Woodward House


  • Participating in Kuviasungnerk and Kangeiko, the University's winter sports festival
  • O-Week scavenger hunt with ice cream
  • Jumping in Lake Michigan on first and last day of school
  • Playing lots of intramural sports, including soccer, football, and basketball
  • Extreme trampolining
  • EFest and Test Fest during reading period
  • Coffee House talent show


Woodward is a dynamic House with 104 residents involved in activities ranging from a capella to varsity sports to dance. Students have a broad range of personalities and intellectual interests; however that doesn’t stop them from coming together to show off their House spirit loudly and proudly. It’s not unusual to hear residents chant “Woodwhat? Woodward!” at the beginning and end of House events. The majority of Woodwardians are active in House life, taking advantage of both the community shared by the House and the many subsidized house trips to places like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, extreme trampolining, suburban outlet malls, the Jelly Belly factory, or Six Flags. In fact, long day trips are a hallmark of Woodward House, often going places that the typical city college student wouldn’t be able to visit on their own. However, with so many great people around, it’s never hard to round up a group for an impromptu game of Frisbee on the quads, trilogy movie night, or a quick dinner trip to Chinatown. Accordingly, the House motto is: “We show up”. The informal Pepper Flipping game is battled at every meal. The annual Woodward Coffee House talent show, featuring dinner and dessert, allows housemates to show off to each other. Another tradition has residents jumping in Lake Michigan on the first and last day of school. Intramural sports are very popular and each week IM sports player of the week is crowned and is given the first crack at whatever treats are offered during study break (perhaps homemade jalapeño poppers, oreo truffles, or crescent rolls).  During the Thanksgiving holiday there is a pie fest and the ever popular “breakfast in bed’ event sees RH’s delivering continental breakfast around to each room in the House with free coffee served in the lounge. Scav Hunt is a big deal in Woodward House and the House also sees lots of participation in community service events through Hyde Park’s Ronald McDonald House. 


Woodward House was named after Frederick Campbell Woodward (1874-1954) who was Professor of Law from 1916 to 1926 , then Vice-President of the University from 1926 to 1936 and acting President of the University from 1928 to 1929. When Woodward-the-building still existed on the current site of the Booth School of Business, Woodward-the-House was called Harper House. When the community moved to Max Palevsky, it was renamed Woodward House in honor of the old residence hall building. Woodward is home of the t-shirt slogan: “The University of Chicago: wearing self-deprecating T-shirts since 1892”.

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.


Max-Palevsky Residential Commons Sample Room Floor Plan


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