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Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are great, but I am not crazy about the social life.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Pierce, which has sadly now been torn down but fostered a very tight-knit House community and had the best dining hall on campus. The vast majority of on-campus students now live in Max, South, Burton-Judson, or Snell-Hitchcock, all fairly large and thriving dorms very close to campus. Burton-Judson and Snell-Hitchcock are known for their crazy-smart kids and very strong, quirky culture, while Max and South are much newer and have nicer facilities, but less tradition. There are a few small off-campus dorms that I don't have much experience with.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: You are guaranteed housing all four years and the social community in the house is great when you're an underclassman.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of options, close to campus or you can choose to be farther from campus, but have better access to buses/trains/groceries. Mostly 1st and 2nd year students stay in housing. There's also a huge supply of apartments in Hyde Park, although those aren't quite as good (although they are cheap).

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've seen way better at state schools, as far as amenities and preferable housing floor plans (lots of doubles and even triples), but the way they pair houses and create groups of people to live together and form bonds is incredible. I've never found people I've felt more compatible with than in my house.

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The dorm system at the University of Chicago is incredibly unique, as there are houses (very similar to Hogwarts, minus the "Sorting Hat"). Each freshman is put into a "house" based on where they live; it's usually a floor or two of whatever dorm you're assigned to. Within the house, you have a wide mix of freshmen and upperclassmen. Even the people who've moved out of housing still feel some house pride. With your house, you'll do a lot. You'll go on trips downtown to the movies or a show or anything in Chicago. It's also the group of people that you'll hang out with at night and on weekends, at least at the beginning of your year. You'll eat with them in the dining halls at your specific house table. It's a great support system to lean back on as you begin you college career.

As for the dorms themselves, you can live in a variety of different places. There are more modern buildings, like Max Palevsky, which have private bathrooms for every four people. Places like Pierce and Snell-Hitchcock are a little bit older, but the community is a lot closer knit. You can get farther away from the hustle and bustle of campus at places like Maclean, Stony Island, Burton-Judson, Breckinridge, and Broadview. Then, there's South Campus right across the Midway, which has a combination of quads, doubles, singles, and apartments. Whichever dorm you choose, you'll have easy access to the quad just by walking or taking some of the free buses. They're all fairly spacious, but for some dorms, the cleaning is up to you. This is especially true in Max Palevsky. All in all, housing at the University of Chicago is a unique assortment of dorms with individual styles but underlying themes of house unity and a sense of belonging.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,991
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
60%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Max Palevsky Residential Commons
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Stony Island House
Worst Freshman Dorms
Broadview Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Maclean Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelves
  • Corded telephone
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Lighting
  • Window treatments
Also Available
  • Coed dorm rooms (e.g., mixed-gender roommates) by request
  • International House
  • Smoke-free living
Available for Rent
MicroFridges
Did You Know?
Upperclassmen, grad students, and interns can apply to live in the most coveted International House, known as "I-House." It is a residence that hosts culture festivals, political lectures, and other programs. It also serves as a hotel.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Breckenridge House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, high ceilings, main lounge with grand piano and fireplace, music practice room, recreation room, study lounges, weight room
Broadview Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen and dining room, computer lab, exercise room, game room, library, music room; a former hotel built in the classical style; home to Palmer, Talbot, and Wick houses
Burton-Judson Courts
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common lounges, computer lab, courtyards, on-site dining, recreation room with ping-pong and pool tables, TV lounge; home to Chamberlin, Coulter, Dodd-Mead, Linn-Mathews, Salisbury, and Vincent houses
Maclean House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Community kitchen and dining area, computer lab, exercise room, game room, lounges, meeting room, side yard, TV lounge; named after Norman Maclean, who authored "A River Runs Through It" and taught at Chicago for 45 years.
Max Palevsky Residential Commons
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Computer lab, laundry facilities, lounges, music rooms, rec room, study lounges, TV lounge; close to library and Bartlett Dining Commons; home to Alper, Flint, Graham, Hoover, May, Rickert, Wallace, and Woodward houses
Pierce Tower
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchenettes, computer lab, fireplaces, game rooms, music practice room, on-site dining, outdoor terrace for barbecues, study library, study lounges, TANSTAFFL community space ("There ain't no such thing as a free lunch"); excellent views of Chicago's skyline; home to Henderson, Shorey, Thompson, Tufts
Snell-Hitchcock Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, computer labs, reading room with baby grand piano and fireplace, recreation rooms, TV lounge and tearoom
South Campus Residence Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 750-999
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Building commons, courtyards, lounges, music practice room, reading room, street-level café and convenience store, study rooms. South Campus West is home to DelGiorno, Halperin, Keller, and Kenwood houses; South Campus East is home to Chautauqua, Crown, Jannotta, and Wendt houses.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Blackstone House
Floors: 6
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Units include kitchenette with table and chairs; building features computer lab, elevator, main lounge with fireplace, grand piano, solarium, TV lounge
Short walk to 57th Street
Stony Island House
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private (two per unit)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; building features computer lab, exercise room, laundry facilities, TV lounge
Residents have to sign a waiver guaranteeing that they'll keep the noise level down to live in what most U of C students call "the nicest apartments in Hyde Park."

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