Phoenix House


  • Video game tournaments
  • Winter quarter Bulls game
  • Phoenix Rising breakfast (in-House) on the first day of classes
  • Hosting a Sunday night Ice Cream Social (an I-House tradition)
  • Old school movie nights
  • Dominating in IM Sports (well some of them...)
  • Quarterly trips to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Saturday dinner outings, seeking out ethnic food in Chicago neighborhoods
  • Winter quarter ice skating and shopping trip at the Kris Kindle Market


Phoenix House is an inclusive place where everyone gets along. Residents make use of social media to involve everyone in all of the impromptu activities that are part of daily live in the House. They make extensive use of the House Facebook page by providing details about an evening trip to a restaurant or a downtown shopping excursion so that anyone who might not yet have plans can always feel welcome to come along. Movie nights are hosted on Sundays and there are regular cider nights that take on a fancier tone. Inventive study breaks have incorporated fondue night, cookie decorating, Belgian chocolate night, or even a study break with a Kentucky Derby theme. The House Lounge is very active with people always stopping in to see what’s going on. Residents of Phoenix are enthusiastic about their participation in intramural sports. Scav Hunt brings both Phoenix and Booth House together with most people participating in one way or another during the longstanding University tradition. Phoenix students also take full advantage of the programming events that take place in International House – including hosting one of the regular ice cream socials – and enjoy meeting other International House residents.


Beginning in 2010-11 a community of College students was assigned to live on two floors in International House, in a program that had many elements of the  House program, including a resident staff member, a House Table in the dining hall, and other community based activities. Due to the great success of this community, this program was expanded in 2011-12 whereby these two floors comprised Phoenix House and exclusively housed College students. Building on that success, in 2012-13 first year students began living in Phoenix House (and in Booth House on the floors below). After the closing of Pierce Hall, Thompson and Shorey Houses joined Phoenix and Booth in International House in the west tower.

Residence Hall Map

1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 753-2270

Getting Around

Located just to the west of the Metra (electric commuter train) station, on the north side of the Midway Plaisance. The Harper Quad is about a five minute walk.

Total Hall Residents: 363

Room Arrangements

Breckinridge, Booth and Phoenix: All single rooms on single-sex floors; approximately 10’ X 12’. Community bathroom on each floor.

Thompson and Shorey: Mostly single rooms, a few doubles on co-ed floors; approximately 10’ X 12’. Community bathroom on each floor.

International House Sample Room Floor Plan


  • Inner courtyard
  • Programming in Assembly Hall
  • Third floor quiet study lounge
  • Large community kitchen and dining room
  • Each House has a small House lounge