May House


  • Volunteering at the Chicago Marathon
  • Annual trip to see a live recording of “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me”
  • Spring camping trip at Indiana Sand Dunes
  • Visiting Chicago’s German Christkindl Market during Fall quarter finals
  • Taking over the Max East Commons for the service auction, the Super Bowl and Oscars watching parties, the Aims of Education colloquium, and many other house events


May House is an open, laidback community. May Housers actively participate in a diverse range of activities across campus, including dance, music, intramural sports, theatre, and a-cappella groups. May House also has a strong commitment to community service, and has won the University’s Edward R. Turkington House Service Award. A few fun traditions in May House: the RAs lead a large group of volunteers to run an aid station during the Chicago Marathon. Residents participate in regular House trips to restaurants, movies, and shows downtown and around Hyde Park. May Housers always showcase their talents during the SASA and OLAS cultural shows. Resident Heads Charlotte Brisbois and Caitlin Brisbois have been unsuccessful in squashing the annual May House Twister tournament. Like many Houses on campus, May House holds five straight days of study breaks during finals week, with sweet and savory foods to power residents through their studies. The location of May, arguably the best in all of Max P and the entire College Housing system, puts residents steps away from the Regenstein Library, the Bartlett Dining Commons, and the Henry Crown and Ratner gyms .May has a fierce and friendly rivalry with their  upstairs neighbors in Alper House, which sometimes takes the form of snowball fights in the courtyard and impromptu games of capture the flag. The House meets every Sunday night, and the House Council proclaims a few “May Housers of the Week.”


Founded in the fall of 2001, May House was named in honor of University alumnus Peter May, AB ’64, MBA ‘65. The House occupies the East and South wings of both the 1st and 2nd floors in Max Palevsky East Residential Commons. At 102 residents it is one of the largest College Houses. It has about half first year students, and half upperclass students.

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Resident Staff

Alexandra Berthiaume, Resident Assistant
Daniel Jellins, Resident Assistant
Chloe Blackshear, Resident Head
Woo Chan Lee, Resident Head
Jason Riggle, Resident Master
Suzanne Riggle, Resident Master

Residence Hall Map

1101 E. 56th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-9202

Getting Around

In the heart of campus, just north of the Regenstein Library and across the street from Henry Crown Field House. Less than five minutes from the main quads.

Total Hall Residents: 715

Room Arrangements

First-year students are assigned to double suites consisting of two sleeping rooms for two (about 12’ X 10’ each), a bathroom, and a small entryway. About one-fourth of rooms are single suites for upperclass students (about 10’ X 10’ each side) with shared bath.


  • Large building lounge
  • TV/rec room
  • Music practice rooms
  • Computer room
  • Each House has a study room