such as along the El line.
This outrageous law poses a serious threat to the sense of community here at NU (how can we be a community if a large segment of the student population is essentially commuting to school?), not to mention how difficult it will make it for students to afford off-campus housing, and also the predicament of the students who have already signed leases for next year. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
I encourage everyone to sign this petition, even the incoming freshmen. This may not affect you directly now, but it will a few years from now when you may be interested in off-campus housing.
Repeal the Brothel Law