Incoming Students Guide

Guide to Housing & Residence Life

The University of Chicago College faculty believe that the Houses play an important role in a student’s academic and social adjustment to the University. All first-year students are thus required to live in the Houses for their first academic year to assist with the transition to college. Entering transfer students are welcome but not required to live in the Houses.

Room and Board rates are announced in the spring quarter every year. All students who live in the Houses are required to be on a meal plan. First year students are assigned to the Unlimited Meal Plan. Regardless of the location of their room assignment, all first-year students are assessed the same housing fee, which covers the cost of Room and Board (the meal plan). Entering transfer students are charged upperclass student room rates, which vary according to the type of room they are assigned (single, double, or apartment).

The Houses seek to serve the educational objectives of the University by providing communities in which individual study is furthered. The rules and regulations of Housing & Residence Life are intended to establish reasonable limits within which the greatest number of residents can work effectively and live comfortably. These limits help to guarantee the basic rights of all residents to protection from behavior that creates excessive noise, endangers or disturbs other residents, or invites the intrusion of public authorities into the  Houses. At the time you make your application to live in the Houses, you agree to abide by all University rules and regulations, which include the rules and regulations of the Houses.

Smoking is not permitted in student rooms. All residence halls, including public spaces and enclosed courtyards, are non-smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted within 15 feet of the entrance of a residence hall.

Incoming students will be able to see their housing assignment on-line at the UChicago Portal (in the housing portlet) in August. New students should be sure to review the included Welcome Newsletter as it contains important information about their arrival on campus.

A Note to Parents

We eagerly anticipate receiving your student’s housing application so that we can try to make the best housing placement possible, and make the best roommate match if applicable. To that end, we strongly encourage you to allow your student to complete their own housing application so that he or she can express his or her personality and describe his or her habits to allow us the greatest opportunity for success in matching your student to the “right” location and “right” roommate.