Incoming Student FAQ

Room Assignments

Moving In

Dining and Meal Plans

Buses

Other Concerns

 

Room Assignments

What is my room assignment? When will I receive it?

Room assignments are made in June and July, and confirmation of your assignment will be made available on the MyUChicago website by Friday, August 18. This confirmation information includes details regarding which residence hall and room you will be living in, your campus address, the name(s) of your roommate(s), and your housing and dining charges. You will need to log in using your CNet ID and password, click on Services, and go to the Housing portlet.

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Who is my roommate? Can I contact my roommate before I move in?

If you have one or more roommates, those names and postal mailing addresses will appear on your room assignment confirmation. We encourage you to contact your roommate directly to begin to get to know one another and plan for what kind of communal items you each may choose to bring (e.g. refrigerator, tv). If your roommate(s) has claimed their CNet ID (UChicago email account), we will also include that email address on your confirmation notice. It is our policy to not share phone numbers.

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Can I see my room before I move in?

No – the residence halls are closed to students until the move-in date.

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Can I change my assignment before the move-in date?

No. Students may not change their room assignments prior to the academic year, or for the first two weeks of Autumn Quarter. You can learn more specific information about the room change process after your arrival.

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Why wasn’t I assigned to my first, second or third choice residence hall?

Room assignments are made based on the date of payment of students’ enrollment deposit. If you did not receive one of your choices of residence halls, there were no spaces left in those halls by the time that we arrived at applications with your date of payment of the enrollment deposit. While not everyone receives their first or second choice of residence, every effort was made to accommodate your preferences. Additionally, if you and another student mutually requested one another as roommates, your housing assignment was made based on the date that the latest of the two enrollment deposits was paid. We view a request for a roommate as a higher priority than a request for any particular residence hall.

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When will I be billed for my room and board?

Late in August you will receive a bill for Autumn Quarter, which includes room and board fees. This bill is mailed from the Office of the Bursar.

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What is the “Class Fee” on my student bill?

Please see the Bursar website for information about fees and charges on your student billing statement.

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Moving In

Who is included in the term “new student”?

A “new student” is any undergraduate student matriculating at the University of Chicago. New students include first-year and transfer students.

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For new students, what is the move-in date?

For 2017-2018, new students may move into their residence halls on Saturday, September 16 beginning at 8 AM.

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Can I move in early?

No student may move into or occupy his or her assigned room before 8 AM on Saturday, September 16. If you are planning to arrive in Chicago before September 16, please make appropriate lodging reservations in the city in advance.

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What is my mailing address?

Letters, magazines, and packages sent to students at the University should be addressed to the street address of the residence hall in which they reside. Building names or simply “University of Chicago” are not sufficient for the US Post Office, and mail addressed in this manner will be returned to sender. An address should read:

Student Name
Residence Hall Name, Room Number
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

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In advance of my move-in date, can I ship things to my residence hall?

Yes. If you are planning to ship your luggage and belongings in advance, you may send them prepaid to arrive on or after Monday, September 11. If we receive items prior to September 11, they will be returned to sender. Please address all shipments to yourself at your residence hall address and mark them HOLD FOR ARRIVAL SEPTEMBER 16. Any items received after September 11 and before the opening of the halls will be stored in the storage room of your hall. When you arrive you may claim your belongings from the storage room.

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Residence Halls and Furnishings

Where is my residence hall?

For a map of residence halls, please click here. The residence hall pages include details about your residence hall, including a sample floor plan!

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What is my residence hall’s address?

Your residence hall’s address is indicated on your room assignment confirmation on http://my.uchicago.edu. Alternatively, you can find your hall’s address using the residence hall map.

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What size is my room?

The College Houses contain an amazing variety of room types. For this reason, we are unable to provide information in advance about specific rooms. For approximate room sizes, please see your residence hall’s floorplans page.

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What will the University provide in my room?

All rooms are furnished with an extra-long twin bed (36x80), dresser or equivalent, desk, chair, corded telephone, book shelving, closet/armoir, and lighting.

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What about the window coverings?

All residence hall rooms have some form of window treatments – blinds, shades or curtains.

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Will I have a private bathroom?

Max Palevsky, Stony Island and the student apartments in Campus North Residential Commons and Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons offer private bathrooms that are shared by up to a maximum of four people.

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What should I bring for my room?

At a minimum, blankets, bed linens (to fit an extra-long twin mattress, 36” x 80”), pillows, toiletries, and towels are required. For buildings with private bathrooms, students also need to provide toilet paper and non-abrasive cleaning supplies.

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Can I bring a small appliance like a microwave, coffee maker, or refrigerator?

The University of Chicago has established policies regarding the use of heat-producing appliances. For safety and sanitary reasons, cooking appliances are not permitted in rooms not equipped with kitchens installed by the University (Campus North Residential Commons, Stony Island and Renee Granville-Grossman apartments). Refrigerators 4.0 cubic feet and under are allowed in all rooms. Combo microwave/refrigerator units (ie; Microfridge) where the refrigerator plugs into the microwave are also permitted. The key feature of these units is that they manage power consumption – reducing circuit overload and minimizing the risk of fire.

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I would like to bring a computer. What will work in my room?

The campus' major systems are designed to work best with modern PCs and Macintosh computers, tablets, and mobile phones. IT Services has relationships with Apple, Dell, and Lenovo that offer some special benefits on hardware and software. See the IT Services website for information on how to make an online purchase.

Network Tip: Each resident will have an Ethernet jack available in their room to directly connect a netowrk device for the best possible internet performance. If multiple devices (i.e. laptop, desktop, gaming devices, smart televisions, etc) need to be connect to the network an Ethernet switch will be needed. A 10' Ethernet cable should be considered for each device connected. Also our residence halls are fully wireless for mobile devices so personal wireless routers are not compatible and should not be used on campus.

Printing Tip: Each residence hall offers networked color and black/white laser printing for an affordable fee. Personal wireless printers are not compatible with the campus wireless network due to the higher level of security our networks use. If you plan to bring a personal printer, be sure to bring a USB cable to connect it directly to your computer.

Television Tip: Each resident can access a variety of television channels offered within the residence hall through the wired network only. Video streaming devices, such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast are not supported on the campus network. Only the Apple TV device is compatible at this time.

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Can I stay in my room over the break periods?

Residents of International House may occupy their rooms during break periods (except summer). If you live in any other hall, you will need to plan to leave by the closing date and time as all the other halls are closed to residents during interim periods. However, non-International House residents may receive permission from International House residents to reside in their International House room during the interim periods while they are away. There is a form to complete and there is no fee. College Housing & Residential Services will announce the timeline/deadline several weeks prior to the end of each quarter. 

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Dining and Meal Plans

Where will I eat?

Each House has been assigned a house table in one of the three dining commons. To find your dining commons assignment, view the House Tables page.

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Am I required to have a meal plan?

Residential dining is a cornerstone of how we develop community at UChicago. All College Housing residents are required to have a meal plan. For more information on our community based dining program and the board plan requirement, please see our residential dining page.

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Can I change my assigned meal plan?

First year students remain on their assigned meal plan through the academic year. Upperclass and transfer students may change their assigned meal plan in some cases. Please see the residential dining pages for more information on changing meal plans.

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What if I have special dietary needs?

UChicago Dining and College Housing are committed to assisting students in managing their various dietary needs. For more information on special needs, please see our residential dining page.

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Buses

Is general transportation available to the main quadrangles and around the neighborhood?

Yes. During the day, there are three UChicago/CTA routes (171, 172) that provide neighborhood buses that are free to students, faculty and staff with their UChicago ID card. In the evenings, the University operates Nightride shuttle buses from the main quadrangles, with routes serving all residence halls. For more information, please see the transportation website.

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Other Concerns

If I have other concerns, whom can I call or email?

If your question was not answered by this site, the College Housing & Residential Services staff is available to answer your questions. For contact information, please see the Contact Us page.

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