Snell House


  • Scav Hunt champions: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012
  • Mini Scav Hunt during O-Week
  • Knit Night
  • Superbowl party with chili
  • Memorial Day BBQ
  • Snow BBQ with Hitchcock on the first real snow day of the year
  • Dat Donuts during Undergraduate Break Day


Snell maintains the fierce intellectual spirit of UChicago in an extremely communal House. Snell, composed of single rooms, upholds a strong sense of intra-House community while each individual hallway also exhibits its own personality. The Tea Room – the official name for Snell’s intimate House lounge – provides a meeting space for everyone to come together. Many Snell House activities and traditions are also held in conjunction with Hitchcock House, Snell’s “conjoined twin.” One example of the informal, co-hosted events is bad movie night. The importance of this mutualistic relationship is most clearly expressed in the House Table. Snell and Hitchcock are the only Houses to have a single, co-mingled table in the dining halls. Though there is often some lighthearted squabbling between the two Houses, the ‘bickering husband and wife duo’ always come together, most notably during Scav Hunt, which comprises a large part of Snell’s identity. The Snell-Hitchcock team has been Scav champions many times over. The House attributes its success to being generally more organized than other teams and its broad experience allows the team to run like a well-oiled machine, including early planning, House alumni participation, and the intense dedication of the entire House. Other traditions include eating Dat Donuts in pajamas in the Tea Room on Undergraduate Break Day and hosting the annual Snow BBQ with Hitchcock on the first real snow day of the year.


Snell House, the oldest active dormitory on campus, was erected in 1892 with funds donated by Henrietta Snell. That endowment comprised the unclaimed reward money earmarked for the still-unsolved murder of her husband, Chicago turnpike baron Amos Jerome Snell. Originally an all-male dorm, it began life as the home for the Maroons football team. Snell’s first Resident Head was Amos Alonzo Stagg, father of modern American football. Many photos taken over the years in the House can be found in Special Collections in Regenstein Library.

Residence Hall Map

1009 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-5675

Getting Around

On the northwest corner of the main campus quadrangles, near the Regenstein Library, the Reynolds Club and Bartlett Dining Commons.

Total Hall Residents: 157

Room Arrangements

Hitchcock: singles, doubles, and two-room suites; average double is 12.5’ X 15’.

Snell: all singles (except for one two-room suite), about 9’ X 13’. Community baths on each floor or section.

Hitchcock House Sample Double Room Floor Plan

Snell House Sample Single Room Floor Plan


  • Large reading room with a baby grand piano and functional fireplace (Hitchcock)
  • Television lounge and oak-paneled tearoom (Snell)
  • These two communities share a common front desk in the Hitchcock entrance
  • Shared basement in which there is a recreation room, computer lab, and a community kitchen for each House